It seemed like yesterday when – last October we rolled out the 2022/2023 itinerary of local and oversease treks. As I write this piece we are more than half way through the itinerary, the Universal Peace Walk & first Camino Maltés are behind us and the first group of Camminantes are walking Via de La Plata in Spain. The Camino Portugues cohort leaves next week!
Camino Maltés 31 March 2023
Following the great success of the launch of the Camino Maltés and the 480th Anniversary of the Universal Peace Walk on 12th March 2023, we are holding another Camino Maltés on 31st March. Registrations for this are now closed and it promises to be another great event.
Other XirCammini Projects
The Universal Peace Walk 1543AD, with waymarks, Guidebooks and incorporate Credencials etc. would not have been possible without the financial assistance of the Malta Tourism Authority, Several other persons and entities gave their time, intellect and muscle power to also bring this to fruition, but the financial assistance and moral support of the Malta Tourism Authority went a long way on this journey. Thank you MTA. A clear example of public -private partnership that we hope to continue on our other upcoming projects.
Our ‘pet project’ – the cream on all our projects – at the moment is our own , internationally recognised Credencial which will soon go to print.
Local and Overseas Trekking Events
With relatively cooler weather numbers have picked up considerably on our Wed and Sat walks. We have also added the Tue and Sun walks as Camino training for those who are joining one of our Caminos this year, Plata, Portugues, San Francesco, Irish and San Salvador.
These caminos filled up pretty quickly and there are no more places available save for – perhaps – one or two on the Irish Camino of the 14th – 21st Aug. The one in the following week (21st – 28th Aug) is fully booked and bursting at the seams.
We are also glad to be assisting a number of individuals and groups (one as large as 30) on their own Caminos. This is what XirCammini is all about … we want to be there to assist and advise and to provide Credencials and this is not something we do only for our members. Work on the conchas continues unabated! Thank you Tiziana.
For our local events, please continue to consult the Events calendar on the website. All our localc events are free and open only to members. There are a few local events that are subject to a charge if, for example, we need to book transport. These are the only local walks that require prior registration for obvious reasons. The next such event is the Victoria Lines on Friday 7th April 2023. A link will shortly be added to register for it. A Euros 5 charge applies to cover one-way transport.
Membership continues to grow and – as a result – we are seeing many new faces. Our appeal to all of us is to try and get to know more people on our walks. Social interaction and making others feel welcome is as essential if not more than the benefits of the physical exercise itself.