1st October Information Meeting

Local Walks Oct – Dec 2021 | Registration UPDATED 25th October 2021

As promised, we’ve put together the itinerary of local walks between now and the end of the year.

The table is included below.

We will have fortnightly weekend walks (alternating between Sunday morning and Saturday afternoon) and we will continue with our Wed Walks in the evening. These help us break the weekly work routine with a mid-week evening walk. We have also included some full-day walks (these are in bold in the table below):

With the gradual opening up of Covid measures we will not be maintaining a prior, online registration system.

The ones that require registration due to say transport accommodation etc. (Comino, Victoria Lines, Gozo or December overseas) are now closed.

Please check with the list above and turn up at the appointed place for a departure at the indicated time.

Please wear masks while waiting or stationery and also observe a 6-group cluster. Thanks.

We look forward to meeting all of you in some or all of the walks. Life’s a journey | keep smiling | keep walking | Keep safe | God bless.

Caminho Português Done and Dusted! What Next?

Now that the Caminho Português is done and dusted, we can concentrate on

1. the calendar of local walks; and

2. the overseas travel itinerary for Oct 2021 – Sept 2022.

Regarding local walks, we continue to watch the Covid-19 situation more closely as restrictions ease and in the coming days we will announce the Oct – Dec walks. In September we still have the following walks (which are already over-subscribed):

P85 21st Sept Mellieha | Ramla tat-Torri | Armier Loop (19:00 – 22:00)

P86 23rd Sept Manikata | Pwales | Mizieb Loop (19:00 – 22:00)

P87 28th Sept Selmun – Mellieha Loop (19:00 – 22:00)

Regarding the overseas walks, this is what is provisionally planned for next year (please note that dates are tentative and may change):

  1. 5th – 13th Dec, 2021: Cammino Di San Giacomo in Sicilia from Caltagirone to Capizzi. 130km
  2. 6th – 10th Feb, 2022: Trekking in Sicily, details to be announced.
  3. 26th March to 2nd April, 2022: Camino Ingles (from Ferrol to Santiago de Compostela)
  4. 4th – 11th June, 2022: Costiera Amalfitana and Matera
  5. 18th June – 2nd July 2022: Camino Primitivo 340km from Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela
  6. 11th – 18th September, 2022: Isole Eiolie Trekking and/or Swimming on 6 of the 7 Volcano Islands.

Most local and and all overseas activities are open only for XirCammini members. To become a member please follow this link: https://xircammini.org/get-involved/membership/

A poll will be issued shortly and circulated to members to register their interest for the above overseas trekking activities

XirCammini on the Move!

We are pleased to inform you that, as mentioned earlier, we are rolling out:

1. Annual membership and

2. Activities

Membership

You can complete membership formalities by visiting:

On the same form please indicate which activities you are interested in (you can multi-select).

Activities

We are launching the following activities between now and June 2022:

  1. 12th August – 8th September: Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela (Central Route)
  2. 27th August – 8th September: Porto to Santiago de Compostela
  3. Early – mid-Dec (to benefit from the 2 public holidays): Costiera Amalfitana
  4. Long Weekend February (feast of St. Paul): Matera ed I Sassi
  5. March 2022 (1 week Camino Norte)
  6. Summer 2022: Irish Caminos

Evening walks will be organized every Tue and Thurs starting from this Thursday, 10th June, and will be open only to members. It is highly recommended that those who are interested in either of the Camino Portuguès routes this summer join at least one if not both walks each week. These will not be leisure walks.

Because Life is a Journey … “The Strait and Narrow”

We come across the saying, “strait and narrow” or also seen today as “straight and narrow”.

Have you ever wondered where the phrase comes from?

Matthew 7:14 is the answer: “strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which. leads to life.”

Whether we embrace a particular faith or religion, or whether we believe in God or the universe, in energy or humanity, we are all on a journey and, hopefully, that journey should be one of metanoia (“U” turns for the Christian), jihad (inner struggles and inner victories for the Muslim), Nirvana (Buddhism), Gita (Hindu paths) or ethical living (humanist).

Irrespective of our starting point, the waymarks all point to the same perennial destination however we define or perceive it.

Please do not mistake the wood for the trees by this paragraph and dismiss the rest of the piece as a partisan post. It is a think piece about our moral compass that helps us navigate the journey of life. The Times of Malta in the last 24 hrs carried at least 3 news pieces and an editorial regarding the alleged mastermind behind the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia funding the defense of the alleged assassins and of (sitting and resigned) members of cabinet potential involvement in this and other crimes, businessmen involvement with the government on national projects and an Ombudsman report highlighting allegedly systematic failures at (ex)Commissioner level within the Police Corps. Some might tell me not to mention such events because it hurts our reputation. Conversely, one can highlight H.E. the President’s stand, grounded in personal moral conviction and principles, that he would rather walk out from office than signing an abortion bill (quote: “I cannot stop the executive from deciding, that is up to Parliament.  But I do have the liberty, if I don’t agree with a bill, to resign and go home, I have no problem doing this.” )

We sometimes worry too much about reputation, but the reality is that it is all ultimately about the individual; It is the sum total of the individual characters that culminates in the ‘collective character‘ weaving society and spinning its actions.

Reputation is about how we project ourselves to be seen or about how others perceive us to be. It is not us.

Our character is who we are.

If integrity is not within the very fabric of our character and if our internal moral compass is so mired with infinite shades of grey that it cannot always and unequivocally distinguish black from white, then we lack good character no matter how we hold out ourselves to be in the eyes of others.

And if this is the case, someday, somewhere, somehow along the road, the truth has a way of catching up with us. But let not that be the reason why we should practice righteousness (Gal 6:7).

Be good and do good because it should define who you are regardless of how others perceive you. Never weary of doing good. Always strive to do what is good. (Gal 6:9 | 1 Thes 5:15) regardless.

Because life is a journey .. walk always and everywhere on the “strait and narrow” because it is the path that leads to life.

A Vote of Confidence in the Camino

As uncertainty continues in Spain over Covid-19 restrictions and measures at XirCammini we are certain that the Camino will prevail as it has for centuries before.

Neither war, nor strife, nor agnosticism or indifference have served to kill the Camino. Tomorrow the pandemic will be history, but the Camino will continue.

A XirCammini perregrina busily paints the conchas for our next series of Caminos in Spain, hopefully starting in September 2021:

We also continue with our efforts locally to strengthen the local, mini, Camino and other, historically-embedded, faith walks which will also launch once a normality prevails.

Until then, let’s keep positive and active.

Sincerely … James

A Call for Proposals and the SPED 2 Framework

XirCammini has contributed to the discussion called by the Government in relation to outdoor activities by submitting its proposals.

Today was the submission deadline.

Hiking is the most transient of outdoor pass-times that leaves the least negative impact on the environment and arguably provides the most physical, psychological, and social health and well-being results. A pass-time that is on the increase.

Our proposal focuses on three important pillars i.e. Engagement. Education and Enforcement, taking a holistic approach and involving the widest spectrum of stakeholders possible.

Our recommendations are within the framework of SPED 2 Rural Objective 2.

The following is a link to our proposal: