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5th Anniversary Fundraising Walk: “Talk while you Walk”

5th Anniversary Fundraising Walk:

Talk while you Walk

Aim

To celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of the establishment of the Programme of Armenian Studies, we are organising a long-distance continental walk with three distinct purposes in mind:

1. To fundraise for the institution’s longevity and forthcoming projects

2. To raise awareness of and promote the use of Western Armenian

3. To provide Western Armenian lessons in a fun and adventurous environment surrounded by spectacular scenery

This initiative will start on Saturday 26th August and will end on Tuesday 3rd October.

Whilst traversing the medieval pilgrim route, otherwise known as the “Camino de Santiago” from the French Pyrenees to the Spanish shores of the Atlantic Ocean, participants will engage in Western Armenian conversations.

Bear in mind that it is not mandatory for participants to traverse the entire demarcated route: rather, the “Talk while you Walk” initiative provides them with the opportunity to join in as and when they can.

The Director of the Programme of Armenian Studies, Dr Krikor Moskofian, has completed this journey in 35 days in the same months (August, September, October) in 2016. Dr Moskofian will be leading the group from start to end.

Conditions of Participation

Participants must:

  • be over 18 years old
  • be healthy and physically able to traverse the demarcated route
  • be able to find a minimum of five donors to donate to the Programme of Armenian Studies, no matter how small their donation may be
  • have medical insurance

(The Programme of Armenian Studies is not responsible for any health related complications that may arise during the course of the journey. However we will provide assistance to the best of our ability.) 

  • All Eastern Armenian speakers must converse in Western Armenian during the duration of this walk.

We would like to remind non-EU participants to consult with their local French and Spanish consulates regarding visa arrangements.

Costings of Participation

For Armenian speaking participants

For participants who will be engaging in Western Armenian conversations on a daily basis, the Programme of Armenian Studies requires a baseline participation donation of £50 which covers up to 100 kilometers of the journey. Any extra kilometers journeyed would warrant a suggested donation of £0.25 per kilometer. This is separate to participants’ spending on living and accommodation expenses.

Exemptions

Those who are exempt to these commitments of donation are:

  • Teachers of Western Armenian
  • Students of Western Armenian (currently enrolled on a Western Armenian language course)
  • Academics in Armenian Studies
  • Armenian journalists
  • Established Armenian artists

Such participant must still find five donors willing to donate to the Programme of Armenian Studies, no matter how small their donation may be. However, upon this mandatory contribution, any donation that can be made by participants in this category would be greatly appreciated.

For non-Armenian speaking participants

We invite participants accompanying their Armenian-speaking friends on the journey to make a donation of an amount they feel is appropriate, on top of finding five donors willing to donate to the Programme of Armenian Studies, no matter how small this donation is.

Pace of the walk

We will be walking every day, unless in the case of serious emergency.

We will have four days off, in the four big cities of Pamplona, Burgos, Leon and Santiago.

 

Itinerary

 

 

All photos below are the intellectual property of Dr Krikor Moskofian. Use of any pictures without prior consent will result in prosecution.

The total distance of travel between the cities, towns, and villages is around 896.7km.


Day 1 
Saturday 26th August

The journey starts from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port (France)
to Burguete (Spain)

27.9km


Day 2
Sunday 27th August

Burguete to Zubiri

19.1km


Day 3 – 4

Monday 28th & Tuesday 29th August

Zubiri to Pamplona

21.1km


Day 5
Wednesday 30th August

Pamplona to Puente la Reina

23.8km


Day 6

Thursday 31st August

Puente la Reina to Estella

21.8km


Day 7
Friday 1st September

Estella to Los Arcos

21.6km


Day 8

Saturday 2nd September

Los Arcos to Logroño

27.6km


Day 9

Sunday 3rd September

Logroño to Nájera

29.6km


Day 10

Monday 4th September

Nájera to Santa Domingo

20.9km


Day 11

Tuesday 5th September

Santa Domingo to Belorado

22.9km


Day 12

Wednesday 6th September

Belorado to Atapuerca

30.2km


Day 13 – 14 

Thursday 7th & Friday 8th September

Atapuerca to Burgos

19.8km


Day 15

Saturday 9th September

Burgos to Hontanas

31.4km


Day 16

Sunday 10th August

Hontanas to Boadilla del Camino

28.5km


Day 17

Monday 11th September

Boadilla del Camino to Carrión de los Condes

24.5km


Day 18
Tuesday 12th September

Carrión de los Condes to Terradillos de los Templarios

26.6km


Day 19 

Wednesday 13th September

Terradillos de los Templarios to Calzadilla de los Hermanillos

26.4km


Day 20

Thursday 14th September

Calzadilla de los Hermanillos to Mansilla de las Mulas

23.6km



Day 21 – 22
Friday 15th & Saturday 16th September

Mansilla de las Mulas to León

17.9km


Day 23
Sunday 17th September

León to Villar de Mazarife

21.5km


Day 24
Monday 18th September

Villar de Mazarife to Astorga

31.5km


Day 25

Tuesday 19th September

Astorga to Foncebadón

25.9km


Day 26

Wednesday 20th September

Foncebadón to Ponferrada

27.1km


Day 27

Thursday 21st September

Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo

24.2km


Day 28

Friday 22nd September

Villafranca del Bierzo to Laguna de Castilla

26.4km


Day 29

Saturday 23rd September

Laguna de Castilla to Triacastela

23km


Day 30

Sunday 24th September

Triacastela to Barbadelo

23km


Day 31

Monday 25th September

Barbadelo to Ventas de Narón

31.2km


Day 32

Tuesday 26th September

Ventas de Narón to Melide

26.7km


Day 33

Wednesday 27th September

Melide to Arca

33km


Day 34 – 35

Thursday 28th & Friday 29th September 

Arca to Santiago de Compostela

20km


Day 36

Saturday 30th September

Santiago del Compostela to Negreira

21.9km


Day 37

Sunday 1st October

Negreira to Olveiroa

33.3km


Day 38

Monday 2nd October

Olveiroa to Muxia

31.6km


Day 39 

Tuesday 3rd October

The journey finishes from Muxia to Finisterre

28km (+ 3.2km to the lighthouse)

 


 

ALL prospective participants must contact Dr Krikor Moskofian to highlight their interest at k.moskofian@progarmstud.org.uk.

This initiative has been organised by Dr Krikor Moskofian (Programme of Armenian Studies, London).

We will release more pictures in the coming months to assist prospective participants in becoming familiar with the environment.

Once again, all photos are property of Dr Krikor Moskofian, use of any pictures without prior consent will result in prosecution.

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