More bed bug talk, this time in the Telegraph

The Telegraph has an article today on the recent bed bug problems that we have been talking about in the forum for some time now.

Convents and hostels along the route to the north-western Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela have become infested by bedbugs, spread by the more than 100,000 pilgrims who travel to the shrine of St James every year.

The insects, which bury themselves deep inside mattresses and pillows in the pilgrims’ quarters, are causing untold numbers of travellers to have sleepless nights and are responsible for many falling ill on the way.

It seems like this now has become more known around the world, and hopefully this can be stopped before the camino gets a bad reputation.

More in the Telegraph here and we have a long thread in the forum on this topic as well.

2 Replies to “More bed bug talk, this time in the Telegraph”

  1. “Unwashed Pilgrims”?! Sadly another example of unreasearched journalism giving potential pilgrims a completely unrealistic idea of what to expect.

  2. Well… let´s just say some pilgrims don´t smell so good. And some of them carry insects around with them.

    It´s the truth. It´s real. And it´s icky.

    And maybe it will deter some of the waves of tourists who whine the whole way down the trail about sanitation and hygiene and “how it ought to be.”

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