IKEA Ponchos for the Camino de Santiago?

The question was: I have read a few times on the forum about the Ikea ponchos and how great they are, so when I found a brand new one at my local resale shop I was pretty excited. The pattern was an attractive simple white/black, too, which I liked, and the seams inside all reinforced…

Baby on the Camino – my takeaways

This was a great post on the forum… here is the first part of it: We just returned from completing the Ingles with our six-month old baby boy. We actually started in Ireland, then flew to Spain to connect with the Ingles. This is called the ‘Celtic Camino,’ and we did about 170km total. He…

Winter Camino

The question was: Considering a first time winter Camino, almost certainly on the Frances. Just interested to know when those that have previously walked in the winter would chose to start. I’d rather walk in cold and snow than the wet etc – so I’m sort of assuming Jan/Feb is (on average) colder and drier…

Best Mobile Phone SIM card and plan in Europe?

The question was: I just found out that my AT&T calling plan in the US can’t be extended to Europe. So I’ll need to get a SIM card when I’m there for a plan that is pre-paid and not a regular recurring billing account. Any recommendations of what you’ve experienced along these lines? Thanks! Read…

Good advice on Medical Insurance for US peregrinos

The post is from 2017, but still relevant: In this jolting thread, @nidarosa brought home the importance of buying medical insurance while on the Camino.  I have been very negligent in this regard, having bought some coverage only from time to time, but I am now determined to sin no more. I am 67, on Medicare, and…

What are the places with communal meals on the Norte?

The question is simple: Hello fellow Peregrinos.. I love to have evening meals together with fellow peregrinos in the albergues. If you now albergues who provide this on the Norte, please respond to this message, so I can put them on my to do list. Read the responses on places with communal meals on the…

What are your favorite places / accommodation from Santander

The question was: Hi all, I ve got just over a week starting Camino in Santander in direction of Oviedo…. no destination in particular….. which accommodations, Albergues or other hostels, pensioners etc were your favorites or which villages, beachside or note were also special…so I can have an idea or where to stop…. many thanks…