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Recent content by Duffman

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    Favorite Leg/Section

    SJPDP to Lograño and Astoria to O Cebriero. I guess because I loved the variety of the countryside and the rolling hills. Oh, and the wine!
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    Lodging Pamplona

    My son and I stayed at the Eslava last May. I really loved staying there. Very nice hosts. They hooked us up for a taxi to SJPdP. Very clean and convenient. A beautiful walk from the train.
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    Primitivo - May - reducing backpack weight

    Regarding the sleeping kit: I used a permethrin treated silk liner with an ultralight down quilt tucked inside. Cold nights I was under the quilt. Hot nights I would push the quilt to the bottom of the liner. I kept warm and kept the bedbugs in check.
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    If staying in Albergues you need a towel. I bought a microfiber terrycloth version that was large enough to really work (small ones get saturated before you are really dry). I hung it on the outside of my pack to dry. I attached a picture of me and said towel in Portomarín last June. Buen Camino
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    Can anyone relate!

    Hey, all I’m trying to do is to boost my annual dividend!!!! Gotta spend money to make money!!
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    I carried Birkenstock EVA sandals. Great for cruising around towns and for the albergue showers. My boots were comfy, so I didn’t walk in them, but a Korean couple we walked with did the entire Frances in them (with socks). Plus they are inexpensive and very lightweight.
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    Yoga on the camino

    I completed the Frances in June and unsuccessfully searched for a yoga class. I just ended up practicing in albergues, plazas, etc., of course without a mat.
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    Need Help - Airline Ticket Change Blows Up Itinerary

    Thanks! I booked a room downtown. I'll be on the lookout for the los abuelos dulces.
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    Need Help - Airline Ticket Change Blows Up Itinerary

    Thank you so much, my Camino friends!!! I appreciate your input! I was able to reschedule my flight to the day before, so we will have a day in Madrid. So now I have another question: can someone recommend a decent hotel or pension in Madrid? I would love to be in the historical downtown...
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    Need Help - Airline Ticket Change Blows Up Itinerary

    This morning I received notification that Iberia Air cancelled my flight to Madrid scheduled for next Friday, the 25th. The former (cancelled) itinerary had my son and me arriving in Madrid in the mid-morning of Saturday the 26th. I hold train tickets leaving Madrid Atocha at 3:05 PM. I have...
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    Sunday Taxi Availability from Pamplona to SJPdP

    Thanks for the reply, but we won’t be able to take the Sunday bus as we need to arrive by mid-morning in SJPdP and get up to Ortison by 6:00PM on the same day. I was asking about the availability of Sunday morning transportation. It sounds like the bus runs too late and the only viable means...
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    Sunday Taxi Availability from Pamplona to SJPdP

    Hi All, I'm new to the Forum. My son and I will be starting the CF from SJPdP on May 27. We have reservations at Orrison the night of the 27th (need to be there by 6:30 PM). Our itinerary is to arrive in Madrid on May 26 in the morning (9:30ish), then train to Pamplona in the afternoon. We...

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