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  1. Gillean

    Two stamps from Sarria to Santiago????

    I ran into a similar problem and ran out of space in my compostela. I collected one stamp per day in my compostela and two or more stamps per day in my journal. The Pilgrim Office accepted this as fulfilling their requirements.
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    Credential: first stamp and starting date

    I think if you were to just explain the situation and ask them to use your actual start date on the Certificate of Completion when you visit the Pilgrim Office they would be willing to do that. Seems like a small ask to me.
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    Spanish language question

    Or the famous "Yeh........No!"
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    St. Jean to Roncesvalles elevation?

    My guidebook (the Rother book) shows Orisson at 800 m elevation rather than 1095m (630 m above SJPdP) and the "Vierge de Biakorri" at 1095 m. The climb to Orisson seems to be half way in elevation but only about 8 km in distance from SJPdP. From Orisson to Col Lepoeder is a similar 630 m...
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    I think that would be the bar at Morgade
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    Looks like Mercedes at Molina Golochas near Villavente. Lovely lady and a great hostess.
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    Best guide for VDLP beginner?

    I liked the guidebook published by Bicigrino. Although aimed at cyclists I found it excellent for walkers. The maps were especially good. Unfortunately it seems to be out of print now although I saw copies in Spanish bookstores along the Via de la Plata this past June. The Amigos in Seville...
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    If you are interested in Spanish history, check this out

    Did my own check on Google Street View and you are absolutely correct!
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    If you are interested in Spanish history, check this out

    Oops! My mistake. Although when I zoom in, the profile you have circled as Wellington doesn't really resemble the figure I photographed. Are you sure that's him? In my memory he was closer to the end near where you have shown the ex-Godoy medallion. Regrettably my memory isn't terribly reliable...
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    Recommendations for albergue in Santiago?

    Semenario Menor is nice, economical and, as an option, they do have small single rooms - showers and bathrooms down the hall - for 15 or so euros (that was a couple of years back.....probably gone up a bit by now). It is about a 12 minute walk from the cathedral...
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    If you are interested in Spanish history, check this out

    When? He was missing at the end of May. Did they relocate him? Astronaut was still there though!
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    If you are interested in Spanish history, check this out

    This was the cameo of the Duke of Wellington (2015) It was located in the corner near the Oficina de Tourisma diagonally across the plaza from Franco: And this was the cameo of Franco (egg spattered) 2015 located near the very excellent Cafe Real: Both since removed along with quite a few...
  13. Gillean

    Junta albergue kitchens

    Pilgrims get the blame for a lot of things, not always justly. I remember staying at the albergue in Ourense when a friend asked the hospitalero if there were any more clothes drying racks? Only one had been put out in an albergue that accommodated 40+ people. The hospitalero looked away for a...
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    The Shame of Starting in Sarria

    I think I read somewhere that much of the infrastructure, albergues, etc., on the Camino Invierno (and despite its name) is closed during the winter. Worth researching.