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    Where to stay in Madrid?

    Thanks to all. Your replies have been very helpful. we have made reservations at Hostal Dominguez. We start walking on Sunday. Very excited!
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    Madrid accomodations

    Thanks to all. Your replies have been very helpful. we have made reservations at Hostal Dominguez. We start walking on Sunday. Very excited!
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    Madrid accomodations

    I am getting a couple of places where Booking.com states they are full but others have encouraged me to contact the hotel directly. When I do, the hotel wants me to wire them money. I am uncomfortable with this. Why have a listing full on booking.com then ask for direct bank payment?
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    Madrid accomodations

    Greetings from Gloucester, Massachusetts! We will be flying out of Madrid on Oct 20. We are looking for recommendation on where to stay the night of Oct 19. we are getting a lot of messages that hotels are fully booked. Any suggestions as to where to stay in Madrid will be appreciated. Thank you!
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    Training for CF:5 weeks to go!

    You will be fine. My wife and I do two types of training. One is several trips up and down a 1/2 k long steep hill for strength. The other is longer walks for endurance. Our average training walk is 8 miles. The week before we go I try to get in two back to back walks of 15 miles with full pack...
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    Where to stay in Madrid?

    Greetings from Gloucester, Massachusetts! We are planning to walk VDLP mid-September on. We will be flying into and out of Madrid. Any suggestions as to where to stay in Madrid will be appreciated. Thank you!
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    Walking after hip replacement

    Pat and I are getting ready to walk again. Via De La Plata this time. Rereading this thread has been something else. Since I have had a hip replaced we have walked Camino Frances, Via Francigena (Sienna to Rome), and the South West Coastal Path (Minehead to Plymouth). Three years later, I still...
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    LIVE from the Camino Live Report from VdlP Starting from Seville on 6/20/18

    Thanks for posting your adventure! We are following with great interest as we intend to walk this route in the autumn. I did carry a yoga mat on one of the Caminos for a while. I strapped it on the side of my pack when I needed a rain cover. I don't know how large you mat, cover, or pack is but...
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    Accomodation...or lack of

    We are on our 5th and last camino .I am sitting in Carrion de los Condes. Two albergues here were full by 2pm. The other two are mostly full. We have had to book ahead two or three days but have occasionally found private alburgues already booked solid two days out. There is no solitude...
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    Warning: The municipal albergue in Villafranca Montes de Oca is permanently closed!

    Well, we've done Caminho Potuguese from Lisbon, the European Peace Walk Vienna to Trieste, and Via Francigena Sienna to Rome.....We are on Frances now because we never did it in spring before and I have a new hip so we needed an easy walk for me . Never thought it would be this crowded. This...
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    Warning: The municipal albergue in Villafranca Montes de Oca is permanently closed!

    We stayed in the alburgue at the hotel Sant Anton Abad four nights ago but only because we made reservations. After the Abad alburgue / hotel turned away at least a hundred pilgrims the municipal albergue was opened sometime after 4pm. This was after both the Abad alburgue and hotel were...
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    Are There Really That Many More Pilgrims?

    I am writing from Logrono. The answer to your question is yes.
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    pretty crowded in Pamplona

    Los Arcos was completely full yesterday at 16:30,all 4 albergues. We are in Viana and had to book hotel for Logrono. Not much fun racing for beds. This is our 5th camino so believe me when I say this is a different year! One advice, take care to make reservations in large cities on Saturdays...
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    dreadful walk,awful people,

    Still sitting here at Cizur Menor watching the turtles. ..I think the big one just moved...maybe not. . . Anyway, as an experienced pilgrim ( I've had a LOT to atone for) I thought I might pass on a few tips to make your camino almost bearable. 1. Wifi reception is always strongest when you...
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    dreadful walk,awful people,

    I am sitting in Cizur Menor as I write this. Life is bloody awful. I think the sun might burn my nose if I don't turn around. Everyone here is speaking Spanish! You would not believe how many Spaniards are here! Pamplona had so many cafes I think I may have even gained weight on this first...
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