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  1. K

    Help with planning Nov 2019

    Hi. I did the VDLP from Seville to Salamanca this Spring. I would recommend the cities that you have listed for your trek. There is good bus service between the towns so it is easy to hop ahead quickly if you run out of time. I stayed at the Albergue las Veletas in Caceres and really...
  2. K

    Albergue Question for VdlP

    I walked this April and May and never had a problem. I was in the Easter bubble which meant about 12 people! Definitely stay at the Emblase. Modern, has a cafe and they wash your clothes! The first few days out of Sevilla are boring but I loved it after Merida .
  3. K

    Download route

    I did the first half of the Via de La Plata in May and I really like Windy maps. You don't have to download the route. By expanding the screen you see the Via del Plata and your place on it. I thought it was easy to use and reliable.
  4. K

    Recommendations: No blisters, no sunburn!

    I didn't mean this as a competition. I am just sharing what worked for me when I walked. I was happy with the sleeves and had great success with Blistabloc. Wanted to share with other pilgrims. End of my comments on my post.
  5. K

    Recommendations: No blisters, no sunburn!

    Not sure. I haven't heard about Engo patches. I found Blista Bloc on a website and ordered them. I think I paid $7 for a set.
  6. K

    Recommendations: No blisters, no sunburn!

    Recently back from walking the Via de la Plata from Sevilla to Salamanca. It was brutally hot for the first week. I would like to share two items that worked well for me. I took "sleeves" that runners normally use to keep warm. These were great to counteract the sun which usually ended up...
  7. K

    Have you practiced, or received a random act of kindness on your pilgrimage?

    On the Via de la Plata last month I did a side trip to Hervas to see the old Jewish quarter. Totally lost as usual, I asked a local woman to help me find it. I don't speak Spanish and she didn't speak English. Next thing I know this lovely lady took me on a half hour walk through the...
  8. K

    Bus to Salamanca from Morille?

    Thank you! Gracias!
  9. K

    Bus to Salamanca from Morille?

    I will be walking into Salamanca on Monday May 13th. I would like to bus in from Morille rather than try to navigate through the city on my own. I'm having trouble finding out if there is a bus or if I will need to take a taxi. Much prefer the ease and low cost of public transportation. Does...
  10. K

    A wonderful albergue at Embalse de Alcantara

    Highly recommend this albergue. It is on a reservoir about 30K north of Casares. Brand new building with an innovative design. Laundry and breakfast are included in the 15 EUR price. Great showers and a nice cafe/bar. It was a real treat.
  11. K

    Where to take rest days

    Plan to spend a day or two in Santiago. I took a "free" walking tour there and it really heightened my appreciation of the town beyond the cathedral.
  12. K

    Which half of the VDLP??

    Hi Sylvie. Thank you for your reply. I am starting out of Seville on April 24. Heading to Salamanca. Sounds like you will be ahead of me. I booked space at the backpack hostel in Triana. Has good reviews and hopefully some helpful info in heading out of Seville which sounds a bit...
  13. K

    Which half of the VDLP??

    Thank you for the great advice! I really appreciate it.
  14. K

    Which half of the VDLP??

    Hi. I am planning to walk half of the VDLP starting in late April / early May. I wondered if anyone could recommend which "half" is the better choice...Seville to Salamanca or Salamanca to Santiago? I have about 3 weeks for the trip. I am 65, walking alone, planning to stay in alburgues...