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      Like I said, it's not that it can't happen that a place is full. But it is certainly much less of an issue than some people make it out to be. Where you are in the wave of course plays a role. How late you arrive plays a role. How many...
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      Laurie Sanantone reacted to Antnix1's post in the thread Pilgrimage or vacation? with Like Like.
      There are forum rules about discussing pilgrims vs holidaymakers so we'll be careful. Vacation is a US word meaning holiday. Holiday: "an extended period of leisure and recreation, especially one spent away from home or in travelling." I think...
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      Laurie Sanantone replied to the thread Camino de Madrid.
      Las Palomas restaurant in Valsain is very good, though not inexpensive. Closed Mondays.
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      Laurie Sanantone reacted to Janade's post in the thread The Camino for LGBTQ with Like Like.
      With respect, Bruce, as a straight male you will never know or truly understand the discrimination, homophobia, and harassment that those in the LGBTQ community may experience. Often there is no question of why it is occurring - many people are...
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      This was my husband. So many thanks to all of my fellow pilgrims who stopped to help and to pray and to translate for me. He was doing what he loved. Thank you for the news article link.
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      Laurie Sanantone reacted to jeffnd's post in the thread Reintroducing myself with Like Like.
      Ten years ago to the day, I returned home from walking the Camino Frances. People asked me if I would do it again, and I said absolutely. I thought I'd be going back in "3 to 4 years." Obviously, that didn't happen. Life gets in the way, I guess...
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      It is disappointing for a pilgrim who really wants to see the botafumiero swing but does not. However, lots of pilgrims have been disappointed but still went on to realize they had had a special pilgrimage anyways. And regarding time for...
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      Laurie Sanantone reacted to t2andreo's post in the thread Botafumerio out of service with Like Like.
      Everyone needs to understand that this mechanism is hundreds of years old. It employs precise geometry and engineering - for the time. All the parts are custom made. You cannot just go to the local DIY store for replacement parts. When the rest...
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      Well, maybe not. My plans are to leave for France on May 4th, stay overnight in Paris, train to St. jean, and begin the Camino! and Thursday I came down with covid. and yes, it did indeed put me flat on my back. but? thanks to medical...
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      I am 68 and walked solo Porto to Santiago. I got so much wrong, but so much right too. I had trained - somewhat. I began 27 March in run up to Easter and walked into terrible weather on Coastal route. Poncho ripped in the 40 kms wind day one...
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