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    To Ipod or not to Ipod

    Interesting that this topic is still active.... I am reporting in that I did take my mp3 player on the camino and never used it once. I completed my first Camino in Santiago on June 15, 2007, and am presently on Camino #2 this year, took my mp3 player once more, with the reasoning that I would...
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    In and out from Paris

    When I did my first Camino in May-June 07, I flew into Paris CDG, and from the airport was able to catch a train to Biarritz without leaving the airport. Air France also flies from CDG to Biarritz, but because it was Friday, the flight was expensive compared with the cost of a train ticket. If...
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    Finding a room in Pamplona

    Hi Clarrisa; I reserved a room at Hotel Elsava, it is very close to the camino, the cost is reasonable at 39 euros per night. If you wish to contact them (they responsed to me in English), the email address is : correo@hotel-eslava.com. From the airport, you can just take a taxi. I will be...
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    Inexpensive hotel in Pamplona

    Can anyone suggest a hotel or hostel in Pamplona, on or within a couple blocks of the Camino. I will be arrving late after a long flight, and would rather stay in a hotel than an albergue the first night. Thanks, Lora
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    Oct Weather Sevilla-salamanca

    Ok, so I have three weeks starting early October to walk another part of the Camino. I have pretty much decided on the first 500 K stretch of Via de la Plata. It is probably a foregone conculsion that there will be a Part 2 at a later date. I have chosen this piece for many reasons, mainly...
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    Oct Weather Sevilla-salamanca

    Ok, so I have three weeks starting early October to walk another part of the Camino. I have pretty much decided on the first 500 K stretch of Via de la Plata. It is probably a foregone conculsion that there will be a Part 2 at a later date. I have chosen this piece for many reasons, mainly...
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    Flying from Canada...to do pilgrimage...which airport?

    Thanks for this info Dawn. Zoom airlines seems to be the only one of those you mentioned that fly into Paris from Vancouver, but the prices are great, especially if you can be a little flexible on the dates. I like the idea of flying into Paris CDG, it is possible to get a flight to...
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    Flying from Canada...to do pilgrimage...which airport?

    Yes, flying to Paris makes the most sense if you are wanting to start in St Jean. You just need to get from Paris to Biarritz/Bayonne via air or rail. Just how long of a route are you wanting? You can actually walk from Paris to St Jean which is about 840K. St Jean is kind of the unoffical...
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    Leaving in a week...

    Re the bugs, I was bitten (alot) when I walked in May of this year. I can't remember exactly which alberques, but it seemed to be less of a problem the further on I went. Some people never got bitten and others were feasted on, while others only had a few bites. Make sure that you shake...
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    Flying from Canada...to do pilgrimage...which airport?

    Hi Paul; I flew from Vancouver to Paris CDG. I caught the train right at the airport and went all the way to Bayonne, having to change trains in Bordeaux. From Bayonne it is a short train or bus ride to St Jean Pied de Port. I stayed over night in Bayonne, there is a pilgrim friendly hotel...
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    Pack Size/Model Survey

    I took a sleeping bag, and unless you are travelling in the heat of the summer, I would recommend it, even then the weather can get cold at nights particulary in the mountains. Mine was a Montbell, it was ultra light and weighed in a just over a pound. I also used a silk liner, but on my...
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    Woman alone on the camino frances: safe?

    The town was San Justo, just before Astorga. The camino winds down a hill into this town, which is where he was sitting on a bench, wore a hat, the same type a lot of elderly Spanish men wear. I estimate him to be in his late seventies. He had at least one, perhaps two canes, and he was...
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    Pack Size/Model Survey

    To add my vote, I am an Osprey girl. I took the womans aura model 50L, and it was perfect. Very adjustable, and lots of room for those days when you have to pack your own food, and extra room for shopping in Santiago! I placed my water bladder in the very back mesh portion. My pack with...
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    What part of Camino would you not do?

    When considering where to start, I would like to point out something that I had not considered before I started my Camino. If you skip stages by taking a bus or a train, you will be meeting a whole new group of people each time. Given the wonderful people that I got to know along the way...
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    Clothes washing?

    Bright Eyes, do you mean alberques or the hostels which are two different things. In the alberques, their was always a place to do laundry, some even had machines to do the work. Don't forget your clothes pins! I lost a couple of articles of clothing to the wind on my camino. Hopefully...
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