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Recent content by NicP

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    COVID Fuenterroble hostel is hosting a baker's dozen of pilgrims who got stuck on VDLP

    This is a lovely, heartwarming story. Thanks so much for sharing it. Its beautiful to see such positivity in these strange and unusual times, and its also lovely for me to look back on my own night there, which was one of the many highlights during my time on the VDLP.
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    Virtual Camino You CAN walk a virtual Camino in Google Earth!

    This is genius... thanks @alexwalker for bumping this up! I've got a big wall map, and Efren's Vlogs, and will be out as often as I can to clock up the kilometers, marking on my map the equivalent distance walked on the Frances, checking it out on google Earth, and possibly even starting the day...
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    COVID When the Camino again has Pilgrims...

    David, I think you're right - many of us will be able to focus on the future positively, in a way we normally wouldn't, during this strange time that we're living in. And for many of us, the strangeness of the times will give us something bigger than our own more general existential angst to...
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    A 'One Word' Why?

    Yes - where is this course?
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    A 'One Word' Why?

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    Walking... and waiting for the next camino...

    Walking... and waiting for the next camino...
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    COVID Wave of pilgrims when lock down is over?

    For me (I was due to travel to SJPDP on 28 April 2020, now cancelled), I will walk as soon as it is safe and sensible to do so. My work can be relatively flexible, so I am fortunate in this respect. What is safe? That's a subjective assessment that each of us will have to make for...
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    Is less .... more? - Pilgrim footware

    The "no shoes"advice might be great for a young person who is still in good shape, but what about us slightly older and worn out people, who have already damaged knees and spines and other bits and pieces (possibly from years of wearing these shoes).... it seems to me that the cushioning in the...
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    New Zealand friends of the Camino

    Have a great time in Spain, and buen camino. Let me know when you’re back and maybe we can catch up for a coffee in Wellington when you get back - I’d love to hear about your camino.
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    LIVE from the Camino Waiting for pilgrims in Zamora

    Thank you so much for your updates on life as hospitaleros in Zamora at Christmas - its been a joy to hear what you’ve been up to - keep the posts coming! Merry Christmas and Buen Camino!
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    Thinking about whether I can walk another camino, one day...

    Thinking about whether I can walk another camino, one day...
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    New Zealand friends of the Camino

    Hi all, just wondering if anybody was still thinking of starting a New Zealand friends of the Camino group? If so, I’d love to be part of it. I’m in Wairarapa, and would love the opportunity to meet up with others with an interest in the Camino locally, in Wellington or possibly Manawatu...
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    Wine and Beer

    Aside from recommending the 'cerveza con limon', which I think is a really refreshing and relatively easy to drink, I'd take @FrankieBallz advice - if you're walking long distance, and exerting yourself in a way you usually don't, its worth being wary of dehydration - water, occasional sugary...
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    The pilgrim next to you just had a heart attack?

    You might not start CPR if you come across a person who is clearly dead and has been dead for some time (i.e. they are cool / cold), as opposed to somebody whom you witness collapsing in front of you. If somebody has been dead long enough to be cold, you aren't going to revive them with CPR, no...
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    Camiño Frances in 20 days

    Hi - in my personal experience it is entirely possible to do this, if that's what you want to do. With plenty of training beforehand including with a loaded pack, if you are fit and healthy, then go for it. On my only camino experience so far (which was a fairly long one, distance-wise) I...

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