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  1. Oxford Alice

    Opening a coronavirus thread for forum discussion

    My plan was to begin the CF on 2 April (flights booked, not yet cancelled). I was looking forward to celebrating Easter in Santo Domingo. Now, I think I will be giving up the Camino for Lent!
  2. Oxford Alice

    Rain protection - ( Overkill ? or cut back to save some weight?)

    I don't think those three items are overkill. I used to walk with rain jacket + backpack cover, and that works fine for drizzle and light showers ... UNTIL it starts absolutely pitching rain, and then it might not be enough. Waterproof jackets can lose their finish over the course of a long...
  3. Oxford Alice

    Walking through cancer. A thread for inspiration.

    I discovered a lump in my groin whilst doing the CF in 2014. Back home I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Hooked up to the chemo, I hoped and prayed to get through it. I did. In 2018 I walked again in a spirit of thankfulness to God for restoring my health. I leave on 2 April 2020 to...
  4. Oxford Alice

    Transport from st john to roncesvalles

    Christine of Express Bourricot drove me from Biarritz Airport to Roncesvalles (after dropping a few people off at SJPP) so I could begin my Camino there -- for about the same reason you want to do this. I'd done the Napoleon route previously, and made a calculation that I wasn't getting any...
  5. Oxford Alice

    Buying socks from the old man in Castrojeriz

    I bought a pair of socks, and asked if he would take a credit card. He smiled (a bit wickedly, I thought) and said in pretty good English: Money, money, money. Luckily there was a bank machine at hand ....
  6. Oxford Alice

    Amazing albergue - don’t miss it!

    I stayed there last night in pouring rain. I can imagine it would be lovely in good weather by, uh ...
  7. Oxford Alice

    Anglican Chaplaincy in Santiago

    This is great. Many thanks to all who have done the organising.
  8. Oxford Alice

    Frustrated in Roncesvalles

    Many thanks to the forum for supplying this place to record experiences and help each other. Since sharing this one I have had so many blessings along The Way. The stay in Zabaldika was particularly inspiring and healing. Roncesvalles is truly in the rear view mirror —and now I concentrate on...
  9. Oxford Alice

    Frustrated in Roncesvalles

    It did happen on the 28th.
  10. Oxford Alice

    LIVE from the Camino Latest news Roncesvalles

    This is exactly what happened to me last night. I could show that I had paid and I had a confirmation number but no email so bad luck: they absolutely would not budge.
  11. Oxford Alice

    Frustrated in Roncesvalles

    Yes, I finally did.
  12. Oxford Alice

    Frustrated in Roncesvalles

    Last night both the new and overflow accommodation was completo. I walked today with three chaps who slept in a doorway and they weren’t the only ones who did. Because of the May Day holiday on Tuesday, many Spanish people are taking a day off Monday to create a four-day weekend. Perfect to do a...
  13. Oxford Alice

    Frustrated in Roncesvalles

    Good advice!
  14. Oxford Alice

    Frustrated in Roncesvalles

    Arrived at the Albergue with a reservation and confirmation code but they didn’t have my booking. I was able to show them that the money for dinner and bed had been taken out of my bank account, but without a confirming email they won’t budge. I don’t think they sent me an email — it was just...
  15. Oxford Alice

    Finally.......doing the whole journey!

    I arrive SJPP 26 Aprll and begin walking the Valcarlos route 27 April. Buen Camino!

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