I take a lot of medication. When it looked like my Camino time would be extended, I walked into a farmacía in León with a list. The very helpful pharmacist filled everything with the exception of sleep medication.
Consider that some people who snore can't afford private rooms and albergues or hotels. It strikes me as very un-Camino-like to suggest that only certain people be permitted to sleep in low-cost albergues.
Don't necessarily discount your 65L. You don't have to fill it and it's a lot easier to stuff in the early a.m. than trying to cram everything into a smaller backpack. I took a 36L and wish I had taken my 44L.
Go to the hotel -- not the albergue -- in Hontanas. The young woman there speaks a bit of English. I had medical issues when I was there and she helped me greatly. She called the ER in the next town and told them I was coming, then she called a taxi for me. That ER can't do much and certainly...
yes, I was aware of the September popularity after reading about it here and on the Facebook forums. I got a little nervous about it as a first-timer so I booked through Pamplona. I’m really glad I did!
I’m on the Camino now. While I have a long way to go, it didn’t take me long to realize I hated wearing that black pouch around my neck. I have a waist pack that stays with me all the time. Inside I have a ziplock bag with my passport and credential.