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    Lighting candles in Spain for the dead

    Not a silly thing at all. ❤
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    RIP Megumi Shiozawa

    So sad to hear this. May she rest in peace.
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    The Easter Vigil denied.

    The Easter Vigil is my favorite night of the year. It's the night I was baptized 25 years ago and the evening brings back wonderful memories. My second (or maybe equally) favorite night of the year is midnight mass at Christmas. My church celebrates at 11:00 pm with carols from the choir...
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    Staying Connected In Difficult Times

    The priest at my church, who walked the Norte in 2017, was scheduled to walk a pilgrimage through Italy to Rome in May. A fellow priest and friend was planning on walking with him. They are both very disappointed they won't be going.
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    An Interesting Map

    I'm one of those in that big red map to the left... when I did my Camino in 2017 I made a list of a few converted miles to kilometers and Fahrenheit to Celsius and taped it in the back of my journal. I just wanted to relate metric to what I knew. Kilometers became easier but I could never...
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    Quick “The Way” synopses (and tribute)

    I did my first Camino in 2017 because of The Way... loved it. Watched it so many times I could quote it. Still love it, still watch it.
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    Vegan IS possible :)

    This list is amazing. Great job. I'll never know for sure, but once home, someone brought up the idea that since I did start eating meat and dairy, it might have caused the inflammation in my system that brought on the bursitis in my heels. This list is going in my Camino 2020 folder for...
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    Vegan IS possible :)

    Thank you so much for this. I am vegan and although I didn't start adding meat/dairy into my diet before I left, I did weaken and gave in while on the Camino due to lack of planning on my part. It just got easier, especially after my heels started hurting so badly I could barely walk. This...
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    Any Resolutions for repeat Pilgrims?

    I love your resolutions. The same thing happened to me in 2017. My Camino ended in Astorga... also health issues of a sort. When I decided to finish from Astorga in 2020, I thought about the exact things you mentioned above and have decided to start over in SJPDP. The snorers never bothered...
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    Time for Some Trail Runners

    Thank you for this. I just responded to another post about the "squishy" marshmallow feel. I've always liked the stability of a boot, but I ended up with bursitis in both heels in 2017 and couldn't finish. I've been trying anything and everything since. Love REI's return policy. So far my...
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    Time for Some Trail Runners

    I wondered about all that cushiness and springiness... this helps to know the downsides. I have never hiked anywhere in anything but boots, both hi and low, and walking on what sounds like marshmallows is a new concept to me. I'll have to try them out, though, before saying no. My pastor...
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    Time for Some Trail Runners

    It certainly does help lessen the confusion. Now I feel more "in the know" ;) Thanks much!
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    Time for Some Trail Runners

    Thank you so much... now I get it :-)
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    Vaseline on feet?

    For my Camino is 2017 I had read about Vaseline and I did use it. However, I also used liner socks. Vaseline, liner sock, then hiking sock. Nary a blister. Was it the Vaseline, the liner socks or a combination there of... no idea. I just know it worked for me. Didn't help with the heel...
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    Time for Some Trail Runners

    Okay... this may or may not be a dumb question but I need to know (since I am still looking for a shoe/boot to work for my next Camino. What is "zero drop" vs. and other "drop". What's "drop"?
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    My Wife Insists We Start From SJPDP!

    Thanks for info.
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    My Wife Insists We Start From SJPDP!

    I went over the Pyrenees June 3/4, 2017 and nearly froze. No snow, just lots of cold rain. I didn't have heavy clothes, just layered with what I had, but I would have given anything for a pair of warm gloves. A pair is going with me when I return next year. Hopefully I won't need them. Oh...
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    My Wife Insists We Start From SJPDP!

    Didn't know there was a bus from Madrid to Pamplona... I flew, spent the night, then took a bus to SJPP the next morning. Also didn't know there was a bus from Madrid to SJPP. Guess I didn't do my research enough in 2017. Will look into buses next year when I plan to return to SJPP and try again.
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    Women's Hoka Boots

    Do normal sneakers actually make it for 500 miles? I ask because they are so comfortable. On my Camino in 2017 I saw a guy set out from St Jean in a brand new sparkly white pair. I encountered him along the way and they always looked just as new and just as white through rain and mud. Since...
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    Pilgrim passport, number of stamps

    I am so glad this has finally been cleared for me because I have been confused by this as well. I didn't get to finish my first time around so this is helpful news for when I go back next year.

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