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  1. Bogong

    Visa dangers for volunteers

    I bowled into Changi once. Despite travelling on an official passport I was questioned rigorously as to where in Europe I had been, whom I had associated with etc. My luggage was meticulously and thoroughly searched. Next day, reading the Straits Times, there was a human interest story on one...
  2. Bogong

    Is this why we all walk in the same direction on Camino??

    Sadly and poignantly in today's circumstances we could well be on a different planet. De colores Bogong
  3. Bogong

    60 and over on the Camino

    Here's a left field suggestion. Catch the ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao, do over the Guggenheim etc.Local train to San Sebastian stay a few days. This is a fabulous boutique city that makes Paris look like a dump. Local train to Irun, change to French line to Bayonne, then the usual train to...
  4. Bogong

    Sleeping Bags - Down Quality

    In 1977 I bought a down sleeping bag for wilderness XC skiing. I think it was a Mountain Designs. Down sleeping bags were not all that common in those days, and in this thing even sleeping on the snow well sub zero I used to suffer from heat prostration. Well the zip went heavenward and I...
  5. Bogong

    A thought on Coronavirus

    I went to the supermarket this morning to buy tissues for my wife and realised that it is absolutely impossible to achieve social distancing in a Supermarket aisle here even if crowds are down. But I seem to remember supermarket aisles being wider in Sainsburies in the UK than they are here. De...
  6. Bogong

    1 or 2 day religious walks in Australia?

    I think we may need to have a ping at it again, Doug?
  7. Bogong

    1 or 2 day religious walks in Australia?

    At Easter each year there's an organised pilgrimage from Yass to the Monastery at Galong. It's around 60k and generally spreads over three days. I think it still happens. De Colores Bogong
  8. Bogong

    Camino Snobs

    But that surely would be the ultimate in snobbery! You have to also do it on your knees and constantly flagellate with a cat o' nine tails.
  9. Bogong

    Napoleon Route Closed.

    Tempting faith is a wonderful term to describe someone challenging mortality! De Colores Bogong
  10. Bogong

    Frances in 27 days?

    Kevin, this is an example of how you can easily scare yourself. I did endless research before I walked with mounting concern and terror on the accomodation front. At the Pilgrim Office at St J p de P I was given a list of albergues open and closed in winter. By the time I reached Roncesvalles it...
  11. Bogong

    Frances in 27 days?

    The trouble is with all sorts of differing advice and suggestions you can get snowed and it can scare the living daylights out of you. Getting overburdened with information can become a bigger hurdle than the walk itself. I got quite terrified until I actually started. I was 69, weighed around...
  12. Bogong

    If You have Walked the Camino - Do you prefer boots or trail runners?

    There are a few drop-offs from memory where ankles need some support in my view. The descent to Zubiri, the loose, rock-strewn path down from Alto de Perdon, the path down from Cruz de Ferro. On the way to Fisterre the drop down to Cee was bad in the heavy rain and wind when I did it, but I've...
  13. Bogong

    How many Protestants are on the Camino de Santiago?

    The point simply is that the Camino de Santiago as such does not end in Santiago. It ends in the Cathedral there, more specifically even at the tomb of St James. To be pedantic and perhaps even a bit brutal, no-one has actually completed the Camino unless they've ended it in the Cathedral...
  14. Bogong

    How many Protestants are on the Camino de Santiago?

    Never quite sure where the line is on this. But given that "the door is open to everybody and the hand is extended to everybody" and that some feel constrained against taking communion on what is essentially a traditional religious pilgrimage I thought it wasn't going too far. B
  15. Bogong

    How many Protestants are on the Camino de Santiago?

    interesting in the invitation, in both Anglican and Roman Catholic services I have attended: " Drink this, all of you..." My conviction is that this is a broad invitation to all irrespective of creed, and as an Anglican I have never had any issues with taking communion in a Catholic service...
  16. Bogong

    Sadly.....an American pilgrim has died on the way to Roncesvalles.

    The sadness of this would indeed be assuaged if a surviving relative continued his earthly pilgrimage to Santiago. What a tribute! I find such actions inspiring. It was a central theme of the movie "The Way" which sadly was rubbished by some on a recent thread as cheesy Hollywood. De Colores...
  17. Bogong

    Disparaging "The Way"

    I'm sorry, but if it had been cheesy Hollywood they would have humped it in bed in the Parador. To me it was more about rediscovering paternal love and the interplay of human relationships. The route provided an iconic underpinning to the main theme, but the movie was never intended as a...
  18. Bogong

    Hollywood coming back to The Camino !

    At least it’s a variation in the well-worn theme! Seeing “Camino Skies” recently it struck me I could write a synopsis for most of the past movies. Someone faces a personal or family crisis, or mid-life one, decides to walk the Camino to discover themselves/ find an answer, meets up by design...
  19. Bogong

    Washing Gortex Rain Jacket and Pants

    If the things didn't work when they were brand new I doubt whether they would work any better by introducing some aftermarket treatment from another supplier. Also this is the first time I've been told that Goretex gives a life time guarantee (by Camino David), certainly nothing of the sort was...
  20. Bogong

    Washing Gortex Rain Jacket and Pants

    I've had three Goretex jackets, now disposed of, and two more recent ones, of which more later. None of the three were waterproof from new, even in light rain. Basically they're a polyester/nylon type outer over a Teflon membrane and another protective layer inside to safeguard the teflon. The...
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