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  1. BROWNCOUNTYBOB

    Booked our flights at a good rate

    I've been checking round trip air fares periodically from our home in Indianapolis to Madrid, departing mid Sept and returning late October (2021). The rate has consistently been $1,100 to $1,200 per person which is the rate we paid for our cancelled 2020 camino (fortunately we received cash...
  2. BROWNCOUNTYBOB

    2021 Camino Frances - will be more expensive !

    During our first Camino Frances (2015), my wife and I spent on average 35 euros / day / person. We mostly stayed in municipal albergues, and only a few overnights in hotels or private albergues. During our second camino (2017), we hiked with my brother and his wife. We stayed mostly in "quad...
  3. BROWNCOUNTYBOB

    Parador(s) detour from Sarria?

    During my career with a Fortune 500 company, we lived in Geneva, Switzerland for three years. We celebrated Christmas in Geneva, then travelled to Spain with our three young children for 10 days after Christmas. Each time we travelled throughout Spain, mostly staying in paradors. We...
  4. BROWNCOUNTYBOB

    2021 Reservations

    My wife and I walked the camino frances in 2015, 2017 and 2019 (Sept-Oct each time). We wanted to keep hiking the camino every two years, but were concerned about the high number of pilgrims walking during the Jubilee year, so we decided to hike in 2020. We made private room reservations every...
  5. BROWNCOUNTYBOB

    COVID Airline refund on cancellation ?

    Like many others, my wife and I have plans to walk Camino Frances beginning mid-Sept. We're hopeful that things return to near-normal by late summer and we will still be able to travel to Spain. For those of you that have already cancelled your caminos for the near term, what has been your...
  6. BROWNCOUNTYBOB

    Streamlined Process for Jacotrans Backpack Transport

    During our first camino (2015), my wife developed blisters that changed her gait which progressed to severe knee pain. A camino angel told us about Jacotrans in Carrion de los Condes. The next day she sent her backpack ahead and continued using Jacotrans the rest of our camino. It worked...
  7. BROWNCOUNTYBOB

    Keurig / K cup Cafe con Leche

    One of our favorite daily rituals on the camino is having café con leche with our breakfast and also at one of our rest breaks walking through a town. When my wife and I returned home in late October, I was thinking about creative Xmas presents I could buy for my wife. I pondered whether there...
  8. BROWNCOUNTYBOB

    Preventing Black Toe ?

    My wife and I have walked three Camino Frances - the full 800 kms, each time Sept - Oct in 2015, 2017 and 2019. We've decided to walk again in 2020 to avoid the Jubilee Year crowds in 2021. The first time we walked CF (Napoleon route), I noticed that my right foot "big toe" had darkened under...
  9. BROWNCOUNTYBOB

    Next Holy Year 2021 - when does pilgrim traffic drop off ?

    My wife and I walked Camino Frances twice (2015 and 2017). We were surprised about the increase in the number of pilgrims 2017 vs 2015. We will begin walking our third CF from St Jean on Sept 20. It will be interesting to see how the pilgrim numbers compare this year to 2017. We would like...
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