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  1. Katherine Fugate

    Need Advice - the last 100 miles

    Yes, as above. We came from Los Angeles. We flew LA to Madrid. Madrid to Santiago. Santiago we took a prebooked taxi who met us at the airport to Sarria. We didn't want to see any of Santiago as that was our destination, so kept it a surprise. The private taxi was expensive but we arrived...
  2. Katherine Fugate

    Backpacks for children

    My most important note would be buy in person not on the internet. We tried on at least 6 before my 10 year old found one that fit her around the arms, straps didn't cut or irritate, she liked the feeling, pockets, zipper, etc. We ended up at REI and after trying all the typical name brands, she...
  3. Katherine Fugate

    Curious about tour operator pre-planned walks

    That sounds smart! I know the international plans were 30, 60 and 120 I think but I always seemed to go over - way too fast - so I would do the SIM too! (And I am so excited for you to be going and can't wait to follow your adventures!)
  4. Katherine Fugate

    Curious about tour operator pre-planned walks

    Yes and that is great advice! For me, I have a fairly new phone that was not unlocked and I did not want to change my phone number/give a new number to friends, etc. It really is more a comfort level than anything. It definitely comes down to where you want to give/where you want to save.
  5. Katherine Fugate

    Curious about tour operator pre-planned walks

    Hi there, I took my regular Samsung/Android phone. I have AT&T and paid for the $10 a day foreign/International use/flat fee for all. You pay the days you use it. It was cheaper than using an international plan that I had before based on data as I always seemed to go over. It's a flat fee for...
  6. Katherine Fugate

    Curious about tour operator pre-planned walks

    So many wonderful, enriching replies and I learned so much from reading them. I would add my own personal journey to this: When I decided to walk the Camino, as I am a single woman with a 10 year old child, my very first instinct was to book a tour company, hire a guide, have my luggage...
  7. Katherine Fugate

    Looking to start journey with someone or get any advice on Paris 8/4, 8/5 traveling to St. Jean 8/6

    Hello, I re-read this thread with your concerns and this is what I would do: 1. You arrive at CDG from Baltimore, MD at 11:30am. Please factor customs and terminal change. Book a flight to Biarritz via Air France/EasyJet/etc leaving around 2 to 3pm the same day out of CDG. The flight is a...
  8. Katherine Fugate

    Looking to start journey with someone or get any advice on Paris 8/4, 8/5 traveling to St. Jean 8/6

    Hello, I want to respond and tell you I understand your anxiety. The train is roughly 4 hours from Gare (station) Montparnesse in Paris to Biarritz. I haven't taken that particular train but I don't think the issue is really scenic but how much time you have and what hour you wish to arrive...
  9. Katherine Fugate

    Looking to start journey with someone or get any advice on Paris 8/4, 8/5 traveling to St. Jean 8/6

    I live in Paris part time and rent my apartment on Air BnB. What I tell visiting guests is it is easier to hire a car service to pick you up at the airport if this is your first time arriving at CDG. To have someone waiting for you does alleviate a lot of stress as it is a long plane ride, a...
  10. Katherine Fugate

    Geocaching along the Camino

    Hi there. As we arrived in Santiago de Compostela two days earlier than expected, we did do over a dozen geocaches. All were left by O Golpe who was recommended by a pilgrim on this forum. They were very clever and surprisingly right in the thick of the crowd and required great stealth. They...
  11. Katherine Fugate

    Camino with children

    We used Booking.com and entered the cities on the Camino Frances route. From lists provided here, we had many of the names of the Casa Rurales. Many of the bars/routes along the way have private rooms as well alburgue/dorm rooms. Accommodations were also listed on our apps - gronze.com and wise...
  12. Katherine Fugate

    Random helpful advice

    Don't pack anything "just in case" - you can buy just about anything you may need there. Despite all the warnings against cotton, I last minute packed my favorite long sleeved loose white cotton t-shirt and was so very happy to snuggle into that at night after all the dryfit "wickey-wickey"...
  13. Katherine Fugate

    Camino with children

    Hi there, I am the mom with the Help with a 10 year old Sarria to Santiago thread. We just returned. I found as advised that my daughter did much better than either of us expected. One poster had said "never underestimate a 10 year old" and that became her personal mantra and motto and she...
  14. Katherine Fugate

    Mom and Daughter Walking Team

    Mom and Daughter Walking Team
  15. Katherine Fugate

    Plantars Fasciitis

    Hi there. This is what I brought with me. KT PRO. They are precut and more sports geared in their advertising. I purchased them at Target. They have a similar brand at Big 5 Sporting Goods. I ended up buying one more container in Melide and one in Santiago. They were not precut like the KT brand...
  16. Katherine Fugate

    Plantars Fasciitis

    I feel the pain in the actual underneath inner arch, not the heel. I used the black kinesiology tape and wrapped it around my arch on both feet and wore that through the entire Camino and it truly helped. They sold the tape at all the Farmacia/Pharmacy along the Camino so I was able to reapply...
  17. Katherine Fugate

    What I learnt along the way + Short Film

    truly inspiring and well done... beautiful.
  18. Katherine Fugate

    Were we conned outside Sarria

    I loved your answer and you have quite a way with words!!! I believe most everyone here is charitable and kind, wanting to give. To me, the thread has a greater awareness of where and to whom to give so your gift has the most impact and meaning based on your intention. I too dropped off all I...
  19. Katherine Fugate

    Were we conned outside Sarria

    Were you also able to ascertain anything about the 2 young women on their knees, head bowed, holding a paper cup? After we completed our Camino we remained in Santiago for 3 days and the same 2 young women alternated postings either just before the final (often-bagpipes/music) tunnel to the...
  20. Katherine Fugate

    Were we conned outside Sarria

    Yes, we saw them in Sarria and on Camino paths on our pilgrimage. We see the same in Paris all the time, again usually teen girls or young adult women. Though sometimes while you are signing the clipboard another girl is pickpocketing you while you are distracted. I have come to learn to avoid...
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