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  1. DurhamParish

    Carlos Nunez

    I'm going to see him in concert tonight (3/14) in Bethesda, Maryland. I try to see him each and every time he is in the area. I'm very excited and just had to tell some people who know who he is and would understand my excitement. It is so cool to see him and then know that I'm on my way to...
  2. DurhamParish

    The First Step

    I just purchased my round trip ticket to Paris for March 23rd. I should be in St. Jean Pied de Port on the evening of the 24th. I'm so excited.
  3. DurhamParish

    I couldn't stop myself

    At Durham Parish, my lovely wife prepares and prints the service bulletin for the worship services. Usually it is a simple affair with more coordination, which she is very good at, than technical complication. The Christmas Eve service bulletin is another item all together. It is a booklet...
  4. DurhamParish

    You know it's too heavy, but you pack it anyway

    Since it is the off season (for most of us) and we are coming up with items for discussion, here is one to consider. Do you have an item that you know weighs too much, and that you shouldn’t put in your backpack, but you bring it anyway? I’ll go first. Six bars of Dove soap. Why? I only...
  5. DurhamParish

    Who "owns" the albergue at Roncesvalles?

    I'm doing a talk on the Camino in a week or so. I was trying to add a bit about Roncesvalles and I found out that I really don't know how to truly describe it. Who does it belong to? The Church? Is it still a monastery? Thanks for any help.
  6. DurhamParish

    The long awaited day will arrive with the rising of the sun

    That sounds overly poetic for what I'm trying to say: I LEAVE FOR MADRID TOMORROW!!!!!! My nephew and I will arrive on Tuesday, and Wednesday we will board a train and arrive in Sahagun around 1:00 PM local time. I am so excited. I probably won't be on line here very much because the site...
  7. DurhamParish

    Will Brierley have a 2015 update

    Does anyone know if John Brierley will have a 2015 update to his Camino Frances guide book? Thanks.
  8. DurhamParish

    Shipping stuff back to the US

    In June my nephew and I will be walking from Leon to Santiago. After that, we will then be touring around Europe for another couple of weeks. We will be bringing some items appropriate for the Camino and some other items more appropriate for backpacking around Europe. We will mail the items...
  9. DurhamParish

    Proper pronunciation of Sarria

    What is the proper way to pronounce the name of the town Sarria? Is is "SAH-ree-ah", with the emphasis on the first syllable, or is it "sah-REE-ah", with the emphasis on the second syllable, or is it something altogether different? And is it proper to roll the "r's"?
  10. DurhamParish

    My new photo album

    Here is the link to my new photo album from the first half of the Camino Frances. It is for your pleasure. I'm not interested in selling them.
  11. DurhamParish

    Where to get a credential (pilgrim passport)

    I am asking this question for a couple of friends. They have unexpectedly gotten the opportunity to walk some of the Camino Frances (something they have wanted to do for some time). They are leaving the US on the 21st of April to visit family in Ireland. On the 27th of April they will fly...
  12. DurhamParish

    Roncesvalles, whether or not to stay

    I will be beginning the Camino Frances on May the first. I will spend my first night in Orrison (I have a reservation). I had planned to stay in Roncesvalles on the next night. From my Brierley guide, I see that the distance from Orrison to Roncesvalles is about 17 K. My question is, would I...
  13. DurhamParish

    Just Bought My Ticket

    With luck, I'll be in St. Jean Pied de Port on the 30th of April. I'm so excited, I just had to tell someone.
  14. DurhamParish

    What auburgue's would you avoid?

    I saw a similar topic on the Camino Frances forum. Thought I would ask the same question here. Thanks.
  15. DurhamParish

    Laundry Soap

    What kind of laundry soap do people here use while on the Camino? I will be walking the Camino Portuguese in September. It will be my first time walking the Camino and my first time backpacking. In March I met a young backpacker in Athens who had walked the Camino. He was giving me some...