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  1. pepi

    Trail Runners I'm Looking at

    Buy another Hoka SKU with very similar or even better specs, recommending Speedgoat Buen Camino
  2. pepi

    Is cash still King on camino?

    This is what I tried to point out in my post exactly.....😄 The savings on VAT and income tax accumulated is, therefore, a much more important incentive for albergues to insist on cash than the small card fee. However, - and hopefully-, this will change after covid; imagine: an entire Camino...
  3. pepi

    Is cash still King on camino?

    As I pointed out in a similar thread a while ago (a moderator erased my contribution, because he/she felt that it broke some rules...), there is another reason why albergues prefer cash. Payments made by card, Apple- or Google Pay etc. leave traces to which the Spanish IRS has access.
  4. pepi

    COVID Covid digital vaccine passport being prepared (for EU citizens)

    @Kathar1na I am sorry to differ, I think that we all should stop posting pure guesswork in this forum and wait for the official regulations. Rules are clearly different for EU citizens and aliens from other countries, especially those living overseas including Britain. (E.g. the PCR test is not...
  5. pepi

    COVID Covid digital vaccine passport being prepared (for EU citizens)

    In absence of any alternative proof of vaccination, the WHO certificate is absolutely valid. As however, the EU including Switzerland is currently hastily working on a digital green certificate and such will certainly become the prime "passport" to prove vaccination, when it has been introduced...
  6. pepi

    Modern architecture on the Camino

    Spain is a very progressive leader in modern architecture, (Calatrava for example) and I personally would be very interested in learning, what highlights in such architecture can be found along the Caminos.
  7. pepi

    COVID Covid digital vaccine passport being prepared (for EU citizens)

    While the electronic EC vaccination passport will be convenient (for EC residents), Brits, and pilgrims from all other non-EC countries can resort to the long-existing WHO certificate, as @Camineiro pointed out. This certificate is recognized worldwide, it is generally available and issued by...
  8. pepi

    Trail Runners I'm Looking at

    A question to @Robo: You seem to favor Goretex, why? What are the benefits? If it's water resistance, forget it because it does not last. Curious to read your reasoning.
  9. pepi

    If you had an extra day in Bayonne, St. Jean, and Pamplona...

    After experiencing a day in SJPdP at my first and second CF, schedules imposed that I stay overnight in Bayonne on my most recent Camino. I must say that it was a most enjoyable and interesting stop-over. While SJPdP can be explored within a few hours, I warmly recommend planning a full day and...
  10. pepi

    Changing horses in the middle of the Camino

    @Albertagirl, @C clearly, I was referring to walking a man's summer Camino; sorry ladies 🤷 And yes, keeping the pack light is easier when staying in rooms with a bath either at albergues or small pensions, hotels. (my usual CF budget is a bit less than €70/day.) Sorry again, wasn't thinking.
  11. pepi

    Changing horses in the middle of the Camino

    But it's so simple and easy: A set of clothes to wear, another to carry, plus rain gear and toiletry, that's all one needs, so just leave it at that when leaving home. Anything missing can be purchased on the way if really needed. (Once walking a few days, you'll think about buying any...
  12. pepi

    Recipes of food along the Camino

    The Spanish Forum ViveCamino has published some interesting recipes for typical dishes on their site, (in Spanish): https://vivecamino.com/recetas-del-amino-de-santiago-para-disfrutarlo-tambien-desde-casa-no-529/ Disfrute de su comida
  13. pepi

    Changing horses in the middle of the Camino

    Yeah, but then, in 2013, I was still much fitter and strong....at 68 Y. Now I am 9 years older...but also a bit wiser. 😎
  14. pepi

    Changing horses in the middle of the Camino

    Believe it or not, I started out my first one with a portable Italian espresso machine plus a pound of coffee. The backpack weighing 11kg. In Leon, I had to buy a pair of trail-runners, but could not overcome to chuck my heavy boots away....carried espresso gear and boots (additional 1.6 kg) all...
  15. pepi

    Disparaging "The Way"

    I concur with that, let's call it a day. 😃 Buen Camino @Roland49
  16. pepi

    Disparaging "The Way"

    @Roland49, I don't dispute at all that Kerkeling made the Camino tremendously popular in Germany. But I felt exactly like @tomnorth: Most irritating for me was the way the Kerkeling movie portrays almost all (German) women-peregrinas as frustrated whackos; I certainly hope and know, that this...
  17. pepi

    Trail Runners I'm Looking at

    Your shortlist looks great! And don’t worry too much about the gravel, happens rarely and when it does, you’ll have a great excuse to make a bar stop...or to get rid of boring company🙂
  18. pepi

    Disparaging "The Way"

    Movie and book have only one subject, it's not about the Camino but a boring self-gratification of a third-rate celebrity; not even close to The Way. Sorry Roland, my opinion.
  19. pepi

    Trail Runners I'm Looking at

    My Hoka Speedgoat last almost exactly 2 Camino Frances if I don't use them in between, and on condition that I consume some 3 glasses of good Tinto on the way every evening. (This provides balanced wear of the soles) 😎
  20. pepi

    Trail Runners I'm Looking at

    Boots are more rigid in comparison to trail runners, which affects the characteristics of the sole. I used to slip with boots (Hanwag Yukon with Vibram Fuora) in situations when my runners (Hoka with Vibram Megagrip) would be rock-stable and sticky. Moreover, as pointed out by @trecile, there...
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