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    Really Dumb Albergue Question. Sorry.

    I wouldn’t dream of NOT sleeping in a T-shirt on the Camino. You gentlemen do have it easy.
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    Really Dumb Albergue Question. Sorry.

    I have a lightweight waterproof stuff sack for valuables and my after-walking dress, clean underwear and cycling shorts (not the padded kind) in it, plastic ziplock with soap, zippered mesh bag of magic (all plastic clothespins, safety pins, a large mesh drawstring bag for laundry, plastic...
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    The Best Clothing ? And the winner is....

    I lurvve equipment/clothing discussions, because it's fun for me to read about everyone's experience. However, since I am short and fat there's next to no options for me that are not wildly expensive if available at all. When I still lived in Canada I could pop down to the outlets across the...
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    Managing a Camino budget

    I have used this system in the past, I learned it from traveling with my ex-husband in the ´90s and it's a great way to budget. I walked the CF in 2019 and spent between 30-35/day without feeling like I was curtailing my spending. I stayed in albergues and usually ate the pilgrim's meals. I...
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    Body weight. Who cares?

    I am quite overweight and more so since I have put on almost 5 kilos since covid began and I was stuck at home for much of it. I have just decided that if it is possible again, I will walk in summer 2021. I not only need to shed the covid kilos but more, as I don’t want to damage my knees and...
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    COVID Covid19- groceries...what to do

    Is this perhaps the article?
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    Plantar fasciitis

    I had an ongoing double case of plantar fasciitis from ages 17-38. My podiatrist told me that it would never heal until I quit my job. I wore Crocs in all non-work hours, which helped enormously. Then I quit my job, and approximately 6 months later I could walk normally again. I have a...
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    Will it EVER slow down?

    I am only seeing this now; apologies for such a late response. I also teach and therefore can only go July and August. the only days I had reservations was Sarria to Santiago. (Prevention rather than actual problem). From my starting point, Pamplona, to Santiago, there really was no problem. I...
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    To the person who wanted to inspire love . . . you didn't!

    Huh. Graffiti doesn’t bother me. maybe because I have mostly lived in cities and there is always graffiti somewhere, routinely scrubbed off and frequently reapplied. I don’t like pointless tagging, (although I live in a city where there are certain areas where it’s legal and there sometimes is...
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    From which country this pilgrim is from?

    I am wearing a 20€ pack from Hofer in Vienna. It has been perfect.
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    To those on the Frances now...

    I stayed with you last night—lovely albergue—and loved the beautiful cats, although I only got a small glimpse of them.
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    ...On Being Short...

    I have always loved being a really average height for my cohort (female, 5’4 3/4”) but I cracked up at Rick’s description of Peg: I too am shortish in altitude but tallish in attitude. Yesterday my walking company was ahead by leaps and bounds at the end of the day (up and over the cross of...
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    To those on the Frances now...

    In Burgos today. I have stayed off the “main” e.g. Brierley stages and have always had half-empty Albuergues. Once there was only top bunks available. The weather has cooled down quite a bit, making for very pleasant walking.
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    Spanish Shutters - a Tutorial

    I have lived in Europe for some time and i still was playing around with the shutters in Pamplona. Up—no problem. Release to lower—i had forgotten where the release was. But my most amusing thing many years ago when I moved here was how to flush a toilet. NOT standardised. The most interesting...
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    Will it EVER slow down?

    Where I am it’s been calm—started Saturday from Pamplona and just stopped at the first Albuergue I spotted and immediately got a bed. I am a very slow walker (took me from 6:15 to 4:30 to walk from Villamayor de Monjardín to Viana today, granted with two long coffee breaks) but despite my...
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    Something importrant which I know nothing about!

    Wow that is cool, scruffy1 I (mostly) paid for university working summers in the Yukon. It is beautiful and unforgiving nature. He’s on an amazing adventure. I love it up there. The mosquitoes: well, a little less love for the mosquitoes. Whitehorse is a square dusty little town but it has a...
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    To rainwear or not?

    I haven’t heard of Frogg Toggs, but I will do some googling to see if they are available where I live (Europe)
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    To rainwear or not?

    I also have this question: due to work I can only go in July. I’m leaving from Pamplona the first week of July. Would I typically require a raincoat in high summer? Mine is huge and heavy, because I am rather huge and heavy.
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    Sad death of Sagalouts

    my deepest condolences on the loss of your father. I only knew him through his posts on this forum and I always enjoyed reading them.
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    How easy is it to get ice on the Camino?

    oh, ice is pretty much unknown where I live (Austria). And never served in cafes or restaurants. The large hotel chains would have ice for their American guests, I suppose. when we're at other expats' parties, there are those who are designated to buy ice at the one or two gas stations that...