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  1. annakappa

    EW....that's disgusting!

    Belgian frites: the best in the World. Of course served with mayonaise😋
  2. annakappa

    Update and farewell to Albergue Villares de Orbigo

    It seems that it’s been a while since I last checked the Forum, as it’s only today that I see your posting. I’m really sorry that you have to leave this delightful albergue. COVID has made a mess of so many plans for so many people. Enjoy your time with your grandchild. They grow soooo quickly!
  3. annakappa

    Camino de la Corona - Where am I?

    This a beautiful alternate route. We did it twice, but each time staying in Villatuerta and then going across country from there. On this route, just a few kms after Villafuerte, you pass in front of the ruins of an ancient Pilgrim Hospital, which you can explore.
  4. annakappa

    COVID Our losses in these Covid times

    I’m sorry for your loss, Alex. My sincere condolences. I lost my Pilgrim husband Adriaan ( fraluchi on the forum) just one year ago. I am only now slowly coming to accept his passing. It’s difficult and heartbreaking to be far away, with no possibility to travel and, worse, I think, no final...
  5. annakappa

    From your bedroom window

    High Summer here in the Central Valley of Costa Rica.
  6. annakappa

    Poll Where do you come from?

    And now to me: where am I from? Born and raised just south of Manchester and then as a young adult, followed my Dutch Hotelier husband whom I met in Spain to various places: Rome, Aosta, Sardinia, Paris, Damascus, Cairo, Zurich, Lugano and finally to Costa Rica. I haven’t included all the...
  7. annakappa

    Poll Where do you come from?

    Back to Central America: 6 of my grandchildren have been born and educated in Costa Rica. They consider their country part of the 7 countries which make up Central America: Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. The whole continent comprising North, Central...
  8. annakappa

    Poll Where do you come from?

    What happened to Central America?
  9. annakappa

    RIP @Dorpie (Rob)

    Rest in Peace, Pilgrim Rob .
  10. annakappa

    Earliest walkable departures from San Gran Bernadino or alternative start point?

    I know the area well, having lived in Aosta a long time ago. The pass will certainly be closed in April. In fact before mid_June you cannot be sure that it is open. My son’s Godfather who is a beekeeper and lives on the way up to the St. Bernard, moves his bees up to just below the protected...
  11. annakappa


    Are you male or female? Bidets are a God-send for ladies with their period. You will find a bidet in most Southern European houses (plus I've seen them in offices in Italy). The bathrooms were built to include a bidet! I have lived in Switzerland, Italy, France and Spain, and have always found a...
  12. annakappa

    The Camino does NOT start in StJpdP - discuss

    Tincatinker, you have really brought up a subject that has vexed me over the years! My first reply would be: PUBLICITY! This due to various Forums, such as this one and popular guide books (in different languages, so I won’t nail that down to a specific book)! Reading through the numerous...
  13. annakappa

    Where and how can I break big notes to smaller ones?

    very seriously, I would go back to your money changer and change back your money. You have been given a lot of advice and opinion and I think you will most definitely hit problems with these notes, plus I guess, you will have in your possession a large amount of Euros, which is just not necessary.
  14. annakappa

    When did a Refugio become an Albergue?

    That’s because some kind pilgrim or one of the hospitaleros (wardens they are called at Guacelmo) had the inspiration to bake something delicious 😋. The kitchen facilities at Guacelmo is one of the best!
  15. annakappa

    When did a Refugio become an Albergue?

    Guacelmo in Rabanal is still called Refugio Guacelmo, not Albergues Guacelmo. Interesting enough , here in Costa Rica an Albergue means a shelter for folks during very bad weather conditions, such as floods, landslides or also a severe earthquake or volcanic eruption.
  16. annakappa

    Advice on skipping Meseta

    its the downhill part of hilly terrain that wracks havoc with your knees. These sections have been mentioned by several members to you. Check them out and whenever possible try to avoid them.
  17. annakappa

    Cheap but fine equipment

    We bought two yellow capes at one of those Chinese shops at €2 each. We looked like 2 canaries along the trail🙄 They did the job though!
  18. annakappa

    Show Up; Get Bed?

    I would say that as long as it's in one of the bigger cities, you will have no problem to find 'something', due to the fact that most residents will be on holiday somewhere else (beach, mountains or old family villages) .
  19. annakappa

    Podiatrist needed, currently in Rabanal

    Omnifix is fantastic. I think it should be promoted as far better option to Compeed! You should put a piece of sterile gauze on the blister before covering the area with Omnifix.
  20. annakappa

    Podiatrist needed, currently in Rabanal

    The next stage is, IMHO one of the most rugged, slippery sections of the whole Camino Francés. If you walk it with a large blister, you most probably will try and 'compensate' by trying to take your weight off that foot, meaning that you could start with problems on the other foot🙄. If in doubt...