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  1. Bajaracer

    Don't buy a backpack!

    The Correos will transport your stuff, for €52 they will cover your luggage transfer fron Leon to SDC. https://www.elcaminoconcorreos.com/en/rucksack-transfer
  2. Bajaracer

    Shower shoes?

    Nothing wrong with wearing flip flops that I wear in the shower out in town, what makes them disgusting? Albergue shower floors aren't exactly the most sanitary surfaces, especially when they don't drain quickly.
  3. Bajaracer

    Shower shoes?

    Athletes foot is not something you want to attract to your feet while on the Camino, plus, what are you going to wear once you get to the Albergue? You're required to remove your shoes at the entrance and leave them at the entrance, you don't want to walk on that dirty albergue floor and trash...
  4. Bajaracer

    Days of week to avoid starting in SJPP

    Calle Estafeta has numerous pintxos bars to choose from, if they charge more than €2, go to the next one that does. I was in a group of 5, each of us had to buy a round for €10, so we'd have a pinto with your choice of wine, glass of beer, or bottled water, hung out and enjoyed our pintxos, then...
  5. Bajaracer

    Days of week to avoid starting in SJPP

    Time it so you can arrive in Pamplona on a Thursday for jueve pintxos, (Thursday night pintxos) Calle Estafeta has €2 pintxos with your choice of wine, beer, or bottled water. That albergue curfew prevented up from trying more places that night.
  6. Bajaracer

    Portable Wifi for Business on Primitivo

    Renting a satellite wifi hotspot service is very expensive and yet still slow, plus the cost of the data service itself, you're not going out in remote back country for days on end. http://globafone.com/products-solutions/service-plans/ Since you want to live stream on the spot as you please...
  7. Bajaracer

    Don't buy a backpack!

    You call them or have the albergue call them for you the night before, the albergue usually have envelopes from the transfer service, just fill out the info for the place you want to go the next day and insert the cash in the envelope, attach it to you bag, and leave it at the front entrance of...
  8. Bajaracer

    Don't buy a backpack!

    Actually for those doing the last 100km, I recommend small pack, just enough to carry, snacks, extra socks, water, and a jacket, the rest of your things can go in a suitcase and you can have that transported for €3 a day, hard to justify spending all that cash for a big backpack that you'll be...
  9. Bajaracer

    Portable Wifi for Business on Primitivo

    Ask around and find a used GSM smartphone and get it unlocked, and use that as your hotspot device, buy a prepaid Spanish SIM card with data, plus you'll have a local number as well, Orange has some generous and affordable data packages...
  10. Bajaracer

    SIM card purchase

    Get a prepaid SIM when you're in Barcelona, just find a open phone store and make sure it works before you leave the phone store. Phone House sells almost all brands of prepaid SIM cards and have many locations throughout Barcelona. https://www.phonehouse.es/tiendas/barcelona.html
  11. Bajaracer

    SIM card purchase

    There are companies that sell Spanish prepaid SIM cards that will mail them to you, but they have a markup, so you're not getting a deal at all, and if you have any issues, you're out of luck, better of waiting till you get to Spain and buying one there, and make sure it works before you leave...
  12. Bajaracer

    SIM card purchase

    I don't leave the store until I get the SMS/text that I got the credit I paid for!
  13. Bajaracer

    SIM card purchase

    French prepaid SIM cards are more expensive than Spain, plus the activation process is daunting, better off waiting till you get to Spain. The disadvantage of having a French SIM card is trying to add phone credit which can only be done online, and that can be an issue if you don't have a French...
  14. Bajaracer

    SIM card purchase

    Nano SIM card availability is not an issue any more, it was 5 years ago but not now, nano SIM cards are standard on most modern devices. The nano SIM from 2014 is more than likely deactivated, they do that if there is no activity on the SIM cards after 6-9 months. Crystal Media electronic stores...
  15. Bajaracer

    SIM card for France and Spain

    Get a French prepaid SIM card and use it till it runs out of data and credits, once you cross into Spain, you'll no longer be able into a store and top off credit to a French SIM card unless you set up an online account to do so, if you can set up an account, you'll be able to keep your French...
  16. Bajaracer

    Pianos in Albergue (HELP)

    Casa Barbadelo just outside of Sarria has a piano. The most luxurious albergue, feels like a hotel but with bunk beds.
  17. Bajaracer

    Shengen Visa for U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card) Holder

    You might have to apply in person on the mainland at the Spanish Consulate in San Francisco for a Schengen visa, contact the Honorary Vice Consul in Honolulu. http://www.consularcorpshawaii.org/consuls/spain/ https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/how-to-apply-schengen-visa/
  18. Bajaracer

    Advice on a respectable Donativo

    Albergues need money to pay for the water, electricity, gas, maintenance and repairs, cleaning supplies, food if they serve meals. I remember seeing a post that Granon couldn't serve dinner one night because they didn't have enough donations from the night before. Hopefully pilgrims that have...
  19. Bajaracer

    Sim card

    Switching SIM cards is like switching license plates on a car, you get new plates but everything else in the car stays the same.
  20. Bajaracer

    Cellphone plan preference?

    I notice that everyone is touting how their US carrier has international roaming, the OP is from New Zealand and their carriers don't seem to have any good international roaming options.
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