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  1. Espee84

    The Meseta vs. The VdlP from Seville to Salamanca...

    You’ll be fine. It’s really beautiful at this time of year. The only section I had trouble with was the 16ish km stretch outside Carrion de los Condes and that’s only because I left before anywhere was open for coffee! This is the longest section with ‘nothing’ (if I remember correctly) and...
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    The Meseta vs. The VdlP from Seville to Salamanca...

    Great! I set out on the VdlP on a pilgrimage but for me it turned out to be a very different and less spiritual experience than the CF - and for me that means connecting with my Christian faith and making space to spend time with God. I have been reflecting on what differentiates a pilgrimage...
  3. Espee84

    The Meseta vs. The VdlP from Seville to Salamanca...

    I would say no. For me the Camino Frances was a pilgrimage. The VdlP was a long distance walk. I did much more brain emptying and processing on the Frances. Whilst the distances filled with ‘nothing’ are longer on the VdlP, maybe they were so long that I was distracting myself with...
  4. Espee84

    Will the Camino be too crowded at the end of May?

    Last year June and July were the quietest for several years - thought to be linked with the World Cup (I believe)... thus I now realise my experience of the Frances is very different to most. Ended up on the Frances for a couple of days after walking the Vía de La Plata last week. Hostel in...
  5. Espee84

    Advice of those who have walked May/June

    Last year (mostly June) 2-3 days of rain. One week of v hot weather (32-35C by 1pm) and several days with storms and v heavy showers late pm.
  6. Espee84

    What is the most intimidating aspect of walking the Camino Frances on your own?

    For me - as a single woman - being alone somewhere isolated when the only other person who turns up is a single man (eg in the country lanes when a farmer turns up in a car or tractor, or in a large dorm when they decide to take the bed right next to you).
  7. Espee84

    Extra day off

    I wouldn’t plan the extra day off as you might need it unexpectedly. One day I walked all of 6km before stopping at the next tiny village with an albergue to let my feet recover. I needed an unplanned day off in burgos as I was shattered, and stayed two nights at the monastery in Rabanal. I...
  8. Espee84

    Has anyone traveled with a dog....how was it ?

    There was a German girl walking the Frances with a dog last June. She ended up pushing it much of the way in a buggy, had difficulty finding places to stay and eventually flew home halfway through the camino to take it home. (She then flew back again to complete the journey to Santiago).
  9. Espee84

    Buying socks from the old man in Castrojeriz

    My point was that if it doesn’t have EVERYTHING you’ll need (and it clearly didnt have everything I needed) there is another family-run shop between there and Leon.
  10. Espee84

    If you want to take 4 rest days on the CF, where would you stop?

    Burgos, Leon, Astorga (really interesting cities with lots to see and places to chill out with a coffee) and Rabanal del Camino (where you can stay two nights+ on a 'silent' retreat at the monastery with the Benedictine monks).
  11. Espee84

    Buying socks from the old man in Castrojeriz

    I specifically decided to stay the night in Castrojeriz in the hope that I might find a desperately-needed pair of new socks, and thought this would be my last opportunity before Leon. Unfortunately this little shop was not as well-stocked as I had hoped and there were no socks in a sensible...
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