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  1. Marcus-UK

    LIVE from the Camino Geira e dos Arrieiros - June 2021

    I have been planning to start this camino in September. I managed to get a hold of the English language guide via Amazon I had been planning on 11 stages with only one long state at 31.3 KM. These stages appear to tie into available accommodation along the route. The stages I was planning on...
  2. Marcus-UK

    Looking for a documentary/tv episode...

    The BBC made three Pilgrimage series, Camino Frances, Francigena and the The Sultans trail to Istanbul. Their web site has a number of pilgrimage programs available for viewing. Though licensing issues may stop you accessing them (Hint use a VPN service with the access point set for a UK server)...
  3. Marcus-UK

    Looking for a documentary/tv episode...

    The BBC made three Pilgrimage series, Camino Frances, Francigena and the The Sultans trail to Istanbul. Their web site has a number of pilgrimage programs available for viewing. Though licensing issues may stop you accessing them (Hint use a VPN service with the access point set for a UK server)...
  4. Marcus-UK

    Fado club in Porto

    I am not a big fan of some types of Fado or Canto Jondo for that matter. However if you want to try a contemporary take on Fado look up Dulce Pontes - Lagrimas I torture my Kids with various types of obscure world music when I give them a lift in my car. Dulce Pontes' albums are one of the...
  5. Marcus-UK

    How to take trekking poles to Spain despite airline regulations...

    I was working at the Sochi Winter Olympics and was informed by security that my Leki poles were too dangerous to be allowed through into the Arena!!! A few days later I was in one of the Hospitality venues and on this occasion a certain American Burger Corporation was providing the...
  6. Marcus-UK

    Fado club in Porto

    Before starting my Camino I visited a Port a tasting and Fado Event which was very good. Just google Port tasting and Fado and you should see the various offerings available
  7. Marcus-UK

    Luxury train service for the camino

    The train in the north is on the narrow gauge lines which mean the space for a bed is very limited. This means that one passenger has to climb over the other to get in/out of bed! Not conducive to a relaxing vacation! BTW I have booked for 2022 on the Al Andalus train which meanders around...
  8. Marcus-UK

    Where to sleep in Sevilla

    In previous VdlP postings quite a few people recommended the hotel Simon. I was hoping to do the Vdlp in 2020 and was looking to stay here. But something got in the way https://www.hotelsimonsevilla.com/en/
  9. Marcus-UK

    Camino Del Mar almost official

    If you are going via Ferrol, won't this include the recognised "English" Way? So one would be entitled to a Compostella on this alone? Not a satisfactory solution but at least it would help those are interested in the certificate at the end.
  10. Marcus-UK

    Proper Bag Transfer Etiquette

    You may be able to use the post office Paq Mochila system to pick up your pack and leave it at a local post office. The link below illustrates how to arrange a pickup. I have not used this system but I have used the Correos Post Restante system to post ahead unwanted items that I needed post...
  11. Marcus-UK

    TV program alert for Aussies

    Shock Horror Pauline McLynn (Mrs Doyle in Father Ted the best Irish religious comedy ever) who is in this pilgrimage is a declared non-believer!
  12. Marcus-UK

    Albariño - The Romans are to blame

    There was an article in the Guardian concerning the origin of the Albariño grape variety. It would appear that it is native ("peculiar" using older English) to Gallicia and probably drives from a cultivation of a wild woodland vine variety. The proof is down to comparing the remains found in...
  13. Marcus-UK

    No International Travel for Australians this Year ? (2021)

    There are multiple native languages in Uganda. The common language for civil service use and education is English.
  14. Marcus-UK

    Solo 40th Bivy

    I am assuming you considering doing the Frances? The weather in April is likely to be chilly at altitude and mild lower down. It may also be quite wet especially in Gallicia. By the end of your Camino it will be warming up but not excessive in the the North.
  15. Marcus-UK

    Ideas to help forum member with internet shutdowns

    DuckDuckGo is search engine and not a browser. Just be aware that that Internet Searches on DuckDuckGo are visible to your ISP and hence local authorities who can request access to your search history. Similarly just looking up a web site address via the ISP default DNS server is also logged...
  16. Marcus-UK

    How do you wear a hat with a backpack?

    Other people have already pointed to using a lower pack. This brings us round to the often discussed best pack size for a Camino. I have noticed may people on various Caminos using "Expedition" style packs which are 70plus litres! Overkill to say the least. I use a 45 litre pack which is...
  17. Marcus-UK

    No International Travel for Australians this Year ? (2021)

    Does this mean I may be able to get a Flat in Earls court at Last?
  18. Marcus-UK

    Chuletitas de Cordero

    For a long period the majority of Spain was made up of people surviving on mainly carbs from rice, potatoes and pulses with home grown vegetables with very small amounts of meat and fish. They could not afford large cuts of expensive meat. However there has always been a tradition of Master...
  19. Marcus-UK

    Chuletitas de Cordero

    In the UK, the meat of sheep 6 to 10 weeks old is usually sold as baby lamb, and spring lamb is from sheep of five to six months. Mutton is from sheep over 12 months old. Mutton can be tougher and needs a different type of cooking. However mutton cooked with capers has more depth of taste than...
  20. Marcus-UK

    Driving/renting a car from Madrid Airport to Camino Destination.

    It used to be quite common to use one way travel vouchers to pick up a car from the airport and drive to a work location and return the hire car to the hiring company at a local office or a pick up from a hotel. I checked this out a short while ago when I was contemplating doing the Invierno in...
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