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  1. julia-t

    Credential — dual pilgrimage

    I used that Dual Pilgrim passport to walk the Kumano Kodo in 2018 (taking along my 2 credencials which I’d used walking the Frances over 2 years so as to get my DP certificate). Later in 2018 I walked some of the Portuguese Camino and used the DP credencial. It was fine. In fact some people in...
  2. julia-t

    LIVE from the Camino Starting tomorrow from Santiago to Finisterre and Muxia

    Albergue Anjana in Negreira tell me they are closed for the rest of the year. But there are several alternatives in the town so you should be ok. Good luck, and please post your trip details in due course. I'm hoping to walk this route in October.
  3. julia-t

    San Martín Pinario Albergue

    I emailed them earlier today, requesting a pilgrim room for two separate nights in October (I’m hoping to walk the Ingles followed by walking to Fisterra and Muxia) and have just received confirmation that a room is available… t the moment there is availability for the requested days. *PILGRIM...
  4. julia-t

    Daily cost of the Camino?

    I think this year, every pilgrim needs to factor in having a back up fund. It is quite possible that a 3rd wave (maybe the Indian variant now sweeping across the UK) will happen, and then borders may close again, countries may be put on the red list meaning hotel quarantine at one's own expense...
  5. julia-t

    Camino in Poland

    I was in Poland last week (and on day 3 of self isolation now). There’s no escaping the Camino, in Kraków there’s a marker at 4,184km to Santiago de Compostela. And in Warsaw I spotted a Camino sticker on a lamp post in the Old Town. (edit - I think it might be a drainpipe actually!) I think...
  6. julia-t

    Carrion de los Condes

    Fromista to Carrion de los Condes is another stage where the river route is so much nicer than the trudge along the senda beside the main road. The turn off to it is in Poblacion de los Campos, and while it may be a couple of km further, it is a beautiful walk alongside the river.
  7. julia-t

    Starting to plan and need a guidebook to the Kumano kodo routes

    I walked in March 2018. I ordered the guide from https://www.tb-kumano.jp/en/ and found it most useful. I arranged my accommodations and bag transport along the route through the same website. It was somewhat confusing back then, but the website now looks much easier to negotiate and it seems...
  8. julia-t

    Bilbao to Estella

    Hello - I will be doing this on 19th March! From Bilbao Airport take the shuttle bus to the city bus station (it's the last stop). 3 buses an hour, it takes about 30 minutes. Take a bus to Pamplona - you should be able to get the 13.00 bus. The company is Autobus La Union, you can book 6-8...
  9. julia-t

    Is anyone doing the Camino without any specific purpose

    I walked the Frances in stages over 2 years. I still don't know WHY I was compelled to do so. To keep returning until I 'finished' (haha, the Camino is never over!). I thought the reason would become glaringly clear and obvious. It didnt't. But I discovered I did enjoy (mostly) the walking...
  10. julia-t

    Looking to do first 7 day walk

    My first Camino I walked for 5 days and reached Puente la Reina. I flew in and out of Bilbao from Heathrow. It was really easy to get the airport shuttle bus from Bilbao airport to the bus station and then onwards to Pamplona (2 hrs) where I got a bus to Saint Jean PdP. And then from Puente la...
  11. julia-t

    Pilgrim Routes within UK and Ireland

    Hi Yes, I use WhatsApp. I don't want to post my phone number here, so will try to send you a direct message here. The 3rd will be great. Look forward to meeting you.
  12. julia-t

    Pilgrim Routes within UK and Ireland

    If you are stopping over in Painswick (approx mid-way point on the Cotswold Way) or nearby - let me know - maybe we could meet for a drink and talk all things Camino! I've walked the Frances, Kumano Kodo, and part of the Portuguese. And you are right - the hills in this part of England are...
  13. julia-t

    London - Compostela

    You could fly Vueling from Heathrow to A Coruna, then take the train to Sarria. It's barely a 2 hour train journey from/to either Santiago de Compostela/Sarria. I've done it both ways. Alternatively Easyjet fly to SdeC from Gatwick, and RyanAir from Stansted.
  14. julia-t

    Travel from Heathrow Airport to Logrono, Spain

    I've done this. It's very easy. Fly BA to Bilbao, take the airport shuttle to the bus station, then the Alsa bus to Logrono. If you get the 8.20am flight you'll be in Logrono by around 3pm. There are also trains from Bilbao to Logrono, but actually take longer than the bus.
  15. julia-t

    Kumano Kodo questions

    There's lots of information from Mike Rhodes who lives in Tanabe posted in the Kumano Kodo Planning group on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/kumanokodoplanning/?ref=bookmarks Updates from people who are actually walking at the moment seem to be posted daily. As I recall the latest...
  16. julia-t

    Suggestion for 6 day walk

    My first time, I only had 5 days, and intended to walk from Saint Jean PdP to Pamplona - but ended up walking on to Puente la Reina, where I had one of the best evenings. It was a short bus ride back to Pamplona the next morning. Don't limit yourself more than you have to! Otherwise you could...
  17. julia-t

    Two questions: getting to the start, and an extra short first day

    I did the same thing at the end of April - took a train from Porto-Valenca (there was a change somewhere) and walked from the station at Valenca to Tui. Not only did I want to see the fortress there, but I think there's something rather 'romantic' (in the adventurous sense of the word' in...
  18. julia-t

    Room for one more...

    And Alex, you don't need to to 'inject' yourself in with anyone - you may start out alone but you certainly won't be alone for long unless you really want to be. It is so easy to meet people as you walk, or in albergues, or even in the bars in Pamplona. In fact, you'd have a hard time not to...
  19. julia-t

    Room for one more...

    My first two Caminos were each only 5 days. Partly because of time constaints, but the first because I didn't know if I could actually walk it, or if I'd like it. Well, I started out from Saint jean Pied de Port, and ended up in Puente de la Reina - and had only expectedto get as far as...
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