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    Monasterio de San Miguel de Xagoaza: Is it worth a visit?

    At this point, I do plan to stay in Xagoaza and check out the monastery, so I'll definitely give you an update.
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    Monasterio de San Miguel de Xagoaza: Is it worth a visit?

    Hi Laurie, First, thanks for all the great work you've done to let the rest us know about the Caminos Olvidado, Viejo, and Invierno. I've wanted to do the Invierno since I took the train from Santiago de Compostela to Pamplona. If the vaccination program in Spain keeps the Delta variant at...
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    Monasterio de San Miguel de Xagoaza: Is it worth a visit?

    I have seen several references to the albergue in Xagoaza, but my searches on the forum for mentions of the Monasterio de San Miguel de Xagoaza have yielded nothing. For those of you who have been there, would you recommend a visit? The 360 degree photos on Monasterio de San Miguel de Xagoaza...
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    Do you carry an umbrella for the Camino?

    I used the Euroschirm "professional trekking umbrella," according to the tag on the umbrella, in May and June 2018 and would not walk again without it. It's not a hands-free model, but while on the camino, I rigged up a relatively successful system to make it hands free. For my next camino, I...
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    Hi Ivar, I'm signed up for the weekly/Saturday email, but I haven't received it for the last...

    Hi Ivar, I'm signed up for the weekly/Saturday email, but I haven't received it for the last couple of weeks. I started receiving a daily email about two weeks ago but unsubscribed using the link you posted recently. Did that unintentially change my subscription to the weekly/Saturday email...
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    Has anyone tried Silverlight hiking socks?

    If "os" is "US," you all in Australia may be in luck because the socks are direct-shipped from China--at least mine were.
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    Bus from Pamplona to St. Jean Pied de Port working again.

    The Conda service referenced in the OP is the same bus that one can reserve on
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    Has anyone tried Silverlight hiking socks?

    They're okay, but they are definitely not worth the hassle of dealing with the company. I got a couple of emails from the owner asking me to review the socks "that I should have received already" after I had already found out that they didn't even have any material to make socks let alone ship...
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    Seeking recommendations: Leave for Aguilar de Campoo from Bilbao or Pamplona?

    I'm looking at October/November at the moment. I know that the País Vasco is still struggling with the pandemic, so the situation there in late fall will also play into my decision, and I may end up choosing a completely different camino.
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    Seeking recommendations: Leave for Aguilar de Campoo from Bilbao or Pamplona?

    I'm planning (hoping?) to walk the Olvidado/Viejo to the Invierno and on to Santiago, but I'm not sure whether to leave from Pamplona or Bilbao. I will be in Pamplona because I have friends who live there, but it's pretty easy to get to Bilbao, so transportation is not an issue. I have read...
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    Icebreaker Merino Shirts - Now a Blend - Alternatives?

    You might want to check out Minus 33 ( The 145 g/m2 long sleeve with 1/4 zip is 84% Merino Wool, 12% Nylon, 4% Spandex.
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    Pole Tip Protectors - A Serious matter - There are tips and tips

    If you have Black Diamond poles, use the Black Diamond tips; they last forever and fit perfectly. I had been using the same pair for several years before doing the Camino Francés. They were still in near-perfect condition when I reached O Pedrouzo. That's what must have attracted the...
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    Which camino fits to my criteria?

    I haven't walked the Invierno, but I did take the train from Santiago de C to Pamplona, which goes through the area the Invierno covers. I remember extensive forest-covered hills and beautiful river valleys. Gronze's stages total around 200 km, and the site also includes an elevation profile...
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    Doing the Camino Frances.

    I bought my ticket for the pilgrim meal at Casa Sabina when I checked in the Albergue, so I was not "a full paying punter." The way the host helped to organize everyone into language groups, the service, and the trout were excellent. There was a thread a few months ago comparing the pilgrim...
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    COVID Santo Domingo de La Calzada

    Here is a link to an article from March 14 in the newspaper La Rioja about police in Santo Domingo having to rescue an ill man by climbing through a window. The man had been in bed for four days, too weak to stand up let alone answer the door. Therefore, Dueñas is relating a story that did...
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    COVID Santo Domingo de La Calzada

    You seem to be suggesting that the incident Dueñas described really happened at a care home somewhere other Santo Domingo de la Calzada, but the evidence you present does not appear to support that claim. Dueñas is describing individuals who could not open the doors to their own homes; however...
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    Stretching possibilities

    Some people I walked with a few days on the Camino francés always looked for the "Frontón" or ball court that most towns have. They did their stretches there every evening.
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    Ryanair to end some flights between London and Santiago in January 2020

    Update: the article has now been altered to state that some of the London flights have been withdrawn leaving a less frequent service. I have edited the thread title accordingly. Actually, I believe the article says that Ryanair is canceling only an additional flight to London-Stansted that...
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    Taking a number in Santiago.

    Or if you'd like pay a bit more, the cashier can sell you a tube when you pay for your distance certificate.
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    Roncesvalles Albergue

    Also remember that the Albergue has tickets for both places that serve dinner. Last year I had a chance to try them both, and I STRONGLY recommend Casa Sabina for dinner. Tables are for four, and they try to make sure that language groups are seated together, so you always have someone to talk...