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  1. Old Gringo

    Chamartín Station Goes Underground!

    Given the dicey state of the Spanish government's finances expect many stops and starts ala the AVE to Santiago de Compostela and the one to Lisbon . . .
  2. Old Gringo

    How/why is VdlP difficult?

    I've done both the CF and the VdlP and Sanabres. The later is notably harder. I did a blog about that outlined the difficulties (among other things)- https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/via-de-la-plata-and-the-camino-sanabres.41690/
  3. Old Gringo

    Seems like I'll walk another camino (Mozarábe-VdlP-Sanabrés)

    Did it in September/October a couple years ago. You may find our blog helpful . . . https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/via-de-la-plata-and-the-camino-sanabres.41690/
  4. Old Gringo

    Favorite Camino animal picture

    . . . jamon serrano by now . . .
  5. Old Gringo

    Traveling alone.

    Walking the Frances in June? You'll be lucky to be alone for more than five minutes. . .
  6. Old Gringo

    Train from Santiago to Madrid

    I've never heard of it being full . . . but despite being called "express" it takes the whole damn day to get to Madrid, stopping five or six times, E39 airfare sounds like the way to go.
  7. Old Gringo

    New Amigo

    Did this Camino a two years ago at the same time of year. You might find our blog helpful . . . https://www.caminodesantiago.me/com...ta-and-the-camino-sanabres.41690/#post-428141
  8. Old Gringo

    The albergue near a brothel?

    I walked by El Pecado a couple of years ago, next to a retirement home . . . wonder if they have a stamp for the Camino?
  9. Old Gringo

    Starting VdlP April 2018

    This is olur blog for VdlP from a few years ago- https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/via-de-la-plata-and-the-camino-sanabres.41690/#post-428141
  10. Old Gringo

    Boots or shoes in March

    Did the Frances in March. Mud, rain and snow made me glad I had boots. If you have low cuts, get gaiters as even in dry weather pebbles will end up in low cuts and make you miserable. Fit is important. My observation was that foot problems were the number one problem that knocked people off...
  11. Old Gringo

    What is the name of green vegetable?

    It has several names, the one I've heard most commonly is Bersa Gallego . .I'm told it is related to cabbage and is used in Sopa Gallego . . . also one of my favorites on a cold night . .
  12. Old Gringo

    1st timer

    We did the VdlP about the same time of year as you are planning. You may find our blog helpful- https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/via-de-la-plata-and-the-camino-sanabres.41690/#post-428141
  13. Old Gringo

    Walking the Via De La Plata - Oct / Nov - advice needed

    Hi This is our blog from waking it 2015, You might find it helpful. https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/via-de-la-plata-and-the-camino-sanabres.41690/#post-428141
  14. Old Gringo

    Roadside signage

    Number four is bodega/winery
  15. Old Gringo

    Advice for the VDLP

    I did the VdlP in 2015 with a friend. Our blog might give you a flavor of the experience . . . https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/via-de-la-plata-and-the-camino-sanabres.41690/#post-428141
  16. Old Gringo

    Via de la Plata or Camino de Madrid

    If you want a flavor for the VDLP and Sanabres you can check out our blog from two years ago- https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/via-de-la-plata-and-the-camino-sanabres.41690/#post-428141
  17. Old Gringo

    Thoughts about my upcoming walk

    I did the VdlP in 2015 with a friend. Except for some minor inconvieneces, we had a cracking good time. Our blog. https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/via-de-la-plata-and-the-camino-sanabres.41690/#post-428141 BTW This was the only aggressive dog we encountered-
  18. Old Gringo

    Running Shoes ok on Camino Frances?

    Alright. I’ll throw in my five cents. I’ve done two Caminos, VdlP and Frances. The number one issue I observed, by far, that caused people to drop out of the Caminos were foot problems. After about five miles your feet will start to swell. How much depends on the person so you’ll want to...
  19. Old Gringo

    Packed For The Rain ?

    You may find this helpful. The blog has the stages and accommodations we used on the Sanabres in 2015. https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/via-de-la-plata-and-the-camino-sanabres.41690/#post-428141
  20. Old Gringo

    Packed For The Rain ?

    Without a doubt, I would pack rain gear, coat and pants. There is a fair possibility of getting a storm off the Atlantic. In that case the rain would be heavy.

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