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    The Camino: So much to fear - So little to fear.

    I always tell my friends who are going on the camino "It's not like you're going to Antarctica!" You can always find what you need on the Camino.
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    What not to take? And what to not forget?

    Agree with many of the above - I did not use a lock either - just took a collapsible day pack to carry valuables at the end of the day to shower, etc. and it went into my big pack during the day. What I don't see is a poncho and as a one of my favorite posts on this forum went when asked what...
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    LIVE from the Camino Pamplona experience + the next few stages...

    Great to read about your experience, Becky!
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    Planning to walk from Astorga solo, advice please!

    I arrived in Madrid in 2018 (age 63) and spent a couple of days enjoying that city and then took a bus to Astorga where I proceeded to get a taste of the Camino by enjoying lunch, the cathedral and then a short stage from Astorga to Murias de Rechivaldo (Albergue Casa Rural Las Aguedas...
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    LIVE from the Camino Burgos-Santiago

    Your trip sounds great, Lynne!!!
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    What is the nicest thing that anyone has said to you on the camino?

    it was the hug that brought more tears flooding - I was in Carrion de los Condes - my last night on my 14-day camino and was enjoying the camaraderie of the singing nuns and the guests from around the world. I was weeping profusely, so sad to be leaving the following morning, so joyful to be...
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    What Unexpected item did you find in your pack when you got home?

    What I didn't find was my poncho! It slipped out of my pack one day after I had used it and just tried to tack it on instead of put it in my pack. As I didn't need it again, I didn't notice it was gone until I got home and unpacked my bag!
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    Have you encountered accidents on the Camino?

    My first night in an Albergue in Astorga, a kiwi recounted how he had never heard of the Camino until his friend invited him to come along. On the first day from St. Jean, the friend fell and broke his leg and had to be evacuated by helicopter, and could not continue the walk. He decided to...
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    Where did you walk ( locally ) in 2021?

    San Francisco, Golden Gate Park - 5.5 miles
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    How long did it take for you to get to "de-cluttering" after Camino?

    It took a trip to Cuba during the special period to help me umulate. I decided to have just enough when I returned home - so if I buy a new black top, one from my closet goes to the thrift shop, new hiking shoes? Old ones to the thrift shop. New knife for the kitchen? Old one goes to the...
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    Camino Quotes

    "Qui va piano, va sano, e va lontano." ....learned from an Italian pilgrim in Estella. Loosely translated: Who goes slowly goes healthy and goes far. (Slowly wins the race)...
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    What do you do when you cannot walk anymore?

    What I know is that if we are lucky, life as it goes on is full of little losses. We recognize them, mourn them and then keep going - again, if we are lucky. At almost 65, I certainly can't do what I could when I was 18, but I will keep going until I can't!
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    Outdoor Gear, Backpacking Consumerism, and the Marketplace

    Thought provoking thread. We are all different, and we need to begin thinking of the environment - do we really need new stuff? Can we settle for something used? Can we borrow gear? I've walked portions of the Camino 2x and felt great taking my slightly used pack purchased from Craigslist...
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    Camino Frances video

    It brought it all right back - thank you! Beautiful people, beautiful journey!
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    A day to be grateful

    It's never too late to give thanks!
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    First-timer looking for Advice

    I did the Frances - one summer from Astorga to Santiago - though I was flexible and had no accommodations set up, I had an idea of where I wanted to stay (usually before or after Brierly stages). This past summer, I gave myself 14 days of walking from St. Jean to wherever I ended up in 14 days...
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    Passport Holder

    I used a small cross body bag (bagallini) & modified it to wear as a waist pack (outside my body) when walking. Everything was accessible, including my cell phone for pictures. When in the city, I wore it as a cross bag, making me feel more "citified". I also kept an extra credit card, copy...
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    Live From the Pilgrim Office...

    Yes, this does help. Thank you for getting back to me! Enjoy your stay.
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    To Orisson or not to Orisson...

    I began in Lourdes and took the train to St. Jean arriving there mid-day, had a bite to eat, walked around, waited for the Pilgrim's office to open, got my credential and then headed up to Orisson (I had made a reservation) for a wonderful evening in the Pyrenees. It felt great to stretch my...
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    Live From the Pilgrim Office...

    I'm wondering why the pilgrim count has been at 0 for the last two weeks? I enjoy checking it to see how many pilgrims are coming in.