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  1. James P

    Deteriorating Behavior

    Can some people be so dumb? Who pays to keep the donativo open? Just think of the name- DONATION! I've seen this behavior and am totally amazed at the entitlement some people feel. Selfish and very sad.
  2. James P

    COVID Getting Vaccinated - Some Perspective Perhaps and a Prayer

    UNICEF are running a program called GET a vaccine GIVE a vaccine. Those of us who can should support this program by donation. It can be found online. I will be donating after I receive my second vacine on Wednesday. I consider myself very fortunate just because of where I was born and where I live.
  3. James P

    Car rental from Lourdes to SJPdP

    You car hire car at Lourdes Tarbes Airport. I've been there many times. Search online. You should have no difficulty
  4. James P

    Should I ...?

    Difficult but my I would buy the van. In a way that is my head ruling my heart. But I would like to havthe option to take small breaks for now. The Camino will still be there when this phase of your life changes. You only have one Mum.. Buen Camino
  5. James P

    Same Camino over and over again

    Good question. I did CF just once. Intention was to do one Camino. 4 Caminos later I am beginning to feel a draw back to CF. This is totally unexpected for me. Not sure if this is due to the pandemic or some of the wonderful recent posts on Facebook looking back on the Frances. One thing I'm...
  6. James P

    Correct Backpack Fitting and Backpack Adjustments

    I can write here without any doubt that properly fitting around your waste is most important for your body and backpack. My personal experience of that first day from SJPDP to Roncesvalles was bordering on a disaster due to poorly fitting and setup of the waist straps that resulted in...
  7. James P

    Bored walking

    Home and the Camino - Black and white, two totally different, opposite sides of a coin. Home walking v 30/40 day Camino - two totally different experiences. Like opposite sides of a coin but also related. Boredom is an emotion or a mood and is transient. I would say you will experience Boredom...
  8. James P

    Anyone in or passing through Ireland, this Greenway could be of interest.

    There is a Famine Way from Strokestown in Co Roscommon to the Custom House in Dublin. 165 km long, much of it along the Royal Canal. You can find out more by following this link -...
  9. James P

    Anyone in or passing through Ireland, this Greenway could be of interest.

    I'm intending to walk it as soon as conditions permit. Although that looks bleak at the moment. But nothing lasts forever, so I keep hoping.
  10. James P

    Via de Plata from Salamanca

    Salamanca, Sanabres, Ourence best. Quite and beautiful. I really enjoyed this route
  11. James P

    FREE St Patrick's Day Book Give-Away!

    Thanks for that Paul. Happy St Patrick's Day ☘. I look forward and pray for the opportunity to do both. Buen Camino
  12. James P

    FREE St Patrick's Day Book Give-Away!

    Hi Paul Thank you for this very generous gesture. I downloaded both successfully. Do you have a favoured charity of yours that I can make a donation to in response to your kindness.? Please post and let me know. Stay safe and well. Buen Camino James
  13. James P

    FREE St Patrick's Day Book Give-Away!

    Thank you Paul. This is very generous and truly in the spirit of the Camino. Buen Camino now and when we can walk the enchanting dusty way again. Happy St Patrick's day to you and yours.
  14. James P

    Am I the only one who...

    I didn't read a 'Camino' book before my first Camino and purposefully avoided the movie The Way. Why should I let a movie guide me or influence me? It was my Camino, my experience. There are many fine Camino authors and books out there and I've read a few since. Much more satisfying now.
  15. James P

    Update and farewell to Albergue Villares de Orbigo

    I don't have the words to express the sadness I feel. Like so many on the forum it was inspiring to follow your journey. Following the anticipation of opening and then having to close are a couple of days. Phew! Gut wrenching. Then opening up again, few pilgrims and another wave of covid...
  16. James P

    Sister María Asunción - COVIS/Corona - Who Cares! Would Give Anything for Another Chance to Hear Her Again!

    Sister certainly knew how to control and quite the congregation before Mass. Her singing was exquisite and heavenly, resonating throughout the Cathedral. I am blessed to my memories of her singing
  17. James P

    Christmas Day greetings from NZ

    Happy Christmas from west of Ireland.
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