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  1. Robert B.

    Casa Ivar Dear all

    Many heartfelt thanks Ivar, for all the work you do!!
  2. Robert B.

    Training walk in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Bird's Hill Park?
  3. Robert B.

    Towel - Help!

    When I forgot my micro fibre towel at an albergue early on in my Camino, a kind hospitalier at the next albergue gave me a clean, but worn thin cotton towel from a pile that had been left behind. I used it for the remainder of my walk, then left it in Finisterre. (I think I may have left the...
  4. Robert B.

    Homesick for the Camino

    Beautifully articulated and heartfelt. You have made my day! Buen Camino to you as well!
  5. Robert B.

    Best Chocolate?

    I'm with Camino Chrissy - the big Valor bar with nuts. Saved my butt once after an overnight stay in Ane along the Madrid Camino. Nothing was open. That night I went hungry, saving a big chunk of my Valor bar to sustain me on the 12 km walk the next morning to the nearest breakfast. Every time I...
  6. Robert B.

    Peanut Butter on the Camino Frances?

    Peanut butter is often tough to find and costly in Spain as it is not a part of the Spanish diet. Nutella is the European spread of choice. Your friend should try hummus instead. It is widely available. I ate it every day on my Madrid Camino four years ago.
  7. Robert B.

    Merry Christmas and a happy New Year, Ivar!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Ivar!
  8. Robert B.

    I am leaving. Not Forum just yet, but Camino.

    Buen Camino, David. Thank you for your service. Remember that every ending is just a new beginning.
  9. Robert B.

    Missives from the Camino Madrid

    Funny, I thought I was ready to move to another route but the Camino Madrid is calling me back as well!!!
  10. Robert B.

    First Timer

    Frankie - Do spend as much time as you can researching lots of Camino Routes. I did that, and I was so happy to have discovered the 'route for me' and I am sure you will find the same. Don't get stuck on the idea that you have to walk the most popular route. Find the one that suits you best...
  11. Robert B.

    Which Camino for 14 days in March?

    I loved the Madrid Camino and I think you'll find it ticks all the boxes. Check out my Madrid Camino blog.
  12. Robert B.

    Missives from the Camino Madrid

    You won't regret it, I assure you!:)
  13. Robert B.

    If You Only Had Time To Spend In One City: Porto vs. Lisbon

    I know both cities well and I would say Porto, hands down. The parks, the Arts district, the architecture, the people, fantastic!
  14. Robert B.

    Guidebook for the Madrid camino

    There is an easy to use, printable Max Long map and guide to the Madrid Camino- worked for me! A donation to the Confraternity of St. James is all that's required.
  15. Robert B.

    Missives from the Camino Madrid

    As a Canadian, I have felt embraced and warmly welcomed on my journeys around the world and feel blessed. I most certainly don't want to give the wrong impression about our American friends. It was not so much my feeling that US pilgrims are not welcome, but that there is a possibility that in...
  16. Robert B.

    Camino newbie 😀

    50 Euros a day is more than plenty - in fact if you travel with the pack and do the albergue thing most of the way you will have extra should you opt for some solitude once in a while by checking in to a little hotel. Have you looked at other routes, or have you set your mind on the French...
  17. Robert B.

    Pre-Camino Travel Ideas

    Stephan - Is there a specific reason you want to start in St. Jean? Historically at least, one begins one's Camino from the front door, so, seeing as how you'll already be in Madrid - that great city of Art - why not start from there? Also that way, you will walk three routes if you wish - the...