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  1. MaxHelado

    Beware of price gouging

    I agree with Crhutch - the complaints books is the way to go when you feel that the service you have received or the prices you have been charged are wrong or unreasonable and when a polite conversation with the owner doesn't bring the result that you think would be fair. My understanding is...
  2. MaxHelado

    All the Caminos in 3D

    Awesome, simply awesome. For those of us who have yet to tread the Camino this brings it to life. Sincere thanks.
  3. MaxHelado

    Variante Espiritual: Walking the last 100K - starting point?

    That is my understanding. You must walk 100km excluding the distance travelled on the boat. Also, you must follow a recognised route (which the Variante is) and have 2 stamps per day during your last 100k. (I think it’s 2 stamps only on the last 100 but to be safe I would get 2 a day once you...
  4. MaxHelado

    Spanish language

    What? The next series? Yipee!
  5. MaxHelado

    Spanish language

    Did you watch the series on Netflix? You must have done!
  6. MaxHelado

    Spanish language

    So pleased. I don't want people to get us mixed up.
  7. MaxHelado

    Spanish language

    Don’t worry about it. What you are learning will be enough to make yourself understood and to understand some of what you hear. In my experience the Spanish respond warmly to anyone who makes the effort to speak their language. So long as you are willing to give it a go and to make mistakes (the...
  8. MaxHelado

    Spanish language

    Yeah. But I'm not going to tell him that............ 👿
  9. MaxHelado

    Spanish language

    I've been studying Spanish for a few years now and cannot begin to tell you how much more I enjoy my time in Spain. I would support the idea of putting time into learning a little of the language before you go. Having said that I have also travelled with a good friend who doesn't know a single...
  10. MaxHelado

    Variante Espiritual: Walking the last 100K - starting point?

    Hi, SioCamino Here is the perhaps the most authoritative statement I've found on the recognition of the Variante Espiritual. It is from someone who has worked in the Pilgrims' Office and even seems to know which drawer the key documents are kept in! It seems quite clear from this that the...
  11. MaxHelado

    Variante Espiritual: Walking the last 100K - starting point?

    Apologies, gollygolly. I missed your original posting - I have no idea why - and only spotted it when Fleur responded. The link is super-useful as are the links within the link. Thank you for sharing this. Great stuff.
  12. MaxHelado

    Wandering from the straight and narrow

    Hi, Ken Many thanks for taking the time to write. This is rich in useful information and the book sounds perfect. I feel as if my journey has already begun; I am slowly discovering what the Camino can be and what I want it to be. If I enjoy the walk as much as the preparation and planning it...
  13. MaxHelado

    Wandering from the straight and narrow

    Here's a link I found that offers some useful information on the Pedronía. https://vivecamino.com/en/the-pilgrimage/the-compostela/ And here is the link to the Ayuntamiento de Padrón where you can download the Carta Pedronía which is their two page equivalent of the Credencial. Go to...
  14. MaxHelado

    Wandering from the straight and narrow

    Krista, Thank you for your contribution to the thread - interesting and helpful. Where did you go to claim your Pedronía? I have never heard of this.
  15. MaxHelado

    Wandering from the straight and narrow

    How wonderful! Buen camino!
  16. MaxHelado

    Wandering from the straight and narrow

    Pelerine, I don’t suppose you’re available early June to meet outside the office in Santiago? I’ve had an idea.......😉
  17. MaxHelado

    Wandering from the straight and narrow

    :D:D:D Oh, Bradypus, I do enjoy your humour and I couldn't agree more! As I said earlier, the camino is not for the sole objective of gaining a Compostela but it is always nice to know the rules even if that only means you know when you have broken them. My current thinking is to take the...
  18. MaxHelado

    Wandering from the straight and narrow

    Thanks for your replies. Helpful as always. This forum has been invaluable in planning my first camino. SYates is perfectly correct. I could leave the route and return to the route the following morning but if you look at the map this seems to make little sense. (Hasten to say that is not a...
  19. MaxHelado

    Wandering from the straight and narrow

    First camino in May. Variante Espiritual. Plans are now taking shape with thanks to this forum. This journey is not all about gaining a Compostela but it would be sad to discover on arrival that I had unknowingly disqualified myself through some terrible act of non-compliance :oops: The...
  20. MaxHelado

    Variante Espiritual - how much farther to walk?

    Ken, I will be there and will raise a glass to you.
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