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  1. greenshank

    July-Aug 2011; is a sleeping mat required?

    I had a mat of the oldfashioned and cheap (3 €) foam type, that I had cut to be 1000 mm x 400 mm (Almost haff of it was cut off). Big enough to sleep on if necessary. I used it frequently to sit on (thistles!) or to lay and rest on my siesta. It was still a bit big albeit almost zero weight, and...
  2. greenshank

    Camino de Madrid October 2008

    There is not one day that goes by when I don't think about my camino experience. Hearing about your walking it makes my feet itch! Lovely to see someone else enjoying this wonderful walk. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
  3. greenshank

    Camino Madrid, again :)

    Hola Javier, ¿que tal? That's great news! I'll definately stay there next time in Colmenar Viejo! :mrgreen:
  4. greenshank

    Camino Madrid, again :)

    Hiya, I had difficulties finding somewhere to stay in Colmenar Viejo. For a town of it's size it has very few pensions and hostales. It may be wise to try to book ahead. Something I'm not prone to do, so after a few hours of wandering the streets of Colmenar I took the bus back to Madrid. Felt a...
  5. greenshank

    Good cheap hotel in Madrid in the old quarter

    a quick hello from the office @ work, all this talk about hostales wakes up my travel bug! I wanna go a-walking! Soy peregrina, claro! :mrgreen:
  6. greenshank

    Good cheap hotel in Madrid in the old quarter

    Hm, about hostal miralva. I should've reported back earlier. Not much wrong with the hostal, when you consider the price. But I got a room next to the reception, and I overheard every word the receptionist said to every new guest. I can fill in and tell the little tale about the keys and the...
  7. greenshank

    News from Rosina

    Wow! Thanks, doll! I can see that the percentage is rising for "otros caminos"! But being one of only 326 that chose that I feel a bit special! Being a hospitalero... Sounds intriguing, but not this year (gotta work a little here at home) :mrgreen:
  8. greenshank

    Camino Madrid, again :)

    Hallo folks! I'm slowly beginning to upgrade my blog with the rest of my trip. The Madrid-Tres Cantos part is there now as well as Coca-Alcazaren. Deirdre, where do you want to start? City centre, Plaza Castillana or outside Madrid? The Amigos' office is very close to Sol: c/ Carretas 14, 7...
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    mobile phones

    I did use movistar, for calling and texting (sms) domestic. Supposedly I was going to be able to load the card with more € via internet, but it didn't work, so I used my regular (vodafone) for international messages (EU) so I wouldn't run out of money on the movistar. It turned out my vodaphone...
  10. greenshank

    LIVE from the Camino Started to walk again today! (Sept 10)

    ¡Gracias! I'm now in Alpujarras, but can't stop walking - so I walk a little bit with my friend's dog in these beautiful mountains most days. :mrgreen: I did'nt go to Finisterrre. Not the end of the world (pun intended :wink: ) but 6 hours on the bus ida y vuelta was a bit much considering it...
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    LIVE from the Camino Started to walk again today! (Sept 10)

    I'm in Santiago. I can't believe it. Arrived yesterday after starting again in Ponferrada on Nov 1st. The weather has been very non-novemberesque, and my new red poncho is still in it's pack. I think I'll take the bus to Finisterre tomorrow :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen...
  12. greenshank

    Camino Madrid, again :)

    You were absolutely right, Peter! A rock rose it is! : Cistus ladanifer, Jara común or Gum rock rose in english.http://reddeparquesnacionales.mma.es/parques/cabaneros/flora/flora38.htma Yay! :mrgreen:
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    Problems getting a Pilgrim passport

    Usually you can get one at your first albergue or pilgrim centre. (at least on camino frances). If you have time in Madrid, you can go to Asociación de Amigos de los Caminos de Santiago de Madrid, or one of two churches, la catedral de la Almudena or la iglesia de Santiago...
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    LIVE from the Camino Started to walk again today! (Sept 10)

    Left the camino in Ponferrada ¡Hola Peregrinos and Peregrinas! In Ponferrada, on Wednesday, I finally gave in and went to a doctor with my bronchitis. I've been coughing a lot but no pain in my chest or throat, so I've just been walking very slow and short etapas. But on Tuesday, just before...
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    LIVE from the Camino Started to walk again today! (Sept 10)

    In Sahagun! The walk from Coca to here has been flat and h.o.t. Didn't expect the sun to be so persistant in September! Only one day of rain so far. The albergues have all been very nice, a description will turn up on my blog later on. So far I stayed in hostales only in Medina de Rioseco and...
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    LIVE from the Camino Started to walk again today! (Sept 10)

    A quick hello from Fuencarral. As I have decided to walk all the way to Santiago, I started to complete the beginning... So this morning (quite cool after the rain) I started at Plaza Jacinto Benavente in Madrid. La Iglesia Santiago was closed, so I didn´t get a stamp there, but got one at...
  17. greenshank

    Hotel in Madrid

    There was a post some time ago on the same topic, look here. http://www.pilgrimage-to-santiago.com/board/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=2887&hilit= :mrgreen:
  18. greenshank

    Good cheap hotel in Madrid in the old quarter

    This time around I booked another one, at a cheaper level, Hostal Miralva. (25 € for a single room, shared bathroom) I'll report back when I've stayed there. :mrgreen: http://hostalmiralva.com
  19. greenshank

    Camino Madrid, again :)

    Thanks, Peter! They do look similar! It's not the H. appeninum, this bush was over two metres tall. But I'll look into it :D . I guess I'll buy a Spanish flora as soon as I have finished the camino!
  20. greenshank

    Camino Madrid, again :)

    That was quick, Ivar! And my blog on top *blush* Well, I hope I can convince some! I think many doesn't know of this camino, I only happened to come across it on the Mundicamino website, exploring the alternatives to Camino Frances. I will hopefully be in Santiago some time in late October...
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