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  1. Lindsay53

    Anything wrong with wanting to walk alone?

    I met a woman who had walked several previous Caminos, always alone. This time a friend had pressured her into agreeing to walk with her. The friend had never done a great deal of walking previously but was captivated by her friends Camino descriptions. A few days in the friend decided she had...
  2. Lindsay53

    Travel Insurance for Australian and New Zealanders

    I am Australian and have my flights booked for late March for the Portuguese Camino. I went with Zoom travel insurance as I have used them before and found them very helpful. They had no problem suspending the policy I had bought for my aborted 2020 trip and reactivating it for this upcoming...
  3. Lindsay53

    Running a donativo albergue - seeking advice on rules & laws

    I admire your dream WBF. I hope to stay in your albergue one day!
  4. Lindsay53

    Has anyone seen these coins yet?

    A very tempting souvenir. I will think about it next year.
  5. Lindsay53

    I Need a Hiking Buddy

    A couple of things Gabriel. Why does your boss have any say in what you do on your own time, and why are you planning a Camino with such a punishing timetable? The Camino is as much about the inner journey as the physical one. Be in the moment rather than rushing though it. In any case, I doubt...
  6. Lindsay53

    After the Camino

    I was one of those who felt somewhat lost afterward. I felt a sense of anti-climax after returning to Santiago from the end of my walk in Muxia. I felt restless but had no desire to become a mere tourist (that sounds condescending I know) so I brought my flight home forward, staying only two...
  7. Lindsay53

    What are the Do's and Don'ts of Albergue Etiquette?

    I didn't really notice anyone parading around in their underwear. Standing by the bunk to get dressed, yes, but not making an exhibition of it. A generalisation I know, but it did seem that the Europeans and Australians were less self conscious about getting changed in public than Americans.
  8. Lindsay53

    My Camino regret!

    Only a small regret, I walked on to Muxia, bypassing Finisterre. I now wish I had walked down the coast from Muxia and finished at Finisterre. Next time....
  9. Lindsay53

    New digital Credential is introduced from the Cathedral.

    While technology has its place, I would prefer a paper credencial. Nicer to hold and reminisce over, and its a bit hard to frame your phone as a momento! 😁
  10. Lindsay53

    What to do and not to do in a Refugio/Albergue

    I think the snoring issue is rather overrated. Pilgrims are (or should be) aware that communal living has its pros and cons and a decent set of earplugs will go a long way to alleviating the noise from snoring that is an inevitable part of the communal sleeping arrangements.
  11. Lindsay53

    On the Camino, on this date in May...

    Walking...I'm not in the photo :)
  12. Lindsay53

    On the Camino, on this date in May...

    May 17 2019 Arrived in Santiago!
  13. Lindsay53

    On the Camino, on this date in May...

    The Albergue Municipal in Navarette?
  14. Lindsay53

    On the Camino, on this date in April...

    27 April 2019 . Day 15. Walked from Burgos to Hornillos del Camino. Stayed in the municipal albergue by the church. Had a pilgrims meal in Bar Casa Manolo and a couple of beers in the square. I really miss it!
  15. Lindsay53

    What do you do to remain mindful?

    I was fortunate in that I had no timetable, no pressure to finish beyond a flexible return fight home. I did not think much about the actual finish, but mostly about the day ahead. I had no plans other than walking then finding somewhere to sleep that night. The peace this gave me was remarkable.
  16. Lindsay53

    Connectivity from Australia

    No problems from central west NSW, other than the NBN being slow in general.
  17. Lindsay53

    Have you been married a long time?

    We were married for 37 years and 6 months. My wifes death was one of the things that got me walking the Camino and I found it the best therapy for dealing with my loss and planning the way forward I could possibly have imagined.
  18. Lindsay53

    To what extent did 'others' influence your Walking Distance and Stops? (Not a Poll)

    I walked alone and did not tailor my walking to anyone else. I did meet up with some others fairly regularly at overnight stops and on occasion walked with someone for an hour or so, but it was not planned.
  19. Lindsay53

    Do you have tips for meeting people on the Camino?

    I walked alone but it was easy to have a conversation in the albergues or bars, even for someone fairly introverted like me. We all have the Camino in common as a starting point for conversation, and after a few days or a week or so you tend to run into many of the same people at night or at...
  20. Lindsay53

    On the Camino, on this date in May...

    On this day 21 May 2019 I arrived in Muxia, my Camino complete, 38 days from St Jean. I'm so grateful for the experience and the fantastic people I met. .