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  1. Bala

    LIVE from the Camino Live from the Camino Frances

    Thanks for uour updates, Annie! You are bringing back happy memories. Wishing the best for everyone in your group. 😊
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    LIVE from the Camino I’m on my way

    My very favorite part of the entire Camino Frances. Emerald green fields, bright red poppies just coming into bloom, cloudless, endless blue sky above.... I kept thinking I'd give anything to have a walk like this at home. Some of my happiest memories are from along the meseta. 😍
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    Language tests !!??

    Well, I had no idea. All this time I thought spaghetti grew in boxes and marshmallows came from plastic bags. Thanks for enlightening me. I wonder if I can raise them in window boxes on the back deck. Now if I can just pass that 5-language exam, I'll be all set for my next Camino. Provided the...
  4. Bala

    Thirteen More Sleeps and I'll See You THERE!

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful and caring reflection on your mother, Annie. May her final days be in peace. Wishing you all the best on your Camino.
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    Camino Story from CaminoDebrita

    Another warm and generous tale. Sometimes the most unlikely people turn into the best companions. Thank you for sharing your stories.
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    Internet Cafes?

    Another thought would be find a hotel with a business center and book yourself for 1 night. Nice break from the albergues and everything you need for your documents. Any of the larger towns should have what you need.
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    Finances to Feet

    Anyone considering the Valcarlos route because it's "easier" should take a serious look at the lengths of the purple sections -- 20% grade -- on this chart. The 2nd half of Valcarlos is equivalent to the first part of the Napoleon. Another consideration is that the best part of Valcarlos is...
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    Poll Do you listen to anything while walking?

    I never listen to music walking the Camino, I never listen to music walking at home. When I listen to music in my home, that's what I'm doing -- listening to music. Sitting in front of the speakers, giving it my full attention, never as background or space filler. Music demands my attention...
  9. Bala

    NY Times Guest Essay: Travel, Fear, the Camino

    Well said! 🚶‍♂️🚶‍♀️
  10. Bala

    Cruz de Ferro - Be Inspired

    A moving story beautifully written, with lessons that can apply to all of us. We cannot choose our burdens, only how we choose to carry them. Thank you so much for posting this.
  11. Bala

    LIVE from the Camino Triacastela to Santiago, January 2022

    Congratulations on completing your pilgrimage! And many thanks for taking us along on the journey. I thoroughly enjoyed every one of your posts and the beautiful photos accompanying them. They brought back many good memories. Best wishes as you go forward in life.
  12. Bala

    Albergue at Sahagun

    My very favorite as well. So special.
  13. Bala

    Prayer Please

    Prayers for your daughter and family, and @kirkie's friend. 🙏🙏
  14. Bala

    A Christmas Wish

    Beautiful message. Thank you, and Merry Christmas. 🌲😊
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    Pilgrim Passport Capacity

    Yes, you will run out of space, probably within the first two weeks if you like to collect sellos 😄. But no worries. Just get several credentials before you start, or plan to pick up new ones as needed along the trail. Many albergues and churches have them available for a small donation. I...
  16. Bala

    🎄 Christmas 2021 from Santiago

    Thank you, Ivar. Feliz Navidad.🌲😊
  17. Bala

    Sharing sad news

    So very sorry for your loss. 🙏
  18. Bala

    LIVE from the Camino Live from Camino del Norte, followed by Camino Inglés!

    This is such a lovely, thoughtful gesture. I will be sure to do the same going forward. Thank you for sharing this, and for all your interesting, insightful posts from your Caminos. I enjoyed every one. All the best to you!
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    After the Camino

    The side altar