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  1. Sam - AU

    Women be aware of Miguel at San Nicolas de Puente Fitero

    Positive. It may have been late April or very early May. It had only just opened early for the season that year; the guidebook had said it should be closed. Dinner and breakfast was by candlelight, the clotheslines were to the left of the rectangular building and the kitchen/bathroom were in a...
  2. Sam - AU

    Women be aware of Miguel at San Nicolas de Puente Fitero

    I stayed there in April (or May) 2018, there was a man there then who would only offer to massage the women’s feet (he disappeared everytime a male asked), and would very much so take liberties with his hands so far up thighs while doing so. He would try to play it off as ‘charming’ but you had...
  3. Sam - AU

    LIVE from the Camino Struggling with fitness and mood

    I felt a similar thing on my third Camino in 2019, and also met another on their third going through the same thing at the same time. I made it to Pamplona and then took 2 rest days to decide, I ended up starting again ‘to see’ removing the idea that I would ‘finish’ and just take it day by...
  4. Sam - AU

    Wine fountain and more

    The winery also has a pretty cool stamp if you have 5 minutes to spare to pop into their office. I had the most lovely conversation with the staff there the last time I did.
  5. Sam - AU

    Vegan! Recipes and do's and Don'ts

    Vegetarian (part vegan) here and I can't speak for everyone, but on all 3 of my caminos I would have simply been delighted and over the moon with just a big bowl of roast vegetables, particularly given the scarcity of any vegetables other than fries in most of the villages on the way. I think...
  6. Sam - AU

    Trekking pole donation

    Everytime I’ve been in Finisterre, there has been a ‘market’ (using the term lightly) down near the water. I’ve seen the same guy there both times with a tarp on the ground and a mountain of clearly discarded Decathalon Quechua walking piles, I’ve thought both times the poor guy is on the wrong...
  7. Sam - AU

    How to get a Donkey

    A bit like the replies on this thread!
  8. Sam - AU

    Suitcase Transportation and Storage From SJPP to Santiago - Winter Caminos

    Hi Annie, I saw in another thread that Wise Pilgrim has now taken this over from Ivar, the Casa Ivar website says the following: "In 2021 Michael will be running the Luggage Storage (same address, same storage room, just Michael and not Ivar :-). Please get in touch with him regarding deliveries...
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    Going through the Pórtico De Gloria this Holy Year

    May be completely outdated information now - but I was in Santiago in the dead of winter in Dec 2019, one of the last months the camino was truly open. At that time they had a special 'out of hours' visit session at night for pilgrims only, you had to have arrived that day, the sign up sheet was...
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    What to do and not to do in a Refugio/Albergue

    Thanks for sharing your memories Jill. Brings back so many funny and delightful cherished memories of my own.
  11. Sam - AU

    How to take trekking poles to Spain despite airline regulations...

    Technically yes, but ‘you’ check it in as your standard 1 piece of luggage allowance (it’s within the max allowance dimensions), the airline then normally decides because it isn’t a standard suitcase shape to send it to the plane along with the other weird shaped items. If that makes sense, no...
  12. Sam - AU

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

    Haha! Oh wow, women too! Maybe it’s you and I that have an unrealistic preference for strangers to be clothed 😂
  13. Sam - AU

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

    Definitely PLEASE pack your bag or at least 90% of it the night before. On the Donativo point, so many people have infuriated me by saying that it was 'Free', pay at least what the going Municipal Albergue rate is, if it includes a meal add on the average price of a pilgrim menu. Also one of...
  14. Sam - AU

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

    Could not agree more. Your alarm is NOT everyone else's alarm, no one asked for that!
  15. Sam - AU

    How to take trekking poles to Spain despite airline regulations...

    Haven't read the entire response trail so apologies if already suggested. Having flown long haul from Australia to France / Spain with multiple connecting flights, 3 times for different caminos, I've done the following. Buy a cardboard mailing cylinder, stuff it full of things like hiking...
  16. Sam - AU

    Walking the Camino Frances multiple times - why?

    I’ve just finished my third way on the Camino Francés in less than 2 years. Ultimately for me the camino keeps calling me back, although I am hoping this will be the last time for a little while. I had so many people this time around almost judge me for doing the same route 3 times running. I...
  17. Sam - AU

    Stuck in Pamplona

    It’s the off season, the buses between Pamplona and St Jean stopped in mid October. Sounds like the Camino is trying to teach you the lesson of flexibility, I guess the question to ask yourself is why are you so intent on starting from SJPDP? Having started from Pamplona on my 2nd of 3 caminos...
  18. Sam - AU

    Camiño Finisterre Bed bug warning!

    Can confirm as of 13th December the bed bug issue is still out of control. The room to the right of the stairs seems to be infested, at least 5 out of 8 beds in that room. Some people left at 2am in the morning they were being eaten so badly. I personally found them on my stuff (even though...
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    Suitcase Transportation and Storage From SJPP to Santiago - Winter Caminos

    Sorry to hear you had a bad experience with Jacotrans. Hoping that as I’m just transporting a suitcase which is standard dimensions compared to bicycle transport bags, there won’t be any issues next week. Unfortunately the Correos daily transportation from Albergue to Albergue service is only...
  20. Sam - AU

    May Camino?

    I walked Apr/May 2018, weather was amazing in May, got a day or two of rain in Galicia as we got closer to Santiago but nothing torrential or unmanageable.
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