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  1. Isabelpilgrim

    The Laundromat is my friend

    I used a washing machine about once a week. Threw everything in.
  2. Isabelpilgrim

    The Laundromat is my friend

    This is the first Camino I made use of laundromats. With the heat, staying some nights in private rooms, and carrying less clothing, they were a godsend. The added benefit is that they were often in the more residential neighborhoods, and they already include soap in the cost.
  3. Isabelpilgrim

    Crowding on the Camino Francés?

    I think if you look on booking sites it will seem as if there is a shortage, but from talking to people who had been walking since SJPP and not pre-booking, they always were able to find a place, even if that required trying a couple different places. But, it might be different in the fall when...
  4. Isabelpilgrim

    Your 2022 flight and airport experiences

    Hi, just walked part of Frances rte. Coming into Spain via CDG to Barajas, no issues. Flying out today CDG was chaotic, not enough time between flights, lots of other flights coming in had been delayed, and when my fully booked flight was scheduled to leave there were still a lot of empty...
  5. Isabelpilgrim

    Long days and double stages

    I've walked double stages in Galicia in the past (near O'Cebreiro to Sarria-but then did a rest day in Sarria because it was Palm Sunday, on most of my Caminos I've walked past Palais de Rei, once going to Melide because I walked with someone else so I wasn't walking alone late in day, and I've...
  6. Isabelpilgrim

    Crowding on the Camino Francés?

    I just finished the Frances yesterday. Even being in Sarria on a Sunday with lots of families and groups of teens walking for the week, there didn't seem to be a shortage of beds, though if you look on booking sites it might seem that way. I didn't try to get Compostela yesterday, but I waited...
  7. Isabelpilgrim

    COVID Any restrictions on travel within Spain?

    I think it's still masks required on public transportation. And I believe Ryan air is currently on strike?
  8. Isabelpilgrim

    Locked in room, hilarity follows

    That's quite the story, I m glad you were able to get ahold of someone. I was slept in a closet on the Portuguese rte, thean in the actual room left the key in the lock so I could use his toilet. Somehow I got locked in the bathroom and had to bang on the door to wake him up to let me out, then...
  9. Isabelpilgrim

    To book or not to book albergues

    Autocorrect strikes again! Casa Rurals, Trabadelo.
  10. Isabelpilgrim

    To book or not to book albergues

    I'm not quite in Sarria. Walked from Cacabelos to Ambasmestas today, surprising amount of albergue we're closed, I think some temporarily. I haven't seen a lot of peregrinos today, but the bar + albergue in Pereje we're closed, and I think only two albergue we're open in Transdelo. There are...
  11. Isabelpilgrim

    Differences in the walking experience - pre vs post Covid?

    Thank you. It's quite chilly today, big change from a week ago.
  12. Isabelpilgrim

    Differences in the walking experience - pre vs post Covid?

    I was considering the Invierno this morning but didn't have the brainenergy to figure out where it was, so am in Cacabelos instead.
  13. Isabelpilgrim

    Differences in the walking experience - pre vs post Covid?

    I'm walking now, met people who still mostly show up and find beds. I've been about hal and half, reserving vs not. I reserved first couple of nights, because of the heat. Did have one place full, but someone asked the hospitalero to drive me to next village (one of the ridiculously hot days)...
  14. Isabelpilgrim

    How to finish this thing?

    I always think of the last 100 kms as integration back to everyday life, taking what you've learned in the quieter days and applying it to the noise and busyness of life. But maybe since you've been walking in stages you have already done that. The Invite o looks pretty.
  15. Isabelpilgrim

    How busy is the Frances these days?

    I'm on the Meseta.
  16. Isabelpilgrim

    How busy is the Frances these days?

    All online booking seems to going fast, but I m wondering about the albergue, and how full those are. I've booked last couple of nights but kinda want to be around more peregrine's. Wondering if I should take my chances. The heat is a bit of an issue.
  17. Isabelpilgrim

    LIVE from the Camino It is HOT from León (and before)

    To Sunday that is. Next week looks pleasant by comparison
  18. Isabelpilgrim

    LIVE from the Camino It is HOT from León (and before)

    We gotta make it Sunday when temps should drop. 35C now in Tardajos. Only bed I could find, a 10 km day out of Burgos.
  19. Isabelpilgrim

    LIVE from the Camino Return to the CF after 10 years

    I spent 3 nights in Madrid, so much stone to radiate the heat until late. Maybe I'll just walk to Tardajos. Enjoy Leon, and Burn Camino!
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