I suppose you could shim the gap with a strip of aluminum foil which is thinner than duct tape? Wrap it around the plug part and gently wiggle it into place, a firm wrench should be good enough to take it apart again for a more permanent repair later on.
Page 1 of the Engineer's Vade Mecum, page 2 includes such gems as "If it really won't budge try a Birmingham spanner." and "If it's a Whitworth thread, tighten it up until it shears then back off half a turn,"
First time down it was 21 years ago almost to the day! There had been heavy rain from Foncebadon onwards but the sun came out as I approached Molinaseca and the smell of the freshly watered wild herbs and plants was incredible - one of my favourite sections of the CF.
A sad end to an otherwise inspiring journey.
The office will have a record of when they issued the original Compostela so it should be easy to provide a replacement. Tell your friend to provide the date the original was issued, the starting out point for their Camino and their name and...
Don't forget that, post-Brexit, the rules about taking animals into the EU area have changed.
If you previously had a pet passport issued in GB (not Northern Ireland) it is no longer valid.
Pets to Spain
Pets to France
The rain in Spain falls mainly on the pilgrim . . .
On my first visit to SdC in 2001 I wondered why everybody was carrying an umbrella and then the heavens opened up . . . Bought a super one in a back street for about 1000ptas and it's still going strong.
I now carry a Dutch silvered Senz...
The Samos "variant" adds 7kms to your day's hike. It's an attractive route - I've walked both - but unless you especially want to see the monastery (in which case you will need to add time to an already long day) or intend to stay overnight in Samos (which you won't have time to if you want to...
You could do it in 10 days, as to whether that would be wise or enjoyable would be up to you
Day 1 Astorga to Foncebadon 26k
Day 2 Foncebadon to Ponferrada 27k
Day 3 Ponferrada to Villafranca 24k
Day 4 Villafranca to La Faba 24k
Day 5 La Faba to Triacastela 26k
Day 6 Triacastela to Barbadelo...
Lots of good advice up above.
Agree to no rain pants - every time I put mine on it refused to rain!
If you're worried about the cleanliness of pillows (I've worked in a refugio - some people drool worse than a bloodhound so I don't blame you) you could wrap it in your towel.
No selfie stick -...