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  1. K

    Translation of 'regacho'

    Fantastic! Sounds like we have a perfect opportunity to start a new tradition of -- When you cross that bridge you can't leave it until you get a "hug of liking" on it. Once you receive a hug you can proceed to the other side.😻 Let's do this folks.
  2. K

    Phones and the Frances

    Thanks everyone for all the info and opinions. I have a lot to learn and find out. I am starting with checking with my service provider and will check into all of this. Thank you very much.
  3. K

    Walking with a friend

    This simple wisdom made my day. One thing my friend has done on all of our non-Camino trips together is overpack-- In my estimation, anyway. He seems to me to bring too much stuff but in the past it has only made me chuckle because he is big and strong enough to carry whatever he wants...
  4. K

    Phones and the Frances

    Can you please give me basic advice on using a phone on our CF trip in 2023? Background: I've traveled to various foreign (meaning outside of USA) countries quite a bit over the last couple decades (although not the last few years). But I've never once brought my phone with me on those trips...
  5. K

    Walking with a friend

    Excellent. Thank you! I am reminded of a time a couple decades ago. I had a pretty good friend who I had grown closer to than expected (no- not that way) and we began doing all sorts of things together. One year we went on a big camping trip and as we led up to that we were talking about this...
  6. K

    Walking with a friend

    Can you please elaborate on this? What didn't work for you two? Did you gradually realize there were problems? When you say "we walked separately" do you mean just for the day but you saw each other each evening or you did the rest of the Camino on your own? (this could probably be it's own...
  7. K

    How Important Was It To You To Do "Full" CF ?

    Thank you everyone for providing such thoughtful and informative responses. It's not practical to respond to each of you individually, but please know that I appreciate all the input. I met my friend this weekend and discussed the subject with input from the responses here. We are both on the...
  8. K

    How Important Was It To You To Do "Full" CF ?

    Thanks Sabine, yes I know. I'm not so sure about using Roncesvalles as an example of contrast to "recent invention" SJPP. Most Spaniards nowadays actually start in Sarria, after of course driving or taking transportation there, and it seems to me that most people of any nationality who start in...
  9. K

    How Important Was It To You To Do "Full" CF ?

    Unless something else came up where it worked out for me to do it in stages, the only thing holding me back would be hurting his feelings. I would prefer going with him as he is my best friend and we get along great on any adventure, but if it came down to it I would have no other issue going...
  10. K

    How Important Was It To You To Do "Full" CF ?

    How important was it to you to do what might be called the "full" CF from SJPP to Santiago in one go? I know a lot of people split it up into stages for various reasons (health, time, money), while some prefer the one long journey, and perhaps some people would only do the whole thing in one...
  11. K

    Camino Norte or repeat Camino Frances

    As someone who has had to postpone doing any of them twice, I'm not in a strong position to give you advice but it is fun for this rookie to see that what I call the "Camino Craziness"-- the back and forth in your mind of which route/when etc-- affects even the veterans. I can't tell you how...
  12. K

    Good advice that I didn't take

    Great stuff thanks Bill. Very helpful.
  13. K

    The River Route into Burgos

    This is very very helpful. I had read about this option multiple times but didn't understand it. Just now on google street view I followed along with that download step by step (as far as street view would go). You can tell you are on the correct path on street view because there are plenty of...
  14. K

    Etiquette/ what to wear at churches

    America, Canada, and especially Western Europe attendance is declining. Most everywhere else is doing pretty well. Many countries in Central America, South America, and Africa have Catholic Churches with very high attendance numbers-- many have 80-90% attendance. A priest I know from the...
  15. K

    Etiquette/ what to wear at churches

    You have just improved my training walks without even knowing it.😍😎
  16. K

    Etiquette/ what to wear at churches

    Excellent point and question K. This is a well-meaning but non-liturgical practice which started in America but I don't know how widespread it is around the world. I've been to mass in Spain many times but never on the Camino (our first one is upcoming) and have never thought of watching to...
  17. K

    Etiquette/ what to wear at churches

    Some good advice throughout the thread, fff. Let any worry go. You have everything you need to attend a mass in Spain or anywhere-- a sense of respect and an open heart. I went to my first Catholic church about ten years before I became Catholic. Was nervous just walking in and couldn't...
  18. K

    Walking the Camino at Easter: pros and cons

    Thanks for this. We had to change our CF departure (formerly Sep 22) and one of the schedules we are considering is March and/or April and within that is the decision on Holy Week. I thought I had read somewhere that there were a lot of Spanish walking into SdC that week but couldn't find it...
  19. K

    Be prepared... pilgrim rescue

    Great. Thank you all. I knew the Valcarlos route existed but barely paid it any attention before now. But due to our date change we need to be prepared for inclement weather and we might even end up going during the closed season for Napoleon.
  20. K

    Be prepared... pilgrim rescue

    Thanks for all the information, everyone. We have moved our departure into more of the shoulder season so this is a great reminder for us to be well prepared-- even if we have to let go of gear later. Am I correct in understanding that on the Valcarlos route you are much more out of the wind...

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