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  1. DavidR

    Footwear for Norte

    I did the Norte in April/May 2018. First 4 days I just had running shoes - not waterproofed. And it rained every day 🤦‍♂️ massive massive blisters. So I bought waterproofs after that and they saved me any times - lots of rain and mud. However I kept my running shoes, they were lightweight and...
  2. DavidR

    The Most Epic SJPdP Pizza Experience!

    It's at the downhill end of Rue de l'Église 😊
  3. DavidR

    The Most Epic SJPdP Pizza Experience!

    De Definitely not microwaved! I don't know how, but it was crispy and the cheese had structure - it didn't abandon all its water like it does in a microwave. It came out in the pizza box, so no plastic wrap - and the pizza wasn't stuck to the box or filled with oil stains. So there is...
  4. DavidR

    The Most Epic SJPdP Pizza Experience!

    Actually somehow the base was cooked properly, and it was even baked and not microwaved 😂 Don't know how, but it was quite a surprise. And yeah.... zero subtlety, just very loud flavour 😂😍
  5. DavidR

    The Most Epic SJPdP Pizza Experience!

    So I was going to enjoy dinner in one of the SJPdP restaurants - but all the ones I saw seems to be lacking pilgrims and also seemed to be full of upper middle class French tourists - so I was feeling out of place. And then I walked past this bizarre instant fresh hot pizza machine and decided...
  6. DavidR

    Arriving Biarritz on a Sunday

    Just call that company, see if they have other guests booked already. I went with 4 other people today and only paid €20 - it was great!
  7. DavidR

    Arriving Biarritz on a Sunday

    I am in Biarritz now, landed at 11:30 but my luggage for delayed, it will arrive at 1:30. So I checked on this forum for travel options and found a bus service that takes pilgrims direct. €96 for the buss and they just split the costs between however many turn up. Bus picks everyone up out front...
  8. DavidR

    Cost of train from Biarritz to SJPdP, compared to shared taxi

    This was so helpful for me! I just landed in Biarritz and have to wait for my luggage (coming on the next flight), so thought I would check if there was a better option than train or taxi - and this is the perfect one! I called them to book, they have 3 including me so far, so it's €32 each. But...
  9. DavidR

    How do you "relieve yourself" when a toilet is not available?

    Exactly! If you pay attention and set the time the inflow, you'll set the pace for the outflow
  10. DavidR

    How to start an albergue?

    Another thing to consider more generally is reviewing how strong your business skills are. Because in the end it is a mini business and will need operational things done as well as management things (like marketing and accounting). And figuring out how much money you need to live off so you have...
  11. DavidR

    What shall I remove from my pack.... 🤔

    And can neither confirm nor deny that I work for the Aussie CIA..... The RFID thing is actually just like a money belt thing, the annoying one that hangs around your neck 😅 I agree that its a scam, not even sure where I got it Thanks for the tips, will adjust accordingly. And I agree on the...
  12. DavidR

    What shall I remove from my pack.... 🤔

    When I read this at 1am, I interpreted it as "why sleep in clothes? just wear your socks!" 😅😅😅 Sleep deprivation does funny things...
  13. DavidR

    What shall I remove from my pack.... 🤔

    Knee brace is based on my experience last time (I bought it in the first week as I was having issues). But in saying that, I only needed it for a week. And while training for this one I have had no issues, so yeah I can scrap that 🙏 Cheers re: pillow case Yes will consolidate meds and put in...
  14. DavidR

    What shall I remove from my pack.... 🤔

    Liquid soap, but yeah I'm seriously reconsidering that 😅 And agreed with the moisturizer, will half it and put in a smaller container. And the massage ball sadly is worth the weight - have tried the tennis balls but they don't have enough oomph for what I need :(
  15. DavidR

    What shall I remove from my pack.... 🤔

    Cheers! Laundry sheets....the alburges dont have washing powder?
  16. DavidR

    What shall I remove from my pack.... 🤔

    Thanks for the feedback! I have posted a big list above in reply to the other person - please feel free to go through and give critical feedback 😅 🙏
  17. DavidR

    What shall I remove from my pack.... 🤔

    Great feedback, thank you! 🙏
  18. DavidR

    What shall I remove from my pack.... 🤔

    That does help, thank you 🙏
  19. DavidR

    What shall I remove from my pack.... 🤔

    Thank you, and yes I think a sleeping bag may be the way to go given the time of year (I prefer to sleep warm) 🙏
  20. DavidR

    What shall I remove from my pack.... 🤔

    Thank you! And you prompted me to re-itemize and weight everything. So have just redone my list and its actually 10.6kg :rolleyes: Everything is listed below But ill be wearing around 600 grams of clothes on any given day. And if I removed everything listed above (and reduced the medical kit)...

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