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  1. Al the optimist

    Accommodations along the way for Camino Frances

    Last week we returned from walking Pamplona to Burgos. No bed shortage in albergues. They were only half full most nights.
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    How much Camiño is too much?

    Like everything in life, it is an individual thing as testified above. Now in my 12th Camino year. Even after completing 16 I am still enjoying myself walking them (though not every minute of every day). Counting down again for the next 11 days, having left off the 17th at Astorga a month ago...
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    Burgos train station to Camino trail

    I took the train from Madrid to Burgos Rosa de Lima train station rom Charmartin last month. Immediately outside is a bus stop. The number 23 (I think) takes you to Plaza de Espana (the Terminus) in Burgos centre. I think it took about 20 minutes and cost les than 2 euros. I think the bus runs...
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    I need to switch it up!

    I have walked the El Salvador three times. I always find it quite strenuous going over from Poladura to Parajes. Last time was two years ago in July 2021 and I was a very exhausted 73 year old. I would not recommend it if you are not in the best of health. Buen Camino
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    Most challenging sections on the Camino Frances

    Thank you. Most kind. Does ANYONE make it past that cafe?
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    Most challenging sections on the Camino Frances

    I like going down to Molinasecca as well (although cautiously to start with). I once in bad weather did part of the early bit on the road. Reaching Acebo gives a sense of achievement doesn't it? I have always enjoying that first café! Last time I stayed in Acebo at the albergue attached to the...
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    Starting the Camino Mozarabe on the 1st October 2019 from Almeria - Arrows along the Camino

    Glad to know the marking is now good as I had some problems back in 2016 especially in the bamboo forest. I found it a very lonely experience and was glad I could speak Spanish. Before Cordoba I only met 2 pilgrims for one night each as one was on a bicycle and the other was finishing the next...
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    So glad the storm happened 2 hours AFTER we finished walking for the day.
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    I recently took a friend on the Frances. He was a Camino Virgin and had only a week for his holiday. We stayed in St Jean on arrival. We then walked to Orisson, Roncessvalles, Zubiri and on the fourth day into a crowded San Fermin in Pamplona which we left that same evening boarding a Madrid...
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    What are YOUR Favourite Spanish Words?

    Si, tenemos una cama para ti.
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    A good place to leave for Norte

    I have walked the El Salvador twice, once in glorious sunshine. That time I rate it as the best views I have encountered. Then again I have not walked the Primitivo, which many rate highly. Why not the El Salvador then the Primitivo? Then save the Norte for a walk from Irun?
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    Just saw your reaction. You in Wolves?

    Just saw your reaction. You in Wolves?
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    Walking from Burgos on 10th April to SDC.

    Off - 2 weeks! As always it is getting hard to concentrate on other things now.
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    Walking from Burgos on 10th April to SDC.

    Continuing from where I had to leave off last year for lack of time. I hated leaving it as I was just getting into the Camino Karma.
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    Urban Myths

    True I guess. On the Frances this summer I met an American woman who had lived there for over 20 years. She covered every inch except her eyes as she burnt if the sun got to her.
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    Camino Phrases and Titles

    What annoys me is that nothing anyone says annoys me!
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    The year ahead

    Happy New Year to all following the Gregorian Calendar! (Maybe I find the concept of March 25th a better one?) Anyway, good luck with your planning and walking. Hope I get to join in at some point. May your year be filled with joy, health and happiness.
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    A merry Christmas to all fellow travellers.

    May you and yours all be safe, healthy and happy.
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    New to camino need help

    The Camino Ingles from Ferrol to Santiago is 5 days. There used to be a bad day going up to Bruma on day 5 but there is a new and easier route now. Hostal accommodation at all stages but the Bruma one needs the slight diversion to Nova do Vento for a Hostal. See our Johnie Walker guide book.
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    Curiosity about age: white/ Grey hair?

    Having met you I cannot understand how since you didn't have white hair until your late 30s they can have known you for 20 years! ;-)

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