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    New ferry route Ireland to Spain?

    pain has reopened its borders and Brittany Ferries are now taking bookings to Spain, but currently only for motorists. Until further notice they are unable to take foot passengers. Book at
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    New ferry route Ireland to Spain?

    Precisely and concur! "Carmino dreaming" (my 4th) has kept me sane ... well, sane-ish. Hip replacement in May, Camino in mid-September. St Louis - Dublin (ferry) - Santander - Pamplona as another CF likely best option with the new hip, which I intend to call "James". Happy to stand you a...
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    Omicron be damned, I bought flights to Portugal today

    Ominicron "be damned"? Are we back to Spring-Summer 2020, as pilgrim returnees/wannabees virtually slavering for a Camino, any Camino, just gimme a Camino already (because those posts read just like that) concocted travel shenanigans and wily cunning to leap borders and bend restrictions with...
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    Checking your backpack on flights

    From St Louis Airport several Madrid bound checked backpack as luggage: ditto safe arrivals. However, I was flying American direct to Madrid, therefore (what am I saying!), surrely luggage could not get lost on a direct flight? See, that comment got everyone to roll their eyes...
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    Open Jaw -

    As I had never been to Portugal and knew the CP was my next Camino, I took the bus from Santiago to Lisbon for my flight back to St Louis MO. (Santiago - Lisbon Bus Station is $56-69 and 11 hours, with a one hour required bus driver stop somewhere along the way and I grabbed a sandwich and...
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    Open Jaw -

    Cafe solo is the way to go-oh!
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    Are you 70+ and still walking Caminos?

    As a whippersnapper of 57 on my first CF in 2002, what I noticed about the Black Beret Card Throwing Sunshine Sitting Peregrina Up and Down Noting Gentlemen of Spain were ...their limps. Those canes were not just for looking smart and/or debonair, those men ...limped! They struggled getting up...
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    arcteryx aerios 30 pack.. anyone try?

    Camino dreaming Porto-Santiago 2022, the Gossamer Gear website and their well thought offerings keeps me coming back time and again, to mull over and consider. I do know this (holding aloft in one hand a virtual slice of tortilla espanola and in other hand a virtual cup of cafe solo, por...
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    Forum Book Club - 2.3: The Man with the Camino Tattoo (Dermot Breen)

    Noted; of the Camino memoirsw I have read I did like, some were magnifient, outright laughter and/or tears inducing, emotional resposible and enlightning; several were uninspiring and irritatingly short on either emotion or detail, and one is rather nice, if I do say so myself as I wrote it...
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    Are you 70+ and still walking Caminos?

    I sense you are 100% correct, as few women with whom I have engaged in "Which Camino?" conversations have mentioned VDLP or longer; several "long Camino" memoirs have all had solo male authors. I know in my 76 year old gut this gal would love to walk VDLP ... in a small, mixed group so...
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    My Camino regret!

    I was at the cusp of the era between boots, boots, boots and the advent of HOKA-like lighter trail shoe options, between the American Friends newsletter arriving in a stamped envelope and Google, between "a. couple of cotton t-shirts" and breathable textiles, etc., etc. My regret is ...
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    Are you 70+ and still walking Caminos?

    Whoops! Off topic of 70 plus walking Caminos. Right. Circling back ... On three Spring CF Caminos spanning early to mid 2000's I spied with my Camino eye, in the category of "looks to be senior." more women than men. I saw more senior women in groups and in larger groups than I saw senior...
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    Are you 70+ and still walking Caminos?

    Pretty good! I vary wearing them with two Teva options too enticingly on sale on Zappos to pass up. Humidity is a big factor during mid-Missouri thunderstormy summers, and my feet swell. All sandals are uncomfortable at this point, so I am opting alternate trail walks with a pair of Hokas and...
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    Are you 70+ and still walking Caminos?

    See reply later in post, that Camino plans delayed until Spring 2022, Delta resurgence allowing.
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    Are you 70+ and still walking Caminos?

    76 and for my fourth Camino, ths time Porto - Santiago in Spring 2022, when I shall be 77! Teach these young whippersnappers that a mature and seasoned body and mind are nothing to be afraid of, white hair is a silver flame of experience and the fading sun spots on the left side of my face are...
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    Are you 70+ and still walking Caminos?

    Churchill would have to give up cigars (good luck with that), champagne at every opportunity, his team of secretaries (unless they would be carrying his backpack) and commit to a strict diet and exercise before he set on toe upon the Camno de Santiago. And even then, I imagine he would only be...
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    OBSOLETE COVID THREAD 🦠 Travel to Spain/Portugal for Canadian travelers

    I checked Expedia for flights for mid-Autumn 2021 from St Louis MO to Lisbon. Flight options were all over the place! Up to Toronto for lengthy layovers, one to Denver and tnen to Munich (?) and Frankfurt, several out of London and one, only one to Madrid ending in Lisbon; one did get close...
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    Portugal Dreaming for a Year-Long Stay 2022-2023

    Portugal Dreaming for a Year-Long Stay 2022-2023
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    Getting Small

    A YouTube ad came on this evening from a company out of Barcelona. Has anyone else viewed this ad from their Kickstarter campaign?

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