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  1. LuisaR

    Seeking Advice: Blisters Appeared on Day 21 of Camino

    Definitely worth giving your Teva’s a try - it will be bliss if they don’t rub on your blister! I always walk in my Teva sandals, sockless - they were an emergency purchase in Pamplona when I limped in from Zubiri with a few very painful blisters - I’ve never looked back! Good luck!
  2. LuisaR

    Is it safe to do a wire transfer to Tuitrans?

    Yes, it’s safe. I wired them a transfer in July to pay for their services - I was a little anxious too! They are legit and very reliable, excellent communication etc.
  3. LuisaR

    Avoiding Porto's industrial area on the Camino - starting point recommendations

    I walked the central route from Porto a few weeks ago. I didn’t mind walking out of Porto, but if walking the central again, I would skip that bit - I’d walk from Porto airport to Mosteiro and stay at Casa dos Caminhos and start my camino from there.
  4. LuisaR

    Looking for lodging suggestions in Mosteiro

    I stayed at Casa dos Caminhos and it is absolutely wonderful! Worth booking ahead as it was almost full when I was there a few weeks ago.
  5. LuisaR

    LIVE from the Camino My Camino Portugues - Central: Starting in Porto

    Three nights in Santiago at the end of my camino : I am leaving Santiago in the morning to catch a train to Madrid, so a final update. I had booked a room for two nights in Santiago at PR Mexico. Super cheap and a great hotel, but a 15min walk from the historic centre. Handy for my early train...
  6. LuisaR

    LIVE from the Camino My Camino Portugues - Central: Starting in Porto

    Camino Day 15: Vilar to Santiago de Compostela - 18.6km Wise Pilgrim says that it was an 18.6km, but the sign posts said 20km! I was quite emotional on my walk this morning - I left at 7am and it was a beautiful morning - there was a stunning scene with a church and fields and vineyards, and...
  7. LuisaR

    LIVE from the Camino My Camino Portugues - Central: Starting in Porto

    I didn’t do a good job in finding dinner there - I ended up on a side street, sitting outside a bar that plays rock music. The food was good though - but not a proper meal (I just had a slice of bread topped with lovely things!).
  8. LuisaR

    LIVE from the Camino My Camino Portugues - Central: Starting in Porto

    Ahhhh good luck and enjoy! It’s going to get quite hot from tomorrow!
  9. LuisaR

    LIVE from the Camino My Camino Portugues - Central: Starting in Porto

    Hi, my suitcase was collected by a company called Tuitrans from my hotel in Porto, and they are delivering it to my hotel in Santiago tomorrow. I’m not leaving for Madrid until 7th Aug, but will be in Santiago on 4th Aug.
  10. LuisaR

    LIVE from the Camino My Camino Portugues - Central: Starting in Porto

    Camino Day 14: Caldas de Reís - Vilar: 23.7km I woke up early so decided to get up, and had left my hostel just after 7am. The walk today was beautiful and I really enjoyed the scenery, however, I didn’t enjoy the people! It’s busy and loud - there’s a large group of around 20-30 teenagers who...
  11. LuisaR

    LIVE from the Camino My Camino Portugues - Central: Starting in Porto

    Update: if it was me, I wouldn’t bring a sleeping bag!! I’ve only been using my liner when nothing is provided and I’ve been fine. I’ve worn a jumper at night to keep warm and that’s it. Plus, it’s getting hotter by the day…. @J11
  12. LuisaR

    LIVE from the Camino My Camino Portugues - Central: Starting in Porto

    Camino Day 13: Pontevedra - Caldas de Reís - 21.2km So last night in Pontevedra was fun! It’s a very busy town, but I enjoyed visiting the sites, and yet again, bumping into my American friends who by complete coincidence were staying in the same hotel as me. We went to an incredible seafood...
  13. LuisaR

    LIVE from the Camino My Camino Portugues - Central: Starting in Porto

    Camino Day 12: Arcade - Pontevedra: 12.8km I stayed on the outskirts of Arcade last night in a hostel which was really relaxing and fun: I spent lots of time with my American friends, and we had the pilgrims menu for dinner: vegetable soup, spaghetti carbonara, and a a few beers. We looked at...
  14. LuisaR

    LIVE from the Camino My Camino Portugues - Central: Starting in Porto

    Camino Day 11: Mos - Arcade - 16.6km If you stay in Mos, the public albergue is great and the restaurant opposite is wonderful - I highly recommend this lovely village for a stop! I left Mos at around 7.15am this morning and arrived at an albergue just outside of Arcade just before 12pm. The...
  15. LuisaR

    LIVE from the Camino My Camino Portugues - Central: Starting in Porto

    Buen Camino! I may see you at some point soon!
  16. LuisaR

    LIVE from the Camino My Camino Portugues - Central: Starting in Porto

    Camino Day 10: Tui - Mos: 23km I had a lovely evening in Tui last night - walking around the town and visiting the sites. I was expecting an equivalent of Sarria for these last 100km, so was pleasantly surprised. I stopped for some food and was soon joined by a Spanish man I had met the day...
  17. LuisaR

    LIVE from the Camino My Camino Portugues - Central: Starting in Porto

    I have done a mixture of booking ahead and not. I felt it was totally necessary to book ahead for somewhere like Casa da Fernanda, as I know that her accommodation is popular - she was totally full and turning people away, so that was the right thing to do. There aren’t many people around so far...
  18. LuisaR

    LIVE from the Camino My Camino Portugues - Central: Starting in Porto

    Camino Day 9: Rubiães to Tui - 19.1km There isn’t much to see or do in Rubiães, and it was also grey and drizzling yesterday, so I had a very quiet and relaxing evening reading my book which I’m very glad I brought! I ended up sharing a room with a French couple who I had met in Casa da...
  19. LuisaR

    LIVE from the Camino My Camino Portugues - Central: Starting in Porto

    I left at 7.15am and arrived at 1.15, probably with around an hour of stops in total and at times, some very slow shuffling uphill! There’s a really good restaurant to stop in in Rubiaes.
  20. LuisaR

    LIVE from the Camino My Camino Portugues - Central: Starting in Porto

    I really don’t know - it’s quite warm but not massively at night, but I’ve been supplied with blankets in all my accommodation so far….if I was just using a liner, I think I’d need to have some warm layers on to get through the night….

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