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    Duo Lingo or Something Else?

    Book a private (online) tutor once a week for an hour. Apps a great for memory based learning but not situational conversations. My tutor selects a topic (usually Camino related like food) for the next week and provides a vocab list and homework. We then talk about that topic (often role...
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    Crohn’s Disease

    I frequently travel with a friend with Crohn’s and she makes a small card (think credit card sized, laminated) in whatever language is applicable in the given country. Briefly outlining what's going on and highlighting the immediate need for bathroom access. That card has frequently helped her...
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    Avoiding Ponferrada - linking the CF with the Invierno

    That's really impressive! My partner likes photography and we'll probably bring a camera (I know but what the heart wants and the back can carry) because we are connecting from Spain straight over to Africa.
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    Trends in 2023 - Gronze article

    That would hugely inflate the numbers because you'd also count the Spanish people that use these very same parts for their daily exercise or take their dog for a walk. Your food truck idea might work better but I feel for that poor person sitting there at 4am in the summer to start counting :)
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    Avoiding Ponferrada - linking the CF with the Invierno

    Thanks everyone for your comments - and especially the fantastic pictures! @davejsy - did you bring a camera or did you manage these fantastic shots with your phone? @peregrina2000 - that might be where my confusion comes in. In any case, the Valle de Silencio sounds like a fantastic de-tour...
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    What is the best app to learn some Spanish for the Camino? Thanks

    And for anyone that's more into tech than people - ChatGPT 4 holds down a pretty decent conversation in Spanish with you (following the right prompt: eg pretend to be a waiter in a restaurant) while correcting your mistakes.
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    What is the best app to learn some Spanish for the Camino? Thanks

    You might also consider hiring an online tutor for a few sessions. I'm doing that with Tamazight because I won't have time to learn the actual grammar but still want to have a basic vocabulary for brief conversations. One session a week covering greetings, restaurants/bars, albergues/hotels...
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    Avoiding Ponferrada - linking the CF with the Invierno

    Dear all, I've read here/somewhere a few people mentioning an alternative start to the Invierno by splitting off from the CF before Ponferrada. My tentative plan is to stay the night in Riego de Ambrós - connect to the Invierno - stay in Villavieja. Looking purely at Google maps this variant...
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    Nicknaming the People You Walk With

    I’m sorry if my post came across as harsh, that was not my intention and I apologise for that. Cultures differ tremendously and trail names are important in your culture - and what’s more important - yours has significant meaning for you. While many people here will not be accustomed to them a...
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    Nicknaming the People You Walk With

    For context: I‘m an experienced long distance hiker mainly focusing on challenging trails in Europe and Africa. Trail names aren’t a thing here but some (younger people) might be aware of that concept through US media. I personally don’t care what name you (anyone) go/goes by but one advice...
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    Don't put off going back to Camino - count your remaining weeks!

    @David, you (and anyone else longing for an existential crisis) might enjoy this article: https://waitbutwhy.com/2015/12/the-tail-end.html Your post (although I’m a long way off that age group) hits close to home. My mother dreamed of walking the Camino for a long time. She passed before she...
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    Poles

    Definitely! I bought a fairly expensive pair of Leki poles 5 years ago. They are as good as new and trust me, they've taken their fair share of slips and falls over the last years. 110€ well spend. If hiking is something you want to get into - or do any more Caminos after this one - invest in...
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    Poles

    Disclaimer: I'm spending a fair amount of my time hiking and I've seen far too many people with cheap hiking poles take a fall - resulting in injury and broken poles. So take this advice as you wish. Buy some good quality poles in Australia and *learn how to use them* before boarding that...
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    Drinking water @hotels

    Does this get rid of the chlorine taste? I’m very spoiled when it comes to tasty tap water and really struggle with the high chlorine content in Spain. Not worried about the chemical composition but purely the taste aspect.
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    Mental Health on and AFTER the Camino

    I think most people responding here come from a place of well-meaning. Going into the Camino - or any other experience - with the strong intention that it is going to a transcendent experience is setting yourself up for failure. Pointing that out to someone who’s clearly very excited and...
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    Mental Health on and AFTER the Camino

    I think you might be falling into the trap of survivor bias here. Most blogs / YT / social media accounts are for profit (views, engagement, adverts) so having a profound end to their walk (positive or negative) is part of the deal. Or see it the other way round - if you did have a profound...
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    Which Route for 10-14 days? (slow and steady Pilgrims)

    What time of the year do you plan on going? Personally, I don't think the Mosel region is very pretty until June - before it's very brown and it can get quite cold. It's stays nice until November.
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    Which Route for 10-14 days? (slow and steady Pilgrims)

    I have not tried the app but might be worth a look: https://en.visitmosel.de/hiking Booking.com will be pretty straightforward to use - the Moselsteig / Mosel Camino follows the course of the river so you can easily check for accommodation options using the map search.
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    Which Route for 10-14 days? (slow and steady Pilgrims)

    The Mosel Camino is absolutely wonderful and might double-up as something else to do / see in Europe. You are walking through vineyards, charming traditional villages and there's ample chance to get your culture fix in too (Trier -> Porta Romana, Holy Robe in the Cathedral, birthplace of Karl...
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    Donating in donativos

    @Antonius Vaessen people who *can* afford to pay but don't, yes they abuse the system. People who struggle to pay are the ones you help substitute. They are benefiting from Camino hospitality as to allow them to experience this walk. If it wasn't for that, why should donativos exist? Give what...

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