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  1. Northern Laurie

    If you only had two weeks...

    Oh yes indeed, I remember the culture shock of meeting up with the Frances at Arzua (I think? Or o Pino? It’s all a blur). In particular I remember going into overdrive trying to find a place on the trail that wasn’t overcrowded with pilgrims. I was almost running trying to just get ahead of...
  2. Northern Laurie

    If you only had two weeks...

    If you only had two weeks, what stretch would you do and why (on the Frances). I Walked the Norte a year ago. I can’t stop thinking about going again and would really like the experience of the Frances likely in the fall (September or October). Alas I won’t be able to take substantial amounts...
  3. Northern Laurie

    Does having a half-full pack affect the weight distribution in a pack?

    I used a 68l pack with exterior compression straps and one inadvertently genius move: a travel cube I was worried about load distribution, so I bought a light weight packing cube about 4”x12”x16” (100mm x 300mm x 400mm). All my clothes went inside. It made packing and unpacking a breeze- I...
  4. Northern Laurie

    My first time - ALONE

    Time difference from Toronto isn’t too significant, but you might still feel a bit of jet lag. I am a lazy bones so any excuse to do a short day works for me. The better shape you are in and the shorter days you walk, the more your body will forgive cheaper equipment. I met up with one woman...
  5. Northern Laurie

    What does the camino mean to you?

    Misery punctuated by grace, companionship, compassion, love, revelation and joy. Or maybe it’s the other way around. Depends on how much it rained and what condition the feet and knees are in. I am resistant to calling it a vacation. It requires work, effort and sacrifice to achieve a pretty...
  6. Northern Laurie

    Offering a university course, suggestions for topics to include?

    Depending on the course description, it might be interesting to frame it as “create your own pilgrimage “, and explore what makes a walk or a trip into a pilgrimage. You’d be able to capture the history, psychology, religious, and spiritual practice of pilgrimage. The idea is not my own: “the...
  7. Northern Laurie

    Our "missing pilgrim" policy

    There are people who discontinue communication for their own safety (physical or emotional). Please do be cautious about sharing specific location information. Most people are well intentioned but not everyone.
  8. Northern Laurie

    Do ladies pee in the woods? I think we know the answer.

    Or the inconveniently closed-for-the-season public washroom.
  9. Northern Laurie

    Can anyone give me any advice on doing the Camino Frances with a two-year old.

    I met a coupele that retired to run an albergue on the Norte. They told me about doing the Camino Frances every two years or so starting when they first married and all the way through to the graduation of the youngest of 4 kids. A lot of km’s! One of their strategies was to drive and walk...
  10. Northern Laurie

    Having a hard time

    I am so glad to read this thread now. I walked a little over a year ago. The past year has been... something different. It seems like many people do learn something deep and profound about themselves-something not necessarily obvious (as in most pilgrims learn a deeper appreciation for...
  11. Northern Laurie

    Sweating using pack with contact back suspension

    I can’t speak to those models specifically, but mine did get sweaty, but not smelly. Or at least not that I ever noticed-fellow pilgrims may beg to differ. The only word of advice is if you happen to be walking a coastal route and. Feel compelled to put your pack down on a sandy beach, don’t...
  12. Northern Laurie

    Camino del Norte or camino Frances?

    I’ve done one Camino : the Norte. It was extraordinary and beautiful. I shouted , I sang, I cried. I was deeply and profoundly moved at times. And I was grumpy, frustrated and tired at times: just like most pilgrims. Towards the end (just after Boimorto) I started to feel like I’d made the...
  13. Northern Laurie

    Has anyone ever walked principally at night?

    I love walking at night. I did not do the Camino at night-mostly chicken because I was a solo walker on the Norte. I share this because your partner may find it helpful depending on the nature of their sleep condition. Because Spain is in the “wrong” time zone, walking between September to...
  14. Northern Laurie

    Blisters on soles of feet

    I won’t weigh into treatment, but do check your sock and shoe situation. You want to make sure your sock is not rubbing excessively against your foot. That might happen if your foot is moving around too much in the shoe, your shoe has a worn spot inside that doesn’t allow your sock to move...
  15. Northern Laurie

    Distances fitness versus tiredness

    In general your muscles will get stronger and you probably will average longer distances towards the end, unless you start to get joint pain. The last three days before Santiago, my knees started aching. That continued for a month after my return, so I am glad I was done when I was done. I...
  16. Northern Laurie

    Useful Items from the Dollarstore to take with ? On a budget

    I got a hand-me-down backpack, but65L size... super comfy but on the big side. So my dollar store purchases: -two packing cubes(rectangular bags for packing clothes). Made for brilliant mornings and nights cuz nothing fell to the bottom of the back pack. -toothbrush -mini ziplocks for pills...
  17. Northern Laurie

    Low Cost Camino Norte Please Help

    I should warn you that not many albergues I stayed at included meals. Others may have had a different experience. The albergues that did have meals almost always had a vegetarian option: vegetarian options in restaurants were more challenging but still doable. The biggest challenge I had was...
  18. Northern Laurie

    Macabi skirt - which colour

    Charcoal, long and full. I did clip it up in the shorter setting about 25% of the time, usually on especially hot days. I liked the neutral colour. And I liked creating a breeze on my legs. FYI I am 5’8” for height reference.
  19. Northern Laurie

    What did you do with your compostella/shell

    I gave my shell to someone whom I love and who was talking about the Camino the same way I did 10years before I finally did it-like something he wants to do, that can see himself doing , but which seems out of grasp. I hope he takes the shell with him when he finally goes!
  20. Northern Laurie

    Single Use Plastics

    Can they be recycled in Spain? In my home town bags can only be recycled in a limited number of places or they contaminate other recyclables.

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