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    Camino etiquette - passing others on less-busy caminos

    As a solo walker, I would be unnerved (at best) by someone who appeared at my side and then matched my pace as would most other females and more than a few males. In understand and agree that the Camino is different than real life, but a stranger matching my pace would be an enormous red flag...
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    Drinking water @hotels

    I've been traveling for more than 40 years in developed and developing countries in North America, South America, and the Caribbean, and have yet to experience any issues. (Not even in Mexico, which at that time was a poster country for not drinking the waterl
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    Drinking water @hotels

    This video is also from nearly 15 years ago. I was traveling 50% plus of the time for work when it came out and it caused an enormous backlash. Covid changed *all* of this, so not really sure how good a 15 year-old video from an "investigative report" is as evidence of sanitation in a Spanish...
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    Drinking water @hotels

    I'm going to go ahead and trust that the water that flows off the toilet brush goes down to the sink and off to a septic tank or sewer system and not into a recirculating system where it will be dispensed onto my toothbrush (or hands or anything else that finds itself in that sink)
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    Drinking water @hotels

    If fountains in the middle of nowhere have water that smells of chlorine, surely it stands to reason that the tap water in a populated area would receive at least equal treatment.
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    Drinking water @hotels

    Bottled water at a supermarket is usually less than €0,50 for a 1,5 litre bottle....I prefer not to use plastic bottles, but I bought one to keep in my pack for drinking water. I refilled it feom the taps at albergues and the fountains along the path.
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    Knocking on doors to find a place to stay

    Setting yourself up to fail means failing to plan (mentally, financially, logistically) to be able to take care of yourself when the fertilizer hits the ventilation. Having enough cushion to pay for a bus/taxi/unexpected night in a hotel due to illness/injury/weather/etc is your...
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    Knocking on doors to find a place to stay

    If I am going to travel across an ocean and don't have a few extra euros for a taxi, a bus, or a trip to the doctor, I have done myself an enormous disservice by not planning well enough to take care of myself when the inevitable challenge happens. I get pilgrimage. I get sacrifice. I also...
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    Knocking on doors to find a place to stay

    This, 100%. It would have to be dire indeed to go knock on someone's door.
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    Santiago cake

    They not only exist, they're delicious.
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    Santiago cake

    What an awesome souvenir...inexpensive, lightweight, and slips into a backpack painlessly!

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