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  1. Walkalong

    Route advice for Newbie

    Welcome to the forum. I agree with Doug. Your stages seem very reasonable. I've not walked the Spiritual Variant or that hop from Caminha to Valenca/Tui, but and you seem to allowing yourself plenty of time. If you're taking the boat from Vilanova to Pedron you could walk closer to SdC that...
  2. Walkalong

    Rip off Restaurant

    On your first Camino, how many times did you leave a Café thinking they had charged too little? Given the location and convenience. What would it cost you in London, Bath, Barnstaple or Birmingham? For struggling student on a tight budget: a Spanish guy I walked with would pick up a glazed...
  3. Walkalong

    Bugs / Insects on Route Frances

    Free protein. That was the rationale when mosquitoes were attracted to the heat when cooking pancakes. :)
  4. Walkalong

    Bugs / Insects on Route Frances

    We have never had any problem with bugs on any Camino. Head nets remind me of a friend who had an allergic reaction to what ever he had trapped inside the head net. From our fairly remote wilderness location, it took two days to get him to a cart track and eventual hospital.
  5. Walkalong

    25 km per day?

    We should be as good listeners!
  6. Walkalong

    25 km per day?

    It’s the journey - not the destination. You can always return. Schedules, targets, averages, and chasing certificates are distractions to leave at home. Think of the Peregrino we met who had started his Camino 25 years earlier, unable to return due to responsibilities until Covid forced...
  7. Walkalong

    Completion Certificate

    If you don't bother to collect the certificate thingy, will you still have completed a Pilgrimage, or a Camino? I'm simply pointing out that the compostela, like the distance certificate, is optional.
  8. Walkalong

    The booking ahead problem: Is it a problem?

    On our first Caminos we had no plans, no guide, no phone, no reservations, no credential and no experience of the Camino, and we had no problems. A few blisters, but no problems what so ever. Most relaxing and stress free thing I'd done in many, many years. Perhaps it is letting go of self...
  9. Walkalong

    Completion Certificate

    Will it still count if you don't collect the certificate?
  10. Walkalong

    25 km per day?

    What's your source for the 25 km per day? What does counting kilometers say? I mean, if your counting kilometers, or speed, you might be in the wrong place. :)
  11. Walkalong

    Camino Start decision

    Why are you walking , or 'doing', a camino? The answer might help you decide where to start.
  12. Walkalong

    Where is the most reliable accommodation information?

    With few exceptions, the most reliable sources are the Hospitalera and Albergue operators with who you are staying. They almost always know who is open in the next couple of stages and can provide recommendations, names and phone numbers. If the Hospitalera is not helpful then the next most...
  13. Walkalong

    Local Travel Agency?

    I’ve never booked with an agency. Never actually planned a Camino - other than booking flights to Madrid. But I have done walking vacations with 3 children. Also walked with others pushing strollers, with and without children, and another family who’s <12 dribbled a football all the way to SdC...
  14. Walkalong

    Time for more compostela type certificates?

    Well said! Better still, just print them at home. Think of the carbon savings in trees saved, and at the Pilgrims Office. Volunteers will freed up to help at Donativos. In the interview, that triggered this thread, Antón Pombo said: "The most negative change is clear: overcrowding. We wanted...
  15. Walkalong

    Time for more compostela type certificates?

    I did not suggest that Spanish Camino pilgrims would not walk if it were not for collecting a Compostela. The obsession I'm referring to is the the number of threads in which the rules for collecting a Compostela are referenced or introduced as a caveat for completing a pilgrimage. There is...
  16. Walkalong

    Time for more compostela type certificates?

    Why is there an obsession with collecting Compostelas and certificates? Why do so many start in Sarria when they could start further away, like Pamplona or Roncesvalles? Would doing away with the computer printout be a step forward in the Camino spirit of Pilgrimage? People who really want one...
  17. Walkalong

    New to the Camino! Questions...

    Hi Lori: Welcome to the forum. I'd suggest starting with why you are walking, and then start as far away from Santiago as possible. The first 5-6 days of the Portuguese Coastal are quite flat, and there are no significant hills on the remaining 5-6 days. I think the spiritual variant has a...
  18. Walkalong

    Rethinking my CF-ish route after Burgos (and I start in 7 days!)

    We were lucky to happen upon Semana Santa festivities in Burgos, purely by chance. There was certainly no careful planning! Semana Santa processions are events not to be missed. There was no problem finding beds in the pilgrim hostel. I don't think the pilgrim hostel in Burgos takes...
  19. Walkalong

    Tui beginning

    It's been a few years, but I think it is well marked. I'm sure you'll meet lots of people along the way. The cafe 'Ponte das febres', as you enter Ribadelouro, is possibly the last place with washrooms before the 7.9 km walk to O Porriño. Here's a link to that stage in Gronze. The variant, in...
  20. Walkalong

    Tui beginning

    The walk from Tui is certainly not wilderness but the official route avoids busy street side walking. I suggest taking the variant to the left, along the river, just down the hill from this point to avoid walking through the largest industrial park in Galicia. Gronze and other guides provide...

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