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  1. Donna Sch

    Is there any elitism between pilgrims taking different routes?

    Comparison is the thief of joy. Just enjoy the day and make the most of the opportunities as they present themselves. And be kind.
  2. Donna Sch

    Best men's hiking pants for any Camino

    Paramo Cascadia 2 pants are incredibly versatile and sensibly designed if you are walking in cooler weather.
  3. Donna Sch

    Phone phobia and speaking foreign languages

    I loved mobile phone numbers because I have enough Spanish to write a reasonably fluent request. However I can get completely flustered on the phone. So I would try texting first then if no reply, wait 5 minutes before braving the phone. And I would definitely have my set piece ready lol. It is...
  4. Donna Sch

    Sexism in outdoor clothing

    Bivouac, the NZ hiking chain, has hardly any pink in the women's section and a gorgeous mix of colours in both. They have the same brands as everyone else, just that the buyers are a little more in touch with their clients. I'm a big fan of Paramo clothing. The men's range has a great mix of...
  5. Donna Sch

    Is it OK to keep your pack on your top bunk with you?

    Medina del Campo is a nice wee town. The bar at Hostal Doña Alicia does a really good lunch. One of the best we had on the Levante.
  6. Donna Sch

    Are there snakes on the Camino?

    The longest chain of processional caterpillars we came across...
  7. Donna Sch

    Are there snakes on the Camino?

    Regarding snake bites, I pissed off one of Barrie's pet snakes when it started going behind my head and I was trying to stop it getting caught in my hair and put my hand back. Dumb move. Got my thumb and they hang on. One of the most painful bites I have experienced and that was a python.
  8. Donna Sch

    Are there snakes on the Camino?

    We found this viper on the downhill to Ponte Ulla. Only snake we saw in 7 weeks. We also saw this gorgeous jewelled lacerta that day as well. We saw lots of signs of wildlife such as deer prints and slides, pig wallows and wolf prints. See the photo. I wear a EU 46 boot. Barrie very briefly saw...
  9. Donna Sch

    Post-Camino: Where can I get Spanish food in Australia?!

    Singapore's Changi Airport has a tapas restaurant in the new Jewel terminal and it's real Spanish food. A few of the staff are Spanish too so it can be your first/last chance to order a meal in Spanish arriving from/returning to Australia.
  10. Donna Sch

    LIVE from the Camino @Yoga Girl on the Invierno!

    The Parador in Monforte is lovely but I have to say it wins the prize for the worst coffee I have ever come across in Spain!
  11. Donna Sch

    Old Way to Canterbury aka Canterbury Camino

    So we finished our last camino in March and then we spent a few days in the UK. Barrie has family in Poole which has me thinking... SWCP with the St Michael's Camino route included and then up to Salisbury and the Way of the Stones and back down to Southampton to do the Old Way to Canterbury...
  12. Donna Sch

    Urban myths about boots and backs— are there others?

    My preference is hiking shoes as I am a person who tends to kick things. I only wore boots on my February camino because I was expecting mud and possibly snow. The year before they got blizzards. I got an early Spring with clear pleasant weather and the boots were overkill as a result. And the...
  13. Donna Sch

    VdlP in July/August

    https://weatherspark.com/m/33310/7/Average-Weather-in-July-in-Mérida-Spain https://weatherspark.com/m/34470/7/Average-Weather-in-July-in-Aldeanueva-del-Camino-Spain My question is, would you walk around Alice Springs for those distances and down the Western Macs with the summer camino gear and...
  14. Donna Sch

    VdlP in July/August

    Extremadura is "the frypan of Europe". And that is the region that is most likely to kill you. There are hotspots literally where people have gotten into strife. One is the Merida-Aljucen-Alcuescar leg. I totally recommend stopping at Aljucen as people who try to do the whole lot get into strife...
  15. Donna Sch

    What about my wife?

    Download the Rome2Rio app. Have a look at your likely stages and it will tell you what is available re bus and train which is much cheaper than taxi. Download the apps for ALSA etc as these are quite user friendly and much easier than navigating actual bus stations and machines. I can tell you...
  16. Donna Sch

    Shorter stages on Sanabres

    Another fan of Rionegro and Téo's cooking at Me Gusta Comer. I would stay in Dornelas as well. It is one of the prettiest wee towns in that part of the Sanabres and while I was on the Invierno last month we stopped there for morning tea. Nice wee bar, clean, friendly people and prices are...
  17. Donna Sch

    Cooking facilities in Albergues along the Levante

    Font de la Figuera, Gotarrendura, Algemesi, Zamora - good kitchens La Roda - microwave
  18. Donna Sch

    walking from Toledo to Zamora

    Check my "live from the camino" thread. We did skip a couple of bits due to lack of time but it will give you some recent info.
  19. Donna Sch

    LIVE from the Camino Camino Mixto: Mar 2019

    @Glory Be, very few peregrinos on the CI at the moment but I suspect it will change as Easter approaches. Most days we saw noone. The biggest group we saw were 5 travelling, mostly from Spain and Italy. That means we bumped into 3 pilgrims between Ponferrada and Lalín. And 5 after that. Now we...
  20. Donna Sch

    LIVE from the Camino Camino Mixto: Mar 2019

    Last day Ponte Ulla -Santiago I had forgotten how hilly this gets but nothing too major. A large part of the forest has been cleared in Boqueixón since I last did this. Very clear views of Sacro Pico as a result. I am always impressed by how thoroughly they clear forestry land here. No stumps...

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