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  1. David

    What to do and not to do in a Refugio/Albergue

    Hi all … I received Ivar’s pilgrimage update, the world is beginning to open up again .. as well as veterans going through their kit there are plenty of brand new pre-pilgrims planning, some confident, some rather nervous, so I thought I would start a ‘do this’ and ‘don’t do that’ thread...
  2. Patio Albergue Villares de Orbigo

    Patio Albergue Villares de Orbigo

    Patio Albergue Villares de Orbigo
  3. David

    That daily shower scramble - a different viewpoint

    Hi - that refugio shower scramble; problems of privacy, queues, will there be enough hot water, what to do with your bags, etc ... the thing is, you don't have to do it. A daily bath or shower - sometimes twice daily - is a very modern habit, promoted by producers of bathroom products and...
  4. dick bird

    Self- catering - no utensils in Galicia

    In 2019, we discovered that all the cooking utensils had been removed from all the municipal albergues in Galicia. No-one seemed to know why. Could be cost-cutting or could be pressure from local businesses, who knows. I'd be interested to hear any explanations (one hospi told it was because...
  5. G

    CPAP machine and plug ins

    I'm reading the threads and don't see a definitive answer to my question. Do most Albergues have plug ins for a CPAP machine for me at night? What would be a reasonable length of extension cord needed to use for plugging me in at night. I can't sleep without it... and you wouldn't either with...
  6. Robo

    Really Dumb Albergue Question. Sorry.

    OK, so I'm not really an Albergue person. At least not in the sense of communal sleeping and bathroom arrangements. :rolleyes: The Albergues I have stayed in were great, but I played chicken and had a private room. My main 'excuse' being I did not want to inflict my snoring on others. But as I...
  7. Emia

    Reservations in albergues municipal in 2021

    I wonder what it's going to be like in 2021, regarding post-covid 19. The albergues municipal usually don't take reservations, but maybe that will change in the holy year 2021? Just asking for smaller albergues like Veigadana and Portela (after Pontevedra).
  8. jungleboy

    Special albergues on the Meseta

    I'm looking for special albergues on the Meseta for an article I'm writing. These are the three that I have thought of. Can you think of any others with religious/historical/architectural significance? The ruins of the monastery of San Antón Ermita de San Nicolás Convento de Santa Clara...
  9. VintageElsa1967

    Donation Box

    I read about hiking and have read in several books about Donation boxes that Hikers leave items they don't feel they need for others who may need it, to lighten their load. People leave clothing, books, camp gear, extra shoes, etc. Is there such a thing for the Camino Frances? Is there a forum...
  10. domigee

    Windows shut

    I recently read (but cannot find the thread any more) that some of you thought the French were notorious for insisting on closed windows at night. I am French. And one of my biggest bugbears sleeping in albergues was not the snoring, the lights on at 5 am, the plastic bags.... It was this...
  11. Tips on Camino Accommodation with Jenny

    Tips on Camino Accommodation with Jenny

    There are many different types of accommodation available on the Camino Routes. Jenny shares her experience as a Pilgrim and a Hospitelera.
  12. SF-Pilgrim

    Sleeping in a dorm room where there's someone with a CPAP

    Hi, I'm specifically posted this here in a general forum and not the medical forum because I'm hoping for responses from folks who have spent the night in a albergue dorm with someone who's using a CPAP machine in the same room. I have sleep apnea, so travel with a CPAP. I'm wondering how...
  13. E

    Albergue with no Electricity

    I walked the Camino Frances last year and I recall passing a small Albergue, which I think was hosted by Italian monks (I could be wrong). I think it had no electricity and was lit by candles. Not sure what they did about hot water though! Does anybody know where this is and have you stayed...
  14. David

    Compiling a list of refugios that accept tents

    Hi all - as it looks like tenting or sleep matting - in a legal way - is a possible future for some pilgrims I thought we could compile a list of refugios that accept or even welcome tents. I can think of a few - perhaps when we have as many as we can we could make a sequential list? so - here...
  15. Donativo (Donation) Culture on the Camino Under Threat? with Rebekah Scott

    Donativo (Donation) Culture on the Camino Under Threat? with Rebekah Scott

    A great chat with Rebekah Scott about the Camino culture and the 'traditional' Donativo or Donation means of providing support to Pilgrims. Is it under threat?
  16. B

    Camino with a cpap machine

    Does anyone have experience walking the camino (CP/EV) with a cpap machine. This is our first camino. We will be mixing up our accommodation with hotel and alburges along the way. Just wanted to know about the plug situation in the albergues. We usually bring an extension cord when we...
  17. LorneB

    CPAP Machines and Albergues

    Hi, there. I know this topic has shown up in some threads, but as most of the comments I've seen seem to come from other CPAP users, I'd be interested in hearing from those who aren't. Most likely, I'll get a range of responses, but I'm curious to hear from those who would care to indulge the...
  18. SYates

    Donativos - Time for a gentle reminder

    As more pilgrims then ever prepare for there first Camino, I thought a gentle reminder of what Donativo albergues are and aren't might be timely. Here the full post, history and all included: If you don't have the time to read it, here the...
  19. Michio

    Is it possible to pay for a meal at an albergue you're not staying at?

    Being a vegetarian I like to plan ahead a little bit where my next meal is concerned. I notice that Albergue El Palo de Avellano in Zubiri is meant to do a nice vegetarian pilgrim's meal but I've booked a room in a different albergue for the night that doesn't do evening meals. Do albergues only...
  20. williamlittig


    Why are there no soap dishes in Spanish showers?