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  1. judy jackstadt

    What to do?

    Only twice all the way from St Jean to Finisterra was I unhappy with my albergue. One albergue was not very clean. I had a hard time obtaining toilet paper from the hospitalero and the showers were awful (mildew and flooded the whole bathroom.). Another, I knew the second I walked in. It had an...
  2. I

    Pilgrim behaviour in albergues

    I've just (end of last month) completed the Ingles, my first camino and was so delighted with it that I'm already planning to do another short camino next spring. However, there was one aspect which surprised me, in a negative way. I'd opted for the Ingles because I'd heard it was much quieter...
  3. R

    Snoring in albergue!

    Hi all, this is my first Camino, and last night was my first night in an Albergue, (Presado) what is the form on people who snore? The large chap in the bunk next to me was fair rattling the windows, kept me and others awake, does one attempt to wake said snorer up, or grit ones teeth? Have many...
  4. copado

    Conflicted about going, plane leaves Friday?

    Greetings I have been conflicted about going for a while and not necessarily looking forward to it. What is finally proving to be the tipping point is the thought of being a 50 something, somewhat arthritic, portly fella ending up arriving later than most and being on the top bunk... getting...
  5. A

    How did a hospy mark your Camino?

    Every day, we walk, or crawl, into an albergue, hoping for a not cold shower, a not too super lumpy bed, and a kind smile. I remember the day I took a double take when being welcomed into an albergue. I am sure many of you have similar stories: a warm welcome, a foot massage, an encouraging...
  6. S

    CPAP machine for sleep apnea

    Hello! I am Susan Speak, and I will be walking the Camino in September will my daughter. I have a question, and I hope someone can help me. I have sleep apnea and must carry my CPAP machine with me. Does anyone have experience dealing with this in the albergues? It uses electricity, and I...
  7. Richard Ray

    Albergue Blues (A Camino Song)

    I grew sick of albergues by the time I finished the Camino Frances in 2016. I made up these lyrics to the tune of “Long Tall Mama Blues" by Jimmy Rogers () while walking one day: I been a-walkin' all over Spain Ain't used a car, a bus, or a train I've walked holes in both my hikin' shoes. At...
  8. notion900

    Do any albergues still lock people in?

    Further to recent discussion on another thread, I was wondering if there were any albergues on any of the caminos covered by this forum which still lock people in at night, i.e. they cannot open the main door from the inside in the event of an emergency? Please only give information on this...
  9. Viking-on-the-trail

    LIVE from the Camino Buy earplugs if the snoring annoys you...

    Last night I was awoken by a woman not once but twice because I apparently was snoring. I must admit that I do not like people in my personal space without my permission but especially when I am sleeping. I would never even think about going up and touching another person while sleeping. At...
  10. TaraUltreia

    Can you send bags to or have bags picked up from Municipals?

    It's been a long time since I've sent my pack forward but due to an unexpected gallbladder infection and hospital stay in Logroño, the rest of my camino is going to be very different than in the past! I would like to stay in municipals as much as possible because they tend to have decent...
  11. A

    LIVE from the Camino If the food in the fridge is not yours...

    Because of an injured knee, I am staying two night at Casa Elena's. As today is Sunday, ipon arrival in the village yesterday, I hobbled to the shop to buy food for today: yogourt, 2 oranges, a zucchini, a small onion, a pepper and a clara. Other pilgrims had kindly left me pasta and cheese as...
  12. Saisainita

    Where to sleep on Camino Ingles?

    Hey! I am planing to go Camino Ingles. It would be first time to walk pilgrims way. I am gonna walk from Ferrol to Santiago. I am planing to do it in 6 days. The biggest question where to sleep on the way. In Ferrol and Santiago I am planing to book hotels, but on the way I saw I could stay in...
  13. gail.robyn

    Sleep Apnoea Machine Use

    Hi, my first Camino, French way and I will be walking & carrying a Sleep apnoea machine. Travelling early July & August this year. Information from fellow users/ travellers is very welcomed thanks Gail
  14. NomadJMJ

    Wet Pilgrims

    What happens when lots of very wet pilgrims arrive at albergues? Where do we hang all our wet things? Do bunk areas get real wet?
  15. C

    Needle disposal

    I have to take weekly injections and I would bring my supplies with me. Does anyone know how to dispose of needles/syringes on the camino once used? Thanks!
  16. D

    Temporary work in El Camino - Trabajo temporario en El camino

    Hi everyone, My girlfriend walked part of the Camino Frances last September and fell in love with it. Since we both work in schools and won't have work between May and October we would really like to take the opportunity to spend this time working in a good place along the Camino. I speak...
  17. G

    Albergues for cyclists; riding el Camino in April

    Greetings pilgrims, I stumbled on this forum and found some great information. On a lark and at the last minute, I am going to ride El Camino about April 1--if there is anyone looking for company, holla! From what I have been gleaning from this forum, I understand that some or all albergues...
  18. Sparrow in Texas

    Showing passport in an albergue

    When registering in an albergue I was always asked to show my passport in addition to my credencial. I felt reluctant to pull my neck wallet out of my shirt to get my passport. Is there a better way of handling this that I have not thought of? Perhaps I could show a photo copy of my passport...
  19. Steve Hackman

    Albergues & Children

    Hi all, will be doing my second camino this April 2017 with my wife and parents but will also be bringing my 6 yr old. When I did the camino in 2015 I didn't see any children so I am curious whether I need to pay for the evening for my young one? He's just going to end up sleeping in mine or...
  20. Hobbyhorse

    Why stay in traditional albergues when you could sleep better elsewhere?

    I'm finishing notes for a local pilgrim group discussion and would like to include the voices of other forum members if some of you don't mind. Our subject is why many people who would normally avoid shared rooms & baths, and who could afford other options, nonetheless do choose to spend a good...