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Saint Mike II

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cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean 2017.
#2
From the official pilgrims office website today

"On Friday 2101 pilgrims arrived in Santiago" You better reserve a bed ...
Buen Camino, SY
Great I'll take my bed at home, its been great these past two nights getting re-acquainted with a real bed. But I do agree with SY, if you add in the usual number of "other tourists" there could be a real shortage of places for the average pilgrim. If this "over load" continues the city might have to put in place a shuttle bus back to the Mount of Gozo camp.
 

SYates

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...
Last: Camino Portugues 2018

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#3
... If this "over load" continues the city might have to put in place a shuttle bus back to the Mount of Gozo camp.
Lol, it already exists and it costs only 1 Euro ;-) plus Monte de Gozo is rarely 'booked out'. Another good option is an albergue In the entrance to Santiago – like Fin del Camino ;-)

Buen Camino, SY
 

Peter Fransiscus

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All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
#4
Where are these numbers going to .?

And you have the Pilgrims who don't go to the Pilgrimsoffice.

Wish you well,Peter.
 

nycwalking

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CF: (2001, 2002, 2004, 2014). Hospitalera: 2002, Ponferrada. 2004, Rabanal del Camino.
#5
Wow! Crazy world! Need to walk!
Buen camino.
 

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t2andreo

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Frances: 2013, 2014
Madrid: 2016
Portuguese: 2015, 2017
Invierno: 2018
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#6
When I walked into the office from my fifth Camino, from Lisbon in mid-May I reconnected with my "second family," the Pilgrim Office staff. While I was there one of the managers told me that the daily arrival numbers are running about 20 percent percent, day-to-day over last year. Other staff concurred with that assessment.

If you recall, 2016 was a Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. As a result, there was an uptick in the arrival volume over 2015.

However, my friends and colleagues at the Pilgrim Office were then at a loss to explain the marked increase in arrival numbers this year. We discussed it, but could not identify a new film, book, or other news event that might provide a direct link to explain the increase.

I have been asking everyone with an interest in the Camino, and especially friends who live at Santiago for their conjecture. Everyone draws a proverbial blank on this.

If anyone has a clue or a reasonable hypothesis for the significant increase in daily volumes, please share it.
 
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jo webber

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Sept 9th 2017
#7
Cheaper airfare? There are quite a few good sales to be had and some price wars among the less expensive airlines.
 

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Camino Portugues 2018

Now: http://egeria.house/
#8
...

If you recall, 2016 was a Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. As a result, there was an uptick in the arrival volume over 2015.

However, my friends and colleagues at the Pilgrim Office were then at a loss to explain the marked increase in arrival numbers this year. We discussed it, but could not identify a new film, book, or other news event that might provide a direct link to explain the increase.

I have been asking everyone with an interest in the Camino, and especially friends who live at Santiago for their conjecture. Everyone draws a proverbial blank on this.

If anyone has a clue or a reason bale hypothesis for the significant increase in daily volumes, please share it.
It is the 'let's not walk in a Holy Year (far too busy) but the year before/after' effect ;-) Has happened before and will happen again in 2021. Buen Camino, SY
 

VNwalking

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Francés (2014, 2015)
St Olav/Francés (2016)
Baztanés/Francés (2017)
Ingles (July 2018)
#9
If anyone has a clue or a reason bale hypothesis for the significant increase in daily volumes, please share it.
A positive feedback loop - more people happily walking the Camino telling more people who walk and tell more people? It starts slowly but picks up steam and ends up being exponential.
I tell 2 people, they tell 4 who tell 8 then 16 32 64...

I sure hope I'm wrong.
 

t2andreo

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Frances: 2013, 2014
Madrid: 2016
Portuguese: 2015, 2017
Invierno: 2018
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#10
I think you are closer to a likely scenario than any rationale I have yet heard.
 

Rich1

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Camino Frances (May 2015)
Camino Frances (2016-2018)
#11
A positive feedback loop - more people happily walking the Camino telling more people who walk and tell more people? It starts slowly but picks up steam and ends up being exponential.
I tell 2 people, they tell 4 who tell 8 then 16 32 64...
.
Totally agree...the power of social media. On social media, I don't tell 1 person, I tell hundreds of "friends", who in turn tell hundreds etc etc. The exponential rise is far more accelerated
 


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