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About obtaining Compostela for last 100/200kms (again, I know...)

KinkyOne

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#1
...but when watching certain vlog with false info I did some internet searching.

As I know you can only get Compostela if you collect two stamps per day on the last 100 km (walking) BUT:
- 1: there isn't any rule published on Cathedral site (https://oficinadelperegrino.com/en/pilgrimage/the-compostela/) that says it's required that those two stamps should be from different places or that you should stamp your credencial in the middle of the stage (like in Lires on the way from Muxia to Fisterra or vice versa for Muxiana/Fisterrana),
even more...
- 2: this quote says it is possible that you only (ought to) stamp your credencial in albergue at check-in and check-out the next day for each stage: "...you must always get your Credencial stamped at the start and end of each stage, including the corresponding date, to show that the pilgrim has resumed the Way in the same place where they last stopped (i.e. you should always get the stamp at the starting point even though you have already stamped the card in the same place at the end of the previous stage)."

So I guess there's no need to search for sellos while walking during the day unless you are really collecting them for souvenir reasons ;)
 

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NicP

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#2
Ha - I had no idea about the detail of the rules. Although I've heard it said often that one needs two stamps per day over the final 100km, I never had a problem when I went to get a Compostella, and I'm pretty sure I didn't meet the two stamps per day rule. Perhaps these rules are more strictly enforced for those who walk only the last 100km?
 

C clearly

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#3
"...you must always get your Credencial stamped at the start and end of each stage, including the corresponding date, to show that the pilgrim has resumed the Way in the same place where they last stopped (i.e. you should always get the stamp at the starting point even though you have already stamped the card in the same place at the end of the previous stage).
This in the paragraph that starts with "You can do the Way in stages..." so they are trying to explain what you should do if you walk, for example, for 2 weeks and come back the following year to start again at the same place.

You are right that they don't actually say you need the two stamps from different places. You could try simply getting the same stamp twice every day, and see if it is acceptable! :p:rolleyes:
 

KinkyOne

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#4
Ha - I had no idea about the detail of the rules. Although I've heard it said often that one needs two stamps per day over the final 100km, I never had a problem when I went to get a Compostella, and I'm pretty sure I didn't meet the two stamps per day rule. Perhaps these rules are more strictly enforced for those who walk only the last 100km?
Exactly, whenever I (2 times) went to PO to get Compostela it was no issues I had just one stamp per day. Once starting in SJPdP and the other one in Madrid.
 

KinkyOne

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#5
This in the paragraph that starts with "You can do the Way in stages..." so they are trying to explain what you should do if you walk, for example, for 2 weeks and come back the following year to start again at the same place.
True!
But do anyone walk just one stage per year???
I mean that's what it says no matter what they meant to say...

You are right that they don't actually say you need the two stamps from different places. You could try simply getting the same stamp twice every day, and see if it is acceptable! :p:rolleyes:
No, I surely won't. Already too much paper in this house. If anything starts the fire we're down to earth in minutes :D
 

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C clearly

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#6
But do anyone walk just one stage per year???
They use the word "stage" in a true, generic sense, which does not necessarily mean a 1-day journey. Rather it means to walk it in parts, one after the other, until it is complete.
 

KinkyOne

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#7
They use the word "stage" in a true, generic sense, which does not necessarily mean a 1-day journey. Rather it means to walk it in parts, one after the other, until it is complete.
Again, true :)

But stage is most possibly "one-day-walk", isn't it? And I don't think anyone comes to Camino to walk just one day :D
 

C clearly

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#8
But stage is most possibly "one-day-walk", isn't it?
Actually, if I weren't familiar with camino-speak, I would assume that "walking the camino in stages" would mean walking it in longer sections than 1 day.
 

KinkyOne

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#9
Actually, if I weren't familiar with camino-speak, I would assume that "walking the camino in stages" would mean walking it in longer sections than 1 day.
It doesn't mention the time span though...
So it might mean 1 day or another day next year (the "stage"). Which would be quite strange for a document old (how much exactly???) few decades.
I think @t2andreo or @JohnnieWalker will soon join this discussion ;)
 

HedaP

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#10
I had one day of panic when I walked this year and completely forgot about the two sello rule on a day in the last 100 km. I don't know why because I went to mass at lunch time and visited two other churches along the way plus had various té con limon breaks. At Santiago, crossed my fingers and toes and said a prayer when presenting my pilgrim passport and all was well. Mind you 50 days from SJPdP to Santiago may have befuddled my lovely volunteer. But no guilts because I walked every step and may be mad enough to want to do it again!
 

Dorpie

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#11
As I understood it the two sello rule only applies if you're doing just the final 100kms. This year I didn't even get a sello for every day and still had no problems. Though on a side note I'm not sure I'll bother queuing for a Compostella again anyway, I get far more pleasure from credential which reminds me of people and places.

Anyone prepared to spend a month driving 30kms or so then stopping for the day and staying at albergues probably deserves a Compostella just for their bloody mindedness. But it is quite possible to imagine someone scamming their way through the last 100kms.
 

C clearly

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#12
As I understood it the two sello rule only applies if you're doing just the final 100kms
The rule states no distinction. However, in practice, if the person in the pilgrim office believes you have walked over 100 km, then you will get the credencial. Showing that you have probably actually walked 800 km is another piece of evidence that gives them confidence that you have walked the last 100.
 

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