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Mananath

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These kids might have something to do with it :)
Oh yes. So many kids!! I made the mistake of trying to get ice cream this afternoon.. every shop I walked by was mobbed with kids! Haha
I took this pic last night at around 7pm and they were starting to fill the other sections. Trying to get into the entrance for the roof tour was a challenge...
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LavanyaLea

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Oh yes. So many kids!! I made the mistake of trying to get ice cream this afternoon.. every shop I walked by was mobbed with kids! Haha
I took this pic last night at around 7pm and they were starting to fill the other sections. Trying to get into the entrance for the roof tour was a challenge...
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Even the Pope was scared away! 🤪

 
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Charlie Davenport

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The pilgrim office website is currently showing a total of 4,108 Compostelas issued today. That may not even be the final figure for the day. In the year I walked my first Camino there were 4,918 issued for the whole year...

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I sincerely doubt the kids had anything to do with it... it's vacation month in much of Europe... and, as with most of 2022, people are getting out of their normal routines and doing more... Rough on the volunteers processing but great for those who made the walk!!
 

IngridF

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Even the Pope was scared away! 🤪

Well, I think he would have been happier in Santiago, then the trip he was on in Canada. It was a very important and long overdue trip here. Apologies so necessary, but the churches action going forward much more important.
 
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I sincerely doubt the kids had anything to do with it... it's vacation month in much of Europe... and, as with most of 2022, people are getting out of their normal routines and doing more... Rough on the volunteers processing but great for those who made the walk!!
Well ... the figure for Compostelas issued on Thursday 4 August 2022 - 4.978 Compostelas - is an exceptionally high number and an all-time record.

The PEJ22 event is, according to reports, attended by some 12.000 young people and lasts from Wednesday 3 August until Sunday 7 August 2022. Not all of them will have walked a bit on a Camino into Santiago, of course, and had their leaders claim a Compostelas for their group members but I guess a number of groups will have done so.

Thursday has become one of the weekdays with the highest daily number of Compostelas - presumably because numerous people start on the previous weekend and walk for 5+ days to Santiago.

Compare:
4.978 - Thursday 4 August 2022
1.564 - Wednesday 3 August 2022
1.531 - Tuesday 2 August 2022
1.449 - Monday 1 August 2022
2.092 - Sunday 31 July 2022
3.569 - Saturday 30 July 2022
2.961 - Friday 29 July 2022
2.319 - Thursday 28 July 2022
1.869 - Wednesday 27 July 2022
 
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t2andreo

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The only way this can happen is if many, large groups use the offline group preregistration process to obtain Compostelas, without each person waiting in line for their individual certificate. Doing this, only the group leaders ever see the inside of the office. It was not intended to handle 5,000 pilgrims daily.

I fly to Spain this coming week to work as a volunteer for the last half of August. In a way, I am glad to avoid this huge one-off demand. On the other hand, I always enjoy the challenge of trying to satisfy everyone.

As I was saying to a good friend of mine who is finishing her volunteer stint now, we would go to bed very tired at night, at the end of a 2,000 or 3,000 pilgrim day. But, it is a good kind of exhaustion.

Fingers crossed.

Tom
 

TaraWalks

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Hmm I wonder what the numbers will be like in Summer 2023? I wonder if most people will have gotten the Camino out of their system, walking in 2022 and it not being a Holy Year and all (if that makes sense…)
 
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The 12,000 young pilgrims who participate in the PEJ22 event are accommodated in pavilions, in private homes and in a warehouse.
The PEJ22 event welcomes a total of 12.000 young people, which exceeds the 8.000 of the last edition of PEJ in 2010. To walk the Camino, the participants had been assigned to eleven different Camino routes to avoid saturation, and now they all come together in Santiago for five days.
As to accommodation, the young pilgrims will be housed in thirty accommodation centres: municipal pavilions donated by the City Council of Santiago and by neighbouring municipalities, the former warehouse of the Bonaval Motor Seat dealership (currently in disuse) and even in the private homes of a small group of families from Compostela who open their doors to these young pilgrims.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version) - https://www.lavozdegalicia.es/notic...es-casas-concesionario/0003_202208S3C4991.htm
 
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Saturday was another day with over 4,000 Compostelas issued. The PEJ22 event ends today. I‘m curious to see whether numbers return to a more normal range, i.e. on average around 2,000 in August.

The past three days (Thursday to Saturday) add up to 12,340. ☺️

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Perhaps useful to add for those who are not familiar with the usual patterns: these high numbers of peregrinos refer to the situation in Santiago and on the last sections of the Caminos in Galicia. They do not refer to the situation elsewhere, in particular the Camino Francés where numbers of pilgrims are relatively low and beds a plentiful which is typical for this time of the year and the pilgrimage season. See https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/traffic-on-the-francés.76230/
 
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The numbers of daily Compostelas are now again significantly lower than 4,000 and even 3,000, presumably because the PEJ22 event is over.

For Sunday-Tuesday (7-9 August 2022) they were 2,717 Compostelas; 2,576 Compostelas; and 2,580 Compostelas.

This is still higher than in August 2019, the last 'normal' year before Covid-19, where the daily record for August was in the 3,000 range but remained mostly below 2,000 otherwise.

The Pilgrims Welcome Office in SJPP have also published their figures. Throughout 2022, from January to July, their monthly figures are lower than their 2019 figures.

Assuming that this also reflects the situation along the Camino Frances in the early and perhaps middle sections, the much written about and frequently predicted avalanche of pilgrims due to a presumed Holy Year effect or a presumed catch-up effect post-Covid did not materialise.

Only in May 2022 did the SJPP data reach the level of 2019: 9,743 pilgrims now versus 10,358 then. If this has any predictive value, then it can be expected that the first two weeks of this coming September will be as busy as always in Navarra, La Rioja and Castilla y Leon but not much busier than that.
 

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