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Any firsttime walkers in May 2009?


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Hi everyone!
I am planning my very first trip to Compostella in May this year. Training will start soon, because I don't really like walking....without a purpose! My plan is to fly in and start in León the beginning of May and to get to Compostella by the end of May. Any suggestions for a sleeping place the first night in Léon?? :roll: please let me know!
Liesl from Holland
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The Alburgue Municipal in Leon is a nice place, run by nuns, friendly, and clean.
It's central to shopping and sightseeing.
A good place to start your Camino.
There is a nearby church that offers a Pilgrim's Mass.
Dear Annie,
Thank you for your help! I will defenitely go there.
Do you have a suggestion on using walking sticks on the way?
Thank you in advance.
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Some people like them.
Some people do not.
I found them to be very useful.
No need to bring them from home.
They are sold in many of the villages along the way for very little money.
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Anniesantiago said:
The Alburgue Municipal in Leon is a nice place, run by nuns, friendly, and clean.
It's central to shopping and sightseeing.
A good place to start your Camino.
There is a nearby church that offers a Pilgrim's Mass.

there is a curfew at the nuns place, although my friends loved it..but the other modern municpal alburqes is a nice walk from the center, but there is no curfew, so if you wish to spend more time in the night life of Leon you may...the price is right 3 euro..have FUN!! bien Camino!
I've walked in May. It was cold in the high places, rained a lot but was hot on the low places. We froze some days - missed snow a couple of times - and had sunburned noses in other places.
Compared with September everything is green, the wildflowers are spectacular and the white and black European stork are still on their huge nests with fat babies clapping their bills for food. You'll have a wonderful walk!

An April-May walker here. Leon is a beautiful and very modern city. I stayed at the new municipal albergue also...it's about a 2.5 km walk from the town center. Very clean and, again, not expensive.

weather was good for the most part...with rain being the key concern at the lower elevations.

You should have a great time!

Buen Camino,
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Yes! I and 2 friends plan to begin in Leon the first week in May. We're finalizing our transportation, so not sure of exact date. We've about 14-16 days, so hope the weather isn't too challenging. This is our first trip and we're very much looking forward to it.
Chris and Friends...Welcome to the Forum!

You are about to embark on a journey that will have an impact on you that will last a life time. The Camino has a Way of taking hold of you both physically and spiritually that can be quite dramatic.

Take a look at the FAQ and Class of 2009 threads. Within these two, you will find answers to the many questions you may have and find out who may be walking the Way with you at the same time. Should you not find an answer or suggestion that strikes the right cord, check out the other threads, or pose a questions of your own.

We look forward to following along as you plan, walk and then return from you Camino.

Back in April 08', I thought I knew exactly what I was doing, how I was going to do it and when I'd arrive in Santiago. Few of my original plans made it past Pamplona and my initial sense of near failure has only recently begun to take on some clarity as to my purpose for walking the Way.

Buen Camino,
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I'll be starting from St Jean Pied de Port on Sunday, May 10, 2009 ("inshallah" as some friends say, "god willing" as others say, "whatever" as still others say...)

It's starting to feel real.
Nicki, post your camino on the calendar down below. Click on it and post your agenda. YOu will see as others are filling in their trip,who may be around at the same time.
Hi Liesl,

I'm also planning to walk from León to Santiago in May 2009, although I haven't finalized the dates yet. Maybe we will meet each other along the way!

Sarah from Canada
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Two of my Camino Frances journeys have been in May and the other in July. Forget July (2003), it was hot (heat wave) and there were too many student 'pilgrims'. However, May was absolutely wonderful in both 2002 and 2007. In May I have experienced the weather conditions one would expect from along the way ... wind, rain, sleet, snow, and bright sunny delightful days. I believe that a poncho or backpack cover and rain gear are necessary as is a fleece for the high country. The coldest days of the 2007 journey were the June days in Santiago (arrived June 12). Each year, each walk, offers different conditions. Go prepared and you will be okay.

I am a "first time walker" starting at SJPP on May 14th. I have found the forum to be a great source of information and support. I feel more encouraged by the members and look forward to the adventure.

Buen Camino
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Thaidorrran and Ona...welcome to the Forum!

Please take a look at the Class of 2009 and the Calendar at the bottom of the page. you will find that there are many more pilgrims walking the Way at the same time.

you're going at a great and busy time...so much to see and the time to do it.

Buen Camino,

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