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baggage transport blues


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I have been walking the camino in stages from France with my parents aged 81 and 76 years. Although they are fit, they couldnt carry a full pack. We have used various baggage transport companies along the way and up to September this year we had absolute confidence in them. However this year, one baggage transporter claimed that we had not left the money in the envelope on the bag (this is normally how you pay, as you have often started walking before the bag is collected from the hostal/ hotel). What is odd is that he did not contact us directly. 3 days later the next transport man came to collect the bag for the next 2 days from Leon, waited till I had paid him and then demanded payment for the 2 days "that we had not paid". I would not pay again. So we ended up paying for 4 days and only recieving transport for 2. (We had not walked for one of the days )I am certain that the money was in the envelope, as I had difficulty finding the exact change and by chance we happened to be at the hostal when the first man collected the baggage. There is a possibility that someone else opened the envelope but my intuition says otherwise. So be warned and take care. Details of baggage transport companies avaiable on request.
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