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best time to stand in line to collect compostela

ksam

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Portuguese '08, Frances '11, del Norte '14, Invierno '16, Ingles '17, Primitivo October 2018
#2
Probably early morning!

But I have to say that standing in the line last fall, we made the best of the situation!! We chatted, shared, hummed along to my music (which then got me a finger wagging!!).
 

Peter Fransiscus

Do good and good will come to you.
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All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
#3
Probably early morning!

But I have to say that standing in the line last fall, we made the best of the situation!! We chatted, shared, hummed along to my music (which then got me a finger wagging!!).
That's the best thing you can do .

Whis you well , Peter .
 
Camino(s) past & future
2012 SJPP-Burgos, 2014 Burgos-Leon, 2018 Leon-Santiago
#5
Howdy,
Go early in the morning, or even late in the day. Definitely not midday onward to about 1900. I waited over two hours (I’m not complaining about it: just the facts), because I was one of the cohort that came to town between 1200 and 1500 on our last leg. Makes a lot of sense to find a room, clean up, get a good night’s sleep and go in the morning about the time they open. I didn’t have any sense.

Regards,
Paul
 

bobdemer

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
cf September 2018
#9
Howdy,
Go early in the morning, or even late in the day. Definitely not midday onward to about 1900. I waited over two hours (I’m not complaining about it: just the facts), because I was one of the cohort that came to town between 1200 and 1500 on our last leg. Makes a lot of sense to find a room, clean up, get a good night’s sleep and go in the morning about the time they open. I didn’t have any sense.

Regards,
Paul
THANKS PAUL.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2015, Camino Frances, May
2017, Camino Frances, May 7
#11
We just got ours and only three people ahead of us. Of course it was close to closing time and they almost didn't let us in. But I can't remember what time that was.
 
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018
#12
In order of shortest likely queue:

1. About 19:00 (ish)
2. About 09:00

The office opens at 08:00. There are usually several dozen people waiting then. If you arrive just AFTER this ‘pig in the python,’ the wait should be moderate, < 30 minutes.

But arrive after 10:00, and the line will be > an hour.

Alternatively, come about 19:00. Most others are looking for a place to eat dinner. The last Pilgrim Mass of the day is at 19:30. So while most everyone else is in the upper old town, you go to the Pilgrim office.

Anyone who is inside the outer doors when security closes the outer doors, about 20:30 (ish) WILL be accommodated.

This will be my fifth year working as a volunteer there. The volumes have increased each year. But this pattern remains relatively the same.

Hope this helps.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2013 (Pamplona to Burgos)
2014 (Burgos to Villafranca del Bierzo)
2015 (Villafranca to Santiago)
2016 (Le Puy to Conques; SJPP To Pamplona)
#13
I found it very quiet during the 12.00 mass, which I then attended the following day.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2013 & 2015 Camino Frances
2018 Sept Camino Portugues
#14
Howdy,
Go early in the morning, or even late in the day. Definitely not midday onward to about 1900. I waited over two hours (I’m not complaining about it: just the facts), because I was one of the cohort that came to town between 1200 and 1500 on our last leg. Makes a lot of sense to find a room, clean up, get a good night’s sleep and go in the morning about the time they open. I didn’t have any sense.

Regards,
Paul
What time do they open
 

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