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Camino Frances in Late August

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2018
As I am writing this, I am getting last minute jitters about my Camino Frances walk at the end of the month. I walked to Logrono in 2018. I will be starting from there hoping to get to Leon and then will access whether I will continue. This time my pack is half the weight (about 13 lbs). I am committed to walking my own pace not that if others. I do feel a bit of normal anxiety mixed with excitement. This time there is the added covid travel layer to think about and plan around. I am a bit concerned about closing bars/cafes, and accommodations so am listening in on the conversations with those on the Way now and of course helpful Ivar. I walked alone last time and felt totally comfortable. This time with less people I hope I feel the same. Anyway, I am excited and jittery. I’d love to hear from people on the Frances right now. Thank you.
 
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dreymorris

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Past OR future Camino
2018
I am starting end August and also have the jitters. I think it is my own fault as I am doom scrolling everyday and it’s the doom news that of course stands out. There are some sensible people walking at the moment and I take reassurance from their posts on this site.
I also start walking on August 29th and excited but I too look for the positives so am not scrolling as much as I was before.
 
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annangulo

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Past OR future Camino
2021
As I am writing this, I am getting last minute jitters about my Camino Frances walk at the end of the month. I walked to Logrono in 2018. I will be starting from there hoping to get to Leon and then will access whether I will continue. This time my pack is half the weight (about 13 lbs). I am committed to walking my own pace not that if others. I do feel a bit of normal anxiety mixed with excitement. This time there is the added covid travel layer to think about and plan around. I am a bit concerned about closing bars/cafes, and accommodations so am listening in on the conversations with those on the Way now and of course helpful Ivar. I walked alone last time and felt totally comfortable. This time with less people I hope I feel the same. Anyway, I am excited and jittery. I’d love to hear from people on the Frances right now. Thank you.
I am walking it right now and am nearing Burgos. I am loving it so far and have had no problems finding food and albergues.
 
Past OR future Camino
September 1, 2017
As I am writing this, I am getting last minute jitters about my Camino Frances walk at the end of the month. I walked to Logrono in 2018. I will be starting from there hoping to get to Leon and then will access whether I will continue. This time my pack is half the weight (about 13 lbs). I am committed to walking my own pace not that if others. I do feel a bit of normal anxiety mixed with excitement. This time there is the added covid travel layer to think about and plan around. I am a bit concerned about closing bars/cafes, and accommodations so am listening in on the conversations with those on the Way now and of course helpful Ivar. I walked alone last time and felt totally comfortable. This time with less people I hope I feel the same. Anyway, I am excited and jittery. I’d love to hear from people on the Frances right now. Thank you.
Hi there, we too are supposed to be arriving in SJPDP September 1st to start our 3rd Camino and we are from North of Toronto, ON Canada. We have had our full vaccines but are still really quite nervous and worried about this variant that is spreading quite quickly throughout EU. Things looked really promising when we booked this time but it took a turn for the worst quite fast. It also looks like this variant is starting to climb in Ontario. We have everything booked but I guess we will just have to keep an eye open for any drastic changes which will determine whether we continue with our plans. I had started with our plans to start this camino again since the end of 2019 but when the time came near the Covid got worse so this is my 4th attempt and who knows if this one will materialize. Good luck - if we do go maybe we will run into you!
Take Care.....Buen Camino!!!
 

BobMcGhee

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Past OR future Camino
2021
I also start walking on August 29th and excited but I too look for the positives so am not scrolling as much as I was before.
Hi Drey, may see you en route I’m starting on 31st going up hill to the new stopover.
I’ll see what sort of distance thereafter, uphill tends to be less of an issue with my aging body, but it complains going downhill, just one of the physical challenges for the first couple of weeks.
Excitement is building as we get closer to launch.
Buen Camino
 
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BobMcGhee

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Past OR future Camino
2021
Hi there, we too are supposed to be arriving in SJPDP September 1st to start our 3rd Camino and we are from North of Toronto, ON Canada. We have had our full vaccines but are still really quite nervous and worried about this variant that is spreading quite quickly throughout EU. Things looked really promising when we booked this time but it took a turn for the worst quite fast. It also looks like this variant is starting to climb in Ontario. We have everything booked but I guess we will just have to keep an eye open for any drastic changes which will determine whether we continue with our plans. I had started with our plans to start this camino again since the end of 2019 but when the time came near the Covid got worse so this is my 4th attempt and who knows if this one will materialize. Good luck - if we do go maybe we will run into you!
Take Care.....Buen Camino!!!
COVID concerns are valid, but indicators suggest it is predominantly the young and unvaccinated that are getting symptoms. Being a pragmatist I think our chances of contracting it are considerably less than being involved in a traffic accident and getting better every day.
My main concern was the addition of a new variant, but so far so good.
You should be just behind me as I arrive in SJPDP on the 31st and straight uphill after a long train journey from the UK.
Buen Camino
 

annangulo

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Past OR future Camino
2021
Hi there, we too are supposed to be arriving in SJPDP September 1st to start our 3rd Camino and we are from North of Toronto, ON Canada. We have had our full vaccines but are still really quite nervous and worried about this variant that is spreading quite quickly throughout EU. Things looked really promising when we booked this time but it took a turn for the worst quite fast. It also looks like this variant is starting to climb in Ontario. We have everything booked but I guess we will just have to keep an eye open for any drastic changes which will determine whether we continue with our plans. I had started with our plans to start this camino again since the end of 2019 but when the time came near the Covid got worse so this is my 4th attempt and who knows if this one will materialize. Good luck - if we do go maybe we will run into you!
Take Care.....Buen Camino!!!
I'm here near Burgos right now and we never know what might happen with the covid. But I can tell you that Spain is the second largest country with the highest percentage rate of fully vaccinated and they are still vaccinating. They think they will reach 75 percent soon as they don't really have a vaccine hesitant subpopulation like we do in the USA. The word on the ground is no additional covid measures will be needed.
 

Donny Camino

Member
Past OR future Camino
2016
Another Canadian here from Ottawa. We are flying to Paris Aug 12 and start walking Norte from Biarritz. Yesterday was our deadline to cancel. We decided to push ahead and throw caution to the wind. No concerns re Covid while hiking all day...and usual cautions at accommodations/eateries.
 

dreymorris

Member
Past OR future Camino
2018
Hi Drey, may see you en route I’m starting on 31st going up hill to the new stopover.
I’ll see what sort of distance thereafter, uphill tends to be less of an issue with my aging body, but it complains going downhill, just one of the physical challenges for the first couple of weeks.
Excitement is building as we get closer to launch.
Buen Camino
I'm also staying at Borda on the 29th..we may very well connect!
 

didi2L

New Member
Past OR future Camino
2021
As I am writing this, I am getting last minute jitters about my Camino Frances walk at the end of the month. I walked to Logrono in 2018. I will be starting from there hoping to get to Leon and then will access whether I will continue. This time my pack is half the weight (about 13 lbs). I am committed to walking my own pace not that if others. I do feel a bit of normal anxiety mixed with excitement. This time there is the added covid travel layer to think about and plan around. I am a bit concerned about closing bars/cafes, and accommodations so am listening in on the conversations with those on the Way now and of course helpful Ivar. I walked alone last time and felt totally comfortable. This time with less people I hope I feel the same. Anyway, I am excited and jittery. I’d love to hear from people on the Frances right now. Thank you.
My husband and I are currently on camino, about 85-ish km from Santiago. We started in Pamplona. Is there anything in particular you'd like to know? I'm happy to share whatever I can from our experiences these past few weeks.😁
 
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Brent Macdonald

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Past OR future Camino
2021
Another Canadian here from Ottawa. We are flying to Paris Aug 12 and start walking Norte from Biarritz. Yesterday was our deadline to cancel. We decided to push ahead and throw caution to the wind. No concerns re Covid while hiking all day...and usual cautions at accommodations/eateries.
I am very excited to hear about all the Canadians going on Camino - great work! What are you all doing to enter Spain? The Spanish health form / QR code - is that it? What do you show for proof of vaccinations? I got my shots at are local pharmacy - double Astra Zeneca but my card is literally just a slip of white paper! Will this be ok - have any other Canadians had any issues transiting through airports or entering Spain? My father and I leave on sept 8 to Barcelona hoping to finish in Muxia - 55 days and getting excited 😊 🤞😷🙏🍻
 

Marbe2

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Past OR future Camino
2015-2019 walked all or more than half of CF 7 times... CP recently cancelled by Covid 19!
My husband and I are currently on camino, about 85-ish km from Santiago. We started in Pamplona. Is there anything in particular you'd like to know? I'm happy to share whatever I can from our experiences these past few I

Any news about infections of pilgrims/quarantined
 
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none
I am very excited to hear about all the Canadians going on Camino - great work! What are you all doing to enter Spain? The Spanish health form / QR code - is that it? What do you show for proof of vaccinations? I got my shots at are local pharmacy - double Astra Zeneca but my card is literally just a slip of white paper! Will this be ok - have any other Canadians had any issues transiting through airports or entering Spain? My father and I leave on sept 8 to Barcelona hoping to finish in Muxia - 55 days and getting excited 😊 🤞😷🙏🍻
So far as I know the Spanish travel app is all you need to know, and filling it out gives the QR code that they will recognize. Our province, Manitoba, has provided us with QR code cards that also link to the provincial vaccination database. We will carry that, for what its worth. As cases change over the next month we will just have to be flexible to maybe get swabs done at different stages of travel if new requirements develop.
 
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didi2L

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Past OR future Camino
2021
Any news about infections of pilgrims/quarantined
We haven't encountered any infection issues and no one we've talked to has heard about anything either. I'm not aware of the greater regions and what is going on there as far as covid. Everyone is intentional to keep distancing including outdoors on the trails and masks are worn everywhere except when eating or sleeping. Hope that helps.
Any news about infections of pilgrims/quarantined
Any news about infections of pilgrims/quarantined
We haven't encountered any infection issues and no one we've talked to has heard about anything either. I'm not aware of the greater regions and what is going on there as far as covid. Everyone is intentional to keep distancing including outdoors on the trails and masks are worn everywhere except when eating or sleeping. Hope that helps.
 

S.Duffenais

Member
Past OR future Camino
2021
I am starting end August and also have the jitters. I think it is my own fault as I am doom scrolling everyday and it’s the doom news that of course stands out. There are some sensible people walking at the moment and I take reassurance from their posts on this site.
I know right!! Not to diminish the valid concerns but it is overwhelming when I read the news as well. I am also starting end of August. Its getting real now!
 

didi2L

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Past OR future Camino
2021
We haven't encountered any infection issues and no one we've talked to has heard about anything either. I'm not aware of the greater regions and what is going on there as far as covid. Everyone is intentional to keep distancing including outdoors on the trails and masks are worn everywhere except when eating or sleeping. Hope that helps.


We haven't encountered any infection issues and no one we've talked to has heard about anything either. I'm not aware of the greater regions and what is going on there as far as covid. Everyone is intentional to keep distancing including outdoors on the trails and masks are worn everywhere except when eating or sleeping. Hope that helps.
I just shared this on a thread post I started and have been sharing updates along the way:
>> Hi friends currently on CF (1 August 2021). I just had an update from a fellow pilgrim who made it to Palas de Rei tonight. When she arrived at the municipal she was informed they had just been closed down due to a covid outbreak so she is continuing on. Thought this might be helpful to pass along. This is the first news like this we've heard since starting earlier in July.
 
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BombayBill

Still Learning
Past OR future Camino
2021
My husband and I are currently on camino, about 85-ish km from Santiago. We started in Pamplona. Is there anything in particular you'd like to know? I'm happy to share whatever I can from our experiences these past few weeks.😁
Perhaps if you could share where you stayed that felt good for you.
 

didi2L

New Member
Past OR future Camino
2021
Perhaps if you could share where you stayed that felt good for you.
Our 2 favourite places so far have been Casa de la Abuela in Los Arcos and Albergue Camino y Leyenda in Trabadelo. The hosts in both places were extremely generous with services and really delicious large meals. They interacted with the guests too which we haven't really had. Their facilities were very clean and sanitising measures were really good. We highly recommend both of these!!
 

Lisamay4

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Past OR future Camino
2021
As I am writing this, I am getting last minute jitters about my Camino Frances walk at the end of the month. I walked to Logrono in 2018. I will be starting from there hoping to get to Leon and then will access whether I will continue. This time my pack is half the weight (about 13 lbs). I am committed to walking my own pace not that if others. I do feel a bit of normal anxiety mixed with excitement. This time there is the added covid travel layer to think about and plan around. I am a bit concerned about closing bars/cafes, and accommodations so am listening in on the conversations with those on the Way now and of course helpful Ivar. I walked alone last time and felt totally comfortable. This time with less people I hope I feel the same. Anyway, I am excited and jittery. I’d love to hear from people on the Frances right now. Thank you.
I too am starting in late August!
 
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dreymorris

Member
Past OR future Camino
2018
I am very excited to hear about all the Canadians going on Camino - great work! What are you all doing to enter Spain? The Spanish health form / QR code - is that it? What do you show for proof of vaccinations? I got my shots at are local pharmacy - double Astra Zeneca but my card is literally just a slip of white paper! Will this be ok - have any other Canadians had any issues transiting through airports or entering Spain? My father and I leave on sept 8 to Barcelona hoping to finish in Muxia - 55 days and getting excited 😊 🤞😷🙏🍻
Hi there, I have the BC Services card app...from it you can access your vaccinations and download your record so it's on your phone. I also printed it off so it is more official looking. I'm flying through Paris to Biarritz so haven't had to do the Spanish health form.
 

S.Duffenais

Member
Past OR future Camino
2021
In Manitoba, we have QR code, official government issued card and a digital immunization card. Is there a mechanism for obtaining official immunization records from BC Health? I am not sure though please keep us posted. Good luck &
Buen Camino
 
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Donny Camino

Member
Past OR future Camino
2016
Any official proof from Canada showing you are fully vaccinated should be fine; in the event you encounter any issue while walking. Galicia is adopting new rules and want proof to enter restaurants, for example.
 

BombayBill

Still Learning
Past OR future Camino
2021
Hi there, I have the BC Services card app...from it you can access your vaccinations and download your record so it's on your phone. I also printed it off so it is more official looking. I'm flying through Paris to Biarritz so haven't had to do the Spanish health form.
In Alberta of course the gov prefers we have no record at all. So I’m colour double sided printing mine , adding my passport photo, then pdfing it, and printing it again.
 

Mcdarrell

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Past OR future Camino
2016 Frances , 2017 Portuguesa , 2018 Norte , 2019 Kumano Kodo, Japan
I also start walking on August 29th and excited but I too look for the positives so am not scrolling as much as I was before.
Hey Audrey, I'm leaving August 21st maybe we'll catch up I'm doing the Francis at the same time
 

Mcdarrell

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2016 Frances , 2017 Portuguesa , 2018 Norte , 2019 Kumano Kodo, Japan
I also start walking on August 29th and excited but I too look for the positives so am not scrolling as much as I was before.
Hi Audrey, I'm heading off to do the Francis on August 21st we'll have to catch up in Spain
 
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dreymorris

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Past OR future Camino
2018
Hi Audrey, I'm heading off to do the Francis on August 21st we'll have to catch up in Spain
Lol...awesome, but I won't be able to catch up to you :)...I'm so excited. Where are you starting from and how long have you planned to go for?
 

Mcdarrell

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Past OR future Camino
2016 Frances , 2017 Portuguesa , 2018 Norte , 2019 Kumano Kodo, Japan
Lol...awesome, but I won't be able to catch up to you :)...I'm so excited. Where are you starting from and how long have you planned to go for?
Starting August 21st from Saint John going for 6 weeks I walk slow you'll probably catch me LOL
 

Mcdarrell

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2016 Frances , 2017 Portuguesa , 2018 Norte , 2019 Kumano Kodo, Japan
Starting August 21st from Saint John going for 6 weeks I walk slow you'll probably catch me LOL
I'll give you a call this week we can compare notes on what will need when we get there ie vaccines and what not
 
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Victoria65

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Two more Americans here (technically....) we are actually residents of Portugal for 5 + years now. Regardless, we are beginning our 4th (Rick) and 5th (me) Caminos on August 18. So, so very excited! Once again, going up over the pyrenees, the difference this time, sending our mochilas ahead for the 1st 2 days.

Whimpy I suppose, but at the tender young ages of 70 and 71, we are cool with it! We will also be 2 of the unashamed perigrinos boasting our new Camino umbrellas to avoid a repeat of 2018 heatstroke!

Hope to meet many of you out there. Buen Camino to all.
 
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