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LindaH82

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Hiya!

Just one week to go, then I'm getting on a plane to Porto, and a few days later I'll be starting my Camino from Vigo! Aaaaah! Excited and scared in equal measure. I'm getting all my ducks in a row, I've got most of what I need already, with most importantly: the credential! But... I'm not sure how to fill it in! My Spanish is lousy! Help!

I got the Holy Year credential from Ivar (thanks!) which is almost entirely in Spanish. The personal details seem fairly straightforward, but how does the place for the stamps work? There're little 'boxes' for the stamps, which I understand, but there's a larger box at the top of the page. What goes in there? I actually got it stamped at the basilica in the city I live, because I figured, well, it's the place I live. But it's not the place I'm starting from, nor where I got the credential. Did I mess up? What is actually supposed to go there? Do I write anything next to it? So many questions!
 
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Hiya!

Just one week to go, then I'm getting on a plane to Porto, and a few days later I'll be starting my Camino from Vigo! Aaaaah! Excited and scared in equal measure. I'm getting all my ducks in a row, I've got most of what I need already, with most importantly: the credential! But... I'm not sure how to fill it in! My Spanish is lousy! Help!

I got the Holy Year credential from Ivar (thanks!) which is almost entirely in Spanish. The personal details seem fairly straightforward, but how does the place for the stamps work? There're little 'boxes' for the stamps, which I understand, but there's a larger box at the top of the page. What goes in there? I actually got it stamped at the basilica in the city I live, because I figured, well, it's the place I live. But it's not the place I'm starting from, nor where I got the credential. Did I mess up? What is actually supposed to go there? Do I write anything next to it? So many questions!
The big box that you are referring to is usually filled in by the religious office which has issued the credencial. Ivar does not fill it in. You can perfectly safely leave it blank. Your fear of Spanish is a little concerning. It is worthwhile getting some phrases and vocabulary off pat as even on the Camino you are going to meet a lot of locals with absolutely no grasp of English at all. Obviously you are going to have a lot of peregrinos to ask for help but nonetheless...... I would particularly suggest that you familiarise yourself with a dozen or so food related words. Buen Camino.
 

LindaH82

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Oh, I know the basics of Spanish, introducing myself, asking for directions, food related words, etc. But I didn't feel comfortable enough guessing at the possible meaning (and Google Translate can be unreliable) and potentially messing up the credential, so I figured I'd ask here!
 
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Airfix

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2021
Currently on the Portuguese Camino, most churches (so far) have either had their doors closed or if open no stamp for credential.
Assume it is Covid related, last Camino almost every church had a stamp.
 
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SJPdP - SdC 2022
We ( my wife and I ) are planning a Francis from SJPdP in 2022. We did Leon to SdC in 2018 using Irish Camino Society Pilgrim Passports we picked up in Dublin while on holiday from 'down under' in 2017. There is plenty of room in these for stamps on our next Camino. My wife maybe interested in getting a Compostela and I may get a completion certificate. We didn't bother about certificates on our previous Camino. If we got the correct starting details at SJPdP in these passports would that be acceptable?
 

Vacajoe

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2019
If no completion stamp was placed into it at Santiago, your credential is still “open” and usable. However, why not just get a new one in SJPdP and avoid any confusion?
 
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300m from the cathedral and around the corner from the fresh food market in Santiago. Perfect place to tele commute from (1GB symmetrical connection).

dick bird

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Plata, Ingles, Madrid, Norte, Primitivo, Invierno, Aragones, Olvidado, Chemin D'Arles
Where do Jews, Muslims, Atheists, Hindus, Buddhists, SIkhs, etc go for their first stamp :) :) :) :) ;)
Same place as atheists, agnostics, pagans, and non-Catholic Christians such as Anglicans, Lutherans, Greek or Russian Orthodox etc etc I guess.
 
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If no completion stamp was placed into it at Santiago, your credential is still “open” and usable. However, why not just get a new one in SJPdP and avoid any confusion?
I have a couple of spares courtesy of Ivar's shop but the Irish ones are a bit special so be good to see them filled up. Thanks for the heads
I have a couple of spares courtesy of Ivar's shop but the Irish ones are a bit special so be good to see them filled up. Thanks for the heads up.
oops, repeating myself again, must be an age thing?
 

LindaH82

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On the Camino right now, and it's honestly fun to see all the places you can get a stamp. I got one at an icre cream shop in Pontevedra, they had a sello with a parrot, and there is a little arts&craft store in Combarro that has a really big one (it takes up 2 squares) with a witch on it!
 

Robo

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CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(May 2018)
VdlP (2022?)
On the Camino right now, and it's honestly fun to see all the places you can get a stamp. I got one at an icre cream shop in Pontevedra, they had a sello with a parrot, and there is a little arts&craft store in Combarro that has a really big one (it takes up 2 squares) with a witch on it!

Everyone seems to have a stamp don't they ? :)
 
Rent a house in Santiago (1 month minimum)
300m from the cathedral and around the corner from the fresh food market in Santiago. Perfect place to tele commute from (1GB symmetrical connection).
how to successfully prepare for your Camino
This book's focus is on reducing the risk of failure through being well prepared.

biarritzdon

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CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
Ditch Pig16, CF&CP17, CdN18, CM18, CF18, LePuy19
Don't worry about speaking Spanish, there are only a few words you need to know to get by: gintonic, tapas, pulpo, cervaza, vino blanco, vino rosado or vino tinto followed by por favor.
 

David Tallan

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1989
Where do Jews, Muslims, Atheists, Hindus, Buddhists, SIkhs, etc go for their first stamp :) :) :) :) ;)
They could go to a local church, even if it is one they don't regularly attend. That's unlikely, though.

On the CF from Roncesvalles, I got my first stamp at the albergue in Roncesvalles. On the CP from Porto, I got my first stamp at the Porto Cathedral.
 

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