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Walli Walker

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Year of past OR future Camino
Frances '2009',Portuguese '2015', Ingles '2015', Fin and Muxia '2015'. Camino from Granada '2017'.
We will be starting in Porto on 31st May and would very much like to stay at Casa de Fernanda.
My question is: Do Fernanda or Jacinto speak English?
I am trying to learn Spanish and will make sure that I have a few words of Portuguese but I would not be able to phone ahead to reserve beds in their language. I haven't been able to find an email address for them - emailing would be easier in Portuguese than phoning.
Hope someone can help me.
Thankyou. Jacki.
 
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biarritzdon

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CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
Ditch Pig16, CF&CP17, CdN18, CM18, CF18, LePuy19
I was there two years ago with a mixture of Irish, Polish, French, Spanish, Danish and American pilgrims and I think the only conversation going on was in English. I seem to remember someone else asking for an email address on this Forum and getting an answer that there is not one. Albertinho will surely know.
 

amancio

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Year of past OR future Camino
Frances, Norte, Primit, Salvador, Portug, Arag, Ingles, VdlP, Leban-Vadin, Fisterra, Invierno, LePuy
do not worry, just phone her in advance so that you can help her calculate how much food they might need, it is a unique experience indeed to enjoy their hospitality!
 

Albertinho

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Year of past OR future Camino
2013 Lisboa - Sant.
2014 Ferrol -Sant.
2015 Porto -Sant.
2018 Porto -Valença
2019 Valença -Sant.
We will be starting in Porto on 31st May and would very much like to stay at Casa de Fernanda.
My question is: Do Fernanda or Jacinto speak English?
I am trying to learn Spanish and will make sure that I have a few words of Portuguese but I would not be able to phone ahead to reserve beds in their language. I haven't been able to find an email address for them - emailing would be easier in Portuguese than phoning.
Hope someone can help me.
Thankyou. Jacki.
We know Fernanda and Jacinto very well. They are busy allmost 24/7 to please all pilgrims arriving at their home.
They have not the time to answer emails so the phone is the only option to call her +351 914 589 521. Both Fernanda and Jacinto do speak and understand english. I have their emailaddress but on their request to keep it for myselself, I will respect that. Phone them the day before or on the morning before arriving and enjoy your stay.
 

Walli Walker

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances '2009',Portuguese '2015', Ingles '2015', Fin and Muxia '2015'. Camino from Granada '2017'.
Thank you biarritzdon, amancio and Albertinho, that's good news.
I knew I could rely on you all for a straight answer.
Cheers, Jacki.
 
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RIP 2020
Year of past OR future Camino
Caminos Frances (x4), Finisterre, Aragon, Via de la Plata, Portuguese 2011 -2015. Hospitalero 2015
I was there for several days in 2013 helping out as an accidental assistant hospitalero and the only way to reserve is to phone Jacinto. They speak limited English but I am sure that Jacinta will understand if you speak slowly and clearly. She works in the post office in Barcelos and if convenient and the post office is open when you are there it could be worthwhile to pop in and talk to her. They are a wonderful couple. When I was there in early June, we were able to accommodate everyone who arrived before 6pm, and they will conjure up beds or mattresses to somehow fit you in. They both have full time jobs so they are very busy people. All beds are real beds, not bunks, complete with sheets and pillowcases. You eat at one long communal table with the dinner and breakfast they cook for you in their own home. It was my birthday when I was there and they organised a lady in the village to cook a cake for me which was big enough for 16 servings at breakfast and another 16 at dinner that night. Say hi to them from me please and just mention the cake. David
 

Walli Walker

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Year of past OR future Camino
Frances '2009',Portuguese '2015', Ingles '2015', Fin and Muxia '2015'. Camino from Granada '2017'.
Thank you, camino-david, will do.
 

Johan

Worcester, South Africa
Year of past OR future Camino
May 2013 : Leon to Santiago
May 2015 : Porto to Santiago
May 2020: Caminha to Santiago
If it is not possible to phone and make a booking, will there still be place in May?

Thank you,
Johan
 

biarritzdon

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
Ditch Pig16, CF&CP17, CdN18, CM18, CF18, LePuy19
You can phone, my suggestion would be several days ahead around dinner or breakfast time. As David said if you show up by 6pm they will probably figure out a way to find you a place to put your head. I arrived around 4pm and was one of the last to be given a bed in the dormitory.
 

Johan

Worcester, South Africa
Year of past OR future Camino
May 2013 : Leon to Santiago
May 2015 : Porto to Santiago
May 2020: Caminha to Santiago
You can phone, my suggestion would be several days ahead around dinner or breakfast time. As David said if you show up by 6pm they will probably figure out a way to find you a place to put your head. I arrived around 4pm and was one of the last to be given a bed in the dormitory.

I'll bewalking from Pedra Furada, so maybe I'll be early? Probably have to wait for a while...
 
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jsalt

Jill
Year of past OR future Camino
Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
I'll bewalking from Pedra Furada, so maybe I'll be early? Probably have to wait for a while...

Hi Johan, are you staying at Antonio Ferreira’s in Pedra Furada? He’s a really nice guy and I am sure he would phone Casa Fernanda’s to book a bed for you. He phoned for a taxi for me last year when one of us was injured.
 

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