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LIVE from the Camino First pilgrims

Lirsy

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Primitivo, Norte, Francés, Volunteer Hospitalero.
I saw today the first two groups of pilgrims crossing my hometown. One group of two and one of four.

I asked them how many pilgrims were on the way and how about the albergues. They told me that there were between 4 and 6 pilgrims in the albergue and that most of the albergues were open.

Not bad taking into consideration that my hometown is in the middle of the Camino del Norte. I assume that at the beginning of the camino should be more pilgrims and for sure even more in the CF. Also considering the different albergues, 4/6 per albergue, you can assume around 20 pilgrims walking this stage today.
 

Pinker to

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Future
Good to know what the current situation on the Camino Norte is like, and grateful for letting us know about it.
It sounds good news and seems as if it’s somewhat getting back to normal. Let’s be positive and hope there’s no setback waiting for us just round the corner.
Pleased if you keep us posted in the forthcoming days Lirsy, just to know what the trend is.
 

Lirsy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo, Norte, Francés, Volunteer Hospitalero.
Today I spoke to another pilgrim, a French lady.

She told me that she met about 10 pilgrims at each albergue. 90% European 10% other continents. 50-60% Spanish, 40-50% other countries.

Regarding the pilgrim dinner, she told me that most of the albergues that normally organize a pilgrim dinner and that have a room large enough to maintain a certain social distance continue to do so ... let's say that about 70% of the albergues that were organizing these dinners still do so.

Now regarding the wearing of masks: She told me that most pilgrims wear the mask when they cross towns, and take it off when they leave the town:). I was also told that a small number of pilgrims consider the Camino as a sports activity and do not wear the mask at any time:(.

Probably, in a strict reading of the regulations, the Camino could be considered as a sports activity and you are not obliged to wear a mask ... anyway, I would strongly suggest wearing the mask every time you cross a town ... You will protect your health, the health of the local people and the health of the other pilgrims you will meet along the Camino. IMHO covid is not a legal problem but a health problem and a little common sense is more important than the wording of the regulations.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
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Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Very informative infomation, @Lirsy. Thanks for sharing that report, along with your sound advise.
 

Luka

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pelgrimspad I, Via Monastica, Via Podiensis, Via de la Plata, Camino Francés, Camino del Norte...
I can report from Llanes today. Walked Llanes - Pendueles (so in reverse) and met about 20 to 30 pilgrims on the way. Walkers, bikers, and also one big group of 10. I spoke to one German peregrina. She said that most of the pilgrims are Spanish, but that she has already met several other foreigners (and also made new friends).

She was going to skip this part of Asturias and move on to Gijón. Because her feet needed a rest but also because it was so hard to find affordable accomodation. A common problem for pilgrims in Asturias in July/August.
 

Iriebabel

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
I can report from Llanes today. Walked Llanes - Pendueles (so in reverse) and met about 20 to 30 pilgrims on the way. Walkers, bikers, and also one big group of 10. I spoke to one German peregrina. She said that most of the pilgrims are Spanish, but that she has already met several other foreigners (and also made new friends).

She was going to skip this part of Asturias and move on to Gijón. Because her feet needed a rest but also because it was so hard to find affordable accomodation. A common problem for pilgrims in Asturias in July/August.
Hope you are feeling well Luka and hoped you enjoyed your walk ! Thanks for the updates😃
 

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