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alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Plane has been booked now: Will arrive in Malaga on April 16th, stay over, and take the train to Salamanca the next day: Go to the Albergue behind the cathedral in the evening, and start/continue my walking to Santiago the next morning. (I did Sevilla-Salamanca last spring, but had to abort due to family matters).

But this time I will go really slow: On my first camino, the Frances, in 2009, I was sometimes "running": Eager to reach the goal of Santiago, not appreciating enough that the way could be the goal in itself... But it was a beautiful walk: A memory and a learning experience for the rest of my life!!!

Last spring (2011, April/May) on the Plata, I was more aware, but still tended to run... This year, I have the deep intention of walking in deep peace and spiritual ease: Especially since there is no need to run: I will order my return trip whenever I reach Santiago! I really look so much forward to this spring's walk!

Ohh, As a sidebar: Today I got the DVD movie "The Way" from Amazon: Only 4.58 GBP + freight 1.98 GBP: Total of 6.56 GBP or ca. 9 USD, delivered in my mailbox: Yeayhh!

Just watched it, and while it was for me, as a peregrino, a great experience, I don't think it will attract a large, unknowing audience: You need to know a bit about the Camino, IMHO...!

Oohh: BTW: Which camino guide should I use??? And where to buy ut: I am sorry to say that my CSJ guide from last year was far from accurate, and I anyway gave it away to my Canadian Camino friend Heinz, who completed the la Plata after I left: Got a CD with photos from him: Thanks, Heinz! And thanks to fellow peregrino Andreas Seidel, who did the same! Much apprecated!

Edit: I am so happy about the thought that in a little more than 2 months time, I will return to walk again on the Camino!
 

george.g

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
French way 10, 11
Norte 12
Vdlp 13
Levante 14
Mozarabe/Malaga 15
Augusta 16
Mozarabe/Almeria 17
Hi Alex.
I'm starting from Seville a few days before you on the 14th, so maybe we will meet along the way? As to the problem with English language guides I've sort of made my own, a combination of downloaded maps from the "walking pilgrims" site and albergue photos/details from the Eroski Camino site, all cut to fit in the CSJ '11 guide. Just hope it works.
Re the fiim the way, could have done with a little less of Mr Nesbit overacting and a little more of the "warts and all" of camino life.
Regards

George
 

alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
I will, my friend; so glad to have made a "point of no return" decicion!
 

alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Geaorge,
You can plan your camino day by day here:

http://www.godesalco.com/plan/plata

It is of great help: I am using it as my map, And I will print each sheet and laminate it, but in addition, I need my private, written guide.
 

lynnejohn

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2005), VDLP(2007), Madrid(2009), Ingles(2009), Sur (2011), VDLP(2011)-partial, VDLP(2014)
Go well and safely. And slowly.
 

aeveling

Active Member
Hi Alex,

For the Via de la Plata and Camino Frances I've used http://www.caminoguide.net which gives you an up to date written guide that can be printed on A4 paper (lightweight and disposable) or downloaded to a smartphone. The guy that writes it welcomes information from pilgrims who have recently walked a Camino so it is probably one of the most current guides out there. This might be what you're looking for.

I'll be walking The VdlP again, from Sevilla, for 10 days starting 1st April.

I hope your Camino is rewarding.

Andrew.
 

LTfit

Veteran Member
Hi Alex,

I am quite excited for you and hope that you will indeed be able to take it slow as you say. Last summer I did Sevilla-Zamora and like you had to abort but in my case due to major physical issues which led to surgery and rehab. At this point I do not even know when I will be able to walk a Camino again (did the Francés from SJPdP to Finisterre in 2010) which is eating me up!

I used a Spanish/English guide for the VdlP and Sanabrés printed by the Amigos de la Via de la Plata but gave to my Italian walking buddy who continued on. As you know the English guides are out-dated. I found the Godalesco print-outs quite helpful, also wrote down tips from the Eroski site.

Look forward to hearing about your Camino from where I left off! Who knows maybe I'll bike the rest of the way.

Buen Camino y vaya con Díos!
LT
p.s. weren't you the guy who had really bad blood blisters? I remember someone in one telling the such.
 

epeggyh

New Member
My friend and I are leaving from Seville on Apr 15th, nice to hear about others doing the same route about the same time. Seriously getting into training now in hopes that we won't have any serious problems with knees or feet. I have a bit of a problem knee and my friend is having problems with her foot. My physio has me doing exercises to strenthen my leg muscles and "stripping a tight IT band" which is helping. I guess the answer to problems on the road with the body is to slow down.
 

LTfit

Veteran Member
I think that you are right on about taking it easy epeggyh (I am a physio but am not so good at following my own advice!) especially during the first few stages. The only problem with the first week or so of the Via de la Plata is that there are no villages in between the stages. One advantage is that you will be starting in April with cooler weather - not in the middle of the summer as I did!

You will really enjoy the Via de la Plata - I did not received a 'buen camino' from all the passers-by as I did on the Camino Francés but always found the locals very warm and helpful when I did strike up a conversation. Having Spanish knowledge was really helpful!

Buen camino and let us know about your adventure!

Cheers,
LT
 

mmm042

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
VDLP 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
Hi.

If you have an iPhone or iTouch, my app is very current -- I wrote it based on walks along the VDLP in November 2010, March 2011 and Sept./Oct. 2011. (I'm a writer by profession.) The most helpful part, I think, is a whole section on any tricky spots where the signage is missing or confusing.

Buen Camino!

Melanie
 

alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
LTFit,

I am probably the guy with the "blood feet" that you mention: The stretches between my toes on my right foot simply cracked open, without warning!!! Had to stop for 4 days in Merida, getting perfect and friendly Spanish hospital treatment: What a great place to be stranded! Enjoyed the historic quarters of the city: Veeery impressible! Was to the hospital and stayed in Merida for 4 days, then went on until I, due to family matters, had to return to Norway. Which I am happy for today: Now I'm going back to complete the walk!!!

That set aside: I genuinely hope that your feet will pull themselves together so you can enjoy the Camino once more again!!!

May I be allowed to say that I am ever so happy for being able to plan yet another camino, and not least: Come back to this never-ending helpful and caring forum! Blessings to all of you good people!

mmm042:

Thank you for your offer: But I don't dispose of any of the two technological units you mentioned: For more than 35 years I have held an Engineering Degree in Computer Science, and worked like h.ll in the field: Today I hate it, and I'd rather walk without anything wired, including myself :lol:
 

bjorgts

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Caminos in Spain, France, Portugal, Germany since 2003. Last: Malaga - Cordoba November 2019
Although this is an English speaking forum, I recommend a German guide. Since you are Norwegian too, may bee you understand some German: Outdoor. Conrad Stein Verlag. Via de la Plata Mozarabischer Jacobsweg. This Verlag has good guides. I will use this one this spring.

Alle gode ønsker for vandringen!

Bjørg
 

alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Bjørg,
Thank you very much! I have a good command of the German languae, and will absolutely check it out.

Last year, down south in Extremadura, there was a day of great difficulty, and we were 3-4 pilgrims completely unable to find our way. Then came along a German couple with a German guidebook: 10 minutes, and we were out of trouble and on the track again! :lol:

Thanks again, Bjørg: Will be seriously considered!

PS: You have a good memony, Bjørg, remembering that I am a Norwegian... :lol: Must put it back into my profile, straight away...!
 

alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
I must confess, though, that this year, I am very happy to start in Salamanca, a beautiful town, knowing that all of Extremadura land is behind. It really lived up to its name for sure: Extrema Dura: Extremely hard. Boy that was some tough walks... For me, it feels like more normal walks from Salamanca and up to Santiago. When there, I have to plan my return trip: I have actually not done anything for planning my return trip: I plan to do it when I come to Santiago, in order to retain complete freedom, timewise, while I am on the Way...
 

ranthr

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C Frances 2005, 2007
Le Puy en Velay -SdC 2009
Via de la Plata 2011
gr 653 from Oloron to Puente la Reina 2012
Gr65 from le Puy to Figeac 2013
Irun to Santander 2013
Porto to SdC 2014
Astorga to SdC 2015
Hei Alex.
As Bjørg I recommend the German Outdoor guide, a little yellow book that was more updated and detailed than the German Rotherguide I used. You can buy it on http://www.amazon.de. Glad you are ready for the rest of your camino. Guess you are doing the Sanabres from Graña de Moruela. I went to Astorga instead and took the Camino Frances from there.I have just finished my blog from last spring these days, now trying to rewrite it in English, and some days ago put a link to an picturealbum in this forum.
Wish you a buen camino!
Randi
 

alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Thanks Randi, Yes, I might just as well use the German guide: Good tip. Will be starting from Salamanca and go all through to Santiago this year. The Extremadura last year was really extreme... Glad I'm done there... And yes, I'll take to the left in Ourense: Don't want to go to Astorga and the final bit of the Frances, thank you...

But at some point, I wll do the whole Camino Frances once more, indeed; it was my first camino experience, it was good, and I enjoyed it sooo much.
 

CaroleH

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
VdlP 2006, Portugues 2007;Madrid 2009, Finisterre 2009; Sur and VdlP 2011,2013; Manchego and Madrid 2014; VdlP (parts) 2016; Hospitalero plan 2017.
Alex, sorry we didn't meet up with you last year. We left Huelva on 25th April. So glad you are returning this year and very excited for you.

I also believe the German guides are excellent. We found Laurie's streams and updates on this Forum really helpful for accomodation and recommend them, though there will some changes no doubt, and I guess you have seen her latest updates.

Buen camino alex and epeggyh .....
 

Stephen Nicholls

Steve Nicholls, Suffolk, U.K.
Camino(s) past & future
Too many caminos to list in the permitted 100 characters!!
Hi Alex! Have a good, rewarding camino. I'm sure you will - and don't rush it! I'm walking Salamanca to SdC starting April 29th, so am sorry our paths won't cross. For me, "the destination is the camino" not Santiago. Last year the shorter Camino Portuguese from Porto. This year VdlP, and, hopefully, next year the Camino Ingles. So many pilgrims go past me in a rush: I take it easy around 18-20 kms a day average, and get a blessing from each ancient church and wayside cross that I pass. Check out http://www.calig.co.uk/camino_de_santiago.htm Buen camino, Alex! Stephen
 

LTfit

Veteran Member
Thanks Alex for your good wishes! Time will tell if I will be able to conquer another Camino this summer. Sevilla to Zamora (especially ExtremaDura) was tough due to the extreme heat that I encountered in July but I found that the arid, open expanses had a beauty of its own! There were only 5 of us starting out from Sevilla on July 8 and the group split up quite soon afterwards due to the extreme conditions. I ended up walking for three weeks with the same pelegrino which I never thought possible and most nights we were alone in the albergues - that's how quiet the Via de la Plata is in the summer!

I too enjoyed Mérida and all its history. Salamanca will be a wonderful place to start, I spent an extra day there to sight-see. Zamora further on I enjoyed even more - a much smaller city but also lovely as is the aubergue. Jesús the very warm hospitalero insisted that we stay an extra day so I could recuperate and see a physio. Little did I know that I would end up back in Zamora 2 days later but this time in the hospital! So yes, I too know Spanish hospital care from the inside out!

Buen Camino again and let us know how you get on.

Cheers,
LT
 

alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
To all of you: LTFit, Stephen, et all: Soo many thank you's from me: I feel right back in the good Camino spirit, very much due to your personalities shining through. And I will definitely go slow, enjoying the walk in itself, as Stephen expresses so wisely, and yet, as we all know, is the correct mindset.

LTFit: If you can walk the Extremadura in July, you will be a killer in Sahara, anytime!!! :lol:

May I also be allowed to say, that this forum, with its distinguished members, is a pleasure to visit, learn from, and share with!

I bid you all a buen camino, next time!
 

alipilgrim

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Listed in my signature
I'm glad to see more people announcing they will be walking the VdP this Spring! I leave Seville March 29th myself. In response to the entry above re: planning guides, I found this website to be quite useful: http://www.independentrip.com/camino-de-santiago/, but I guess how accurate it is will only be discovered enroute! :shock: I've downloaded Melanie's iPhone app and will use that in addition to my paper 'guide', but I am still a bit apprehensive of being ill-prepared :(

Allison
 

Stephen Nicholls

Steve Nicholls, Suffolk, U.K.
Camino(s) past & future
Too many caminos to list in the permitted 100 characters!!
alipilgrim said:
I'm glad to see more people announcing they will be walking the VdP this Spring! I leave Seville March 29th myself. In response to the entry above re: planning guides, I found this website to be quite useful: http://www.independentrip.com/camino-de-santiago/, but I guess how accurate it is will only be discovered enroute! :
Allison

That looks like an excellent site, Allison, though not fully completed in English. I'll be looking at it closely in relation to my VdlP camino starting April 29th from Salamanca.
Stephen.
 

Alan Pearce

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Aragones 2008, del Norte 2009, VdlP 2011, Ingles 2014, Camino de Madri 2015, Frances 2017
Hi Alex

Wishing you the best on the VdlP this year. I just loved it last year, and would love to do it again some time. One of the highlights was spending 2 days in Salamanca over Easter, watching the wonderful Easter parades, and catching up on a bit of rest after walking through Extremadura. Go well. Buen Camino.

Alan

Be brave. Life is joyous.
 

alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Alan,

I can totally connect with your thoughts! Thank you a lot! I am so looking forward to the walk, but I have to say, in all honesty: I am happy that the Extremadura stretch is behind me! :wink: It was a tough one...

Here is my plan for the start: Going from Norway to Malaga on April 16. Arriving at about 15.00. getting to my hostel, then visit the railway station and buy a ticket for the next day, up to Salamanca. Then tapas and wine in Malaga :lol:

Next day: Train to Salamanca: Walk to the cathedral and the albergue behind it: Pulling out my half-filled credential, check in, find my bed, relax in Salamanca, and the next day: WALKING ON TO SANTIAGO! Or maybe stay a day or two in Salamanca...
 

lynnejohn

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2005), VDLP(2007), Madrid(2009), Ingles(2009), Sur (2011), VDLP(2011)-partial, VDLP(2014)
You make me want to go right now and walk with you!

So, alternatively, please keep us updated on your progress/food/wine/wanderings/encounters.

Go well and safely, Alex.
 

CaroleH

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
VdlP 2006, Portugues 2007;Madrid 2009, Finisterre 2009; Sur and VdlP 2011,2013; Manchego and Madrid 2014; VdlP (parts) 2016; Hospitalero plan 2017.
... me too Lynne!

So Alex, you can see
we're all excited for you
and will be 'on ' the Vdlp,
in spirit with you.
Enjoy it. Slowly.
Carole
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances x5, Portuguese VdlP12, Sanabres, Aragones, Norte,Salvador,Primitivo, VdlP 17,Madrid18Norte
Like Alex I am so excited!
Finally managed to book my train ticket from Madrid to Seville.
Went onto TGV Europe and they directed me to Rail Europe when I put in my country, Australia.
Easy then to follow the prompts in English. I couldn't pay until they emailed me back which I have now just done. $117 plus $6 to post my ticket. Now I can just get on with training and losing a bit of weight. Hallelujah!
Heather
 

CaroleH

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
VdlP 2006, Portugues 2007;Madrid 2009, Finisterre 2009; Sur and VdlP 2011,2013; Manchego and Madrid 2014; VdlP (parts) 2016; Hospitalero plan 2017.
Way to go Heather!

Guess you have your Oz credencial ready to go ?? How wonderful to have our own "Friends of the Camino"Inc ....Anyone needs details am happy to provide but they are probably already elsewhere on the Forum.
Buen camino. Carole
 

marinaursula

New Member
Onsker deg en god pigrimtur, Alex! Might see you in Santiago, we, One lady from Canada, and one lady from Norway, are taking the route from St. Jean starting April 30..... Buen Camino!!!
 

alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Thank you all for kind words! If anyone wants to meet in SdC, just PM me your phone number :)

Yes, I hope maybe some will be inspired to go this year. I anyways look very much forward tyo start by having the Extremadura behind me! :lol:
 

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