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2019 Camino Guides

Free house-sitting

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Aragones/Frances/Finisterre (2018), Operation Sabre (2018), Marin Ramble (2017)
#1
Walking the CA and the CF this year made me want to give back, but how? Perhaps my wife and I can help other pilgrims make the journey by offering free housesitting?

Just retired from 23 years as a firefighter and wife ran a Catholic day shelter for homeless women and children - in short, we have more references than day-trippers leaving Sarria! . Love cats, like dogs, and live in a century-old house that requires regular TLC to keep functional. More importantly, we just retired and have plenty of time to travel if you need someone to house/pet sit during your Camino.

PM me if we can be of service to you. Maybe this is a need that we can fulfill to honor the pilgrimage. 9D7CC8B0-F717-4151-8176-71CA9B82AEA4.jpeg
 

Harington

una abuelita inglés
Camino(s) past & future
Vézelay/Francés 2011, Primitivo 2012, VdlP 2013, Via Domitia 2014, Inglés 2015, Francigena 2016
#2
Walking the CA and the CF this year made me want to give back, but how? Perhaps my wife and I can help other pilgrims make the journey by offering free housesitting?

Just retired from 23 years as a firefighter and wife ran a Catholic day shelter for homeless women and children - in short, we have more references than day-trippers leaving Sarria! . Love cats, like dogs, and live in a century-old house that requires regular TLC to keep functional. More importantly, we just retired and have plenty of time to travel if you need someone to house/pet sit during your Camino.

PM me if we can be of service to you. Maybe this is a need that we can fulfill to honor the pilgrimage. View attachment 44010
What country are you in?
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Aragones/Frances/Finisterre (2018), Operation Sabre (2018), Marin Ramble (2017)
#4
My bad - I live in Northern California, but don’t mind traveling. I figure folks get someone to watch their house while I get to spend time like a local in a new locale.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances - April-June, 2016
Portuguese Lisbon-Santiago - October, 2017
#5
Will definitely look at that for our "next" Camino! We had house sitters for our first on the Frances, but couldn't find anyone for the second (Portuguese). We use an online house sitter site.
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Aragones/Frances/Finisterre (2018), Operation Sabre (2018), Marin Ramble (2017)
#10
Too funny! Please PM me if you are serious, however. The caveat, of course, is that there are only 52 weeks in the year and I’d like to be home for a few of them!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Flights booked from Edinburgh for May 2018 planning walking from Sarria to Santiago
#11
Walking the CA and the CF this year made me want to give back, but how? Perhaps my wife and I can help other pilgrims make the journey by offering free housesitting?

Just retired from 23 years as a firefighter and wife ran a Catholic day shelter for homeless women and children - in short, we have more references than day-trippers leaving Sarria! . Love cats, like dogs, and live in a century-old house that requires regular TLC to keep functional. More importantly, we just retired and have plenty of time to travel if you need someone to house/pet sit during your Camino.

PM me if we can be of service to you. Maybe this is a need that we can fulfill to honor the pilgrimage. View attachment 44010
Good morning vacajoe, I think perhaps I would rather house sit for you in California , if your picture is anything to go bye, it looks beautiful. great idea you have.
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Aragones/Frances/Finisterre (2018), Operation Sabre (2018), Marin Ramble (2017)
#12
Actually, that photo is from Madeira where we went after the Camino. I live in Sacramento which is much hotter and much less green (but I live in a beautiful bungalow!!!)
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Camino(s) past & future
Flights booked from Edinburgh for May 2018 planning walking from Sarria to Santiago
#13
Actually, that photo is from Madeira where we went after the Camino. I live in Sacramento which is much hotter and much less green (but I live in a beautiful bungalow!!!)
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It’s certainly beautiful, picture post card. Good luck with you idea, and enjoy your retirement.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
#15
To be serious about this for a minute, maybe Ivar should start a new section of the Forum for this.
I for one would be delighted to find a fellow Pilgrim as a House sitter.
It's a real problem for us. Fish to be fed, plants to be watered, new Dog soon....
 

Harington

una abuelita inglés
Camino(s) past & future
Vézelay/Francés 2011, Primitivo 2012, VdlP 2013, Via Domitia 2014, Inglés 2015, Francigena 2016
#17
Hi, if you hover your cursor over Vacajoe's avatar, you will see that he is from Northern California.
Jill
Hi, if you hover your cursor over Vacajoe's avatar, you will see that he is from Northern California.
Jill
Thank you! I didn't know you could do that!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Flights booked from Edinburgh for May 2018 planning walking from Sarria to Santiago
#21
Just got say folks, I’m hoping to be on Camino Portugues May 2019, after that I’ll certainly free up my diary, “ little California would be nice” “a lttile Syndney would delight” “ Canada and the falls” Hawaii for the winter here I come” so where to for 2020. ;);)
 

KYBirdman

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
(Sept 2018)
#22
I wish this post had been a bit earlier in the year, we located a house sitter for the time we will be on the Camino in October. It would be nice to be able to ask those last minute questions from a veteran peligrino just as you are leaving.
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Aragones/Frances/Finisterre (2018), Operation Sabre (2018), Marin Ramble (2017)
#23
To me, it’s a win-win solution - less cost for the traveler, a new experience for me.

After walking the Camino, I value how the experience can affect folks and having a fellow pilgrim watch over the homefront just makes sense (plus it makes getting to and from the airport easier!)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 21 October 2014
Portugese Way October 2018
#24
I do loads of housesitting for friends when they take holiday and think this is a fantastic idea! Am an Aussie living on the Gold Coast and would love to see this take off. I plan on doing three months each year in the UK to spend time near family using a house sitting website from 2019 but would prefer helping fellow pilgrims where possible.
 

Madamjoy

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances. September 2017
#26
This is a great idea. Thank you Vacajoe. I agree with comment that Ivar should start separate page for house sitting. And count me in. I have a 2 bedroom apt in Vancouver (competition for Rick so he’s gonna have to raise the stakes). I will do 2 caminos in 2019, possible a short one (3 weeks) this October.
 

MeliCunn

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Hopefully.....soon! Yes! September 2016!!
#27
Walking the CA and the CF this year made me want to give back, but how? Perhaps my wife and I can help other pilgrims make the journey by offering free housesitting?

Just retired from 23 years as a firefighter and wife ran a Catholic day shelter for homeless women and children - in short, we have more references than day-trippers leaving Sarria! . Love cats, like dogs, and live in a century-old house that requires regular TLC to keep functional. More importantly, we just retired and have plenty of time to travel if you need someone to house/pet sit during your Camino.

PM me if we can be of service to you. Maybe this is a need that we can fulfill to honor the pilgrimage. View attachment 44010
Great idea VacaJoe! If i ever save enough money to walk again, I will definitely be in touch. My dream is the CP from Porto! Have you ever been to KY?
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Aragones/Frances/Finisterre (2018), Operation Sabre (2018), Marin Ramble (2017)
#28
No, but would love to see it!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#29
Hi, if you hover your cursor over Vacajoe's avatar, you will see that he is from Northern California.
Jill
I learned that little trick, but have often noticed many forum members do not share what country or province they live in.
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Aragones/Frances/Finisterre (2018), Operation Sabre (2018), Marin Ramble (2017)
#30
I live in Sacramento, California but have no issues with traveling (even abroad) to help out.
 

MeliCunn

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Hopefully.....soon! Yes! September 2016!!
#31
No, but would love to see it!
A great time to come is the end of April/beginning of May. That is when all the Derby festivities and the Kentucky Derby happen! Its a 2 week party for a 2 minute race! :D
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 will be Camino #14.
#32
To be serious about this for a minute, maybe Ivar should start a new section of the Forum for this.
I for one would be delighted to find a fellow Pilgrim as a House sitter.
It's a real problem for us. Fish to be fed, plants to be watered, new Dog soon....
I would do this also IN the western USA.
I love the idea of a section for this.

I’d include deep housecleaning and pet sitting in my services.
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#33
I learned that little trick, but have often noticed many forum members do not share what country or province they live in.
Before the last update of the Forum features that info was available if you have put it in. Now it isn't. I'm missing it. So useful, especially when someone isn't a native English speaker and all the other members could've seen that info and gave some credit for possible mistakes.
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015)
Camino Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (Planning)
#34
One more vote for the House Sitting section of the forum! With a cat to be fed at home, it would really be wonderful to have that resource :)
 

grayland

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Yes
#35
Please be careful to keep all personal information out of the open forum.
Please use PMs for email addresses or phone numbers.
Please do not disclose your address to anyone you have not personally vetted and checked out.

The forum cannot and does not vouch for or recommend anyone posting on this thread. Please do your due diligence before coming to any agreement.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#37
Before the last update of the Forum features that info was available if you have put it in. Now it isn't. I'm missing it. So useful, especially when someone isn't a native English speaker and all the other members could've seen that info and gave some credit for possible mistakes.
I wasn't aware that the ability to add in where a person lives has been removed on the newer format. Maybe Ivar can put that feature back in.
 

ivar

Administrator
Staff member
#38
To be serious about this for a minute, maybe Ivar should start a new section of the Forum for this.
I for one would be delighted to find a fellow Pilgrim as a House sitter.
It's a real problem for us. Fish to be fed, plants to be watered, new Dog soon....
I would be a bit worried about this... what if something goes horribly wrong with the house/the house-sitter does not behave... I would not want to get in the middle of this.. and also, it is a bit outside of the scope of this forum. Sorry!
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Aragones/Frances/Finisterre (2018), Operation Sabre (2018), Marin Ramble (2017)
#42
Recently back from providing two weeks of FREE house and pet sitting for a new pilgrim friend who walked the CP. Everything went great!

Happy to help out others for FREE as my way of giving back to the Camino community. If you are interested, contact me directly so we can discuss the details, I can provide references, etc. It’s my hope that this will help other pilgrims to experience the Camino with one less worry about their home, pets, or the cost of a housesitter.

Buen Camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
#43
Recently back from providing two weeks of FREE house and pet sitting for a new pilgrim friend who walked the CP. Everything went great!

Happy to help out others for FREE as my way of giving back to the Camino community. If you are interested, contact me directly so we can discuss the details, I can provide references, etc. It’s my hope that this will help other pilgrims to experience the Camino with one less worry about their home, pets, or the cost of a housesitter.

Buen Camino!
Delighted to see that your generosity is reaping benefits, mutually. A great idea.
 

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