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If the food in the fridge is not yours...

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Anemone del Camino

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#1
Because of an injured knee, I am staying two night at Casa Elena's. As today is Sunday, ipon arrival in the village yesterday, I hobbled to the shop to buy food for today: yogourt, 2 oranges, a zucchini, a small onion, a pepper and a clara. Other pilgrims had kindly left me pasta and cheese as well.

Woke up at 6 am while roommates were packing, accompanied them while they had breakfast (they gave me 4 other yogourts) and went back to sleep when they left.

Woke up hungry, went to the fridge, and it is empty!

For the love of God, if the food is not yours, and especially if you are not the last one to leave the albergue, and of it all looks too good, and too much, to have just been abandonned, HANDS OFF.
 

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Bradypus

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Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
#2
Sorry to hear about this @Anemone del Camino . Things like this can really put a dent in your day. The cost of the stuff you lose isn't important - it is the frustration and undermining of trust in your fellow walkers.
 
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Anemone del Camino

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#3
Sorry to hear about this @Anemone del Camino . Things like this can really put a dent in your day. The cost of the stuff you lose isn't important - it is the frustration and undermining of trust in your fellow walkers.
Absolutely. And the fact that it is Sunday and that I will have to walk to them. More restaurant meals for me, aka "another non veggie day in Spain". :(
 
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Anemone del Camino

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#4
Food saga continues. Cleaning lady informed hospy about the missong food.

He just came up with 2 pilgrims and told me there was a plastic bag outside on the sidewalk. He went to look... My food! All but the yogourts and the cooked pasta. I am a happy camper, as what I really wanted were the veggies.

But who does this? Who, steals food from the fridge, and when realising it was a few kg of fruits and veg and not chocolate or other pilgrim delights, leaves it on the sidewalk?

Still, the word of advice remains: if it ain't yours, don't touch it.
 

Kanga

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Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata.
#5
"Donativo" takes on a whole new meaning! Glad you got your vegetables back at least.
 

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philip a tobin

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2013....2014....2015.......2017...2018
#6
Sorry to read this.As a'veggie' I found Sundays a problem with food supplies,so I hope you can find a veggie meal.Do not let inconsiderate people spoil your Camino,and I hope your knee heals soon.God Bless.
 
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Anemone del Camino

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#8
Sorry to read this.As a'veggie' I found Sundays a problem with food supplies,so I hope you can find a veggie meal.Do not let inconsiderate people spoil your Camino,and I hope your knee heals soon.God Bless.
I am glad I am not a veggeratarian, because that would be missing out on so much of what Spain has to offer while in a Camino, but I consume a lot of beggies and fruits at home and was looing forward to a good stirfry of some sort today.

For veggetarians, Dia supermarket sells plastic containers of a gorgeous ratatouille, called Pisto here, as well as other quinoa and al. mixes that look intersting. I have found the pisto twice, and at a bit over 2€ it makes a fantastic meal.

I have to say that Paco, Sra Elena's son and hospy has been fantanstic: knowing that my yogourts had disappeared, he went into iphis own fridge to bring me a selection to chose from, and would not take no for an answer.
 

Hutton24

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances October 2013
Camino Frances April 2017
#9
Because of an injured knee, I am staying two night at Casa Elena's. As today is Sunday, ipon arrival in the village yesterday, I hobbled to the shop to buy food for today: yogourt, 2 oranges, a zucchini, a small onion, a pepper and a clara. Other pilgrims had kindly left me pasta and cheese as well.

Woke up at 6 am while roommates were packing, accompanied them while they had breakfast (they gave me 4 other yogourts) and went back to sleep when they left.

Woke up hungry, went to the fridge, and it is empty!

For the love of God, if the food is not yours, and especially if you are not the last one to leave the albergue, and of it all looks too good, and too much, to have just been abandonned, HANDS OFF.
That is just a scum bag thing to do. Some people on the Camino should not be there. That may upset some here but really, are they that needy? Or just selfish and greedy. Hope 'said' people read this. Shame on you.
 

VNwalking

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Baztanés/Francés (2017)
Ingles (July 2018)
#10
I'm sorry this happened to you, Anemone--and am glad that you at least got your veggies back. What kind of people indeed. Most of us can't imagine doing that.
'Said' people will not likely be coming here, unfortunately, for the necessary reality check and lesson in manners. What bad karma they have created on this Easter Sunday!
 
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Anemone del Camino

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#11
I'm having more luck today than the poor man who collapsed in the bar below. Ambulance took more than 25 minutes to get here.

Now sitting at restaurant de Caparra, drinking a red from the province of Badajos, waiting for my pulpo salad and iberico pork.

I know there have been discussions in the past on the forum about sulfites not being found in Spanish wines in Spain, but in their exports. I have paid attention and every red I have been served in a bottle has had sulphites. But so interesting to taste wines from regions unknown abroad, even if they are not going to win world awards. Today's is from the Ribera del Guadiana, the river that passes through Merida.

http://www.payva.es/
 

hecate105

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2009 Portuguese 2009 Estellas, 2014 Aurelia, 2016 St Davids, 2017 Via Augusta/V dl P
#12
I think if we are leaving food at an albergue we should try and mark it with pen or something. I'm happy to leave skint/hungry folk some food, but no-one should just help themselves unless they know it's been left ( like our jar of leftover Vegis pasta that we forgot at the albergue in Castelblanco the other day!)
Oh yes, that Guadiana wine is LOVELY! Especially after camping right next to the vines it came from...
 

movinmaggie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015) Scotland GGW (2017) Primitivo (2018) if all vital signs working
#13
Food saga continues. Cleaning lady informed hospy about the missong food.

He just came up with 2 pilgrims and told me there was a plastic bag outside on the sidewalk. He went to look... My food! All but the yogourts and the cooked pasta. I am a happy camper, as what I really wanted were the veggies.

But who does this? Who, steals food from the fridge, and when realising it was a few kg of fruits and veg and not chocolate or other pilgrim delights, leaves it on the sidewalk?

Still, the word of advice remains: if it ain't yours, don't touch it.
I doubt it would be anyone on this forum. It is disappointing though when it does happen.Happy Easter.
 

Icacos

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
#14
Who knows why the person took the food in the first place? Who knows why he/she kept the yogurt and left the rest of the food on the sidewalk in front of the albergue? Perhaps it was all done in a moment of weakness or personal confusion. Perhaps he will spend the rest of his Camino trying to forgive himself this transgression, and praying for forgiveness. Let's forgive and be forgiven. :):)
 

Rebekah Scott

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Many, various, and continuing.
#15
I know there have been discussions in the past on the forum about sulfites not being found in Spanish wines in Spain, but in their exports. I have paid attention and every red I have been served in a bottle has had sulphites.

http://www.payva.es/
Sulfites happen naturally with fermentation, every wine will have a little bit. Added sulfites (required by the USA for imported wine) are another thing altogether, they make it shelf-stable but they also make it undrinkable for people like me (waaah!)
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
#16
Sulfites happen naturally with fermentation, every wine will have a little bit. Added sulfites (required by the USA for imported wine) are another thing altogether, they make it shelf-stable but they also make it undrinkable for people like me (waaah!)
Years ago I went to a church resources exhibition. One of the stalls was promoting non-alcoholic communion wine. They had thimble-sized sample glasses to taste. It had me choking and coughing with a burning sensation in my throat. I picked up the bottle and saw printed on the label "Warning: Not to be taken as a beverage". Decided to stick with port for church use. Much safer!
 
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AJ

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#17
Some years ago in an albergue on the Norte pilgrims stole my unopened bottle of wine and then tried to say that it was my fault for leaving it unattended! They were very aggressive.
 
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017
#18
Food saga continues. Cleaning lady informed hospy about the missong food.

He just came up with 2 pilgrims and told me there was a plastic bag outside on the sidewalk. He went to look... My food! All but the yogourts and the cooked pasta. I am a happy camper, as what I really wanted were the veggies.

But who does this? Who, steals food from the fridge, and when realising it was a few kg of fruits and veg and not chocolate or other pilgrim delights, leaves it on the sidewalk?

Still, the word of advice remains: if it ain't yours, don't touch it.
I think most of us learn this in our first apartment share experience.

One possible explanation: It could have been someone who sent their partner down to "get our stuff out of the fridge".
Then she (of course) saw him eating a yoghurt and said: Where did you get that?
Him: Out of our bag of food. Her: Not it's not....
Then, they realised it wasn't their stuff so left it at the (then closed) door of the albergue.

Very sorry this happened to you and I hope your knee recovers soon.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
2018
#19
One of the stalls was promoting non-alcoholic communion wine. They had thimble-sized sample glasses to taste. It had me choking and coughing with a burning sensation in my throat. I picked up the bottle and saw printed on the label "Warning: Not to be taken as a beverage".
That's why the priests pray fervently and bless them first before drinking. :p
 
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rmckay

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Camino Frances "2014" &"2015"
Camino Finisterre "2015"
Camino Portuguese "2017"
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#20
Because of an injured knee, I am staying two night at Casa Elena's. As today is Sunday, ipon arrival in the village yesterday, I hobbled to the shop to buy food for today: yogourt, 2 oranges, a zucchini, a small onion, a pepper and a clara. Other pilgrims had kindly left me pasta and cheese as well.

Woke up at 6 am while roommates were packing, accompanied them while they had breakfast (they gave me 4 other yogourts) and went back to sleep when they left.

Woke up hungry, went to the fridge, and it is empty!

For the love of God, if the food is not yours, and especially if you are not the last one to leave the albergue, and of it all looks too good, and too much, to have just been abandonned, HANDS OFF.
We had a similar experience at the Albergue in Alvaiazere, where we mistakingly left a couple of oranges in a plastic bag in the kitchen overnight, meant for our breakfast. We came in to make coffee in the morning, saw orange peels in the rubbish bin and thought "they looked like nice oranges". Yes they were, they were ours, all gone, eaten, taken, STOLEN! Taking food that's not yours is theft. if it's not yours leave it alone.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francais 2014
Camino Portuguese 2016
#21
I think most of us learn this in our first apartment share experience.

One possible explanation: It could have been someone who sent their partner down to "get our stuff out of the fridge".
Then she (of course) saw him eating a yoghurt and said: Where did you get that?
Him: Out of our bag of food. Her: Not it's not....
Then, they realised it wasn't their stuff so left it at the (then closed) door of the albergue.

Very sorry this happened to you and I hope your knee recovers soon.
I would like to think that that is what actually happened.
 


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