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VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Have a look at the threads below.
This year a number of Forum members have walked the Invierno and posted their impressions here as they walked.

It's of course quite possible to go to the Invierno list and pick the threads out, but there are many others, too, and you'd need to know what you're looking for. So for ease of access, here are forum threads posted live from the Invierno this year all in one place (by people who walked it in its entirety) in more or less chronological order as of early July (I'll try to update the list if other threads appear):

https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/camino-mixto-mar-2019.60741/ (@Donna Sch)
https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/camino-de-invierno.61690/ (@alaskadiver)
https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/camino-invierno-semana-santa-2019.61632/ (@Betterisgood)
https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/yoga-girl-on-the-invierno.62284/ (@Yoga Girl)
https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/finally-the-invierno.62582/ (@VNwalking)
https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/caryn-on-the-invierno.62700/ (@Theatregal)
https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/my-not-so-evocative-invierno-comments.62959/ (@peregrina2000)
https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/2-old-codgers-on-the-invierno.63044/ (@Annette london)

And here are a few from last and previous years that are worth a look:
(@peregrina2000)
(@KinkyOne )

@towanda1961 has put together a gorgeous video from her photos that's really worth having a look at. Even though it's now several years old, not a lot has changed:

@Charrito lives in Spain and has probably walked the Invierno more times than anyone other than local camino amigos. He also has recent accounts of parts of this camino.
(@Magwood , @Tincatinker and @alansykes, I know you've walked this way recently, but I don't think you posted as you went, right? In any case, I can't find the threads if they're there. Please correct me if I'm wrong.)

And of course, @peregrina2000's guide that's pinned to the top of the page is essential. But these 'in the moment' threads offer the feeling of being there, which is different from the practical 'nuts and bolts' directional advice of a guide.

This is a gorgeous camino, and a 'sleeper.' At some point the masses will discover it, but they have not yet.
 
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gollygolly

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2000, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Have a look at the threads below.
This year a number of Forum members have walked the Invierno and posted their impressions here as they walked..... This is a gorgeous camino, and a 'sleeper.' At some point the masses will discover it, but they have not yet.

A beautiful Camino that is worth the effort of diverting at Ponferrada and having an experience away from the Camino Francais... can I please edge in and suggest that this post might also be worth a read :


Spoiler alert : it is a post that I contributed !
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
can I please edge in and suggest that this post might also be worth a read :
Sure! I'm sorry I had missed yours, and will enjoy reading it, as will others. My intent was mostly to put sll of this year's threads in one place, so I only included a few older ones that I knew about znd had slready read.
 

Albertagirl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Ch. d'Arles: Oloron Ste Marie to Aragones; Frances (2016); V.d.l.P.; Sanabres (2017)
Have a look at the threads below.
This year a number of Forum members have walked the Invierno and posted their impressions here as they walked.

It's of course quite possible to go to the Invierno list and pick the threads out, but there are many others, too, and you'd need to know what you're looking for. So for ease of access, here are forum threads posted live from the Invierno this year all in one place (by people who walked it in its entirety) in more or less chronological order as of early July (I'll try to update the list if other threads appear):

https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/camino-mixto-mar-2019.60741/ (@Donna Sch)
https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/camino-de-invierno.61690/ (@alaskadiver)
https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/camino-invierno-semana-santa-2019.61632/ (@Betterisgood)
https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/yoga-girl-on-the-invierno.62284/ (@Yoga Girl)
https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/finally-the-invierno.62582/ (@VNwalking)
https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/caryn-on-the-invierno.62700/ (@Theatregal)
https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/my-not-so-evocative-invierno-comments.62959/ (@peregrina2000)
https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/2-old-codgers-on-the-invierno.63044/ (@Annette london)

And here are a few from last and previous years that are worth a look:
(@peregrina2000)
(@KinkyOne )

@Charrito lives in Spain and has probably walked the Invierno more times than anyone other than local camino amigos. He also has recent accounts of parts of this camino.
(@Magwood , @Tincatinker and @alansykes, I know you've walked this way recently, but I don't think you posted as you went, right? In any case, I can't find the threads if they're there. Please correct me if I'm wrong.)

And of course, @peregrina2000's guide that's pinned to the top of the page is essential. But these 'in the moment' threads offer the feeling of being there, which is different from the practical 'nuts and bolts' directional advice of a guide.

This is a gorgeous camino, and a 'sleeper.' At some point the masses will discover it, but they have not yet.
@VNwalking
alansykes posted on the thread Are you planning to walk the Invierno? as well as in a number of threads on the Invierno forum posted in November 2018. I found the above post especially useful, as I plan my Camino Invierno for October-November this fall. He states that the information in the Invierno Guide about staying in Hotel O Ruso in Escairon is from his experience, and I plan on doing the same when I pass through there in November.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
I had remembered some things that @alansykes had posted and looked for them in vain. So thanks, albertagirl, for that information.
 

gollygolly

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2000, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
I had remembered some things that @alansykes had posted and looked for them in vain. So thanks, albertagirl, for that information.
No personal offence taken at all, as I know that there are several good posts on this site for the Invierno, as there are for most routes. Will always hold tremendously positive memories of walking the Camino Invierno and hope that some of the enthusiasm of others and myself is felt by those reading our personal accounts
 

Theatregal

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
So far...
2012 ~ 2019

Albertagirl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Ch. d'Arles: Oloron Ste Marie to Aragones; Frances (2016); V.d.l.P.; Sanabres (2017)
I am off to Toronto for a family celebration this morning, but I look forward to enjoying the photos on a screen larger than my iPhone’s when I return, then off to Spain soon after. I really enjoy the camino photos shared on the forum. Thanks to the many talented photographers.
 

Charrito

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés
Portugués
Portugués Var. Esp.
Port. Cost
Fisterra
Inglés
Invierno
Norte
Sanabrés
Primitivo
@VNwalking
alansykes posted on the thread Are you planning to walk the Invierno? as well as in a number of threads on the Invierno forum posted in November 2018. I found the above post especially useful, as I plan my Camino Invierno for October-November this fall. He states that the information in the Invierno Guide about staying in Hotel O Ruso in Escairon is from his experience, and I plan on doing the same when I pass through there in November.
Not true. I was the first one to stay there (in the Hotel O Ruso) and it's my 'alternative' in the forum guide!
 

Albertagirl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Ch. d'Arles: Oloron Ste Marie to Aragones; Frances (2016); V.d.l.P.; Sanabres (2017)
Not true. I was the first one to stay there (in the Hotel O Ruso) and it's my 'alternative' in the forum guide!
Hi, Charrito,
You are quite right that I first read about Hotel O Ruso in the Invierno guide, as a possible detour. But it didn't seem relevant to me, or a place where I might possibly stay, until three things came together in my mind. I would be going through there in November, when Casa Rural Torre Vilariño, the best option midway on that long stretch would be closed; @alansykes had found it closed last November and had them walked directly to Hotel O Ruso; and he had found it to be a satisfactory hotel at a reasonable price. At present I am still hoping to find Torre Vilariño open when I pass by on November 3rd. But if not I shall take the nearby road directly to Escairon. I am very grateful to you and to all others who have shared their knowledge of the Invierno to assist those of us who come after them.
 
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