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Live - Camino Francés In Burgos looking for birthday advice

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brambles

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Inca (2018)
Camino Frances (June/July 2019)
Hi again everyone,
My daughter and I are taking a rest day in Burgos today to do some site seeing. Her 14th birthday is in two days on the 6th and I am trying to figure out where to walk tomorrow and the next day to end up somewhere 'nice' on the 6th. Unfortunately I think this rest day will separate us from people we have been walking with on and off who have come to care about her, and now I am a bit worried that she will ne bummed out on her birthday :( She is young after all and these things matter. Any advice for stages and places to stay for next couple of days would be greatly appreciated.
 

David

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
Hi Brambles - how sweet .. not just that her 14th is coming up but that Mum and daughter are out there together!
It is a shame that you are losing your Camino family.

Two day stages from Burgos would take you to Castrojeriz but that would be 19k and 22k days ... if you do get to Castrojeriz, well, you are on the Meseta and it is a quiet sleepy town, as they all seem to be.

There is a campsite there - a proper campsite with big segregated bathrooms, laundry, and a small restaurant bar. The refugio is a lovely red brick building. It is owned and run by a really nice family. Were you to stay there, and were you to tell the family that it is her birthday I am sure they would agree to do something special for her - maybe a cake at the end of your meal?

It is on the entrance side of Castrojeriz - here their website (and phone number) - the refugio is not big - though they do also rent out small timber bungalows that are really sweet so may be worth booking ahead if you go for it - you could let them know about the birthday girl then and ask them to get a cake in??

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I know it is hot! - so may be too far for you but is the only place I can think of where you might be able to organise a treat of some type.

Hope this helps! - a thought ... you could make a birthday post - maybe put up a photo of the both of you on Camino and she would get forum member birthday wishes from all over the world!!
 

brambles

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Inca (2018)
Camino Frances (June/July 2019)
Just my opinion but why dont you stick with your friends, I know when I look back on great times, it was always who I was WITH, and not where I WAS.
In addition to wanting to see some places in Burgos, we do need a break. My daughter's feet are pretty sore. Only one small blister on a pinky toe but her heels feel bruised.
 

brambles

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Inca (2018)
Camino Frances (June/July 2019)
Hi Brambles - how sweet .. not just that her 14th is coming up but that Mum and daughter are out there together!
It is a shame that you are losing your Camino family.

Two day stages from Burgos would take you to Castrojeriz but that would be 19k and 22k days ... if you do get to Castrojeriz, well, you are on the Meseta and it is a quiet sleepy town, as they all seem to be.

There is a campsite there - a proper campsite with big segregated bathrooms, laundry, and a small restaurant bar. The refugio is a lovely red brick building. It is owned and run by a really nice family. Were you to stay there, and were you to tell the family that it is her birthday I am sure they would agree to do something special for her - maybe a cake at the end of your meal?

It is on the entrance side of Castrojeriz - here their website (and phone number) - the refugio is not big - though they do also rent out small timber bungalows that are really sweet so may be worth booking ahead if you go for it - you could let them know about the birthday girl then and ask them to get a cake in??

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I know it is hot! - so may be too far for you but is the only place I can think of where you might be able to organise a treat of some type.

Hope this helps! - a thought ... you could make a birthday post - maybe put up a photo of the both of you on Camino and she would get forum member birthday wishes from all over the world!!
Wow! These are great and specific ideas! I am very grateful for your response. Thank you.! We are heading out now to see the cathedral in Burgos and I will post later on a plan
 

Anamiri

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
Hi again everyone,
My daughter and I are taking a rest day in Burgos today to do some site seeing. Her 14th birthday is in two days on the 6th and I am trying to figure out where to walk tomorrow and the next day to end up somewhere 'nice' on the 6th. Unfortunately I think this rest day will separate us from people we have been walking with on and off who have come to care about her, and now I am a bit worried that she will ne bummed out on her birthday :( She is young after all and these things matter. Any advice for stages and places to stay for next couple of days would be greatly appreciated.
On my birthday, my friend went up the road ahead, and wrote my name in rocks on the path. I don't even know when she did it. They all kept straight faces, It was hilarious, I found it within mins of walking. Then we took a photo of us all standing next to it.
 

David

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
In addition to wanting to see some places in Burgos, we do need a break. My daughter's feet are pretty sore. Only one small blister on a pinky toe but her heels feel bruised.

Blisters on pinkies means the foot box is too narrow there. Try this - take the laces off and put them back on again but ignore the first two pairs of laces holes at the toe end - the footwear will still tighten up properly but the front will then be able to flex and open up, giving more room ;) .
 
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David

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Camino(s) past & future
Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
If you want somewhere non-touristy to eat tonight that is totally Spanish and noisy and chatty and friendly (with really great food) you just cannot beat Casa Pancho - right in the centre, just a few hundred yards from the Cathedral along a narrow side street - C/ San Lorenzo, 13 y 15

Here their website - I was with my Camino pal, JennyH94, and we had a brilliant night there, the staff all gave us hugs when we left (we had praised the food and the chef had come out to thank us - she was lovely too) !!

http://www.barpancho.com/UK/barpancho.php

The Spanish are really children friendly so, again, were to you quietly tell them her birthday was coming up I am sure they would do something nice.
 

Via2010

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
06/07 & 12 Camino Francés, 08-10 Via de la Plata, 13/14 & 17 Camino Portugués, 18 Camino Primitivo
How about San Bol? It is aout 25 km from Burgos, an alternative place. It would allow you two shorter stages (Rabe de las Calzadas, San Bol)

Albergue San Bol

Albergue San Nicolas in Puente de Fitero is also a very remarkable Special places, such is the open-air albergue in the ruins of the Monastery St. Anton (3 km before Castrojeríz). But this would either require you to walk bigger stages or take a bus out of Burgos.
 

Dorpie

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Camino(s) past & future
Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia 2013
Camino Frances May 2015, July 2017, October 2019
All good suggestions above. I've always enjoyed staying in Hontanas, I love the way it just appears out of nowhere and it's less than 30km out of Burgos so an easy two days. Plus there's a large municipal pool, great after a hot day of walking.

Buen Camino,

Rob.
 

Via2010

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
06/07 & 12 Camino Francés, 08-10 Via de la Plata, 13/14 & 17 Camino Portugués, 18 Camino Primitivo
Great idea. When I was 14 and it was really hot, I was longing for a pool or at least for a place where I could refresh in the water.

In my memory, Castrojeríz was a rather depressing place, 1/3 of the houses for sale, another 1/3 delapidated (in 2007). No pool, no river nearby, no good Restaurants. Nothing of interest for a 14 year old.
 

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)
One stage out of Burgos to Rabe (Albergue Liberanos Domine) and then to San Anton the next night.
It's rustic and beautiful, without electricity, and in the middle of the ruin of the church. The shared meal is wonderful as is the care. If you say it is a bithday, there would be an outpouring of love.
One more stage to San Nicholas, the Italian-run donativo before Itero de la Vega. Same.
It is a deep dive into the soul of the camino to stay at both these places. Very special - with candlelight, simplicity and beautiful kindness - if your daughter can handle no wifi.
 

easygoing

Camino Sharon
Camino(s) past & future
I have walked the Camino Francis 7 times, twice in 2017 and 2018. (2019)
Hi again everyone,
My daughter and I are taking a rest day in Burgos today to do some site seeing. Her 14th birthday is in two days on the 6th and I am trying to figure out where to walk tomorrow and the next day to end up somewhere 'nice' on the 6th. Unfortunately I think this rest day will separate us from people we have been walking with on and off who have come to care about her, and now I am a bit worried that she will ne bummed out on her birthday :( She is young after all and these things matter. Any advice for stages and places to stay for next couple of days would be greatly appreciated.
Walk to Hontanas and then the next day walk to Boadilla and stay at En El Camino. En el Camino is a very friendly place. One of my best memories is hearing happy birthday sang in 3 languages at that Albergue.
I returned yesterday from the Camino Francis. My granddaughter turned 15 on June 26 and three of her friends re-arranged their schedule to meet her for her birthday in Melide. They made her a special dinner and sang Happy birthday in Korean. Best birthday ever. The Camino provides so many surprises.
 

NorthernLight

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
En el Camino would be close to 58 km from Burgos. It's a great spot, but too punishing a 2 day walk for a birthday girl with sore feet. It would be good for the next night.

The campground in Castrojerez or Hontanas with the pool might be far more pleasing for a 14 year old than the rustic, no electricity places that adults on this site love. On her birthday she is likely to definitely want wifi so she can talk to her friends.

I'd bet that if you called ahead and booked accommodation for that night and requested help in getting a cake for her, most places would be happy to help.
 

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