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gschmidl

sator arepo tenet opera rotas
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Kumano Kodo (11/2018), Camino Sanabres (4/2019)
Since our camino will take place over May 1st, I was wondering. I assume all stores are closed as I would expect on a public holiday. But what about cafés and the like? Should we make sure and get food for the whole of May 1 on April 30th?

I also assume Sellos will not be hard to come by or I'd have seen someone post about that by now.
 
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Via2010

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06/07 & 12 Camino Francés, 08-10 Via de la Plata, 13/14 & 17 Camino Portugués, 18 Camino Primitivo
Bars, Cafés and Restaurants will be open on public holidays. The Spanish People like to go out for a meal on these occasions.
You can get your sello there, too. So no problem at all.
 

mspath

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Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Bars, Cafés and Restaurants will be open on public holidays. The Spanish People like to go out for a meal on these occasions.
You can get your sello there, too. So no problem at all.
However for May 1 which is Labor day in both France and Spain most food shops and other stores will be closed in the afternoon. The weekend before May 1 will be very busy with travelers starting off on their journey; since May 1 this year falls on a Wednesday many workers will take Monday and Tuesday off as a "bridge"/ pont/ puente/. Be prepared!
 
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gschmidl

sator arepo tenet opera rotas
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Kumano Kodo (11/2018), Camino Sanabres (4/2019)
Thanks for the warning. We'll be off from Ourense, so hopefully it won't be that packed.
 

HeidiL

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Francés (2004-), Portugués, Madrid, 4/5 Plata, 1/8 Levante, 1/8 Lana, Augusta, hospitalera Grado.
...and you will have some emergency supplies, just in case, right?

Every single time I've walked I've come across a tiny village where Juan has decided to go visit his aunt, so the bar is closed today... (Does not apply on the Francés.)
 
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gschmidl

sator arepo tenet opera rotas
Year of past OR future Camino
Kumano Kodo (11/2018), Camino Sanabres (4/2019)
...and you will have some emergency supplies, just in case, right?

Oh, absolutely, yes. I had been to Japan before doing the Kumano Kodo so I knew what to expect, but I've not been to Spain, so I'm erring on the side of (over?)caution.
 

David Tallan

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Year of past OR future Camino
2018
However for May 1 which is Labor day in both France and Spain most food shops and other stores will be closed in the afternoon. The weekend before May 1 will be very busy with travelers starting off on their journey; since May 1 this year falls on a Wednesday many workers will take Monday and Tuesday off as a "bridge"/ pont/ puente/. Be prepared!
When I was living in Spain everyone would take a puente for any holiday that fell on a Tuesday or Thursday, making Wednesday the only weekday a holiday could fall on without creating a long weekend. I guess that last bastion has fallen and now it is all long weekends all the time.
 

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