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Pilgrims locked in at albergue La Robla

Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, Camino Portuguese, Camino Ingles, Via de la plata.
#1
We are two pilgrims who are locked in at the municipal albergue in La Robla. The dormitory door is locked and we can not go out or to toilet. We have tried calling the hospitarero on ‭+34 659 093 647‬ numerous times and sent him 2 text messages. But no answer. Not sure what to do at this stage. Looks like we might have to wait till tomorrow, at least we are locked in, not out. We have a bed to sleep. Has anyone had problems with doors here before?
 

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OTH86

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Francés five times, Madrid two days, Ingles once.
#2
Call the emergency number for Europe 112 NOW - they have speakers of all languages! Edit: I should have added that that number will get in touch immediately with the nearest police to you.
 

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GettingThere

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Roncesvalles-SdC Apr-Jun 2015
Roncesvalles-Sarria Sep-Oct 2017
#6
We are two pilgrims who are locked in at the municipal albergue in La Robla. The dormitory door is locked and we can not go out or to toilet. We have tried calling the hospitarero on ‭+34 659 093 647‬ numerous times and sent him 2 text messages. But no answer. Not sure what to do at this stage. Looks like we might have to wait till tomorrow, at least we are locked in, not out. We have a bed to sleep. Has anyone had problems with doors here before?
This is completely illegal as has been mentioned elsewhere on the Forum before (it happens occasionally but is thankfully rare). And against all fire and health & safety regulations. I agree with the recommendation to call the police (112) if you are unable to get out of the building. Especially if you can't get to the toilet!! Yeesh - what do they expect you to use through the night?! Call the police - that 112 number has English-speaking operators to whom you can explain the situation. As it's now late at night for you, that's the best and safest option.

Edit to add: The La Robla Ayuntamiento website has a number for the local police ( 629 938 005 ) but i don't know if they would still be there as late as this. 112 probably still the best option.

Good luck!!
 
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Camino Frances, Camino Portuguese, Camino Ingles, Via de la plata.
#9
Update, we tried to call the hospitarero again this morning, no luck. So called the emergency number as suggested, and they got the local police to come and opened the door for us. The door was jammed and the police had to break the lock. As soon as the door was unlocked, both of us rushed to the toilet. Hahaha. Anyways. Thanks all for your help. We are on our way to podadura now.
 

MinaKamina

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Jacobspad 2017
#11
Phew,!!! Relief!
Relieved that they are OUT, indeed.

But other than that very happy fact, the door remained locked during the entire night, the hospitalero did not answer calls nor texts and the Police still had to come to the rescue. This is not a happy situation. I hope the Police had a stern word with that hospitalero.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Way of St James 2016
Portuguese Camino 2017
#12
We are two pilgrims who are locked in at the municipal albergue in La Robla. The dormitory door is locked and we can not go out or to toilet. We have tried calling the hospitarero on ‭+34 659 093 647‬ numerous times and sent him 2 text messages. But no answer. Not sure what to do at this stage. Looks like we might have to wait till tomorrow, at least we are locked in, not out. We have a bed to sleep. Has anyone had problems with doors here before?
Dennis how the hell mate, you have red wine with you?
 

Csutak

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2006 C. Frances, from 2008 every year different Caminos (Norte, Ingles, Primitivo, Aragones, Vasco, Sansalvador). Starting on 18th July in Irun.
#13
A happy ending! ;) Enjoy every moment, this is the most beautiful part of the San Salvador.
Buen Camino!
 

Liz Drew

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Future Portuguese
#14
We are two pilgrims who are locked in at the municipal albergue in La Robla. The dormitory door is locked and we can not go out or to toilet. We have tried calling the hospitarero on ‭+34 659 093 647‬ numerous times and sent him 2 text messages. But no answer. Not sure what to do at this stage. Looks like we might have to wait till tomorrow, at least we are locked in, not out. We have a bed to sleep. Has anyone had problems with doors here before?
Can you fill us all in on the outcome??? Thanks and I hope there’s no negative effects to your ordeal
 

jsalt

Jill
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Portugués, Francés, Le Puy, Rota Vicentina, De Soulac, Norte, Madrid-Salvador-Primitivo
#19
The window at the end of the dorm opens fine!

I stayed there 8 April this year:

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Jill
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2014); Madrid, Salvador and Norte or Primitivo (2018)
#20
We are three Canadian peregrinas from this forum in the La Robla albergue and everything seems fine. It appears that the door to the bunk room must have got jammed. Not sure why it would have been closed in the first place as that isn’t necessary. Almost full house tonight. Eight of us so far and at least one more spotted with his pack down the street having lunch. Perhaps he is passing through but there have been thunderstorms today and we are all very happy to be safe inside the albergue.

This is a great albergue by the way. A very pleasant and helpful hospitalero. Bunk room sleeps 16 in bunks. The place is very clean and it has a well stocked and spacious kitchen with dining area. Separate facilities for men and women, two showers, two sinks, two toilets for each. And a designated laundry area with racks on which to hang clothes. My stuff is currently “drying” outside on the front terrace. Hope the sun comes out at some point or I may be schlepping wet clothes in one of my drybags tomorrow!
 

Tincatinker

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#21
I remember La Robla as a great little Albergue and the hospi as helpful. My first time through the little bar in the park was open and the bar tenders mum cooked us an enormous tortilla francesca with chorizo and queso, last time through it was shut and a bit cobwebby. I hope they're open again by now.

I also remember a washing machine in the cupboard to the right of the entrance. A high-speed spin helped get our stuff dry on a moist day.
 
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Frances (2014); Madrid, Salvador and Norte or Primitivo (2018)
#22
...
I also remember a washing machine in the cupboard to the right of the entrance. A high-speed spin helped get our stuff dry on a moist day.[/QUOTE]

Wish we had that today! Sadly no spin drying. Just drip.

E.
 

intrepidtraveler

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Caminos Madrid, Frances and Finisterre (2015)
Camino Norte-2017; Camino Ingles from A Coruna - 2017
#23
How are the weather and trail conditions on the San Salvador? Is there still any snow lying around?
 

Tincatinker

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#24
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I also remember a washing machine in the cupboard to the right of the entrance. A high-speed spin helped get our stuff dry on a moist day.
Wish we had that today! Sadly no spin drying. Just drip.

E.[/QUOTE]
Have a rummage about. When you are stood on the 'patio' there are one or two doors to the right of the entrance door. One led to a cupboard with drying racks, mops & buckets and the secadora.

Oh, and ENJOY!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, Camino Portuguese, Camino Ingles, Via de la plata.
#26
How are the weather and trail conditions on the San Salvador? Is there still any snow lying around?
We were pretty lucky with the weather. Usually sunny and warm during the day, and some rain in the late afternoon and night. There are still snow at the top of the mountains, but it’s not cold.
 
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Frances '13
Portugues '14
Del Norte & Primitivo '17
San Salvador '18 (starting May 24th '18)
#27
Hola!

I'm starting the camino Salvador this week and am curious to hear what the weather is like. My app says rain and thunderstorms, but I'd much rather hear the details from you guys on the front lines!

Cheers, and buen Camino!
 

intrepidtraveler

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Caminos Madrid, Frances and Finisterre (2015)
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#28
We were pretty lucky with the weather. Usually sunny and warm during the day, and some rain in the late afternoon and night. There are still snow at the top of the mountains, but it’s not cold.
Thank you for takingthe time to reply.
 
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Camino frances 2013 - Camino Portugues 2014 - Camino frances 2016
#29
How about this - two years ago in melide, 8 o'clock in the evening. The owner turned of the electricity and left. No light anywhere. Only 8 pilgrims - all walking around with flashlights - also in the toilets and bathrooms.
Or this one - in castrojeriz where I had arranged with the owners that I was leaving at 6.30 in the morning. When I got out in the courtyard everything was closed and locked. Despite repeated attempts to wake the owners up - no results. Ended up climbing out of a window and jumping down from 1.floor.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte, Primit, Salvador, Portug, Arag, Ingles, VdlP, Lebaniego-Vadiniense, Invierno (2018)
#30
That is a most unusual situation, and I am glad the two of you did not have to or chose to apply extreme measures that might have destroyed the albergue; municipal albergues are a sensitive gem, and when they suffer damages, they may take months and months to fix and reopen (take the one in Almadén de la Plata, for example, which is currently closed). Albergues are a most valuable resource that local councils offer us, and we should be grateful for that, even if mistakes are made ocasionally.

I understand it is not a pleasant situation, but taking a sensible, relaxed approach and avoid panic is the way to go, you should not need to leave the albergue in a rush, except for some UNUSUAL emergency situation, and in such case you would always have the windows to open or break.

As to leaving a stool in a corner, I will not go further down that road since the person who proposed that stupide idea apologized for it inmediately.

And thanks to the way you acted, other pilgrims will be able to enjoy this FANTASTIC camino, one of most scenic and beautiful mountain crossings along all caminos.

All in all, BUEN CAMINO!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2014); Madrid, Salvador and Norte or Primitivo (2018)
#31
Hola!

I'm starting the camino Salvador this week and am curious to hear what the weather is like. My app says rain and thunderstorms, but I'd much rather hear the details from you guys on the front lines!

Cheers, and buen Camino!
Beautiful until today. We are in Pajares and there was a major thunder/ rainstorm this afternoon. We arrived in Pajares soaked to the skin. Weather forecast is showing rain over the next few days and thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon in the Cordillera.
 

Tincatinker

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#33
The Beloved and I missed a thunderstorm by minutes last year in Pajares. Was lovely to sit and watch mountain weather at its wildest while sipping a cold beer from the machine in the common room.
We got our drenching the following day on the descent to Campomanes.
 

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