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Ilse Camino

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Camino 2018
Just want to know if you still need 2 stamps a day for the last 100km if you've been walking from St Jean Pied de Port or would 1 stamp a day be sufficient?
 
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The rules are two stamps per day. Not difficult when there is a bar, cafe or Albergue once every 500 mtrs (oh, and the odd church or two).

There are many, many tales of this requirement being waived for those with sun-burn on the left side of their face, boots like a moonshine drinkers nose and a credencial that evidences a continuous journey on foot from France.

I like collecting sellos so for me two a day means I'm cutting back rather.
 

Jeff Crawley

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A "Tourigrino" trip once Covid has passed, so 2023
The rules are two stamps per day. Not difficult when there is a bar, cafe or Albergue once every 500 mtrs (oh, and the odd church or two).

There are many, many tales of this requirement being waived for those with sun-burn on the left side of their face, boots like a moonshine drinkers nose and a credencial that evidences a continuous journey on foot from France.

I like collecting sellos so for me two a day means I'm cutting back rather.
Personally I checked their legs before issuing a Compostela - right leg paler than left? Good to go! (Usually)
 
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Marney

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Just got my compostello. I had plenty of stamps but the person did not go over my credential very thoroughly.
 

Neitz

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Here's a different sello-related question.

I will be travelling with relatives for a few days, and the itinerary happens to include visiting and/or staying in some places along the Camino Frances, including Puente la Reina, Logroño, Burgos, and Astorga. This will not be a walking trip.

Then I will have nine available days after the rest of my fellow travellers head home, and I will be walking from Ponferrada to SdC. So, I would consider Ponferrada to be the starting point of my camino.

Like many others in this forum, I think that the sellos are fascinating and an appealing way to remember one's travels. Since I will have plenty of extra empty spots on my credencial, I have a temptation to collect some sellos in the above named places before Ponferrada.

However, I have a feeling that it might be, at the very least, "bad form" to collect sellos when I am not walking into town. Perhaps it could possibly even be seen to affect the validity of the credencial at the Oficina in SdC, even if the last stamps are the required 2-or-more-per-day over the last 100+ km, collected while travelling on foot.

If I would be making myself obnoxious, or misrepresenting myself in collecting these stamps before the official pilgrimage start, I would just start stamping in Ponferrada, perhaps collecting more that the required daily minimum as opportunity arises. In this case, perhaps I could still collect some of the "pre-pilgrimage" sellos in my journal notebook instead of my credencial?

What say you?
 
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Just want to know if you still need 2 stamps a day for the last 100km if you've been walking from St Jean Pied de Port or would 1 stamp a day be sufficient?

The last 100 km walked in Pilgrimage is for the Church. The hundreds of kilometers walked prior to that is for you. :) Two stamps or sellos per day on the last 100 km is required, even if you have walked further than that.
 
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Here's a different sello-related question.

I will be travelling with relatives for a few days, and the itinerary happens to include visiting and/or staying in some places along the Camino Frances, including Puente la Reina, Logroño, Burgos, and Astorga. This will not be a walking trip.

Then I will have nine available days after the rest of my fellow travellers head home, and I will walking from Ponferrada to SdC. So, I would consider Ponferrada to be the starting point of my camino.

Like many others in this forum, I think that the sellos are fascinating and an appealing way to remember one's travels. Since I will have plenty of extra empty spots on my credencial, I have a temptation to collect some sellos in the above named places before Ponferrada.

However, I have a feeling that it might be, at the very least, "bad form" to collect sellos when I am not walking into town. Perhaps it could possibly even be seen to affect the validity of the credencial at the Officina in SdC, even if the last stamps are the required 2-or-more-per-day over the last 100+ km, collected while travelling on foot.

If I would be making myself obnoxious, or misrepresenting myself in collecting these stamps before the official pilgrimage start, I would just start stamping in Ponferrada, perhaps collecting more that the required daily minimum as opportunity arises. In this case, perhaps I could still collect some of the "pre-pilgrimage" sellos in my journal notebook instead of my credencial?

What say you?

I say that you should not collect sellos on the same credencial that you present to the Pilgrim Office. It is meant as a record of your Pilgrimage. However, you can make your own credencial-sized sello-collection 'scrap book' and still collect sellos as mementos or souvenirs. You shouldn't have any problem doing it that way.

So get your Credencial stamped along the last 100 km, and then get those same stamps in your scrap book. And fill that scrap book up with sellos prior to reaching the 100 km marker.
 

koilife

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However, I have a feeling that it might be, at the very least, "bad form" to collect sellos when I am not walking into town. Perhaps it could possibly even be seen to affect the validity of the credencial at the Oficina in SdC, even if the last stamps are the required 2-or-more-per-day over the last 100+ km, collected while travelling on foot.
I don't believe there is any problem with collecting the earlier stamps on your credencial unless you are trying to sleep in an albergue or gain admittance to a museum for pilgrim rate. Just make sure to specify Ponferrada with the pilgrims office and continuous travel from there to get the distance certificate. To get the compostella, they only care about the last 100km.

I always end up with odds and ends stamps PRIOR to starting from my official start point. Never been a problem.
 
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2012
OK I’ll get all Tinkerish over this one. A “credencial” records a pilgrims journey to Santiago. A “Compostela” records a pilgrims compliance with the Pilgrim Office’s criteria for obtaining one. These two distinct documents are confused at the bearers’ peril.

@Neitz is at liberty to do as he wishes with his credencial so long as it documents his compliance with PO rules if he wishes to obtain the other one 😉
There was a time when pilgrimage to the shrine of St James was a simple act of devotion - I guess, these days, we all need to be sure we’re doing it right 😇
 

NorthernLight

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Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
Here's a different sello-related question.

I will be travelling with relatives for a few days, and the itinerary happens to include visiting and/or staying in some places along the Camino Frances, including Puente la Reina, Logroño, Burgos, and Astorga. This will not be a walking trip.

Then I will have nine available days after the rest of my fellow travellers head home, and I will be walking from Ponferrada to SdC. So, I would consider Ponferrada to be the starting point of my camino.

Like many others in this forum, I think that the sellos are fascinating and an appealing way to remember one's travels. Since I will have plenty of extra empty spots on my credencial, I have a temptation to collect some sellos in the above named places before Ponferrada.

However, I have a feeling that it might be, at the very least, "bad form" to collect sellos when I am not walking into town. Perhaps it could possibly even be seen to affect the validity of the credencial at the Oficina in SdC, even if the last stamps are the required 2-or-more-per-day over the last 100+ km, collected while travelling on foot.

If I would be making myself obnoxious, or misrepresenting myself in collecting these stamps before the official pilgrimage start, I would just start stamping in Ponferrada, perhaps collecting more that the required daily minimum as opportunity arises. In this case, perhaps I could still collect some of the "pre-pilgrimage" sellos in my journal notebook instead of my credencial?

What say you?

On the back side of your credential is a map. If you are concerned, put your souvenir, pre-walking camino stamps on that side of the document. Voilà! Stamps are there, but not on your progression.

The face page of your credential, with your name, has a spot for you to enter your starting point. Do add your email somewhere, so if lost, your document might find its way back to you.
 
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koilife

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OK I’ll get all Tinkerish over this one. A “credencial” records a pilgrims journey to Santiago. A “Compostela” records a pilgrims compliance with the Pilgrim Office’s criteria for obtaining one. These two distinct documents are confused at the bearers’ peril.
So, what exactly does "Tinkerish" mean? As far as I can tell, everyone above used both terms correctly. There were a few mispeelings (including my fat fingers), but I never saw rite speeling on the cathedral repuirements. :)
 
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So, what exactly does "Tinkerish" mean? As far as I can tell, everyone above used both terms correctly. There were a few mispeelings (including my fat fingers), but I never saw rite speeling on the cathedral repuirements. :)

:) I think it is another way of him saying: "Now, these are the facts". Or, "this is the real scoop." ??
 

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