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Hola - if any of you are looking for a project or a way of putting something back please think about taking along a copy of the CSJ guide and taking some notes which will help update it.

The CJ is now providing a number of guides on line available to download for a donativo. They can be kept right up to date only with the help of fellow pilgrims.

If you are happy to help you can download a copy here:

My e mail address for comments is there.

Thanks and buen camino.

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HI John

I will be taking that guide so I am more than happy to pass on comments for your book :D

I downloaded your guide from the CSJ site. I chose the .doc format option so I can "edit in" some notes of my own. I certainly will provide feedback. By the way, John, I love your videos (youtube).



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Hope it's appropriate for me to add that I would also appreciate comments from people who walk from Lisbon to Porto. The few people who have contacted me to discuss the route have either changed Caminos completely or decided to walk only from Porto. I'm hoping there will be some who choose to start in Lisbon and I would really appreciate comments and updates. My email is in the document also.

Thanks much, Laurie
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Hi John,

If I see anything relevant (new) along the way I will write it down and contact you after I finish.
Regards and keep up the good work! :D



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In all these days of saving weight and also the trees, personally it is far to large. I have remove a lot of the stuff that I will not use and got it down to 8 double sided pages. This to me will be better for the environment and less weight in my pocket.

And if I see anything, I will let you know


Nunca se camina solo

Good idea. I find a lot of stuff in guides is good for preparation or background but isn't necessary for the journey. That's why we've produced these guides in Word format - delete what you don't want to take, add in bits you've found from other sources etc.

Buen Camino and thanks for your help.



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Hola John, Albergue in Caldas de Reis had helpful staff with information on town when I stayed there a few days ago.
They hope to improve facilities in very near future, so I'm not quite sure whether they meant "temporary" was lack of facilities or temporary opening.
Probably meant both; perhaps had opened for easter period.


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I will not be walking the Portugues until April 2011, but when I do I will add comments and let you know. May well do Lisbon to Porto in April and then Porto to Santiago in October. Whichever way I do it - thank you for your help and I hope I will be able to help you. Jo
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i met a pilgrim on the first day, i walked in May, this year, from Porto, who said he won't buy any guide, will walk without any info. so i took his footsteps, and it was fun. all the info i needed i got from the well-marked Camino, from other pilgrims, from libraries -very well equipped - in albergues, so this route can be done without much planning, i was planning for 1 month to do the french route - a part of it- and ended up walking on the portuguese route, without any guidance - that is not true : WITH PROVIDENCE on my way :) it is really an experience, to feel that God cares for you, and sends people even when you don't ask for help, help just comes to you :)

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