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Winter Camino Ingles

J Willhaus

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
24 May- 14 July (2016)CF
Hospitalera, Zamora Dec 15-31, (2017), Hospitalera Grañón Dec 15-31 (2018)
#1
In summer 2016 my husband and I walked the CF for 45 days. In winter 2017 we want to come back to Spain in December and walk the CI and the last 100 km of the CF. We had to stop just 3 days short of Santiago last summer because my husband became very ill with food poisoning so he wants some closure. I think we have time for both as we plan to arrive in Santiago on Dec. 13 and go home around New Years Day. I see that all the Xunta albergues will be open in the winter even if we have to call for a key. Of those of you who may have walked the CI and the last of the CF in winter, what advice do you give?
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
#3
If you are planning to stay in the Xunta albergues do not assume that the albergues will be heated to your normal comfort level or that there will be blankets available. I walked with a friend in January 2015 and we had some chilly nights which luckily we were prepared for. Do take a warm sleeping bag.
 

J Willhaus

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
24 May- 14 July (2016)CF
Hospitalera, Zamora Dec 15-31, (2017), Hospitalera Grañón Dec 15-31 (2018)
#4
Thanks MS Path and Bradypus,
I have looked at many of the winter camino posts and we will definitely be dressing in layers and carrying warm sleeping bags. One question I have on the CI is will there be enough places open in winter for us to get our 2 per day stamps? I think we will break it down into 7 or 8 days of walking for the CI. I'm also wondering about meals and eating. I know the Xunta albergues usually have nice kitchens, but no cooking utensils. Will there be places to get a pilgrim meal in the evening and perhaps a coffee or something mid-day or should we anticipate that most places are only operating in the warmer months?
Janet
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
#5
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#6
Hola - on the Camino Ingles there will be no difficulty finding food/restaurants for most of the time. However 24 and 25 December sees most places closing. I've messaged you - let's keep in touch and when it is more clear where you will be during this period we can look at options.

John
 

Phil W

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances to Melide, May-early July 2016,
Zamora Dec 2017 as Hospitalero
#7
Hola - on the Camino Ingles there will be no difficulty finding food/restaurants for most of the time. However 24 and 25 December sees most places closing. I've messaged you - let's keep in touch and when it is more clear where you will be during this period we can look at options.

John
Thank you! I'm the husband part J Willhaus (Janet) mentioned. Excited to return to the Camino. Appreciate your help.
Phil
 

J Willhaus

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
24 May- 14 July (2016)CF
Hospitalera, Zamora Dec 15-31, (2017), Hospitalera Grañón Dec 15-31 (2018)
#8
As an update, Phil fell down a flight of steps in July and is recovering slowly with the help of PT. He is using a knee brace and a cane which is a step up from crutches the first month. As a result we won't walk this winter, but the exciting news is that we've completed hospitelero training. We have asked for and received a posting and will be volunteering in Zamora Dec 16 to 31. We anticipate that the traffic may be lighter, but maybe more personal over the holidays.
 

natefaith

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria-Santiago (2009)
León-Ponferrada (2014)
Camino Inglés (2017)
#9
Ufff...your fall sounds pretty crazy, Phil! Rest and recover well (you got this!) and hope you and Janet have a wonderful time hospitalero-ing in December.
Take care,
Faith
 

Phil W

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances to Melide, May-early July 2016,
Zamora Dec 2017 as Hospitalero
#10
Ufff...your fall sounds pretty crazy, Phil! Rest and recover well (you got this!) and hope you and Janet have a wonderful time hospitalero-ing in December.
Take care,
Faith
Thank you Faith! I'm doing better than the physical therapist thought I would be doing at this point.

We are really looking forward to "hospitalero-ing" in December! It will be a wonderful time to see the Camino from a different viewpoint. We really want to create a welcoming environment for pilgrims to experience.

Phil
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2000-2004,2006), Via De La Plata, Camino De Madrid, The Oberstrasse, Camino Ingles
#11
Sounds like you two will be on the Ingles at the same time as me. Maybe we will meet up? Certainly I will look out for you as you pass me at warp speed on the first or second day!
 

J Willhaus

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
24 May- 14 July (2016)CF
Hospitalera, Zamora Dec 15-31, (2017), Hospitalera Grañón Dec 15-31 (2018)
#14
Caroline,
We were not able to walk last year due to Phil's surgery so instead we were Hospitaleros in Zamora on the Via de la Plata. This winter we will be hospitaleros in Granon on the Camino Frances. Phil is doing some walking now. He is in Najera tonight and will walk on to Granon to take over at the albergue. I'll be joining him on Dec 17 after I can get away from my work duties. When we are finished there on Jan. 1 we'll start walking to Burgos and spend a few more days on the Camino Frances before we need to fly back home. Weather so far has been pretty good for Phil although I think there is rain in the forecast for tomorrow.
Janet
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2000-2004,2006), Via De La Plata, Camino De Madrid, The Oberstrasse, Camino Ingles
#15
I'm sorry you could not walk it last year. That's happened to me as well with medical problems meaning I could not do a walk I wanted to back in 2008 (The VDLP in fact) and I didn't walk another camino for 9 years.
 

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