I was recommended to pick your brain :)
I'm a school teacher and have minimal time. I would like to do the following:
Vigo to Pontevedre to Poio (via Variante Espiritual) to Villanova de Arousa to Padron to Santiago
I'm reading a lot of different thing on here: Some people say that Vigo to Santiago (via Variante Espiritual) does/does not qualify for 100 km. Can you help a sister out? Thanks!
Walked the French Way in late summer 2017. Was very fortunate to have an open arrival date and took six weeks to complete with stops in various towns. I was visiting my employer in Regensburg Germany last month when I spotted a Camino way marker in the middle of the old town. I figure it's a reminder to reinforce what I learned and how I evolved during my walk. Happy Trails All!
Starting CF in a few weeks. Just read your post about Maribel Roncal Albergue. I'd like to make a notation about it in my Brierley guide. Would you please tell me between what two major stopping points is this albergue located? Thank you.
Getting so close to departure and life keeps throwing up obstacles to my training walks! I'm still coming no matter what. I need to do this walk but seems part of my learning is happening now, even before I leave Oz.
Hello. I am planning to hike Via la Plata in the fall. Is there an up to date guide book someone would recommend. I have camino experience however as of yet have not found a recently published guide. Thank you.... any/all info welcomed!
A silly question perhaps, but important to me: is there any wildlife along the camino frances? Meaning birds, small ground animals, rabbits? That sort of thing? Oh, also, what is the Pyrenees crossing(more or less) like at the time I will be walking - around last week September, weather-wise? I think after reading so many threads I am prepared(mentally) for all eventualities. Ha ha, famous last words.
Hi again Matt, I reached a word limit on my previous msg...so part 2...
If you’re interested to stay in monasteries, there’s a site called Acogida Cristiana en al Camino - worth a look as some of these places have been offering support to pilgrims through the ages.
You may have seen all these resources, but if not, I hope they help you. I hope to vicariously enjoy and learn from your journey
Buen Camino, Mary
Hi Matt, just writing to share a few resources I’ve come across in my research:
- there’s a site/app called My Camino Bed, which has lots of info about accommodation all along the way
- on this forum there’s a PDF called ‘favorite-alberqes-2018’ from experiences of forum members
- another app, called SimplyCamino, has an elevation and distance graph that looks useful and I think it has a tracker
Second msg coming
I noticed you have done both Camino de Frances and Portuguese way---can you please give me your opinion which one you like best in terms of scenery? in terms of the terrain, which one is easier to do? How many days did you spent walking in each? Many questions but I appreciate any information you can share. I'm planning to do the Camino in May 2019, my first. Thanks much!!!
If time is on your side, is staying a couple of days in SJPdP recommended before commencing the adventure that awaits? Heck, just getting to SJPdP seems like and adventure... Planes trains and automobiles!
Hello - I was wondering if you felt the Le Puy route was safe for a woman walking alone? Also, I don't speak french - how much of a problem would that be? One last question...if I don't pone ahead for a bed will I be able to find somewhere to sleep?? Thanks!
Alex if you are in SDC between Sept 10 and 24 please stop by the Pilgrim office and say hello. Patty and OI will be working there between those dates. I'm not sure what time of the day we are working as yet though.
I am from the warmer climes of Africa, although resident on the perimeters of London now. You can read my ride blog at www.bobblingthroughafrica.com and get an idea of who I am. I will place more info tomorrow availing. Take care and have a wonderful evening.
Hello David, Many thanks for getting back to me so soon. I was interested in your comments about the use of trolleys for the Camino. I am hopefully going to do the Camino early next year. But I need some advice.
a. Suffering a bit with my walking ability I will need to use a trolley. All advice you can give with regard to this issue will be gratefully accepted.
Also hiking in the cooler months is that an issue?
Thank you to everyone who has shared their advice as we prepare for our first Camino. We have driven 5 hours to the airport and tomorrow we will board a plane to Sydney, changing planes there and again in Dubai. We will spend the night in Paris before boarding another plane to Biarritz, then taking the train to SJPP. So excited yet feeling very calm at the same time after weeks of almost frantic packing and repacking
Thanks everyone for all the advice on many topics. We are starting our first Camino in a couple of days. We will drive 5 hours to the airport then change planes in Sydney, then again in Dubai. Staying overnight in Paris before jumping on another plane to Biarritz, and then train from Bayonne to SJPdP. So very excited.
Hey Bama Geezer, I'm so happy to hear you completed El Camino de Frances! I also am somewhat "seasoned" and planning on walking the Camino in June 2019. I would really appreciate hearing all about your experience.
Recently I have journeyed from Porto to Santiago de Compostela. Besides personal interest to walk the Camino, I also walked for research purposes. I wish to interview people who walked one of the Portuguese routes about their experiences. Can I have permission to place a request to interview on the forum?
I will be doing the Camino Frances in September 2018. This is a spiritual undertaking for me which I'm doing solo. I'm not nervous about my very first camino and quite confident that all will be okay. My real concern is BLISTERS! I seldom miss a Charity Walk here in South Africa and really struggle with blisters. Any ideas on how to minimise these if not avoid them altogether? Thanks.
I am researching all the camino path choices and I had not heard to the Camino Levante. Is it marked well and are rooms/gites readily available? Did you take a picture of the broken down old castle? Do you mean it was empty and you just slept within...or was it run by a host?
I was just looking at your Camino on Polar Steps and am fascinated by your journey. Is this route known or did you map it out yourself ? I have lots of questions but will leave it to just one for now. Buen Camino Celine !!!!!
Good afternoon Ivar, Im just starting to plan to do the French walk to Santiago with my wife in April 2020 and I would like to stay in Hotels instead of Hostels etc. My question is: are there hotels across the entire French walk-in so, how do I get a list of Hotels?
Thanking you in advance, Carlos
Hi Tom, Thank-you for the kind words. I enjoy your posts - always a bit of wisdom.
On my second Camino Frances a memorable day was walking out of Carrion de los Condes. On my first Camino, I left Carrion de las Condes in an ambulance. Walking out of Carrion de los Condes that day 18 months later felt like a sort-of victory.
Hi! I am a documentary filmmaker. I have walked the Camino Frances last year and I am going back this year to make a short documentary about it. I am looking for fellow pilgrims who will walk the Way with me and feature in the documentary. Are you interested?
Hi, I've read the rules. So may I please ask a moderator to contact me? Looking for possibly any Jewish contacts between Madrid and Santiago 4-18 September 2018 for Rosh Hoshanna and Yom Kippur. I am from South Africa. Do not speak Spanish and will be assisting a disabled Christian friend to reach her dream of doing the Camino in whatever way possible.
Hi, Richard. I am planning to start the same date from Porto. Yes, it would be nice to meet somebody and maybe walk some steps together. Are you planning to do the coastal or internal way? I would be glad to hear from you.
Hi Rebekah, from Bowling Green Ohio. My husband and I are finishing our camino from last year that ended in Moratinos. Wondering if you still have your place open for pilgrims? I read your story and would like to begin at the Peaceable Kingdom. Would love to stay with you on Sept. 18, 2018.
Hi everybody, I love this forum. Planning on starting my camino from St. Jean on September 5, 2018 after flying from Seattle, Wa. on Sept.3 to Gatwick - Biarritz/Bayonne. Current plan is to meet daughter & son in law in Sarria on Oct. 6, and finish together. First time long distance "walk" , but I'm a young 68:-) College buddies are trying to get me in shape with day hikes in Washington's cascade mountains.