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Wanting to walk in 2021 after searing as a hospitalero so looking for a 2-3 week walk on a lesser known path any suggestions
Ola, all being well, I should reach SdeC on Thurs next, 17th Oct, which leaves me with 5 free days before my flight home on 23rd. I'm interested in going to/staying over in Finisterre and Muxia using public transport, not on foot! Advice on how I go about this would be welcome. I came across a company offering a day trip from SdeC to Finisterre and Muxia, 09:00-18:30, for about £31. Looking forward to your views.
Planning my 4th camino to Santiago de Compostela in 2020 via the Camino Portugues :)
Planning my third:) Have done the French route twice and now I wanna try the Portugues one. March - April 2020
Book your accommodation here at bothies, bed and breakfasts and all grades of accommodation providers... watch this space!
There is a wealth of accommodation on the North Highland Way, from bothies, to bed and breakfasts, to wild camping, to lovely four star hotels. Whatever you want, its there. The home of the North Highland Way on the web site has been moved to a new platform... see www.letsgoexploring.co.uk
Hi --I'm not sure if messages are private, or not!

Anyway, another Canadian! I'm from Vancouver, gradually migrating over to Portugal. Enjoy! Wonderful people and a rich, beautiful culture.

If you have French, it may help out with older Portuguese who don't speak English. Many of them learned French in school.

Have fun and bom caminho!

Faye Walker
Thank you! I function pretty well in French. I can certainly make out a lot of what is written in Portugues, but I have no ear for it (yet). Vancouver is also home, but I doubt I will ever return (housing prices)...

I am excited about this camino as I had planned on a week in Portugal at the end of my first CF in 204 and a calamity at home forced a change in plans.
Thanks again!
Friend from Barquinha
Friend from Barquinha
In the same situation as you: function pretty well in French; taking Portuguese here through the local cultural centre. Getting used to sounds takes a long time. A lot of cut-off beginnings and ends, +often doesn't sound at all like written!

But people are very forgiving, if you try, and really, other than the smallest villages, you'll find someone who speaks either English or French.

Have a great time!

hey Dave how are you mate ? i am recovering slowly. Ive had a fair few setbacks in my health but i am doing ok and will improve slowly but surely. I not sure when i can do a camino but i will do the camino ingles as my first camino and hope to do it with my wife and a friend :) hopefully in next few years :) how are you and your plans and your dad? God bless from Glenn Buen Camino
Hola mi nombre es Mariana Gil, a mi me encanta la naturaleza y por eso siempre tengo una Gravilla distinta en cada uno de los sitios a los que visito e incluso me dedico a hacer este tipo de trabajos a domicilio porque realmente me apasiona. Me pueden dar sugerencias sobre este tema.
Walked home from Santiago (missing the part between France and Scotland
The receipt of my new heavy duty batteries and my stuff previously stored by Ivar has increased my pack load too much. I investigated using Correos baggage forwarding but it looks like they don't service the Primitivo too well. So, I will probably come back next year to finish this years Camino project. So it will be back to Maine in two days.
Currently in Santiago, deciding whether or not to go back to Santander to continue the del Norte and then the Primitivo now that my all day video camera has batteries again
I have been walking for a month now.
Hi Johnnie,
You've helped me with queries before & I've downloaded your pdf of the Camino Portuguese but can you suggest where we can leave our car if we drive to Porto rather than fly? We are getting older & don't want to be tied down by flight schedules. Many thanks in advance
Japanese runner, Henro (pilgrim).
2006 Camino Frances(St. Jean PP]
2008 Camino Frances (Burgos- Santiago de Compostela)
2013 Camino Frances (Sarria - Santiago de Compostela)

2019 Camino Olvidado with my wife ( October 6th to 23rd)
Hola Elle, i admit i was warned!!! I arrived in Porto yesterday and today was my 2nd 2 Pasteis Natas day😋 you were so right!!! I have arrived in Matosinhos via the coast it was beauitful. Not sure if it was the time (left Porto at 8) or being Sunday but it was very busy. Thank you for your amazing website its been very helpful and inspirational. Dee
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Wonderful! Sorry I didn't answer sooner. I just finished walking the Camino Teresiano and am in Salamanca to stay the Via de la Plata from there! I hope you are continuing to enjoy the coastal Camino! It is one of my favorites. And the pastel de Mata - pure delight indeed! Buen Camino!
Very sad news. I recently came back from doing all El Camino Francés and thank God I made it ok.
May he Rest In Peace and my prayers go to his family.
We are currently walking on the Camino Portuguese and were upset by the arrival on Saturday morning of a bunch of quad bikers just North of Arcade. They tried to get onto the Camino, but a narrow steel bridge was too narrow for them. However about an hour later as we walked along (I am not sure of the exact town) we were overtaken by about twenty quad bikes roaring along the narrow camino. More to come
Thank you for your comment about a bike bell and safety on the footpath with pilgrims. I always use my bell and/or get off my bike and walk until the footpath is clear to pass on. Safety first ! CB Bike
That’s great thanks so much. I think there are lots of great riders like you out there. But I have likely avoided for a five near misses with bikes coming up very fast behind me and I had no idea they were there. That’s why I always strike a cautious tone. Buen Camino
Hello. I'm finding the newsletter a tremendous support while preparing to return to the Camino. A simple question, I hope. For my trip from Leon backwards to Mansilla de las Mulas from where I'll start walking, can I pay my fair in euros on the Alsa bus or do I need to buy the ticket in advance from a machine or online? It's only about 1.70 euros.
Just completed St Jean pied de port to belorado, crossing the pyrenees was my highlight and is a great achievement to all who have completed this trek.
Ahhhh Today recovering at home from a hospital stay instead of travelling on the "El Topo" narrow gauge train from Irun to Oviedo to start our leisurely Camino Primitivo. An unexpected medical event prompted cancellation of the whole plan. Rather downcast today, filling in time putting together a claim on my travel insurance. Haven't got round to unpacking my rucksack yet.
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So sorry...heal well, Bob.
Such a big disappointment. Take care, and may you soon be able to revisit your plans.
Planning for a short walk - the Augustine Way - in England at the end of 2019. Will walk from Rochester, where my son and his family now live, to Ramsgate via Canterbury.
New Credentials Procedure: Seems to be a new lottery-style credentialing system. We arrived Santiago on Saturday, Sept. 14 around 12. By 2:00, the office was no longer open to give credentials to arriving pilgrims. SO MANY people were devastated as they would not be able to return the next day to receive their certificates. PLEASE go directly to the credential office or plan to stay an additional day in Santiago.
Del Norte - April 12th 2020!
I’ll be walking del Norte from Castro Urdiales this coming Saturday. Hoping to get 9-10 days before coming back. Did the Aragon last year for my first time and loved it. Very much looking forward to this next stage. :)
Buen Camino! I can't wait for my turn on the paths from Irun. Hope you have the best of weather!
Does anyone know of a baggage transport service that takes backpacks from Pontevedra on the spiritual variante to Armenteira? Need assistance ASAP. Sincerest thanks! Tui Transport is a no go on the variente!☹
Caminofacil covers this route I understand
Just on a Camino Holiday retracing my Porto to Santiago adventure staying In Porto / Valenca / Vigo / Santiago De Compostela over 3 weeks Bliss ( Not walking this time using public transport) as seemingly most pilgrims are and none showing any signs of wear and tear not surprisingly I understand it’s ok from Porto To Valenca/ Tui but trust me it’s the same once you enter the last 100K absolutely amazed at it.
I'm curious, did you ever get to Half Dome? Did you make it to the top? I read in a report about a woman's death that there is now a restriction on the number of people who can hike the trail outfitted with the cables. It is only 50 per day.
Dear Forum Members,
I am planning to start walking the camino Mozarabe on the 1st October 2019 and would appreciate if you share some of your experiences of this route. Also is anyone walking at this period?
Thanks in advance and kind regards,
Raymond Aquilina,
Just finished backpacking the Vermont Long Trail a few days ago and now starting to plan my first Camino journey! I chose the Camino Primitivo/Original Way!
I apologize for what I have contributed to divert the subject, (thieves group...) it is a magnificent forum, without doubt the best that exists on the Camino de Santiago. Thanks, Tincatinker.
Any chance that you'll be on the Meseta this September? If so, I'm buying!

Pax, Fr. Jeffrey
Not starting again 'til October, so no sorry ...

God Bless
Hi there,
So did you walk the opposite direction on the Camino Madrid?
We're thinking about walking from Pamplona to Sahagun, then just heading down the Madrid route.
If you did this, did you have any issues with hospitaleros knowing you were going backwards?
Sheffield James
Sheffield James
Hi Annie, I’ve walked the CdeMadrid both ways and there were absolutely no issues with the hospitaleros. Enjoy the route! James
Camino Portuguese Central Sept. 2018
Camino Portuguese Senda Litoral/Coastal Sept./Oct. 2019
Hello. To return to Leon to continue the Camino Frances, I'm planning to fly from London Gatwick to Madrid with Air Europa as it offers the earliest flight. Does anyone have experience of travelling with Air Europa which I've not come across before? I've read quite a few negative reviews. I'll check my backpack with poles for carriage in the hold, not hand luggage, but I don't want to loose them.
I completed the Camino Mozarabe from Almeria to Muxia in June of 2019. I'm now living in Granada and loving it! I'm somewhere in the middle of a first draft of a book about my experiences and things I thought about along the way. I hope to have it on Amazon by late fall. I'll also post a free downloadable PDF here.
Hello, Derry, I cannot make out the button you are holding--from this angle it rather looks like the face of a baby harp seal.
Haha, it's a sticker I found before the incline over hill of forgiveness. One of my many Camino lessons. In this occasion I was talking too much, telling too much and needed to understand the value of silence. It's better that I attach image as picture paints a thousand words 🤠
I am thinking about walking one of the caminos in the spring or summer time - as a starter - it will be my first - can anyone recomend me a route which goes in aeras of free nature and small pueblos, and as few towns and highways as possible?
I am grateful for any advice.
-Когда я умру - похорони меня с женой! - Зачем? - Нет такой ямы, из которой мы бы не выбрались вместе!
Jeffrey, I have a close friend who is doing it next month - a lady in her 60s who has done her research and training, and for whom this trek will have deep spiritual significance. She has never done the camino before. Is there something I can give her that would be helpful, not extra weight, that would remind her of my support for her camino? Has there been some little thing / resource you were glad you had?
Hi Matt,
Not an easy one as spiritual significance differs significantly between people. I suppose the classic gift would be a small stone of significance for you or both of you for her to leave at the Cruz de Ferro. I never fail to leave a stone there when I go by.

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