Category: Planning

Preparations and planning.

Sahagún

We are spending the night in Sahagún. For those of you who are fans of “Babylon Five”, this will sound uncomfortably close to “Z’ha’dum“. It was a beautiful day for walking – cool and sunny. A welcome change from the…

The Meseta Begins

For the past two days walking out ofBurgos, we have been entering into the Meseta. This is the vast plateau that sits in the center of Spain. We will be walking this for about the next week or so. And…

Technology update

We have been experiencing a protracted zone of low bandwidth and little Wi-Fi. This makes it extremely difficult to post photos. In particular, I am something like 400 photos behind in updating my Flickr account. Weirdly, it is much easier…

A Tale of Two Albergues

Two nights ago we stayed at the Parroquial Albergue San Juan Bautista in Grañón, and last night at the private Albergue San Roque in Villambísta. Two more different experiences in pilgrim hostels would be difficult to imagine. Both did feature…

The Stick-ing Point – Walking Poles and Sticks

To pole or not to pole? How to pole? Do you pole? Pole to Pole? Staff. Hook. Crozier. Stave. Cane. Scepter. Caduceus.   I like my walking sticks. They’re made by Easton and telescope to different sizes. They have rock-lock on them which makes…

1055 days ago…

This post has been in edit for 1055 days. It was one week until my first Camino. I was in full on panic mode.  Now that I am in full on panic mode being less than a week away from…

Beilari (whoa-oh!)

As a follow-up to Monday’s post, this morning we received confirmation for our reservation at Beilari. All of our pre-walk pieces are now in place. I’m a little giddy.

Getting to the Camino

We hope to begin our 2016 Camino in the quaint French mountain village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, a name that more or less means “Saint John at the Foot of the Pass”. Getting to Saint-Jean is always a bit of an adventure,…

Here Comes the Bus!

Well, the Alsa web site is much better than it was three years ago. For one thing, it’s pretty clear that they have a new English translator, and that he or she knows English. There are still occasionally blocks of…