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Report From Santiago

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  1. Leslie

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    Hopefully I will be in Santiago for a few days next week as there is a small conference about the Camino.

    I already have a list of my own things I want information on and will be visiting the pilgrim's office.

    Anyone else have any questions that I might be able to help get answer for?
     
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    Hi Leslie, I've only just seen this post. I hope the conference was interesting and productive and that Santiago worked its charms.
     
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    Thanks magwood. I had a busy and interesting few days. I will write more later today.
     
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    I will edit this post as I go through the information I brought home with me.

    So just getting settled after being in Santiago de Compostela last week. There was a conference on the Camino de Santiago called Fairway Santiago. I did not know what to expect before going there. The conference was aimed mainly at connecting sellers in Spain with tour operators in the rest of the world and for me it was fairly intense due to the amount of meetings.

    I have heard many comments here and other places online that the Camino is becoming more commercialised. I would agree and state it would not be the case if travellers / pilgrims did not want these services. In way it is no different to 800 and 1,000 years ago where the Camino routes became a form of political, religious, and local development - traders from France were given special privileges to settle in towns and villages along the Camino.

    I brought back 50 pilgrims passports and now have a contact in the Pilgrim's Office to have more sent to me if required. During the next few weeks I will enable a way for these to be ordered from my website. I need to set up a payment method and find out the postal costs first. That said I would prefer that people support their local confraternity and purchase there. The list is on this page - http://www.caminoadventures.com/where-can-i-get-a-pilgrims-passport/

    Pilgrim's Office - the pilgrims office will be moving during the next few months, an exact date has not been set as work is still underway in the new office. The new office will be bigger and provide a garden with shelter for pilgrims waiting for their credential. The queues last week, in October, were taking one hour.

    The new building will also incorporate the various tourist offices.

    I do not have the new address to hand, but will add as soon as I work through everything.

    The Spanish post office have a website dedicated to their services for pilgrims - http://www.elcaminoconcorreos.es/

    They now transport baggage along all of the Camino Frances and along most of the other ways. There are now several companies that offer this service and I will provide a complete list soon.

    I was under the impression that the post office in Santiago only help packages or mail for 15 days. Infact they will hold package for as long as you want - the first 15 days are free and then they charge €1 per day - not too bad I think.

    Santiago Cathedral - as we have all seen or know the Cathedral is under going major renovations. This will take about 5 years and the current budget is €50 million. The right tower is expect to be finished within 6 months - this took much longer than originally thought due to the work required. I found it interesting the amount of research they have had to do - the stone at the bottom of the cathedral is from the 12th century as you move up the structure you move centuries until the 18th century at the top. This had caused unforeseen problems. They will at some point publish their research for others to use in the future.

    The stone outside has been damaged by storms and water and inside has been damaged by water seeping through the stone and mould growing inside. They will continue to repair all of the outside before starting inside. They want to keep the cathedral operational at all times and this again causes some scheduling issues.

    Holy Door or Door of Forgiveness - it is planned that this will be open next year. There is current a pilgrim's only entrance where you have to show your credential to enter.
     
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    Leslie, Lots of great information here, thanks for the updates
     
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    Hi Leslie,

    As El Condor says, very many thanks for all these useful updates.

    Mike
     
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    Just one more example of the wonderful service you provide through this forum. Many thanks.
     
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    My sentiment also Leslie, thanks for all you do in providing this forum and valuable information. I have already gained so much knowledge about the camino...other people's experience, what to pack, how to get to St. Jean, info about lodging, various spiritual aspects and thought, tidbits about food, the weather (and much more!) I love this forum! Are you still planning on pilgrim passports available on your website?
    Thanks Leslie!
    Angie C.
     
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    Thank you everyone for your kind words and thoughts.

    @Angie94 yes I will. The time line is a bit fuzzy right now. I am updating my guidebook, doing some stuff in my day job, and want to update my website, (not the forum), at the same time as making the passports available. At the latest they will be available to order online by the start of Jan - there are other places where they can be ordered online right now if you need one soon, the list is here - http://www.caminoadventures.com/where-can-i-get-a-pilgrims-passport/
     
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    thanks Leslie for the info and the list. I just bought your book this week ~ I am really enjoying it! I think it will prove to be quite helpful as I try to navigate the camino. Thank you for the time, energy and effort of compiling all that information so that those of us who will become future pilgrims have a tool that will be so helpful. Muchas gracias!
    Angie C.
     
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    Thanks @Angie94 for buying the book. Please make sure you have auto updates on in your Kindle account. I am updating right now and you will get the updates automatically sometime in Dec or Jan without further cost.
     
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    okay, thanks Leslie ;)
     
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    The pilgrims office has now been officially opened. The new building will also incorporate the various tourist offices.[...] The new address is Rua das Carretas. From Praza do Obradoiro (in front of the cathedral) past the Hostal dos Reis Católicos (Parador), down the steps - turn right. The offices are at the end of the street at the left hand side.
     
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    thanks great info as usual,
     
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