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La Concha, camino

Here is an excerpt from the American Pilgrims Newsletter La Concha.

From April to October, it’s common for more than 1,000 or even 2,000 pilgrims to arrive daily in Santiago seeking a Compostela. In the last year alone, 327,378 Compostelas were issued. Early estimates for the 2021 Holy Year are that more than 500,000 pilgrims will flock to Santiago. Previously, pilgrims stood in line awaiting their turn at the counter. This system simply cannot accommodate the expected crowds.

The new procedure requires a visit to the Pilgrim’s Office for a ticket with a number with a QR code. Scan the code with a QR reader app on your phone to see in real time (via the Cathedral’s server: catedral.df-server.info) which number is being served. You can go enjoy Santiago or wait in a comfortable downstairs lounge until your number is called. When your number is within 50 of the number being served, get to the Pilgrim’s Office hallway so you’ll be ready to go to the counter. If you are not present when your number is called, you’ll need a new ticket. If there are no more tickets, you’ll be turned away.

The good news is you no longer need to stand in line. The bad news is the office issues a certain number of tickets each day, which varies based on staffing.

I volunteered in the Pilgrim’s Office from October 7 to 21, 2019. The maximum number of tickets given out per day was 1,200. Anyone unable to get a ticket had to come back the next day. Most days all tickets were distributed by 2 p.m. The office opened at 8 a.m. and a line was forming by 7 a.m.

Following these rules will make the process easier:

• Each pilgrim must have a number. If you are a couple or a family, each person must have a separate ticket.

• If you’re not there when your number is called, you’ll need a new ticket and may need to come back the next day. Do not miss your turn.

• Each pilgrim, no matter the starting location, must get two stamps per day for the last 100 kilometers if walking or 200 kilometers if biking. Each stamp must be dated (either stamped or written).

I suggest you allow a few days in Santiago or plan to arrive early in the morning for a good chance to get a ticket (and your Compostela) that day. ¡Buen Camino!

Each pilgrim must now obtain a ticket with a number and QR code at the Pilgrim’s Office.

 

camino, pilgrim-ticket

The Australian Friends of the Camino

Greetings from Australia to Camino Friends everywhere, I’m writing to let you know that Australian Friends of the Camino (AFOTC) is planning a national conference, entitled “El Camino – The Way Ahead”, over the weekend 11-13 October, 2019. The venue will be Nunyara Conference Centre in Belair, South Australia. AFOTC will be close to completing its first decade of promoting the Camino at the end of this year. Therefore, the goals of this first national conference will be: Read More

Pilgrims Office Queuing System

To access the queue number NOW being served at the Pilgrim Office queue, you can paste this into a browser address window AFTER you make THREE changes to the link. View Link

Where 221 is YOUR ticket number, and change the date to today… REMEMBER to use the European date format (YYYY-MO-DA).

So to use the URL directly, you have to:
Change the ticket number to yours
Change the date to the current date
Change the desired language number, presently 2 for Spanish and 5 for English
Using an iPhone to scan YOUR ticket.

Also, you can turn on the “scan QR code” function of an iPhone. Doing so allows you to see your number AND the current queue number being served. This is a HUGE improvement in only 48-hours.

To do this:
Go to SETTINGS/CAMERA
Scan down in the camera settings…
Toggle ON “Scan QR codes”
Back out…
Go to CONTROL CENTER
Scan down…
Add Scan QR Codes”
Swipe down on any page, from the top of the screen, to see your shortcuts.
A new shortcut that looks like a QR icon is there.
To read a QR Code, press this icon, this brings up the camera in ‘scan QR code’ mode. Place the QR code in the yellow brackets and take a photo.
iOS will ask at the top of this screen if you want to open the scanned link in Safari.
Click on the Safari icon…
Your ticket number, along with the number presently being seen is shown in a Safari browser.
Once you do this scan, you can pull down to refresh the screen as desired.

Camino Society Ireland

Camino Society Ireland is a voluntary organisation founded in 1992 by pilgrims. The aim is to ‘give something back’ to future pilgrims in gratitude for the fellowship and spiritual renewal they had each experienced on their own Camino. It fosters an understanding and appreciation of the Camino’s related history, art, architecture and music.

It issues the Pilgrim Passport and offers an opportunity to all those interested in the Camino to meet and share practical information and experiences, especially with those intending to travel by foot or by bicycle.

The Society is non-political and non-denominational, encompassing all of Ireland and is open to all.

The Pilgrim Passport and Compostela:

To stay in pilgrim hostels (albergues), a Pilgrim Passport is required. To claim a Compostela, the traditional certificate of pilgrimage granted by the Cathedral authorities in Santiago, a Pilgrim Passport stamped for each day traveled will be required as proof of your journey. Pilgrims starting in Galicia require two stamps per day.

Read More 

Opening of Camino Spanish School

Spanish Teacher María Vázquez GuisánTeacher: María Vázquez Guisán
E-mail: mariavguisan@hotmail.com
Cell Phone (WhatsApp): +34 657 689 433

The first online Spanish school catering to the specific needs of people doing the Camino de Santiago: http://caminospanish.com/

I also want to let you know that all my courses have been developed based on interviews that I have conducted with pilgrims from Canada, Australia, the UK, and the USA. Through these interviews, coupled with my local knowledge as a native from Santiago de Compostela, I have created a Spanish course to meet the unique needs of people doing the Camino de Santiago.

Camino Spanish offers private online classes, so it’s flexible and completely adaptable to all students. I also welcome all new students with a free trial lesson. Apart from that, I’d like to offer all students that you recommend me before the end of September one bonus lesson when they sign up for a five lesson package, or two bonus lessons when they sign up for ten. 

Please follow me on Facebook or Pinterest.

http://caminospanish.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CaminoSpanish/
https://www.pinterest.es/caminospanish/


Amigo’s

Cecilia Russell has been appointed as the editor of Amigos. We require articles about your Camino Experiences and some shorter snippets, 2 to 5 lines or so of funny events and best experiences. Articles can be about people you met, albergue’s, churches, and other matters that may have spoken to your heart. Please send to amigos@csjofsa.za.org

BLS

Visa Applications
1st Floor, Block B, North Park, Black River Park,
2 Fir Street, Observatory, Western Cape,
Cape Town, 7925, South Africa

   
Opening Hours
Passport Collection Time
12:30 to 16:00 Hrs (Monday to Friday)
Submission Time
09:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 15:00 hrs (Monday to Friday)
Phone
+021 003 8050
Email
info.cpt@blshelpline.com

Here is the link for Spanish Visa Applications: BLS International

Application Procedures

There is information available about:

When you apply for a visa the “Application for Schengen Visa” and the “Application for Schengen Visa, Supplementary Information” forms must be submitted together.


Spanish Teachers:

If you teach Spanish and would like to register your details with us, we would be delighted to recommend you to our members. Please send us your name, email, region and telephone no to place on record. Contact: camino@csjofsa.za.org

No previous knowledge of Spanish would be required. If you know someone who may be interested, please let me know or just invite them to contact me. Thanks in advance for your help and Buen Camino!

Teacher: María Vázquez Guisán
E-mail: mariavguisan@hotmail.com
Cell Phone (WhatsApp): +34 657 689 433

Teacher: Julia de Jesus Galan
Cell: 0747453813
Fee: R250 for 90 MINUTES
Available 7 days a week
Reference available

Teacher: Maite Echeburua
Nationality: Spanish
Phone number +27 764 861 797 | Whatsapp +34 607 829 857
Email: maiteecheburua@gmail.com
Current location: Cape Town
Drivers license

Teacher: Maria M Romo Escudero
Phone in South Africa (00 27) 0780149907   
E-mail: mariaesafrica@hotmail.com 


Links to other Camino Organisations:

csj uk, camino

 

The Confraternity of Saint James, England: 
The British Confraternity is a UK-based charity established to promote the pilgrimage to the shrine of St James in Santiago de Compostela.  They provide a range of information services to assist prospective pilgrims, of all religions or none, who are planning a walking, cycling or horseback journey along one of the many Camino de Santiago routes.

 

 

Santiago Pilgrim’s Office, address


Pilgrim Office Website 
Pilgrims’ Office
Rúa das Carretas, 
Santiago de Compostela
Spain
Telephone: (+34) 981 568 846
Fax: (+34) 981 563 924
Email: info@peregrinossantiago.es or peregrinos@archicompostela.org

Pilgrims Office Santiago, Camino

The office is open from Monday to Sunday 8.00 – 21.00 (In Easter Time and Summer from 1st April to 30th October). Monday to Sunday 10.00 – 19.00: In winter: from 1st November to 30th March. The Pilgrims’ Office is open during these hours every day of the year with the EXCEPTION of Christmas Day – 25 December, and New Year’s Day – 1 January. If you complete your pilgrimage on these days your Compostela Certificate can be obtained in the Cathedral.

Camino Forum
The Camino Forum has been operational for over 10 years. Trending Topics, Announcements and Frequently asked Questions and other useful information submitted by pilgrims. Sign Up to this forum is free!

FCJ, Santiago, Camino

Camino Companions Santiago fcjsisters (Visited, June 2015 & 2016 by Chairman of CSJofSA, Andrée Lombard)
(above the Correo (Post Office and left corner Pilgrim’s Office Courtyard)
Meet Marion fcJ/Katherine fcJ
‘God of life and love, thank you for the companionship, beauty, mystery and the kindness of strangers we experienced along the Camino. You have filled our hearts with wonder, joy and gladness! May we take the Camino to the World!’

Terranova Pilgrim house in Santiago & facebook page, a lovely meeting place for pilgrims with useful services.
Rúa Nova, 19, Bajo
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
+34 981 58 57 88
Friends of Pilgrim House play a vital role in the sustainability and operation of the welcome center. Every annual gift provides support towards continuing the Camino spirit through conversation, community, and prayer. We welcome everyone who has an interest in providing a welcoming space for pilgrims when they arrive in Santiago to become a Friend of Pilgrim House.

Services offered:
– Free WiFi
– A living room
– A kitchenette with microwave and refrigerator
– Message board
– Quiet spaces: reflection room and patio

We also offer the following services for a suggested donation:
– Printing/ photocopying: 0,20€ per page
– Backpack storage: 1,50€ per pack, per day; 0,50€ walking sticks only
– Laundry: 5€
– Coffee, tea, or Cola Cao: 1€ per cup

American Pilgrims on the Camino
American Pilgrims on the Camino is a non-profit organization whose objective is to facilitate communication within the community of North American pilgrims, particularly those in the United States. American Pilgrims continually seeks meaningful ways to support the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

The Canadian Company of Pilgrims:
The Canadian Company of Pilgrims (CCoP) is a non-denominational volunteer-run association that supports Canadians planning the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. We share the Canadian representation with l’Association québécoise des pèlerins et amis du Chemin de Saint-Jacques

Buddy System for Women on the Camino
The Buddy System is a Facebook page for women travelling the Camino.
Here is the CSJofSA pdf for safety tip for camino with useful and important telephone numbers, and the South African Embassy details for Spain, France and Portugal.