Lots happening today!!
First, I made contact with a travel agent. The agent we have always used is just doing Tahiti now. (I know, it's a tough life!) However, he referred me to a travel agent (female) in NB, who had planned to do a Camino in 2020, but had to cancel because of Covid. She seems like a kindred soul.
I had been online to check out airfares. TAP, the Portuguese airline, had some great fares from Toronto to Porto with a change in Lisbon for $375.00 CAD. I know this is the basic straitjacket fare - make any changes and you are screwed. My travel agent suggested upgrading to something that allowed some flexibility. I agreed. I will pay her $100.00 for her to purchase a return ticket for me and she will do a lot of research and be available 24/7 (or thereabouts) to help me if I need it. I will not have to call the airline, if there is a problem.
I will also buy medical insurance for around $500.00 for just under 4 weeks from her. My visa card covers me for $1,500.00 of trip cancellation insurance, lost luggage etc. So I don't think that I will buy extra trip cancellation insurance.
The next major happening was the arrival of my two online clothing purchases. The first, from Joe Fresh, was a 100% merino, long sleeved woman's pullover. It cost me, with tax and shipping $42.13. Most on-line merino tops are over $100.00US before tax and shipping. This was a deal. I had considered buying another one and cutting down the sleeves to make a T-shirt, but the fabric is too nice to cut. I may pop into Joe Fresh and see if they have them in store and maybe even on sale.
My second purchase was a coat from Eddie Bauer that was $145.77 with tax and shipping. It is actually 3 coats. 1. The outer shell is a water proof thin layer for milder days. 2. The inner quilted (button-in lining) can be used on its own as a hoodie (without the hood). I also plan to use this layer instead of a sleeping bag. 3. Put them both together and you have a very warm coat.
I'm wavering now between the Portuguese route and the France´s route from Sarria. It's mainly because the connections from Porto are so much more direct to Tui. The saga continues.
The picture? Mud Creek from my regular 10kms walks.