Getting the pilgrim’s passport

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pilgrim's passportThis is the booklet you will carry with you from the beginning of your journey to end. Every place you stay will give you a stamp, and this is how you will prove at the end of the road that you walked your pilgrimage. You need this to get a certificate in Santiago, and you need it to stay in many of the cheaper pilgrim’s hostels. This method hasn’t changed for hundreds of years.

Most gloriously, you can pick up a pilgrim’s passport after mass at 7 a.m. from the cathedral Notre Dame on top of the hill. The late risers (Qui moi?) can get them at the Sacristy inside the cathedral from generally 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Never make assumptions about lunch break.)

The Miam Miam Dodo guidebook (which you can get at the tourist’s office) offers a couple of other addresses in the city, a tobacco shop and a hotel.

You can also plan ahead and order one from an association or confraternity connected with the Way of St. James.

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