K&L has 130 pilgrims travelling to World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid (16 – 21 August). Listen to podcast and check out itinerary and useful travel checklists.
Listen to an interview with Fr. Liam Morgan on KFM about the K&L Pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2011.
The K&L pilgrimage group of 130 includes seven priests, three seminarians, three religious sisters and the Diocesan Youth Ministry team.
The K&L pilgrims will travel straight to Madrid where they will be staying in the small town of Collado Mediano which is on the train line to the City Centre. Accommodation will be in the ‘Holy Family Youth Hostel’ or with host families.
Click on link for Collado Mediano town website (English)
Travel to Madrid
Settle into accommodation/meet host family
Evening Mass for Feast of the Assumption 8.30pm
Welcome and celebration in the local parish.
Morning Prayer 10.00am
WYD Irish Gathering in city centre 5.00pm
WYD Opening Ceremony in Cibeles Square 8pm
WYD Catechesis in the city 10.00am
Free time in afternoon for Youth Festival or to see some sights or rest.
Back in Collado Mediano for 8pm
Celebration for Leaving Cert Students!
Catechesis in Collado Mediano 12 noon with Irish Bishops
Leave for city at 3.30pm
Papal Welcome in Cibeles Square 7.30pm
Morning Catechesis in city 10.00am
Way of the Cross in Collado Mediano 7.30pm
Prayer & Reconciliation 10.00am
Travel into city to begin Pilgrim Walk 3pm
All night Vigil
WYD Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI at 9.30am
Return to Accommodation
Farewell in Parish Square 8pm
Depart for Madrid Airport (2 groups 6.30am and 9.00am)
What to Bring
Click on link to download – what to bring checklist (and useful Spanish phrases)
- Passport, Money €100-200),
- Soft Luggage, no hard cases, with max weight of 15kg’s. Sleeping bag & Survival Bag, Sleeping Mat, Small bottles for toiletries, Plastic Bag for dirty clothes
- Very Good Footwear – no new footwear, runners, sandals, no flip flops unless for poolside, Socks, Light clothes and cotton underwear, Sunhat, Sunglasses, Swim Wear, Insect Repellent, Ear plugs.
- Medication, Savlon, Sudocream, Dioralyte (Solution-Salt & Water), Motilium (Upset stomach), Imodium, Sticking Plasters
- Suncream – High factor, Lip Balm, After Sun Lotion,
- FM Radio, Mobile, Phone Charger, Torch, Adapter plug, Musical Instrument, Small Games/Frisbee/Cards, Fan, Book/Mag, Small Flag (no poles),
- Items for swapping, Gift if staying with a host family
Top Travel Tips from Irish Embassy
click on link to download – top travel tips
Insurance and Healthcare
- Get comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling and check what it covers
- Registration with the World Youth Day website (http://www.madrid11.com/) includes accident insurance
- Apply for a European Health Insurance Card from the EHIC website (www.ehic.ie) – this entitles you to free emergency care in a public hospital in Spain. It should not be regarded as a substitute for insurance – failure to take out comprehensive insurance can lead to considerable financial and logistical difficulties for you and/or your family should problems arise. For example, an air ambulance to repatriate you home following a serious accident can cost in the region of €20,000 – this is not covered under the European Health Insurance Card.
- Keep your passport in a safe place – carry a photocopy of your passport with you (also leave a photocopy with your family at home and ensure they have easy access to long form of your birth cert) and leave the original locked away.
- If your passport is lost/stolen, the Embassy or nearest Honorary Consulate can issue you with an Emergency Travel Certificate (ETC) – you will have to get a police report and come in person to one of our offices. Please also bring at least 4 passport size photos with you (just in case you need to obtain an ETC). In the case of minors, consent of both parents will have to be obtained before an ETC can be issued.
- Fill in the emergency contact details option on your passport.
- Keep your valuables in a safe place.
- Keep your one of your bank cards and some cash separate from the rest of your valuables and avoid carrying too much cash with you.
- You will need photographic ID to pay by credit/debit card.
- Beware of pick pockets in crowds, restaurants, cafés, on buses or metro, near ATMs and never leave your bag or belongings out of sight/unattended.
- Follow the instructions of the event organisers and Spanish Police.
- Let people know where you are and make sure you know where your friends are.
- Contact your mobile phone provider prior to departure to ensure your phone is set up for making and receiving calls in Spain.
- If you have been hospitalised, arrested or a victim of a crime, please contact the Embassy or nearest Honorary Consulate for consular assistance.
- Temperatures in August in Madrid can reach 45ºC, so avoid being outside during the hottest hours during the afternoon
- Make sure you have plenty of high factor sun cream, sunglasses with UV protection and a hat to protect your head and neck
- Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
- Sun and alcohol can quickly lead to dehydration.
- Please be aware that alcoholic spirits are usually sold in significantly larger measures in bars and restaurants than in Ireland. Consumption of alcohol in public places, except licensed bars and restaurants, is forbidden in Madrid. Failure to respect these laws may result in a fine.
- Never accept drinks from strangers and do not leave your drink unattended at any time.
- Emergency Services: 112
- National Police: (+34) 902 102 112
Embassy of Ireland
Paseo de la Castellana 46-4 (metro Rubén Darío, Line 5)
Tel: + 34 91 436 4093
Fax: +34 91 435 1677
In the case of an emergency outside normal working hours, the Embassy can still be contacted by ringing the main number and leaving a message on the answering machine. The answering machine is monitored regularly, and the Duty Officer at the Embassy will contact the person concerned as soon as possible.
Accommodation will be in the ‘Holy Family Youth Hostel’ or with host families. Both are in the town of Collado Mediano.