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Jan 23, 2020 - Santiago de Compestela

Day 13 - Thur 23rd Jan We have turned a corner, so to speak, having gone round the North West corner of Spain. Now we head South down through Portugal & then back into Spain at the bottom. After that it will be around to Gibraltar & probably up the coast towards Barcelona. No real plans as to where to go other than Fatima in Portugal & then Gibraltar. Today we headed from our spot on the West coast inland back to Santiago to visit the famous Cathedral where the remains of Saint James are kept. He was apparently beheaded by Herod back in...

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Jan 21, 2020 - Ribadeo

Day 11 - Tues 21st Jan We moved West along the coast again today. Windy old day with not much to see so we pushed on a bit. We did have a bit of fun looking for a place to stop for coffee when we went off the main road towards a nearby beach. Unfortunately the road got very narrow with a low stone wall either side. Discretion took over & we managed to turn back before we got stuck or scraped the motorhome. We looked at one Aire in Ribadeo but we decided to push on out of the town & found a nice remote spot on the cliff top at the Isla de...

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Sep 15, 2019 - Pimientos de Padrón

Sept.15/19 Another walk through countryside,forests,farms and vineyards today with a soundtrack of roosters, cows,..and eek!..far off shot-gun fire? It seems that we can not escape the hunt for wild boar on Sunday mornings in Europe. No worries though, it would seem to be bad form to shoot in the general direction of the Camino de Santiago, and on Sundays, the hunters must finish in time to go for all afternoon lunch. We are skirting a small vineyard when an elderly man jumps out of his car and climbs over a ditch to his vines to give us a...

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Sep 13, 2019 - Tooth aches and tentacles.

Sept.13/19 My goodness, not a usual Camino day today...but in many ways emblematic of the Camino De Santiago experience. Doug has been battling a toothache that decided to declare itself with MUCHO dolor and fever in the last 2 days. Having negotiated the world of Spanish chiropractic and massage on our first Camino, he decided to give in and explore the world of dentistry here. The lovely proprietors of our hotel and a nice young couple of Spanish guests also on the Camino, spent a considerable amount of time on the phone trying to help...

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Sep 11, 2019 - Islands in the Sky

Sept.11/19 We've booked the extra day in Vigo specifically to take the little ferry out to the island archipelago Islas de Cíes for the day. These islands are are a protected national park and nature preserve of Galicia 45 minutes off shore by boat. One has to prebook permission to visit them as only a set number are allowed per day. They are noise-free,car and bikes are not allowed and you have to bring your own supplies and pack out all garbage. Weirdly though, as the boat docks,the announcer shouts something followed by "Rapido Rapido...

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Sep 10, 2019 - The bridge of fertility

Sept. 10/19 Leaving Baiona was sad, it was a fun spot, but looking forward to getting to Vigo where we'll spend an extra night(rest day!) and visit the Islas de Cíes. A walk somewhat unremarkable to start making our way out of the suburbs of a medium sized town, but a great panaderia and alimentaria along the way to pick up our picnic baguette and Galician cheese. We have the whole store, including the customers trying to help us find our Tucs crackers of choice for the backpacks- people are so great here. A little boy follows Doug around...

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Jun 10, 2019 - Portomarin to Santiago de Compostela

We arrived in Santiago on Saturday at 1:00 pm. We began the journey on May 5th and completed over 800 kms in just over a month. The last stretch of the Camino was a bit challenging. The spectacular weather we had experienced for most of our trip changed as we approached Santiago. We did have a few days where we experienced some rain which made walking a bit more difficult and not quite as enjoyable. With three days remaining I experienced a shin splint which was painful at the start of my daily walk. It seemed to get better the more I...

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Jun 4, 2019 - Herrerias to Portomarin

It is Tuesday afternoon and we just arrived in Portomarin. Today we crossed the 100 km threshold of the finish line on our journey. Just four days and 93 kms until we reach Santiago. We have officially adopted Sir Ben as our 4th traveling partner. We are now team STD&B. On our 22 km hike today we received an email informing us that our hotel was overbooked for tonight. Our travel agent Nellie, who has done an amazing job, booked us in a 3 bedroom house that is very modern with a great backyard and most importantly, laundry facilities. Ben...

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May 29, 2019 - Leon to Herrerias

We arrived in Herrerias today and now have less than 170 kms and 8 days until we reach Santiago. What seemed like such a long distance back on May 5th feels very close now. We completed our biking segment of the journey when we rode 60 kms from Leon to Astorga. Our journey out of Leon started with a memorable moment. Trish and I were riding out of the old town early in the morning and I asked her how she enjoyed her dinner the previous night. Her response was "oh my god, it was the best lamb" in a rather loud voice in a quite area as we...

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May 23, 2019 - Completo

As I write this entry I am sitting on a bus, leaving Santiago for Madrid. Why not? Since my last post so much has passed before my eyes. The last 100km was busy and as interesting as the first 100km. The difference mostly was the fact it was filled with fresh pilgrims who started walking from Sarria. Two favorites for me were the Stanford bunch(,class of 26 students) and a group of 11th grade Italian high schoolers. Both were walking with their teachers as part of a class. Great conversations over those last few days into Santiago. Of...

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Camino de Santiago

May 14, 2019 - Excitement is building

Today marks four weeks of walking. Who’d of thought it could go by so quickly. I am 117km (79miles) from Santiago de Compostela. Tomorrow will be a rest day is Sarria before the last few days of walking. Laundry needs to be done in real washers and dryers, not by hand on a rock. :-) You meet new people every day but by now you have a core group that keeps in touch, whether you are walking together or not. Thank goodness for WhatsApp, messenger, etc.. Today we connected and made plans to do the last 100km together(loosely). We are the real...

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Camino de Santiago

May 6, 2019 - Sarria - Note on what those pointed KKK hats are all about

I've been asked about those pointed hats that were worn during the Easter Processions. This is what wikipedia has to say: This is what wikipedia says about those KKK hats: A capirote is a pointed hat of conical form that is used in Spain. It is part of the uniform of some brotherhoods including the Nazarenos and Fariseos during Easter observances and reenactments in some areas during Holy Week in Spain and in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The use of the capirote or coroza was prescribed in Spain and Portugal by the holy office of...

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Solo Camino 2019

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