Coleen Paul

Joined August 2017Living in: Lethbridge, Canada
  • Day36

    Contemplative Mood

    October 4, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Cocooned in the woodland paths today, the deeply rutted trail beneath me, hand made stone walls each side, and forest canopy above, I've found my steps slowing, each experience more nuanced. Less than 100 kms to Santiago.

  • Day35

    Footsteps

    October 3, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Following this ancient trail, we've been awed by all those who having gone before us. The trails, deeply furrowed in places have been lined with stone walls, some over 7 feet in height, to keep the hillsides from giving way. This 800 year old tree helped feed generations of pilgrims. Samos monastery, from the 6th century, continues to support its faithful. Modern day volunteers supplement official signposts with helpful spray painted way signs. Long before The Way became a Christian pilgrimage, the land inspired earlier generations to walk its length to the end of the earth and the dying sun in Finisterre.Read more

  • Day34

    Falling in Love with Galicia

    October 2, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    After 21 days of Hostel living, last night Scott and I had a room AND shower to ourselves! Renewed, we set out for O'Cebreiro, under star lit skies, and then came the Big Reveal. A perfect day, sun drenched hillsides, and bright blue skies made selecting today's pictures agonizingly difficult. To top it off, we've landed at a well run albergue with a pilgrim's communal dinner in a traditional building pictured here.Read more

  • Day33

    Paths Less Taken

    October 1, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    If offered an alternate route, we take it. They tend to be less traveled, more scenic, and remote ... albeit longer. Today's took us up an extra 600 meters, out of the vineyards and into the chestnut groves with their magestic ambience softened by the fuzzy seed case! Less than 200 km left to Santiago - we climb O'Cebrerio tomorrow. Hoping for clear skies.Read more

  • Day32

    Autumn Arrives

    September 30, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    We walked through highlands shrouded in autumn colors today. Grape vines are particularly beautiful as they turn ... wine colored! Trees planted along our path shed Maple-like leaves, but the bitter East wind has yet to gain momentum. The Knights Templar castle in Ponferrada is stunning in size and repair. Nothing fancy, but a spectacle just the same. Day 21, we are 3/4 the way through our Camino.Read more

  • Day31

    David Myles Day

    September 29, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    "(Wo)man of simple pleasures". The Spiritual Journey continued today. I'm loving walking out under the cover of stars each morning with The Way ahead of me. A clean slate, a day of new found wonders.

  • Day30

    Body, Mind, & Spirit

    September 28, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    We completed the rigorous Body section of our journey by conquering the Pyrennes, danced through the Mind challenging Meseta, and now begin the final third with the Spiritual realm. What better way to begin but at an Albergue run by a group of back to the earth, vegetarian, musicians. After at least 2 hours of yoga, meditation and spiritual guidance, we were lead to the dining room for another meditation/blessing of the food and a sing along grace before finally diving into Crisp Green Salad with Apple and Pomegranate Arils in Mustard Honey Dressing; Cauliflower Soup; Pesto and Roasted Pepper Bruschetta with a choice of Mushroom or Eggplant; Hummus with carrots, zucchini and/or wholemeal bread; and Spice Cake for dessert. Food for the soul indeed!Read more

  • Day29

    What a Pilgrim Needs

    September 27, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    A simple map, a path, and kindness along the way. There is very little else a Pilgrim needs. This fellow had set up a rest stop along a barren section of our trail this morning. He had constructed geodesic domes for a simple bathroom and sun shelter. On offer was coffee, tea, freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh fruits, cookies and meusli bars. He stamped our Passports and brightened our day! Another farmstead had practical supplies for walkers and cyclers alike. Hospital de Orbiga constructed this amazing bridge for pilgrims years ago to help with the river crossing - ok, so bridges are great to have too!Read more

  • Day27

    Until We Meet Again

    September 25, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Some familiar faces that have shared the trail or a common meal with us are leaving The Way. Andres catches a train back to Madrid for work, Barbara and Francisca (and their doggie pawed chaos tubes) return to Italy, the Belgians - Rosette, Eric, & Adelan - will finish in Leon, Jean-Luis and his wife have returned to their farm near Orloron St.Marie, we've lost track of the Germans - Hagen, Elsbeth, et al. Hyun Sook Shin, who walks more slowly, may intersect with our Camino again. BUT with shared contact information, who knows where we will meet again.Read more

  • Day26

    Raindrops on Roses ...

    September 24, 2017 in Spain ⋅ 🌬 26 °C

    Footbaths at the end of a 30 km walk, amigos made along The Way, OVER HALF done our walk ... these are a few of my favorite things! Scott is Rey of the Castillo atop a hill riddled with manmade caves (Bodegas) for holding wine at the proper temperature. Paulo, be gone!!!

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