Andorra

Andorra

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  • Day23

    Ap 15km, kāpums? No rīta tieku aizvests uz pirmo ciematu Andorā. Tā kā Andorā nav akcīzes, ciemats sastāv tikai un vienīgi no veikaliem un ir pilns ar frančiem. Tūrisma info birojā noskaidroju, kur man jādodas un čalis saka, ka šodien noteikti varu nokļūt līdz pirmajai kalnu mājiņai. Sniegs esot bijis, bet vakardienas negaisā viss esot nokusis.
    Iepērku pārtiku, kaut ko uzkožu, un dodos ceļā.
    Sāku ar kāpienu uz sedliem 2650m augstumā. Augšā mani pārņem sajūsma, jo viss tālākais būs tikai uz leju. Kāpju lejā un plkst.14:39 tieku atpakaļ uz GR7. Krustcelēs satieku francūzi, kurš pa GR107 dosies uz citu mājiņu.
    GR7 ir viltīgs. Izrādās, tas met līkumu un, lai tiktu līdz mājiņai, man vēl 2 reizes jāršķērso vairāk kā 2700m augstums. Pirmajā kāpju stundu. Nolaidiens prasa tikpat. Apjaušu, ka pa gaismu līdz mērķim netikšu. Līdz mājiņai, uz kuru pa citu ceļu gāja francūzis ir jāiet 1h40m. Mainu plānu un dodos turp, kaut arī šeit ir jāšķērso sedli virs 2700m, ceļš ir īsāks. Krēslā ierodos galapunktā, francūzis jau priekšā. Izrādās, ja nebūtu tik spītīgi turējies pie maršruta, būtu pa īsāku ceļu mierīgi ticis līdz oriğināli plānotajam galamērķim.
    Bildes:
    1) Pas de la Casa.
    2) Skats no pirmajiem sedliem 2650m augstumā.
    3) Yahooo! Esmu atpakaļ uz GR7.
    4) Skats no 2700+. Augstăk vairs nav kur. Brīžiem bija jāiet pa kori, brīžiem pa kores maliņu.
    5) Refugee de Montmalús. Mana nakšņošanas vieta.
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  • Day24

    21km, neliels kāpums un 1700m uz leju.
    No rīta nokāpju pa nemarķētu taku līdz GR11. Tad seko neliels kāpums ( ap 300m), kurā man pretī nāk 2 vācu jaunieši. Pēc brīža nonāku pie mājas, kurā biju plānojis palikt iepriekš. Tā ir milzīga, pirms 3 mēn. atjaunota un "guarded", kas nozīmē, ka tur var paēst un palikšana ir par maksu. Piesēžu un papļāpăju ar diviem puišiem no Argentīnas, kuri uz 5 dienām aizvieto mājas saimniekus. Viņi būvē aplociņu 10 vistām. Iedzeru kafiju un turpinu ceļu, no šī brīža tas iet tikai lejup. Ceļā vēl viena mājiņa un tad satieku 2 meitenes, kurs cītīgi kāpj augšup. Pie nākamās mājiņas (pēdējās manā ceļā) nolemju papusdienot ( gabaliņš bagetes, šķiņķis, siers). Tad no lejas elsojot uzkāpj pavecāks andoriešu pāris. Skaidrs, ka kāpiens ir bijis garš un šodien ir ļoti karsts. Bikiņ sāku atsvaidzināt savu spāņu valodu - tā man nākamos 2 mēnešus noderēs. Esmu jau nolēmis, ka uz dienu palikšu Andoras galvaspilsētā. Tam ir 3 praktiski iemesli:
    1) manām foršajām inov8 kurpēm locījumu vietās ir iziruši diegi. Tās ir jāaiznes pie kurpnieka.
    2) Man ir vajadzīgs nedaudz siltāks guļammaiss. Savā plānajā esmu katru nakti salis, bet priekšā vēl daudzas naktis 1000-2000m augstumā.
    3) vienkārši vajag nedaudz atpūsties. Protams, jaukāk būtu bijis to darīt kaut kur augšā kalnos.
    Tad nu nonākot galvaspilsētā piestāju pirmajā viesnīcā un palūdzu wifi paroli. Booking.com atrodu sakarīgu nedārgu viesnīcu un fiksi norezervēju. Šobrīd sēžu ielas un dzeru savu pirmo alu kopš aizbraukšanas no Latvijas:)
    Tradicionāli par bildēm:
    1) Viss skaidrs - kur kas atrodas :)
    2) govis govis govis. Tās kalnos ir visur.
    3) pirmais skats uz Andoras galvaspilsētu.
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  • Day25

    Nu tā, šodien esmu izstaigājis pilsētu krustām šķērsām, un esmu gatavs rītdienas gājienam. Mērķis-Spānija. Izskatās uz kilometriem 30.
    Interesanta lieta - aizgāju uz pastu, lai nosūtītu uz mājām guļammaisu. Dāma runā tikai kataloniešu, spāņu un franču valodās. Prasa man, vai man ir Andoras adrese. Nav? Tad neko nevarot nosūtīt. Bet tepat ap stūri esot Spānijas pasta kantoris. No turienes varēšot nosūtīt. Ja Andoras pasts pilnīgi sterils un es esmu vienīgais cilvēks, tad spāņu kantorī čum un mudž no cilvēkiem - gandrīz kā konservu kārbā. Čalis runā arī angliski un tā man pa pusei angliski, pa pusei spāniski izdodas veikt sūtījumu. Čalis vēl speciāli izdošanai atrod pavisam svaigu Andoras eiro monētu. Un nu dažas bildes ( sorry par kvalitāti- bildēts dienas vidū- bija baigā saule):
    1) vienkārši Dalī...izrādās tas ir oriğināls
    2) skolas sporta laukums. Loğiski, jo šai valstī nav nevienas līdzenas vietas. Bet es nebrīnīšos, ja LV futbola izlase nākammēnes zaudēs Andorai...
    3) Caldea - lielākais SPA centrs dienvideoropā
    4) tā kā pilsēta atrodas ielejā, tai cauri tek strauja kalnu upe (lielākā Andoras upe Grand Valira)..viens no skatiem uz to.
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  • Day67

    Time for another country and another world heritage site! Today was the day for visiting Andorra, a tiny country situated entirely in the Pyrenees. It's an odd little spot, since it's not a member of the EU but they use the Euro, it's not a member of the Schengen agreement but has no border controls, and are self-governing but at the same time their joint heads of state are the French president and the Spanish king. Go figure!

    Although it was only about 60 kilometres in a straight line from our apartment in the Vall de Boi, it was going to be a 2.5 hour drive since we had to drive south out of the mountains, eastward through some passes and canyons, then join up with the main road into the principality from Spain. Long and slow drive, but a very spectacular one, with towering cliffs, very narrow canyons, lots of tunnels and a few epic mountain passes.

    I should also mention that before we left, we had a small breakfast at a cafe across the road in the sun. All of the townsfolk were out in the street setting up stalls as today is St Jordi's day (St George), where in Catalonia it's tradition for women to be given a rose, and men to be given a book. Lots of people setting up stalls to sell those items, and lots of Catalan flag decorations around as well.

    Back to Andorra, where we arrived early afternoon. Despite it's spectacular mountain setting, the capital city (Andorra La Vella) isn't much to look at. There isn't an old town or anything, just a few narrow streets around the parliament building. Otherwise literally everything is dedicated to the two "S"es that make up most of Andorra's economy - shopping and skiing. Not much of the latter happening this time of year, so it was entirely shopping! Most purchases can be made duty-free here, so large parts of the country were covered with factory outlets, discount retailers and the like. It almost felt like a country-sized version of an airport duty free store.

    We had lunch at a frankfurt place and a short wander around before heading to the world heritage site. This one was the Vall del Madriu-Perafita-Claror, and is supposedly a superb untouched mountain valley where humans have had only minimal impact on the land, despite farming and working there for centuries.

    Annoyingly, it's so pristine that no roads go in there, and we were left with hiking in as our only option. But we only had a rough idea of where to start since being in a different country meant my phone's data wasn't working and I couldn't look any information up! So we were relying on vague memories.

    Eventually we found the start of the walking trail and were happy to find it was very easy going - wide, flat and smooth, probably even good enough for wheelchair-bound people to use. Very high up overlooking the capital so we had some good views, though a lot of the walk was in pine forests too.

    It was about an hour's walk to the start of the world heritage site where we had a good vantage point overlooking the valley. Given that we'd climbed an awful lot to get to this point and the valley stretched out below us, we agreed that just looking at the valley from here was going to be good enough. It'll be an odd video since we only did the barest of visits, but neither of us felt particularly up for a hugely challenging hike (particularly Schnitzel).

    Back to the car where we drove out to our accommodation, a large ski chalet type place that was obviously in the middle of their summer renovations. Very few guests around and it felt a bit like The Shining, particularly since the corridor lighting was all sensor controlled.

    Took advantage of the facilities and visited the indoor pool, though we got in trouble from the lifeguard for bringing a plastic bag in (you're supposed to leave everything in lockers but neither of us brought a euro coin for the deposit and couldn't be bothered with the 5 minute walk and 3 elevator rides back to our room). She relented but then told us off again when we got in the pool without swimming caps - apparently they were mandatory too! At least we could use the jacuzzi without them, so we stayed there instead.

    Had dinner at the hotel restaurant where I had a pizza and watched Real Madrid play Barcelona, much to Shandos's delight. We ordered a Nutella pizza for dessert but annoyingly it was quite burnt. Neither of us felt like complaining due to the language barrier, so we just picked at it. Back to bed where I watched the end of the game and enjoyed our first and last night in Andorra!
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  • Day8

You might also know this place by the following names:

Principality of Andorra, Andorra, Andora, አንዶራ, اندورا, ܐܢܕܘܪܐ, Андора, Andɔr, এ্যান্ডোরা, ཨེན་ཌོ་ར།, Andorra nutome, Ανδόρα, Andoro, آندورا, Anndoora, Andorre, Andore, Andóra, ઍંડોરા, אנדורה, अंडोरा, Անդորա, アンドラ, ანდორა, Андорра, អានដូរ៉ា, ಅಂಡೋರಾ, 안도라, ئاندۆرا, Andorɛ, ອັນດໍລາ, അന്‍റോറ, अँडोरा, अन्डोर्रा, Andòrra, ଆଣ୍ଡୋରା, Andurra, अण्डोरा, Andôro, ඇන්ඩෝරාව, Andorrë, அன்டோரா, అన్డోరా, อันดอร์รา, ʻEnitola, ئاندوررا, انڈورا, Landorän, Orílẹ́ède Ààndórà, 安道尔, i-Andorra

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