August - October 2017
  • Day1

    Salt Lake City Airport

    August 29, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 91 °F

    Once again I am blessed being able to walk another pilgrimage. I am at the airport waiting for the plane that will take me to Boston where I will meet Dave whom I walked with last year. This always seems to be a contemplative time, hoping I will be open to all the lessons a pilgrimage has to offer, hoping I am able to physically meet the challenges, and hoping to grow spiritually. I have high hopes.Read more

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  • Day2

    Boston

    August 30, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 61 °F

    It rained all night then cleared up late morning. Dave and Paulette showed me around Plymouth where Dave lived before he retired. Nice small town and we saw Plymouth Rock which is quite small and not much to look at. It could easily fit in the back of a truck. Almost two hours waiting in line to get our boarding passes and check our bag. Now waiting to board our flight to São Miguel.Read more

  • Day5

    São Miguel Azores

    September 2, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 68 °F

    Made it to the Azores. Flew all night (5 hours) from Boston to Ponta Delgada São Miguel Azores. Very small airport. It is very green and the streets are very narrow in some small towns. We wet through one small town during rush hour. Cars were coming at each other then at the last second swerve in to a wide spot and barely squeeze by. Dave was very uncomfortable about it but I was driving and we lived to tell about it. Dave was also uncomfortable with me walking the Roman Aqueducts. He is not comfortable with heights and it seemed fine to me. Beautiful views from up there too. Hydrangeas are everywhere and there are a lot of tree ferns which remind me of Mom since she used to grow them in San Leandro.

    We had coffee in São Miguel and found the church. They have a Saturday vigil mass at 6:30 so I will go to mass tonight because tomorrow we will be on the plane to Lisbon and train to Coimbra.
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  • Day6

    Lazy day.

    September 3, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 64 °F

    I was not feeling real well yesterday (Saturday) but I did go to mass. I enjoyed it and the priest spoke clearly and I was able to understand some of the words in Portuguese that were similar to Spanish. The rest of the day I just walked around São Miguel, rested and did laundry.

  • Day8

    Coimbra

    September 5, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    Old university town on the side of a hill. It is actually on the river but the albergue is up a very steep hill with slippery cobblestones. I don't know how you could walk if it was wet. It rained all night but the streets were dry by morning. It is picturesque in some places and very old and run down in other places. Coimbra dates back to at least the 400s, and the university was established in 1290.Read more

  • Day9

    Aveiro

    September 6, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 68 °F

    I was able to visit the church of São Gonçalino the patrón of Aveiro. As far as I know his name does not translate to English. He was born in 1190 and was a priest known for welcoming and marrying people who were living together without being married. Unfortunately I did not get a picture with my phone. The church was built in 1714. I am staying next to the Aveiro Catedral and was able to visit and pray there today too. Very peaceful and pretty. Lots of tourists in this town.Read more

  • Day11

    Porto

    September 8, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    It was great seeing Ana again who helped me last year when I was in the hospital and called the ambulance. Ana and Dave and I went to her friend's restaurant for dinner. It is maybe 15 feet from the Clerics Tower and serves traditional Portuguese food. Very good and only $10 per person! She has her own photography business and is putting on a huge week long show starting Monday so we were lucky that she had time to meet us. Horrible room last night right on a major street. Between the road construction, the alarm on the pharmacy directly across the street, and the traffic all night on the cobblestone road it was nearly impossible to sleep.Read more

  • Day12

    Vilarinho

    September 9, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

    Made it to Vilarinho today. Stone roads all the way and they are uneven and hard. This makes them hard on the feet and knees. I could see the smoke from the many forest fires burning in Portugal and smell it in the air. Quaint Albergue with apples right from the tree. They were very small and very sweet.

    There were people from Brazil, Germany, Madrid Spain, and the Netherlands. We didn't see anyone while we were walking through so they must have been ahead of us.
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  • Day13

    Pedra Furada

    September 10, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    More narrow streets and cobblestones today. The weather has been perfect with cool evenings and mornings and very warm afternoons. A band was playing in front of this church about 8:00 this morning with 3 to 5 minutes of loud fireworks then the hurriedly got in a van and were gone. I have no idea why. I came across a facade that looked like a church but there is only vacant land behind it. Very strange. The goats and sheep were coming right down the Camino path the goats gave me a quizzical look but I made sure to stick with the sheep just incase they were being separated with the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left.Read more