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    • Day 16

      Etappe 14

      May 23 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Die gestrige Nacht, in der gutbelegten Herberge, ist widererwarten sehr ruhig verlaufen. Die anwesenden Pilger stammten aus den verschiedensten Ländern. Frankreich, Italien, Niederlande, England, Japan und die Schweiz waren vertreten! Man könnte nun denken, da versteht ja der Eine den Anderen nicht, doch das ist gar nicht der Fall. Irgendwie kommt man ins Gespräch und irgendwie versteht man sich dann auch! Das ist schön und erst noch sehr interessant!
      Heute Morgen machten wir uns frühzeitig, nämlich schon gegen (07:15), auf die Socken. Das war wahrscheinlich etwas zu früh für unseren, noch immer müden Körper und Geist! So ist es auch nicht verwunderlich, dass wir schon die erste Hinweistafel von unser heutigen Tour verpassten und somit unfreiwillig eine kleine Sightseeing-Tour durch's Dorf machten. So nach etwa einer Viertelstunde  waren wir wieder am Ausgangspunkt und starteten den 2ten Versuch, der uns dann auch hervorragend gelang!
      Die heutige Etappe war keine Herausforderung, jedenfalls nicht, was das Sportliche anging.
      Die Landschaft war gleichbleibend schön, jedoch die Streckenführung war unmöglich! Von den 25Km, die wir heute zurück gelegt haben, ging bestimmt die Hälfte davon an stark befahrenen Strassen entlang oder sie führte uns durch öde Industriegebiete! Ab und zu auch durch kleine Dörfer in denen wir uns etwas erholen konnten . Der Strassenlärm war kaum auszuhalten und der Abfall, der hier sehr, sehr oft einfach in der Natur deponiert wird, war unfassbar gut vertreten! Irgendwie hat mir das den halben Tag versaut!
      Erst bei der Ankunft in unserer heutigen Herberge, hob sich meine Stimmung wieder. Denn hier haben wir es wirklich gut getroffen!  Die Unterkunft ist schön gelegen, super eingerichtet, komfortabel und einfach nur genial! Im Moment sitzen wir im Garten und geniessen den schönen Abend! Lasst es euch auch gut gehen und den Tag gemütlich ausklingen!
      Bis bald...
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    • Day 59

      PORTUGAL V.1

      November 4, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Nu har vi äntligen kommit fram till Portugal som är vårt sista land och sista plats att upptäcks och lära oss massa nytt på. Vi har hamnat på en lite Bond/Vingård i en liten by som heter Aguieira som ligger nedanför Porto. Här bor vi en liten bungalow (poolhouse) och har hand om djuren och liten gårdsarbete. Sedan vi kom hit (3e) har vi lärt oss hur vår kära Ana (som vi arbetar för) gör ost, hur man mjölkar getter, matar alla djuren, hur man gör ett extra gott ris, plocka kiwi osvosv. Ana är en berest kvinna i 75 årsåldern som kan prata tyska, portugisiska, engelska och har bott i Portugal, Brasilien, Tyskland och rest till många fler. Hon driver gården som har en stor vinodling samt lite mindre odling av gullök, vitlök, pumpa, kiwi, potatis, sötpotatis, sallad, örter mm. Hon har även getter, gäss, ankor, höns, marsvin, katter, hundar och marsvin. Ana fixar och donar som en galning, hon är överallt men får egentligen inte göra så mycket lägre då hon har stora problem med ryggen vilket är anledningen till att vi är här.

      Ana har ett stort hjärta och hjälper oss med allt och klär oss ordentligt och lagar god mat från världens alla hörn (trots vi bara varit här någon dag har vi fått massa mat och desserter från många olika kulturer).

      Vi ser fram emot allt vi kommer göra och lära oss här. Blir spännande.
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    • Day 14

      Day 14, Zero day in Águeda

      April 14 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 63 °F

      We took an unscheduled zero day today. I’ve been dealing with some right knee pain. I have chronic knee issues much thanks to the USMC, so it’s pretty remarkable I’m able to do this at all, but here we are, 198 miles later. Kevin went to the store to look for ice, but the stores don’t start getting ice until August here.😳 But, they did have frozen peas, which works even better. So I’ve been resting, elevating, icing, and stretching off and on all day and it’s feeling much much better, yay! Here’s hoping tomorrow, I’ll be raring to go! Thankfully, the place we’re staying at is nice, the host is super sweet and we were able to enjoy a delicious breakfast and great coffee this morning.Read more

    • Day 16

      Day 11 - Sernadelo to Agueda

      May 6 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

      Today was an almost perfect Camino day. There was cloud cover, with a light rain this morning, cooler temperatures, several cafe stops, and only 15.5 miles. With the exception of a section of an industrial zone, the walk went through lots of towns and suburbs. It was all on roads again but today there were plenty of sidewalks and wide berms. The suburbs have refurbished old houses into beautiful neighborhoods.

      Earlier this week someone said that the Camino had a way of hiding pilgrims! Today we didn't see any of our old friends until we reached our accommodations. Depending on when you start, how long you stop, and how fast you walk, many people can be on the trail and never see each other. Last night we were philosophically comparing the Camino to life. (Maybe it was the wine!). Like in life, we have met many people - some just in passing, some for a while, and some for the distance (so far). There are plenty of people that we have seen around, know that they are on the same journey, but have not had the opportunity to speak with them. Then there are those that we got to know and enjoyed their company, but our time with them wasn't to be long. Jeff (California) and Senid (South Africa) were both in their 70's and said they know their limits. They were only doing 10-12 miles a day. Alex (Germany) also was only doing short distances. He is only 50 but had overworked himself the last couple of years and is using the Camino to teach himself to slow down. We knew when we left them that we will probably not see them again but we thoroughly enjoyed meeting them.

      Then there are the people that are currently on the same path as us sometimes even staying in the same places. These are the people that you daily share the highs and lows of each day, encouragement, and even a glass of beer. How long this will go on we don't know. There are many more miles and many more pilgrims to meet. What role each plays for us is yet to be seen. Maybe a few of them will become lifetime friends! Stay tuned as this chapter keeps evolving!

      Today, we meet Luis who spends have his time in northern California and half in southern Mexico. He and his wife have been doing this for 6 years. He says live in Mexico has less stress, 70 -80 degrees year round, and are able to have a housekeeper and a gardener. I think he said this is his 4th Camino. Luis did not appear to be 50 yet.

      We have heard lots of church bells as we travel, some even out of tune. Hearing the bells reminds me (Jeff) of hearing the bells from st. Michaels every 15 minutes when i was young.
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    • Day 17

      Day 14/3 Mealhada to Agueda

      May 17, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Today we walked 25.6 kilometers with 90% of our journey over paved roads. It wasn't the most scenic part of the Camino, but the weather was perfect for a long hike; mostly overcast with a slight breeze and temperatures in the low 20's.

      The short time we spent on the unpaved trails saw us go through areas forested with cork and eucalyptus trees. The aroma permeating the air in the eucalyptus grove was heavenly. I was just a little disappointed with the lack of Koala bears in the trees.

      We got under way this morning at 6:45 and couldn't stop for coffee until 9:15 in Avelhas de Caminho, 13.5 km into our walk. Sadly, by the time we arrived, the entire Pastel de Nata inventory had been sold and I had to content myself with a rather inferior pastry. I was happy to find they also had a gluten free cake for Brenda which, in the end was also less than satisfactory.

      Our next pit stop was just 4.5 kms later in Aguada de Baixo, after which we marched the remaining 7.5 kms into Agueda.

      Brenda, Anita, Ernie and I (The Core Four) were periodically joined throughout the morning by Wil and a young German woman, Maren, who is doing a solo Camino.

      When we arrived in Agueda at 1:00, The Core Four grabbed a table at a cafe right next to the trail, ordered some ice-cold beer and waited for our companions to arrive.

      We lunched at Balance Fitfood and had dinner at the upscale Manjar de Helena before calling it a night at 9:00.

      These early starts and long walks call for hitting the sack well before our regular bedtime.
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    • Day 3

      Agueda Street’s

      June 21, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Die Stadt Agueda ist bekannt für ihre Regenschirme über den Straßen der Innenstadt. Natürlich hatten wir auch an diesem Tag Regen und die Schirme wurden erst am nächsten Tag geöffnet. So konnten wir leider nur erahnen, wie schön es dort normalerweise ist. Es lohnt sich in diesem Fall umso mehr vorher in Erfahrung zu bringen, wann die "Schirmsaison" eröffnet ist.Read more

    • Day 4

      Agueda art

      May 9 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Interesting place is this small town Agueda. It's really breathing art. Everywhere there is something to see.
      Unfortunately we didn't get to see the famous umbrella sky project because they told us that's only during the hot summer months from July to September. So we have to come back another time. The more we travel the more paces we still need to visit 😀Read more

    • Day 19

      Day 15 Sernadelo to Águeda

      September 23 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 61 °F

      Day 15 - Sernadelo to Águeda
      Saturday, September 23

      Started at 7:19 am. Finished at 1:45 pm. 25.9k/16.1m. Walking time 5h11m. Steps 32,220. Calories 1,183.

      Highlight for the day - got to see a beautiful sunrise! Had to dig out the puffy jacket this morning. Chilly. Sunny day of walking the Camino path. Mostly all pavement.

      Seeing a few more pilgrims on the Camino path. It appears we are walking the same distance which means possibly staying in the same Albergue. Tonight Ralph/Ameka (Netherlands), Peter (UK), Italian guys, Brazil gentleman, & Eza are here with me again.

      Enjoy the journey. Photos have captions. Bom Caminho.
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    • Day 5

      Águeda... Paraguas ☂️

      May 9 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Hermosa y pintoresca ciudad de la provincia de Aveiro!!! Hermoso Albergue, conexión perfecta con la Naturaleza.. Viñedos.. Casas Inmensas y sin personas, pero se conserva aún la esencia y cada punto describe una historia..Read more

    • Day 65

      PORTUGAL V. 2-2,5

      November 10, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Nu har det gått ytterligare 1,5 vecka så nu har vi varit här 2,5 vecka totalt. Vi har mer och mer kommit in i jobbet och landat. Men fortfarande slitna efter resan känner jag. Men det är mysigt att vara här, folk är snälla och kul att testa på lantlivet. Vi trivs! 🎉🍇🥝🥑Read more

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