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Águeda Municipality

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    • Day 14

      Day 14, Zero day in Águeda

      April 14, 2023 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

      Etappe 14

      May 23, 2023 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 12

      Etapa 9: Coimbra

      January 15 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

      Update: Whoops, did not realize this post and the last one did not update!

      I arrived to Coimbra with Margarida on a very rainy evening. We said our goodbyes after having spent a couple of days in Alburgues together as she was heading back to Lisbon by bus to complete the rest of the route at a later date. I stayed in the back room of an old church convent. It was a real maze to get to. Like through 3 different courtyards. The next morning, it was still quite rainy and I did some laundry in the morning and had lunch under a covered bench in a park. Realizing that I was really losing daylight and would probably have to walk in the dark and rain again, I decided to stay in Coimbra one more night haha

      The second night, I stayed in a hostel in the city center which had MUCH better showers. I explored the city a bit during the day (it was built around an old and very important university) and in the evening, I got Korean fried chicken with some people I met at my hostel. Fran and I were also trying to see some Fado music, but the location was unfortunately closed. So instead, we tried to find a bar with people (hard on a rainy Monday night) and get some drinks!
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    • Day 16

      Day 11 - Sernadelo to Agueda

      May 6, 2023 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 10

      Coimbra - Àgueda - Porto

      September 4, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 21 °C

      Die Reise ging weiter durch Portugal und ich kam dem Norden immer näher. Das Wetter und die Temparaturen haben sich jedoch geändert. Heute haben wir 19 Grad und dauerregen, was mich aber nicht davon abhielt die kleine Stadt Àgueda zu erkunden. Zum glück hat es so viele Schirme, die die Regentropfen auffangen. Ich habe bemerkt, dass mir die kleinen Städte oder Dörfer viel mehr gefallen. In einer grossen Stadt wie Lissabon oder Sevilla vermisse ich etwas die Ruhe oder die tollen Gespräche mit den Menschen von derjenigen Stadt. In Coimbra und Àgueda hatte ich einige Gespräche mit den Leuten und konnte viel Wissen über Portugal oder die Kultur erlangen. Ich liebe es mit dem Zug unterwegs zu sein und jeden Tag etwas neues zu sehen. Momentan bin ich ungerne lange an einem Ort. Da ich jedoch immer unterwegs und somit stetig auf trab war, freue ich mich auf meinen selbst gekochten Gemüsereis und einen Film den ich mir im Zimmer anschaue. Morgen gehts nähmlich schon weiter nach Porto.Read more

    • Day 5

      Águeda... Paraguas ☂️

      May 9, 2023 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 19

      Day 15 Sernadelo to Águeda

      September 23, 2023 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 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 8

      Day of the bug

      October 23, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

      I woke this morning to see a big fat bedbug climbing up my sleeping sheet. Yuk! Squashed it between my fingers and sure enough, it had just feasted. So a report to the hospitalero, who was very grateful to be told and reacted exactly as one would hope. He said an albergue between Coimbra and Mealhade has a real infestation and the priest there refuses to get proper eradication or control because it costs too much. Which causes a problem further up the line with pilgrims being inadvertent carriers. He drove me to the big laundromat in town and I did the hot dryer thing with bedding and clothes. Luckily I had kept a sealed dry bag of clothes just for this contingency - so changed into those - rather proud of that - it was a Mr Bean effort in front of a plate glass window beside a busy street. The skills one learns at boarding school! No bites showing up yet but I’m prepared with antihistamine at the ready.
      Then another rather trying walk to Águeda where I have a lovely room in a good hotel.
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    • Day 50

      56ème étape ~ Agueda

      September 21, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Petit tour rapide dans la ville d’Agueda réputée pour son umbrella sky project.
      C’est très joli comme petite visite ☂️

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Águeda, Agueda, Águeda Municipality, آگوئدا, აგედა, Агеда, Ageda, 阿格達

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