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Viana do Castelo

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  • Day79

    Caminha

    July 26 in Portugal

    Unser letzter Stopp in Portugal ist in einem kleinen Dorf kurz vor den spanischen Grenze - Caminha.
    Wir haben Plakate gesehen, dass hier ein Mittelalter Fest statt findet. Als wir ankamen hatten leider viele Stände noch geschlossen. Es war aber trotzdem nett drüber zu schlendern. Wir haben eine sehr leckeres Brot gegessen, in dem Schinken, Salami und Käse schon eingebacken waren. Der Teig war eher süßlich, was hier in Portugal öfter der Fall ist. Bei diesem Gebäck hat es gut geschmeckt, sonst sind wir aber keine Fans davon.Read more

  • Day4

    Viana do Castelo

    July 17 in Portugal

    PÓVOA DE VARZIM - FÁO - MARINHAS - VIANA DO CASTELO

    35KM

    heute bin 6.30 gestartet ... der Weg war diesmal weniger ansprechend...ich lief die ganze Zeit an einer Hauptstraße entlang die eigentlich nur kerzengeradeaus ging und die Sonne brannte gnadenlos.. gut dass ich ne Cap dabei hatte... etwas Sonnenbrand konnte ich am Rest der nicht bedeckten Körperstellen nicht vermeiden ... inklusive die ersten Blasen unterhalb der grossen Zehen..
    Die letzten Kilometer waren megaanstrengend da ich vor Schmerzen in den Beinen kaum laufen konnte.. ordentlich Muskelkater...

    Aber jammern hilft ja nix...😂😂

    Ich bin froh nach dem Tag gestern noch was drauflegen konnte..denn die Berge kommen ja erst noch... wie ich mich drauf freue..lol

    Anbei die schönsten Eindrücke vom wenig beeindruckenden Weg heute..😋

    Bis morgen 😘😘
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  • Day5

    Caminha

    July 18 in Portugal

    Heute nur mal ein paar Eindrücke...

    Es ging von Viana do Castelo nach Caminha...25 km teils zu Fuß, teils mit dem Zug...ich war immer noch etwas beeinträchtigt nach den Anstrengungen der letzten Tage..aber mir geht's langsam besser .

    Morgen geht's wieder normal weiter... 6Uhr Richtung Valença...weg vom Meer. Schnief...an für die portugiesisch/spanische Grenze....

    Übrigens: hier wird als Zweitsprache nicht etwa spanisch oder englisch gesprochen ..Nein.. wohin man geht und steht seit 3 Tagen..französisch...

    Bis morgen ihr Lieben 😘😘😘
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  • Day77

    Vila Praia de Âncora

    July 24 in Portugal

    Wir waren in Espinho noch auf dem größten wöchentlichen Markt Europas. Von Hühnern, über Gebäck bis Klamotten kann man hier alles kaufen. Nachdem wir ein paar Souvenirs gekauft haben, geht es weiter nach Vila Praia de Âncora.
    Unser Campingplatz liegt am Fluss "Âncora". Der Fluss hat eine super angenehme Temperatur im Gegensatz zum Meer. Wir genießen es also sehr hier ins Wasser zu gehen! Wir waren auch Mal am Strand. Da hier aber zwei Luftströme aufeinander treffen gibt es häufig Nebel, wie auch an diesem Tag. Die Stimmung am Strand war richtig mystisch.
    Zufälligerweise haben wir an dem Campingplatz wieder den Iveco aus Aveiro getroffen! Diesmal konnte Moritz sich ausführlich mit dem Besitzer austauschen und durfte auch eine Runde mitfahren.
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  • Day8

    Day 3 of Camino De Santiago

    September 5 in Portugal

    So day 3 was even more bleh than day 2. It started off rainy and muggy again. Today, I saw less pilgrims. Maybe 10 at the church in the morning to get our stamps then everyone dissipated. I walked with the gay couple from the hostel for about an hour and then stopped to get a bite to eat for breakfast so they went on their way. From there I had the choice to stay on the marked path or go towards the ocean on the "riskier" unmarked path. Since this was on the ocean, I decided to choose this way. Not to late after I was starting to regret my decision! Not only was the path on the ocean unmarked, but it was sand dunes after sand dunes of climbing. Not to mention there were bulls everywhere on this beach. I've never seen bulls on a beach. I was praying they would stay put. They did. My feet were hurting so bad at that point that I decided to take my shoes off and walk bare feet in the ocean. Was it ever freezing!! (Please remind me to go somewhere in the Mediterranean after this walk 😑) But it was better than taking the suffering from the blisters. To give you an idea, of the pain I decide to cut up pads to tape to my socks inside my shoes.. 😑😐.

    The more you walk the camino the more you will try anything to heal the pain you are creating!!!

    Anyway. 30 km later I had arrived at the ferry to cross over to Viana Do Castelo. This wonderful town. My GPS gave another 55 minute walk to my albergues. You've got to be kidding me! How did I not notice this when I booked it! Ugh. If I thought that was bad! I get to a the flight of stairs to go up to Santa Luzia. Well. That's the way to my room for the night! There must of been something like 500 steps. If someone can find out how many there were please do tell me! It felt like 1000 at this point. About half way through I notice a funicular going up from the city to the top. You have to be f*cking kidding me!!! 😡😡😡 #%×*$#!!!! Thanks GPS for telling me I had another option!

    Many breaks later and some cursing - I get to the top. Why would someone do this walk and put themselves through this much suffering! The albergue was nice but strange. Almost too quiet. On top of that the doors didn't have a lock. I guess I'll be sleeping with one eye open. I used the funicular to go get some food in the city and called it a night at 8pm. Let's hope tomorrow is better.
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  • Day8

    Day 4 of Camino de Santiago

    September 5 in Portugal

    Wow it's 8:30am - I slept for 11.5 hours. I guess my body needed it! I start my day when the funicular brings me down at 9:00am (nope - not going down those stairs). It's beautiful the sun is out and the weather is perfect! I had breakfast with the couples from France (the ones wearing a QC poncho on day 2) who were in the kitchen before me. They gave me suggestions as to where to go in Europe after this trip. They were all talking over each other one with a better suggestion than the next - I left there more confused than before about where I should go. 🤔

    My day was wonderful. Despite walking another 30km. These distances are brutal and much more than I expected! My feet now have 5 blisters- I have no idea what I'm doing wrong to get so many blisters. I went to the pharmacy to buy compounds to wear tomorrow. Anyway- At the start of my walk this morning I ended up meeting this couple - he from Portugual, she from Spain. They were absolutely delightful and so so sweet. We walked together all day. I practiced my Spanish, she practiced her English and her boyfriend was the translator. It was quite comical. Along the way we kept meeting the gay couple (who's totally not gay btw) and their friend. They are 3 friends doing the camino together and are all in their 70s. Two of them have done the camino 26 times!!! That's insane.

    Anyway. 30km later and I had arrived at my stop for the night. The sweet couple were crossing over to Spain as they're doing this camino in compressed time. Wow. They are in shape! We exchanged numbers and they told me to call them if ever I needed help or anything along the way. I truly hope I cross them again. Its strange how you just click with some people sometimes.

    I found a hotel as there were no hostels or alot of choices. It was crazy expensive but as soon as the front desk mentioned pool and spa I was sold. The pool felt oh so good on my feet and entire legs. The spa was perfect to detox. My room has a theme: "videogame".😒 Couldn't I get a room with a different theme... Say wine? Puppies? Shopping? Nope. Videogames. I do feel like I'm in a videogame with these walls.

    The gay couple who are not gay (for the rest of my blog I shall refer to them as the Spanish men - since I am sure we will cross paths just about every day). So the Spanish men told me I could not leave Portugal without having "Baclahau'". So. Since I cross over to Spain in the morning I knew it was my last night to have this. What a bummer that I hadn't discovered this before!!! It's AMAZING 😍😍😍. I know we have salted cod in Canada. I must learn to make this recipe.

    Almost 120km done so far. Almost half way! Spain - here I come! Portugal - it's been an adventure!

    P.s. I've decided to abandon my birkenstocks here. They really stink and are heavy. They've been replaced with 2Euro Brazil flip flops.
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  • Day5

    Die bisher schönste aber auch härteste Etappe mit Bravour gemeistert💪 22,5 km.., 29111 Schritte mitten durch die Berge🧗🏻‍♀️Eukalyptuswälder und kleinen Dörfern🙈👣🌿Wunderschöne Aussichten⛪️🦎sehr nette Menschen aus aller Welt kennen gelernt. Die Etappe war selbst für erfahrene Pilgerer eine echte Herausforderung. Wir sind stolz es geschafft zu haben und gönnen uns morgen, in der schönen Großstadt Viana do Castelo, einen Tag Auszeit😜Read more

  • Day7

    Heute haben wir uns einen Vorsprung nach A Guarda Caminha ergaunert 🚛 um den Weg Richtung Vila Nova de Cerveira anzusteuern. Wir haben uns entschieden den Weg auf der Landesgrenze zwischen Portugal 🇵🇹 und Spanien 🇪🇸 zu gehen. Dieses ist die schönste Strecke um auf den Caminho Central zu wechseln. Die Strecken werden kürzer aber auch anstrengender und schöner⛲️🏘⛪️ Heute zeigt die Uhr 19038 Schritte und 14,6 km durch Berge ⛰ und an dem schönen Fluss Rio Coura entlang über viele kleine Dörfer und 🏞schönsten Landschaften. Morgen werden wir Valenca erreichen und damit die hälfte unserer Reise bereits hinter uns lassen😊👣Read more

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Distrito de Viana do Castelo, Viana do Castelo

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