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Parque Infantil do Barco

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    • Day3

      Challenging day

      June 28, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

      Today was challenging but I (re) learned some import l lessons-
      1. Let fellow pilgrims help you. Charles helped me adjust my backpack which greatly reduced my hip and lower back pain. By mid day, I had learned to lean away from the sea wind and use my poles for physical support.
      2. Acknowledge the talents and skills of others. Because I was struggling, I encouraged Charles to walk in front to set the pace. He kept us going at 2.7 mph along the coast and when we turned toward the Central route, he kept us safe on tiny, busy country roads. I was truly thankful for his leadership.
      3. Trust in God. Using the Brierley guidebook, Apple Maps, and Google maps, we safely negotiated the unmarked route from Vila do Condo to Sao Pedro de Rates. Amid cornfields and farms, we saw no yellow arrows anywhere. It felt like we were creating this path. With Charles’ guidance, I knew God was walking with us.
      4. Grace is in abundance on the Camino. Today was marked by joyful grace. We enjoyed a respite in an empty courtyard, arriving for lunch at closing time. The lady at Cafe Barbosa graciously fed and watered two tired pilgrims plus we used her bathroom.
      5. Love, kindness, and history. Now we are in Albergue Sao Pedro do Rates, the oldest albergue in Portugal. The pilgrims are from Germany, Canada, France, DC, London-so friendly and fun. The hospitelero was gracious and helpful.

      Charles has some foot issues, so I reminded him that we can take a day off. He’s not ready for that, but we’ll play it be ear.
      Goodnight!
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      Traveler

      Beautiful post and contemplation

      6/28/22Reply
      Traveler

      ❤️

      6/28/22Reply
      Kathie Lassos the Moon

      Such beautiful reflection! Thank you for sharing!

      6/28/22Reply
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    • Day12

      Matosinhos to Angeiras

      September 23, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      I started the morning (once off the Metro) by crossing a large bridge, then meandered through town until I found the ocean. It’s not hard to find. And though the trail is not well marked, it is fairly easy to “keep the water on your left.”

      Yesterday’s tour came in handy. When I got to the big obelisk, I already knew the story, more or less. There weren’t any coffee shops open for quite a while, and I was making good time. When I got to a fishing village (lots of cats) I found a café and a ham and cheese bun. Luckily I had eaten my pastel de nata before leaving the hostel.
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    • Day13

      Camino Portuguese Day 3

      September 24, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      One of my roommates was asleep by 8:00 last night, and gone by 6:30. The other two were out past midnight and did not stir while I got ready. I found a café for a nutritious breakfast, and was on my way.Read more

    • Day12

      Vila do Conde to Povoa de Varzim

      September 23, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      After lunch it was difficult to find the marked route, which was more direct to the town where I would stay. So again I meandered over to the ocean and just kept the water on my left. This took longer than expected, so I think I did walk further than required. Oh well. It was still a lot easier than the day I walked to Finisterre.

      Today is my first upper bunk of the trip. When I was a kid I loved the upper bunk. Not so much now. After a rest and a beer (the German in the room had some to share), I headed out for dinner. I tried a local sausage entrée. Not my favourite but not terrible either.

      I could see the sunset as the restaurant is on the beach, but it was not spectacular tonight, so no photo.
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      Traveler

      @Larry. Nice to see you surface on Arlene's blog. Hope you and your family are well.

      9/23/22Reply
      Traveler

      Last time I followed Arlene when she walked with Rachel ...

      9/24/22Reply
       
    • Day2

      Vila Do Conde

      October 13, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Started my walk out of misty, misty Porto this morning.
      Did I bite off more than I could chew? 100%.
      28,5km was a bit much for day 1.
      Did I get lost on my way out of Porto? Also 100% 😅

      75% cobblestones hurt like hell after about 20km, the last 8km were long and hard but I made it ❤️

      I didn't meet a single other pilgrim the entire day!!
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      Traveler

      Well done Kate….. smashing it

      10/13/22Reply
      Traveler

      Rest up and check on tomorrow

      10/13/22Reply
       
    • Day13

      Povoa de Varzim to Agucadoura

      September 24, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      I started along the water again today, and then along a maze of boardwalks.

      The path was somewhat better marked today. At one spot there were 4 arrows all at once. To make up for the lack in other areas, presumably.

      Along the beach were condos with lovely views and roll shutters to keep out any nasty weather, and a bit farther were older homes with walls that blocked all views and weather. Built in different times for different priorities.

      I also saw a few camper vans parked along the ocean. Just like Walmart at home😆. Some were surfers.

      I stopped for café at a beachside bar mid morning.
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      Traveler

      I remember this way...similar sunny day.

      9/24/22Reply
      Traveler

      I’ve had wonderful weather!

      9/25/22Reply
       
    • Day4

      1st Day Trekking

      October 6, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

      Started from Matozinhos today up to Vila do Castell. About 12.5 miles in all. It was an easy- ish 1st day with no significant climbs. I did get stuck having made a rookie mistake. I agonized for weeks on how to carry what I needed for the day. I had decided on a hydration pack and a Fanny pack and had done several walks with this combination which worked fine. Then I saw a bigger waist bag with pockets for water bottles and thought that would be the better way to go. So I ordered it but never tried it out before I left. So when i put it on today- fully packed- well, if you’ve seen the scene with Reese Witherspoon in “Wild” you get the idea. My lumbar spine was not happy. So- I have pulled out everything that wasn’t absolutely necessary and I’m gonna try to fashion some shoulder straps to help with support. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.
      I was in and out of cell reception so could not follow through on my listening plans. I saw and talked to a couple of other pilgrims today. A young lady from Switzerland and Jerry from Dublin- also a recent retiree. Jerry has been adventuring since he retired. Went half way around the world on a cargo ship and has also completed parts of the northern route.
      So far I am really enjoying traveling alone! There is something really freeing about doing what you want when you want.
      It will be an early night for me. Didn’t sleep well last night and want to be fresh for the walk tomorrow!
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    • Day3

      Labruge - Póvoa da Varzim (ca. 14 km)

      September 8, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      - Slow down! -

      Nehme dir die Zeit, die du für deinen persönlichen (Lebens-)weg brauchst. Sei nicht traurig oder enttäuscht, wenn es nicht so schnell voran geht, wie du es dir vorstellst und vergleiche deinen Weg nicht mit dem der anderen. Du bist es, der zwischen Unmut und Gelassenheit entscheidet.

      Lektion 2: Gelassenheit als Wegbegleitung ist ratsam. Finden kannst du sie bei Gott, der dir versichert, dass du genau an dem Ort, an dem du dich gerade befindest, richtig bist und gerade nirgendwo anders sein musst - körperlich und geistig.

      - Focus on Jesus and trust&believe! -

      Zur Route:
      Labruge - Vila Chã - Vila do Conde - Póvoa da Varzim

      Der Weg führte zu Beginn wieder über Holzwege und durch Sand durch Dünen, kleine Fischerdörfer und verlassenen Städtchen, immer an der links von uns verlaufenden Küste entlang. Mit ca. 14 km in 3 Stunden waren wir heute morgen schnell unterwegs. Vielleicht hatten wir das Gefühl, dem dauerhaften (Niesel-)Regen entkommen zu müssen; auf der anderen Seite läuft es sich früh am Morgen einfach am Besten. Nach 10 km verabschiedeten wir eine Pilgerin, die sich auf den zentralen Weg durch Portugal begab. Während ich in Póvoa da Varzim blieb, lief ein Mitpilger weiter, da er nur zwei Wochen frei hat und dem entsprechend schneller Kilometer zurück legen muss. Eigentlich wollte ich auch weiterlaufen und war sogar traurig, vergleichsweise wenige Kilometer unterwegs zu sein - im Nachhinein war es aber eine gute und die richtige Entscheidung.
      Statt den Wegweisern weiter zu folgen, machte ich eine lange Pause am Strand, an dem ich die Tschechin Lucie kennenlernte, mit der ich den Nachmittag verbrachte. Eigentlich wollten wir im Meer schwimmen, da die Wellen jedoch sehr hoch und die Strömung zu stark war, stellten wir uns nur in die Wellen und hatten bereits hierbei damit zu kämpfen, stehen zu bleiben, da die Wellen so stark waren (auch die lifeguards empfohlen, nicht zu schwimmen und nicht zu weit ins Wasser zu gehen). Am Abend gingen wir gemeinsam essen und machten einen Abendspaziergang (weil unsere Füße überhaupt nicht weh tun und weil wir ja sowieso kaum zu Fuß unterwegs sind). Es ist sehr spannend, welchen Menschen ich begegne. Sowohl die Beweggründe dafür den Weg zu gehen als auch die Berufe (Feuerwehrfrau, Müller, Reittherapeutin, Sängerin/Songwriterin) sind sehr individuell.
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      Traveler

      Guten Morgen, ich wünsche dir schöne Begegnungen und Erlebnisse auf deiner heutigen Wegstrecke.

      9/8/22Reply
      Traveler

      Dankeschön 😊⚓️

      9/8/22Reply
       
    • Day3

      Póvoa de Varzim

      May 15, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Nach knapp 20 km pilgern angekommen. Um 14 Uhr macht die kleine Herberge auf , hoff Ich bekomme ein Plätzchen , vor allem eine warme Dusche und endlich trockene Kleidung , bin völlig durchnässt.
      Jetzt ess ich erstmal was und gönn mir ein Gläschen Vinho Verde 😍
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    • Day3

      Pilgerblues ?

      May 15, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Die zweite Etappe der Variante Küste ging heute nach Póvoa de Varzim , hier angekommen fand ich mich in einer Touristischen Stadt wieder der ich einfach nichts abgewinnen kann. Dachte erst mich hat der Pilgerblues erwischt 🤷🏼‍♀️ wäre ja auch nicht schlimm, doch auf den Punkt gebracht gefällt es mir hier überhaupt nicht. An der Strandpromenade reiht sich ein Café dem nächsten und Souvenirläden & Bar s wechseln sich ab , nix für mich.
      Hab mich entschieden morgen zum Traditionellen Caminho zurück zukehren, es wird ein Stück zu laufen sein. Doch mein Herz & und mein Bauch sagen mir : Geh deinen Weg 💜

      Wie im richtigen Leben darf sich der Lebensweg und auch die Entscheidungen ändern - wenn es sich richtiger anfühlt 🥰
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