Praça Conde de Águeda

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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

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