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Soure Municipality

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    • Day 12

      More Rain!

      March 27 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

      The rain was on and off again today, along with some very high winds. In the ucalyptus tree forest, many were cracking in the wind. I thought for sure that some would come down. I made it to a very nice alberge here in Alvorge. The trails were very nice today, but few towns to get anything to eat. I would like to shine the light on the sweet old lady in the minimercado this morning, who insisted on buying my morning pastry for this dishevelled looking pilgrim. Here are some pics.Read more

    • Day 13

      Rain, Rain

      March 28 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

      It was a rainy 22 km's again today. When I arrived at Conimbriga, most of my stuff was very damp. At the hostel tonight, many of the people that I have met on and off were all at the same place tinight. Skyler from the USA, the girl from germany, Karen from Holland, and Alex from the Ukraine are all here. Since everybody had wet stuff, Alex found a drycleaners near us. We all put our stuff together and took it there. They washed everything and dryed it for 8.00 euro! So we all will have dry socks for the morning! Skyler was set on getting an american style burger from a restaurant that he had heard about. We all went and had burgers. So everything clean and dry tonight in this cozy albergue. Tomorrow Coimbra!Read more

    • Day 20

      Conimbriga

      May 6 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      Conímbriga ist eine seit der Kupferzeit gegründete Siedlung, die während der Römischen Republik ein wichtiges Zentrum war und mindestens bis zum 9. Jh. bewohnt war . 
      Von Coimbra aus dort hinzukommen, geht def.
      leicht mit Auto oder Wohnwagen. Es gibt keinen Zug direkt dorthin, nur 2x am Tag einen Bus der FA. Trandev , konnte ich nur im Internet recherchieren, aber nicht die Uhrzeit und von wo genau. So begab ich mich in aller Früh zum Bahnhof Coimbra, nicht Coimbra B und fragte mich dort bei den Bussen durch. Nicht mal die eigenen Fahrer wissen das, bis ich einen traf, der mir den Typ gab, zw. 8 Uhr und 8:30 gegenüber dem Taxistand. Und dieser Bus ist mit Condeixa / Condeixa-a-Nova als Ziel gekennzeichnet. Der Fahrer sagte mir dann, der Bus zurück kommt um ca 13 Uhr 20. Also blieb mir nicht soviel Zeit, obwohl man dort sicher einen ganzen Tag verbringen kann.
      Es war voll interessant und dann ging's nach Porto, obwohl ich nur vorhatte, nach Mealhada zu fahren und von dort weiterzugehen bis Lendiosa. Dort gibt es ein Hostel. Auf dem Weg dorthin, kamen mir schon arg viele Pilger in Gruppen entgegen, OK die kommen aus der anderen Richtung.
      Aber leider war das Hostel und alle anderen in der Umgebung auch belegt. Warum, klar v. 4. bis 10.5. machen die Spanier den Fatimaweg und haben wieder alles reserviert als Gruppe. Also wieder zurück nach Mealhada, eine Station bis Pampilhosa und von dort nach Porto. Dort hatte ich schon Hostel reserviert. Lag super gleich 2 min von Metro entfernt, mit der ich nur 2 Stationen fahren musste.
      Ein ereignisreicher Tag, aber wunderschön und vor allem sonnig und warm.
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    • Day 4

      Roman Ruins, old University & Fado Music

      March 6 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 61 °F

      Our hotel tonight (Conimbriga Hotel do Paço) was once the Almadas Palace, a royal residence dating back to the 14th century. It underwent extensive renovation 30 years ago to turn it into an historic hotel.

      This morning we had a short drive to the Roman ruins of Conímbriga. The site is one of the largest Roman settlements identified in Portugal. To date, less than 20% has been excavated. Romans occupied the site from the 1st century BC until the mid-5th century when they were pushed out by Germanic armies. The wall outlines of a few homes had been excavated, and some nice mosaic floor tiles were reconstructed, but most impressive was the Casa dos Repuxos (house of fountains). This was an aristocratic residence dating from the 2nd century AD, which was built with a complex lead-pipe hydraulic system that fed several fountains and ornamental pools. The house also has a rich set of mosaics depicting mythological, geometric and plant scenes.

      We continued with an exploration of Coimbra, the first capital city of Portugal. There we toured the oldest university in Portugal, the University of Coimbra. The site was a former royal palace until 1290 when the king realized he needed to start a university to stem the brain drain of students attending foreign universities (on Portuguese funding) and then not returning home. We visited the university prison (for naughty students!), the library, chapel, and other palace rooms converted for academic use.

      We then walked over to a local fado house for a performance of this traditional music of Portugal. This expressive, often melancholic Portuguese folk music tradition, is sometimes referred to as “Lisbon blues” because “fado” means “fate” and songs are often nostalgic or sad. Coimbra has their own take on this genre, using it for wooing lovers, and some of the songs were definitely on the more upbeat side. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to take videos to share with you.
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    • Day 13

      Etappe 11

      May 20, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Sali zämä!
      Gestern wurden wir, bei unserer Ankunft in der Herberge, sehr freundlich von unserem neusten Herbergsvater begrüsst! Als er unsere Pässe sah, erzählte er sogleich, dass er 8Jahre in der Schweiz (Bulle) gearbeitet habe. Er war sehr gesprächig  und gab uns gleich das Gefühl, willkommen zu sein!
      Zum Abendessen wurde uns zum ersten Mal auf diesem Weg ein Pilgermenue offeriert. Es war echt gut! Auch frühstücken war in dieser Herberge möglich, aber, so wurde uns gesagt, erst um 07:30Uhr. Pünktlich wie wir nun mal sind, erschienen wir zur angegebenen Zeit vor der allerdings noch geschlossenen Tür. Die frischen Brötchen, und somit unser Frühstück, waren schon da...es hing, da die Bäckerei die Brotbestellung geliefert hatte,  sozusagen in einer Tasche an der Türfalle.
      Als dann um 08:00Uhr die Pforte geöffnet und somit das Frühstück serviert wurde, waren wir doch sehr erleichtert! Denn ohne Frühstück loszulegen, wäre nicht die beste Option gewesen!
      Die heutige Etappe war sehr gut zu bewältigen. Es gab nur wenig Steigung, was uns, nach gestern, entgegen kam. Unterwegs hatten wir eine Begegnung mit einem Anhänger des Templerordens..., sie wird uns unvergesslich bleiben. Der Templer wohnt abseits der Zivilisation, in seinem eigenen kleinen Reich, welches er ganz originell gestaltet hat. Gegen eine freiwillige Spende konnte man Kaffee oder Tee trinken. Obst und Kekse waren auch im Angebot. Er war sehr religiös und erzählte viel, aber nichts von sich! Und doch... auf jede Frage bekam man eine gute, originelle Antwort! Die kleine Kapelle auf seinem Grundstück hatte er selbst errichtet. Als wir uns dann entschlossen weiterzuziehen, wünschte er uns Frieden. Er verabschiedete sich von uns,  indem er alle 3 Strophen vom Pilgerlied ULTREIA sang!
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    • Day 4

      Finalmente in ostello

      May 7 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Finiamo la nostra tappa tra saliscendi e temperature in aumento.
      Arriviamo a Valada, dove abbiamo prenotato 2 letti in dormitorio.
      Troviamo la ragazza Croata, la signora Inglese e uno dei due ragazzi tedeschi di ieri.
      Il cammino come sempre allunga e accorcia durante la giornata ma riunisce sempre alla fine della tappa.
      Spuntino e doccia sono obbligatori!
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    • Day 10

      Etapa 8: Rabacal

      January 13 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

      Tonight’s Alburgue has been the nicest so far! True lux living! They have a pool out back and amazing have heat in the bedrooms for the winter which is super nice to have!

      The owner of the Alburgue also owns a restaurant in the village and has a good deal for pilgrims. I had stingray for dinner. Very good but tons of bones which are supposedly edible but did not really felt that way. I dined and had good conversation with Lee and Margarida!Read more

    • Day 9

      Etapa 7: Alvaiázere

      January 12 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      In this town, I met another pilgrim from South Korea. His name is Lee and he brought wine and cheese and popcorn to share with everyone. He said he hadn’t seen any other pilgrims in 3 days so I think we was quite happy to have others around. We talked in the Alburgue quite late into the evening! Meeting people has been quite nice, but it’s been harder to keep up with this travel journal at night though. Lee doesn’t speak great English but really enjoys saying very humanist statements and seeing where that leads us like ‘I don’t think anyone is truly evil’ or ‘I think K-pop has unfair standards’. Margarida seems very interested in American politics but didn’t seem to want to ask me anything directly, so instead she asked me to describe what the American national identity is.

      I enjoyed some Bifanas for dinner which is essentially pork and bread. It’s very filling but quite simple, so I added some cheese to mine!
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    • Day 5

      Partenza! Giorno 5

      May 8 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Partiamo verso le 7.30.
      Facciamo un percorso alternativo. Il cammino passa dai campi, ma noi, essendo pellegrini atipici, preferiamo puntare verso il centro del paese, ed esattamente alla pastelleria per fare colazione.
      Il caldo si sente già, quindi dopo poco cambiamo assetto vestiario e ci spalmiamo di crema solare.
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    • Day 10

      Day 10, Alvorge to Conimbriga

      April 10, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

      Day 10, I can’t believe it’s already been 10 days! We started off with a chill in the air, it did warm up but not as warm as it has been. It looks like we’re in store for some chilly weather and possibly rain later this week. Today’s distance was just short of yesterday’s, finishing at 13.49 miles. We had quite a few inclines today. It never fails, as soon as we start climbing I go into forced march mode. I don’t look up. I just focus on taking the hill, then before I know it, I’m there! We walked through a few small hamlets and enjoyed time on the trail surrounded by trees and wildflowers. Right when we were looking for a shady spot to take a little siesta, we came upon some serious trail magic! Someone had set up patio furniture, coffee, and apples in a quaint little area with cairns and other features to look at. It was a welcome relief, just in time. That’s some Camino Magic!✨Read more

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