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Barbadelo

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  • Day29

    Barbadelo

    June 27, 2017 in Spain

    Rainy, wet day today. Though very pleasant! I took a 7km detour just to see the monastery in a small town called Samos. Well worth the extra wet kilometres 😉
    Walked through Sarria too which it the town everybody starts at because it marks the last 116km. That's the minimum for getting your Compostela.
    How have I ended up in Sarria so fast? It's crazy...

  • Day24

    What's in a name?

    October 3, 2017 in Spain

    I tried convincing 2 Italian peregrinas that my name was Juan Diego. I said it with gusto and exuberance, and a bit of a bow. They weren't buying it. Eventually when I said my name was Scott, the one woman thought I said "Stop" and so she did.

    While Coleen and I are hiking the Camino Françes, it is also known as the Way of St. James in English, or Jakobsweg in German, or Chemin de Saint Jacques in French. All pilgrims head west to Santiago de Compostella -- the Iago being Spanish for James. All referring to Saint James.

    A disciple of Jesus, James had a short mission to Spain after Jesus' death, returned to the Holy Land and was beheaded by King Herod for his efforts. James' followers send his body out to sea and somehow it makes it way to Spain where centuries later his bones are discovered near present day Santiago de Compostella -- field of stars.

    What's in a name? A wonderful pilgrimage indeed.
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  • Day35

    Footsteps

    October 3, 2017 in Spain

    Following this ancient trail, we've been awed by all those who having gone before us. The trails, deeply furrowed in places have been lined with stone walls, some over 7 feet in height, to keep the hillsides from giving way. This 800 year old tree helped feed generations of pilgrims. Samos monastery, from the 6th century, continues to support its faithful. Modern day volunteers supplement official signposts with helpful spray painted way signs. Long before The Way became a Christian pilgrimage, the land inspired earlier generations to walk its length to the end of the earth and the dying sun in Finisterre.Read more

  • Day32

    Casa Barbadelo

    September 18, 2016 in Spain

    This is a really nice albergue with a swimming pool. There are several buildings spread out over the grounds. It's in a rural area, and a great place to relax on a nice day. A few people that I've met along the way are staying here and we enjoyed some Galician style pulpo and sangria on the patio this afternoon.

  • Day16

    Samos - Monastic Disapointment

    October 4, 2017 in Spain

    A short day today, only 11kms (3hrs) walked today into the village of Samos. Franz (from Germany 🇩🇪) and I opted for some religious immersion. Go to the monastery and rough it in a very basic Albergue, while witnessing the life and chants of the monks. Well disappointing was our experience ! We paid for a sanitised tour (the tour guide was an excellent young women) but we saw very little. The monastery is huge, but in serious decline with only 10 men in residence. So...onto the Albergue de Perigrinos Monasterio de Samos which we discover is separate from the Monastery and simply is housed in the same building. Despite both our guide books indicating the Albergue organised tours of the monastery and benediction - it does not. It is one long vaulted space full of hobbling pilgrims, snoring, and laughing!!! Well we arrived early and we're told in welcoming terms it didn't open until 1pm and NO we could not leave our packs at 12.30pm. So, Franz and I visited the 11th Century Capilla del Cipres, one of the oldest surviving buildings on the Camino. Simultaneously we received wisdom, and decided not to rough it, but to book into the Albergue Alboroque (across the road from the Monastery Albergue) who's welcome was genuinely warm. We were told to just go up and select our beds and then come down and pay. A small bedroom of some six beds we cherry picked the best and set out our packs etc. We ate at the restaurant with two very nice Australians and over some Galician food we put the world to rights. Franz and I went to mass at 7.30pm and then ate at the neighbouring restaurant where the internal issues of Catalan were being played out on the telly, and with an amazing multi-lingual German I enjoyed the translation. Bed and lights out followed a brief conversation with my beautiful Emma. Another day closer to being together again.Read more

  • Day16

    Sarria and the last day with Franz

    October 4, 2017 in Spain

    Today Franz and I walked our last day together. Setting out from Samos in usual good spirits (in the dark) we passed through the small hamlets of Foxos; Teiguin; and then selected the choice of going through Calvor (to avoid walking along the road to Sarria) today would be our last day together. Franz would meet his wife in Sarria and together they would finish the Camino. Stopping at Sarria for one last cafe con leche (coffee with milk) together at the Hotel Alfonso IX where I guess Franz and his wife will enjoy slightly better hospitality than at an Albergue (although as Franz told me "no swimming pool !" Well Franz if we ever meet again, my Albergue de Barbadelo has one here!!
    Sarria holds the record for the most Albergues in one town. As the last city before the minimum 100km point set by the Catholic church to be eligible to receive the Compostela. But it didn't inspire me to stop, after yesterday's disappointment I wanted something more rural. So...I find myself in Barbadelo (with a pool). Barbadelo, small as it is, once housed a monastery on 874. The Albergue de Barbadelo is new and well equipped (oh did I say it's got a pool 😎). Don't know what I'll have for dinner tonight, and tomorrow is a slightly longer walk to Portomarin tomorrow (21km). And, I hope wearing my boots loose will get me there without pain, if not there's always my sandals to the rescue.
    As one friendship parts, tonight is for contemplation reflection and being alone. X
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  • Day32

    Barbadelo

    May 27, 2017 in Spain

    The route today took us through more lush forest, it feels like such a treat after the Meseta. We are becoming more and more confident that we will make it to Santiago. It's a great feeling. We've seen many people become too injured or ill to continue on foot and we feel like the lucky ones in that we've come so far with no serious injuries. One of the sayings on the Camino is that pain is a part of the way. Pain has a way of keeping me in the present moment, so I try to think of it as a gift. It was tough to maintain that philosophical outlook after I had a tangle with a stinging nettle bush today.

    We met up with our English friends, Jaime and Claire, for second breakfast again. We shared our post Camino plans to visit London with them and they invited us to look them up when we arrived. We spent the afternoon soaking up the sun and reading in the outdoor garden with a spectacular view of the countryside.
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  • Day30

    Barbadelo

    July 18, 2015 in Spain

    Dagens härbärge är fixat. Det börjar bli trångt på pilgrimsleden nu. Alla vill vara framme till den 24 då firandet av St Jacobs dag (25/7) börjar. Nu gäller det att boka härbärge för att säkra tillgången. Vi bor fint ute på landet i en nerlagd skola. Här finns en pool vilket Måns gillar. Summering av dagens vandring är att naturen är mycket vacker vilket resulterar i en rogivande vandring. Underbar skogsvegetation. Massor med pittoreska platser med små fina hus och kyrkor.Read more

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