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    • Day 23

      Barrantes to Vilanova de Arousa

      October 4, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      The first half of the day was fabulous, first on the Ruta de Piedra y Agua, then beside the Rio Umia - all on dirt trails. So lovely and mostly downhill. Also alongside many vineyards.

      But because we took our time and a lot of photos, our progress was slower than usual, so by the time we got to our destination we were knackered (Camino term).Read more

    • Day 9–10

      9.2 Etappe: A Armenteira bis Os Castaños

      June 22 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Und weil der zweite Teil der Etappe so schön war, musste ich einen weiteren Footprint hinzufügen. Pro Footprint kann man nur 20 Fotos hochladen. Am Ende möchte ich mir darauf eine Foto-Reise-Tagebuch erstellen lassen.

      Wir sind wie durch einen Zauberwald heute gekommen. Nur über schmale Waldwege, Wurzeln unf Steine entlang an einem Bach. Es war so wunderschön.

      Berit ist ein sehr einfühlsamer und spiritueller Mensch. Wir haben viel erzählt und sie stellt ganz tolle und tiefgründige Fragen über Gefühle, Werte und Einstellungen.

      Schnell sind wir bei unserem Hostel angekommen. Es ist total schön über einem Restaurant gelegen.

      Leider konnten wir um 15:30 Uhr nichts mehr essen. Nachdem wir ins frisch gemacht haben, sind wir zu einem kleinen Kiosk in der Nähe gegangen und haben dort ein Radler getrunken. Berit ist Sporttherapeutin und beschäftigt sich auch mit ganzheitlichem Körperbewusstsein. Sie meinte plötzlich zu mir: „Du musst auch immer aktiv sein, oder?“ Und wir kamen über die Körperhälften ins Gespräch „Ying und Yang“. Die linke Seite ist die inaktive, empfangene, weibliche Seite. Die rechte Körperhälfte ist die akitve, maskuline, starke Seite. Vielleicht ist meine linke Körperhälfte mit den damit verbundenen Eigenschaften geschwächt?

      Die kleinen Steinhäusschen mir Kreuz auf dem Dach sind sogenannte „Horréos“ aus alten Zeiten. Getreidespeicher aus Stelzen mit Holzverkleidungen und Schlitzen, so dass keine Nagetiere eindringen konnten.

      Im Combarro hat man auch ganz viele Hexenbilder und Puppen kaufen können. Auch vor einigen Haustüren steht eine gute galizische Hexe („Meigas“). Sie soll den Frauen Glück und Gesundheit bringen.

      Als es zu kalt wurde, sind wir ins unser Restaurant auf die Terrasse umgezogen. Wir haben viel erzählt, die Speisekarte auswendig gelernt und konnten dann um 20:30 Uhr Essen bestellen. Ich hatte frittierte Gambas mit Amstel Radler :)
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    • Day 14

      The Day the Rain Came

      October 16, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 61 °F

      So I’ve been fretting over the weather forecast. Every day it looks like it’s gonna be nothin but rain and so far we have been given a reprieve. Until today. And even then it didn’t start until halfway through the walk. And like Grant says, “It’s just part of the deal”. (Now you know who NOT to go to when you’re shopping for sympathy!)
      Today was the steepest climb of the Camino. After leaving Pontevedra this morning I turned left to take the Variante Espiritual. Although the entire Camino system is considered a spiritual quest, the spiritual variant in particular is extra. Legend is that it follows the path of the remains of St James when his followers stole his headless body after his execution in Jerusalem, put it in a rudderless boat, and sailed it back to Iberia, the site of his great ministry.
      I ran into Heather and Alden leaving Pontevedra. They were also doing the SV, but were just doing the first 11kms today. Heather said that after seeing the weather forecast she had tried to cancel their reservations but wasn’t able to.
      The sky looked ominous so my goal was to cover as much ground as possible before the rain came. The first 5 miles were quite pleasant and then the climb started. I ran into a couple of Spanish women I had spoken to previously. They were looking at a huge pumpkin in a garden and talking about making pumpkin soup- (sopa de calabaza). Sounded good to me!
      Onward and upward! I started to feel my lack of sleep from last night. Too much Coke Zero kept me awake and just thinking about the rain on the steep climb today- catastrophizing and awfulizing and participating in every other type of disordered thinking. I was imagining my body being swept away in a mudslide. Overreaction, you say? Perhaps.
      I came across a cooler with drinks for peregrinos. A man was standing by it. I had my earbuds in listening to a little Brandi Carlile so I didn’t hear him say “good morning” several times until he spoke really forcefully. He wanted to show me his house, which was lovely with a wonderful view. He was German and did not speak English so we tried to muddle through in Spanish. Then he took me to a water fountain insisting I fill my water bottle. Then he told me that the current climb continued for 4 kilometers and there were no facilities on the way. Then he gave me his business card, which was a picture of him being knighted by these men in priest like clothing. His name was Ramon and he said he was a “sir”. On the back of the card was a picture of him in full military regalia with a uniform covered in medals. At the moment I can’t find the card but as soon as I do I’ll give him the full Google treatment.
      Anyway, shortly thereafter it started raining. Finally got to try out my Sea to Summit rain poncho. As I kept climbing I noticed that I hadn’t seen anyone in quite a while. And in fact, I didn’t see anyone else for the rest of the trek.
      As it turns out the most difficult part was not the climb. That was all on paved or gravel roads, so plenty of traction. But shortly before getting to the monastery was a descent through a ravine over a lot of moss covered rock, which was really slippery. And I’m old. And have osteoporosis. So I sat on my butt so as not to fall. So embarrassing!
      And now I have a quandary. I took a taxi down to my accommodation for the night with the intent of taking one back up tomorrow to continue the Camino, but the descent from the monastery is called something like “the path of stone and water”. I’m afraid it’s gonna be the same as that little piece of ravine right before the monastery. Walking from there is a 25 km walk and it’s bound to be slow. And the weather forecast is like 100% chance of rain all day tomorrow. OR I could just walk to my destination from where I currently am. Google maps puts it at an hour and a half. I know me and my Catholic guilt, though. I guess I’ll see how I feel in the morning.
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    • Day 7

      Spiritual Variant

      April 25, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      Today was one of the days we were most excited for and it didn't disappoint. We walked the path of stone and water, which is said to be the one of the most beautiful parts of the Camino. We walked along the river through a magical forest, the greenest place I've ever seen. Old ruins from the middle ages were splattered along the route. It was used as a stone mill and the infrastructure was still visible underneath the overgrowth of the forest. Michelle wisely planned a short walk today so we could linger in the forest and really soak it all in. 4.5 hours to walk 6.5 miles.Read more

    • Day 5

      Bar O Chiringo

      October 10, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

      Another suggestion from Sister Paula is to have breakfast here. It's exactly where the stone and water route ends!

      The owner/manager was so nice to me. She even gave me some fruit that I've never eaten before, but I ate them out of respect 😁 Gotta try everything at least once. 😃Read more

    • Day 11

      Tag 11 - Os Castaños - Vilanova (11km)

      May 21 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Tag 11 isch relativ unspektakulär gsi.
      Ha mini Planig nöd so im Griff ka und gmeint i muss hüt viel länger und witer laufa 🙈😄 So bini aber am halbi 12i scho im Hostel gstande. Isch aber eher ah Hotel und fühlt sich überhaupt nöd richtig ah do. Scho fast ah schlechts gwüsse so schö isches do 😅

      So hani min Nomi mit schlofe, lese, richtig wäscha, Pizza&Bier verbrocht 🥱

      #2moredaystogo
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    • Day 27

      Cambados - mittelalterliche Stadt

      October 5, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Die Stadt gefällt uns, die vielen Granithäuser aus dem Mittelalter. Manche haben nur noch das Untergeschoss aus Granit und obendrauf neu gebaut. Die Altstadt ist verwinkelt und fast autofrei.
      Viele Bodegas und Restsurants/Tappabars . Hier ist vorwiegend spanischer Tourismus, was für uns (wir sind ja internationale Touris) eher angenehm ist. Diese Gegend ist doch noch sehr unberührt was den Massentourismus angeht. Zum Glück für uns!Read more

    • Day 76

      Vorräte auffüllen und ab sns Meer

      April 18, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Nach einigen Tagen autark Leben mussten die Vorräte und Frischwasser aufgefüllt werden. Im riesigen Carrefour gab es nicht nur Lebensmittel, sondern auf eine gusseiserne Pfanne, ein paar Handtücher, eine gute Saftpresse, genug Streu für die nächsten 2 Monate und eine kleine Frenchpress… die Rechnung war dementsprechend hoch 🙈😂
      Abends standen wir am Wasser und haben direkt die neue Pfanne eingeweiht mit leckeren Wraps.
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    • Day 18

      The way of stone and water!

      July 6, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

      Ruta de la piedra y del agua! A beautiful beginning to our long walk today! The path takes you along a creek with numerous ruins of old mills! Loved it 😍!

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Cambados, كامبادوس, Камбадос, Kambados, کامبادس, カンバードス, 坎瓦多斯

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