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Corbillos de la Sobarriba

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    • Day2

      We’re not in Kansas anymore Toto!

      May 20 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 82 °F

      Peg woke up at zero dark thirty and got me down to SeaTac. Headed off losing my luggage in Charlotte by asking why my baggage claim didn’t say Madrid! Made it to gate D 18 before realizing I wanted D2. There’s a little Starbucks above a lower terminal in the D wing that was entirely deserted at 5 am, so I had a nice quiet breakfast sandwich without a mask. Going to say I was in the 2% of people who were masked, less in CharlotteBoy it was nice to be only sitting 2-4-2 across in Premium Economy, rather than 3-6-3 in coach. Madrid airport makes any airport in the US seem tiny. It serves incoming flights from Africa, South America, Europe and North America. Mistake número uno….I should have budgeted a few days in Madrid. Besides obviously missing the Capitol of Spain it would have also buffered a late flight, but I was entirely on time. A mile at least of linear moving sidewalk, made it to a bathroom, then four long escalators to an underground train, then up three long escalators, to a Disney maze into passport control, past the four heavily armed soldiers, down two escalators, another maze to Sanitation control to check my Spain issued QR code/health form, had it pointed out that my vaccination card was not EU (which was in the QR code), another maze to a nurse who glanced at my vaccine card in the most cursory way and passed me to baggage claim. Each maze had 20-30 Spanish ladies to keep you headed in the right direction or down the correctly colored line. Got my bag and found my first Spanish amigo, Hector. Hector lives in Léon, but drives his Prius taxi to Madrid. Wow if you want to have a total crack up, watch two guys, neither of whom really speaks the others language try to have conversation during a four and a half drive at 120 km/hr on a windy 2 lane highway racing huge trucks and the odd BMW. Hector has agreed to drive me on Domingo (had to look it up) through the icky side of industrial Léon to a much nicer start in La Virgen. The last hour and a half was through the vaunted Meseta a vast stretch of wheat fields and A LOT of enormous windmills. My impression overall was very similar to driving around Davis or the Northern Sacramento Valley. Large swathes of some purple flower and I lucked out…the poppies are blooming everywhere like mad and they are generally redder than ours.

      I had enough energy to try to walk accidentally happened upon the cathedral and found the Wise Pilgrim recommended Four Lions brewpub in search for the local wheat beer called zerep. Unfortunately they didn’t have very much in terms of a selection I chose an IPA since most of the others were a more common large distribution brand. I got pan y jamón as an included tapas. A lady started choking and I was able to help a little. On the way back I got talked into a tapas and wine dinner by Ishmael and Tyrep (from Turkey)
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      The World is Out There

      It’s a storks nest!

      5/20/22Reply
      The World is Out There

      Tyep and Ishmael were Tapas Cowboys who served, but first roped in prospective diners. We had a good debate on whether teaching is a form of coerced conformation and appreciation of certain passers by.

      5/20/22Reply
      The World is Out There

      My driver Hector

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    • Day13

      Leon

      April 2 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

      امروز پیاده‌روی رو با هوای منفی ۴ درجه شروع کردم. تو طول مسیر هم با وجودی که هوا آفتابی بود ولی به خاطر سوزی که میومد هوا سرد بود. مسیر منتهی به شهر لئون که بزرگترین شهر تو مسیر هست مثل همه‌ی شهرهای بزرگ زیاد قشنگ نبود. از حومه‌ی شهر رد شدم و به مرکز شهر رسیدم.
      امشب رو تو یه صومعه نزدیکای مرکز میخوابم.
      قبلش یه گشتی تو شهر زدم. مرکز شهر زنده‌ای داست. کوچه پس‌کوچه‌های باریک و پر از کافه و رستوران. یه کلیسای بزرگ هم وسط شهر قرار داره.
      فردا مسیر رو ادامه میدم.
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      Traveler

      براوو براووو

      4/2/22Reply
      Traveler

      خسته نباشي خانمي

      4/2/22Reply
      Traveler

      آفرین دخترم موفق باشی 😍

      4/2/22Reply
      Traveler

      خسته نباشی فرنازم🥰🥰

      4/3/22Reply
       
    • Day25

      Von manzillas de las mulas nach Leon.

      May 27 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Hola chicas y chicos, que tall? Nun, heute stand die oben erwähnte Etappe an, es waren ca 18,7 km. Der Weg nach León war nicht besonders anspruchsvoll und konnte relativ leicht bewältigt werden. Am Stadtrand der fantastischen Stadt Leon angekommen, mussten noch 2,8km bis zum el centro bewältigt werden. Im el centro angekommen, bot sich eine quicklebendige Alltstadt. Beeindruckend und das beste, was ich bisher gesehen hatte, war die Kathedrale von Leon (siehe Fotos). Das muss man neben den anderen Shenswürdigkeiten gesehen haben. Morgen startet die nächste Etappe und bald ist Leon/ Kastilien mit der mesetaebene Geschichte und es geht rüber nach Galicia. Erkenntnis des Tages: Es gibt immer noch mehr zu entdecken als mal glaubt.Read more

      Traveler

      🥰

      5/27/22Reply
      Traveler

      👌

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    • Day24

      Recuperating in León

      July 22, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

      Mantras
      Don’t give up
      Be proud of how far you’ve come!
      Learn the language
      Absorb the culture
      Elevate the sausage foot!
      “Resting is strength” -Lisa❤️

      Sooooo I took a day to rest my leg in the gorgeous city of León. I love it here. I could live here forever. For two days I’ve rested, iced, elevated, contemplated, cried, pouted, thrown pity parties, and visited the hospital. My ligaments are very unhappy that I walked 290 miles in 20 days. Ok, I get that. I asked too much of my 44 yo somewhat lumpy body. I spent time making amends with my body and showing the respect it deserved.

      I am separated from my Camino family now and that has also been an unexpected sadness. When planning a solo trip, I had no idea how important the connections would be with other peregrinos. We hold hope and love and laughter for each other along the way. We may not see each other all day or sometimes for a few days but we eat together in the evenings when we can and we walk with each other when someone needs support. I feel alone, together…and it’s been magical.

      The other night, I KNEW THE MOST SPANISH at the dinner table!!! It felt amazing. In previous trips,to the more touristy places in Europe, there has always been a plethora of people who speak English. Here, that is not the case. It’s respectful to try to speak as much Spanish as possible. At the beginning of this journey, it felt a bit helpless to not be able to communicate but today, I navigated by myself and asked for help in Spanish several times along the way. I made it to my bus.

      Yes, I’m on a bus today. I decided to modify my journey in order to make peace with my body. I am taking a bus 30k (19 mi) forward. I will stay at a Buddhist-like, zen albergue surrounded by gardens, yoga, wonderful food, dogs, cats, and other peregrinos. Tomorrow I will return to the Camino and modify my days to under 20k and at a much slower pace, until I feel healed. This pace/rate may mean another bus ride in the future and I will consider that when the time comes.

      The Camino. The way.
      Every peregrino who travels the Camino does it there own way. That’s what makes it THEIR Camino. I am finally understanding this and I am proud of MY Camino. I have 305km (190 mi) of magic and beauty ahead of me and I will treasure every fucking precious moment of it!!

      PS if I don’t stop shoving my face with bread, pastries, and fried tapas, I will certainly be a bit lumpier upon my return!! I ate healthy cereal today…I’m such an adult. The end.
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      Traveler

      What a journey you are on! So proud and inspired by you always! 💞

      7/22/21Reply
      Traveler

      Yay for the bus!

      7/22/21Reply

      Wow. A badass with a shitload of wisdom - you fucking rock! [Tessa]

      7/23/21Reply
      Traveler

      Beautiful city!

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    • Day27

      Leon

      May 17 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      It’s been a surprisingly good day. I walked a short distance for breakfast and passed the Gaudí Museum, Botines House, and hopefully I will be able to visit it later in the week.

      I made an appointment to see a physio who specialises in pilgrim injuries and who was luckily just around the corner from my hotel. She was excellent and feels that I will be able to begin again on Saturday but doing not more than 20kms a day for a while. She showed me the correct way to strap my foot and I was able to video it so that I can do it correctly myself next time.

      I ended my day outdoors by having lunch right outside the cathedral which is also near my hotel.

      I am feeling much more positive now and am back to planning the next part of my Camino.

      Hotel via Leon
      5 kms
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      Traveler

      Fantastic news Di, sending love and hugs and prayers your way 💗🥾✅

      5/17/22Reply
      Traveler

      Well done Di. 👏 x

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      Traveler

      Good news Di. 🥰

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    • Day26

      Fromista to Leon

      May 16 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      I spent a nice morning having numerous coffees with people I have met over the last few weeks. Said a sad goodbye to Lesley. We came into each other’s lives at just the right time and were able to cheer each other up and keep each other company for a few days.

      I was so lucky to be in a town with a train station. I caught the midday train to Palencia which was interesting and busy. Then the 4pm train to Leon. My hotel for the week is right in the centre of town and I am hoping my foot recovers enough in a few days to see everything.

      It was sad to rush through the countryside from Fromista to Leon but I am very keen to get back walking on the weekend.

      Hotel via Leon
      7 kms
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      Traveler

      Love the Lion! May your foot recover quickly.

      5/16/22Reply
      Traveler

      Such cool art!

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      Traveler

      Leon is a lovely place to spend time in. When you can, get down to the river. But do remember you are to test that foot!

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    • Day30

      Leon ….. still

      May 20 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      I had another visit to the physio today and I am hoping I will be leaving Leon in the morning to restart my Camino.

      I had breakfast and then lunch with other pilgrims near the Cathedral. Five days of sitting and resting and eating in Leon was not what I had planned but it’s been a nice break. But I am looking forward to tomorrow!

      Hotel via Leon
      3kms
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      Traveler

      Good luck for tomorrow!

      5/20/22Reply
      Traveler

      Enjoy the continuance of your camino. Will be even more special

      5/20/22Reply
      Traveler

      It must be part of the plan…. Somehow that you are meant to spend this time resting. Enjoy the moments and looking forward to your continuation of this journey. 😘🌅🥾❤️🙏

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    • Day2

      Leon at night

      September 7, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      I’ll bet I have walked through Leon at least seven or eight times. Many Caminos intersect here or near here— The Francés, Madrid, Salvador, and Vadiniense are the ones that come to mind. But when you’re walking through, you have to go to bed early, and you don’t get to see the city at night.

      So, since I am taking a jetlag day tomorrow, which I rarely do, I thought I would spend tonight walking to some of my favorite monuments to see them lit up. Gorgeous, beautiful, stunning, those are just a few adjectives that come to mind. Since I slept a few hours on the plane, I’m really not too tired, so carpe diem. Beautiful buildings are beautiful at any time of day, but at night they are really special. Even a favorite little cheese store looks magical.
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      Traveler

      The cathedral is splendid! Hoping your jetlag day is a joy.

      9/8/21Reply
      Traveler

      beautiful photo and architecture.

      9/8/21Reply
      Traveler

      everything is so clean; I remember when we were in Germany in 2003, how all of the streets and sidewalks were so clean. Impressive!

      9/8/21Reply
      Traveler

      Stunning! I'll be spending two nights in León next month. I like the idea of a night-time ramble.

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    • Day2

      Made it to Leon

      September 7, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Well I wouldn’t say I had the best of luck today, but I am here in Leon and very happy about that! The flight from Madrid arrived early, and we zoomed through immigration. Then there was no wait at the health check where they looked at my vaccination card and then another tiny line to show the QR code. This is a breeze, I thought. About a half hour from feet on the ground till I exited the airport.

      Then my luck took a turn for the worse. I got on the intra-airport bus to go to the post office in Terminal one so I could mail my duffel bag up to Santiago. When I got there, I learned the post office was closed because of Covid. Oh well, I headed back to Terminal 4 to get a cup of coffee, but first I checked about my bus at the ticket office outside. There I learned there was an earlier bus leaving three minutes later, but there was no time for me to change my ticket and get on it.

      Then I learned I could not get back into the terminal without a boarding pass. So I had a two hour wait at the bus stop without being able to get my first Spanish café con leche. At least I was outside. But don’t think I could take off my mask because the regulations require one inside and out in urban areas.

      Amazing what a shower can do. It’s a beautiful city and I’m glad that I’ll be here all day tomorrow when a friend who lives about 50 miles away comes to see me.
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      Traveler

      My sister just arrived in Spain this morning. She and her daughter are doing an abbreviated (2 week) trek. This is their first time. Safe travels!

      9/7/21Reply
      Traveler

      I am so very excited to be by your side as you do your trip…”virtually” by your side. 😉

      9/7/21Reply
      Traveler

      Laurie, you have no idea how happy this makes me. Buen Camino. It will be a treat to walk along with you, virtually!

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    • Day58

      Mansillas - León

      November 1, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      18km - Airbnb
      Petite étape pour arriver à Léon, étape de repos.
      L'entrée dans la ville est assez courte et agréable.
      Je retrouve des compagnons arrives la veille, retrouvailles et ripailles.
      Je profite de ma journée de repos pour me rafraîchir la barbe, laver du linge, me faire masser...Read more

      Traveler

      Profite bien de cette journée de repos à Léon qui a l'air d'être une très belle ville !

      11/2/21Reply
      Traveler

      Magnifique

      11/2/21Reply
      Traveler

      Bon appétit

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