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    • Day 15

      Day 14 La Coruña to Santiago

      September 21, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

      I made it! 280km in 14 days.
      I walked by myself today. I was surprisingly emotional, I even teared up when I arrived at the Cathedral. Partly the joy of making it and partly that there was no one there to share it with.
      The Praza do Obradoiro (the golden square of Santiago) was so crowded. I sat for a few minutes, tried to take a few selfies and then went to the Pilgrim office to get my Compostela and certificado, for distance travelled. It was very fast and efficient . The women that helped me was from Ottawa and she said I was the first CCOP credential she had seen.
      After getting my documents I sat at one of the patios with a view of the Cathedral and had some Pimientos de Padrón and a G&T.
      It started to rain, but luckily I was covered. When the rain stopped I made my way to the Albergue, Seminario Menor.
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    • Day 19

      Boat to Pontecesures!

      July 7, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 73 °F

      The first part of our day was a boat ride to Pontecesures! Very glad to have my coat! It was cloudy this morning and especially cold with the breeze! It was short walk to Padron where we had lunch with Sabina (young pilgrim from Czech Republic). It’s a pretty late start to walking compared to our normal routine, but we have a reservation for tonight, so no rush!Read more

    • Day 21

      Short and Sweet: Lestrove to Picarana

      May 20, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Today was eight easy miles. Because I am now a person who walks eight miles and says “pffft.”

      After breakfast I find my way easily back to the Camino. I run into a bus group outside a church in Padrón. The guide is leading about 50 people in funny calisthenics. I gotta get away from these guys. I can’t outrun them, so ultimately end up stopping for an espresso and a pee break. I have reached the stage In remembered Spanish vocabulary that Spanish speaking people think I am fluent. This is problematic. the cafe worker and I do, however, share an “Ay, Dios mio” as the bus people gibble-gabble by. Dang, they’re loud.

      I’m still walking slowly, but it’s a good day. There’s a bit of forest, some farmland, and the edge of a hamlet to enjoy. I spend some time in a sweet church and light a candle for a friend. (I’m not Catholic, but she is.) I say hello to a statue of not-stabbed-seven-times-through-the-heart-and-only-slightly-somber Mary. I even get to watch some cyclists competing in a big race whiz by on city streets, twice.

      I come across a fellow maybe in his 40s or 50s ambling along as slowly as I am. I catch up to him. I share my Tylenol. This makes me happy: to help a fellow hobbler in need.

      My accommodation tonight is a cheap motel across a big intersection from Muuuundoooooo Sooooooofaaaaa. There’s not much else here. Two hotels for pilgrims and the sofa store. There are four, rock hard twin beds in my room sporting 70s era striped spreads that even Greg, Peter, and Bobby Brady would reject. But there is an object here I have not seen since I started back in Lisbon.

      There is, and I say this with unbridled joy, a bathtub.

      I spend the afternoon, hand towel stuffed in the unpluggable drain, soaking. I wash my disgusting, 3-weeks-of-showers-aren’t-enough toes until they gleam. I make bubbles with the motel shampoo. I fall asleep. It is glorious.

      I arrive at the Santiago Cathedral in two days. In a rundown motel across from The Sofa King, I am cleansed and ready for the finale’.
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    • Day 9

      Somewhere in Galicia Spain...

      April 27, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      8 miles in 4.5 hours. Woke up early to catch the pilgrim boat. It transports pilgrims along the route that St. James body was taken to it's final resting place in Santiago de Compestela. It was windy, foggy and a bit cold AND a fun experience. We then walked from Padron, where the boat dropped us off, for 8 miles to our hotel, and will complete the final 10 miles or so, tomorrow. Weird to think we will be done walking. Today was mostly slightly uphill and the sun was shining for probably the first time since we started walking so it felt hot. Lots of neighborhoods and fields of yellow flowers.Read more

    • Day 13

      Herberge 🔙 Hotel

      May 25, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Endlich nach 28 Laufkilometern angekommen in unserer Herberge, der Herbergsbesitzer meinte wir wären die einzigsten Gäste 😅 wir konnten es nicht glauben, die ganze Herberge für uns. Nachdem ich meine sieben Sachen ausgepackt habe, hörte ich aus dem Aufenthaltsraum einen schrillen Schrei von Moni dass wohl ne Maus 🐭 an hier vorbei unter den Schrank vom Geschirr gerannt wäre. Ich hab dann die Haustür aufgemacht und die Maus rannte ins Freien. Danach ging ich ins Bad um mir eine Dusche zu gönnen, gerade ausgezogen… hörte ich Moni wieder schreien 😂😅 also Handtuch um und raus aus dem Bad. Sie stand auf einem Stuhl in der Küche und schrie nur noch „eine Maus 🐭, Hilfe“ ich klopfte an der Tür von dem Herbergsbesitzer der direkt nebenan ein kleines Hotel hatte. Welch Anblick 🤣😂😅 ich im Handtuch gewickelt und Moni hysterisch auf dem Stuhl und er mit Besen 🧹 bewaffnet auf Mäusejagd! Nachdem wir im erklärt hatten das es die zweite Maus war - sagte er wir können auf jeden Fall im Hotel übernachten ohne Aufpreis 🙂 welch schönes Upgrade für Pilger 😅Read more

    • Day 9

      "TRANSLATIO"

      April 27, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      Ferry boat ride from Vilanova de Arousa to Pontescures/Padron.

      CHURCH OF SANTIAGO, PADRON

      This temple was built a few meters from the point where tradition places the place where the disciples of Santiago  tied the stone boat to  Pedrón , on the banks of the river Sar, in which they transported the body of the Apostle from  Palestine  to Padrón . It is called  TRANSLATIO .Read more

    • Day 32

      Day29/18 Caldas de Reis to A Escravitude

      June 1, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

      Our walk today started at 7:30 a.m. with a very humid temperature of 18 degrees under cloudy skies with some clear blue breaks. We managed to avoid any rain until the skies opened at 8:45. However, even before I could get on my rain poncho, the rain stopped.

      It rained on and off all morning, but by the time we stopped for our first break at the 12 kms mark, the skies had cleared and we were treated to some warm sunshine the rest of the way into A Escravitude.

      The walk today was much more interesting than yesterday's and it took us along some Roman roads, through a well preserved ancient village and through lots of forested areas. There were many barnyard animals along the way, a house clad with scallop shells, the symbol of the Camino, and several magnificent churches.

      We stopped for lunch in Padron and had to order a dish of Pimientos Padron in the town where they originated. As expected, they were the best we've had so far.

      Six kilometers later we arrived at our accomodations and after showering, enjoyed a bottle of Rioja in the living room while we waited for a restaurant to open for dinner at 7:00 pm.

      As it turned out, when we arrived at the restaurant, we were told dinner wasn't until 8:00 pm! But the waiter called in the chef (his wife) and we enjoyed an excellent meal at 7:00 while watching an old Lee Van Cleef Western that was dubbed into Spanish.

      Overall a great day on the Camino with only one more to go before we're done.

      It's going to be an extra early start tomorrow, so it's time for me to say buenas noche.
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    • Day 13

      Etappe 10, C.d.Reis - Padrón/A Escrav.

      September 21, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Bin in Padrón angekommen. Sitze bei Tinto de Verrano und lausche Gesprächen deutscher Pilger. Schlimm, wie man versucht, sich gegenseitig zu übertrumpfen.
      Ich genieße meine Getränke und habe beschlossen, noch einige Kilometer Richtung Santiago de Compostela zu laufen.
      Kleiner Rundgang durch Padrón muss sein.
      Jetzt bin ich in A Escravitude in der Alberque La Capellanja in Padrón/ A Escravitude.
      Bis hierher sind es für heute ca. 27 Km.
      War schwierig, eine Übernachtung zu finden.
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    • Day 6

      Igrexa de Escravitude

      October 11, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 79 °F

      My destination for the day. This brings me closer to Santiago and makes the walk tomorrow more bearable. My left knee has been bothering me since Armenteira and it has definitely affected my speed. I hope to reach Santiago tomorrow in time for the Pilgrim's mass. 🙏

      I am almost there. 🙏
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    • Day 6

      Casa Grande da Capellanía

      October 11, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 77 °F

      My lodging for the night is a renovated stone house right on the camino and right beside the church. I thought of jumping in the pool, but I fell asleep when I went back to my room to change. 😅😴🫠

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