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    • Day 24

      Camping Oliden

      May 25, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      De camping ligt aan de GI-636. Helaas zijn de Ribegorri ten einde. We zijn vrij vroeg op de camping, kwart over twee. Receptie gaat pas open om vier uur. Mmm, we staan te dubben wat we zullen doen. Dan worden we aangesproken door iemand van de camping. Geen probleem om een plek uit te zoeken en de tent vast op te zetten. Toch maar doen dan.Read more

    • Day 10

      St-Jean-de-Luz to Hondarribia

      May 20, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      While I was still walking next to the ocean today it wasn't on the pedestrian seaside walkways of yesterday. Most of the walk was along a fairly busy road, but the ocean views were still good.

      When I got to Hendaye I had to wait about 45 minutes for the ferry crossing to Hondarribia where I had reserved a hotel room. I had heard that this was a more interesting city than next door Irun where most pilgrims start the Camino del Norte. I was very pleased with my choice. Hondarribia (founded in 1203) is an old walled city with a maze of narrow streets, and I kept getting completely turned around while looking for a place to eat. I finally settled on a cozy bar and some pintxos (tapas) for dinner. Then a quick trip to a grocery store for supplies for tomorrow's walk.Read more

    • Day 11

      El Purgatorio - Hondarribia to Pasaia

      May 21, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      I was hoping for clear weather today because I planned to walk the route called El Purgatorio, which follows a high ridge with great views. When I did the Camino del Norte in 2018 I was very jet lagged and it was raining so it didn't make sense to attempt this climb.

      They weren't kidding when they named it El Purgatorio, and I questioned my judgement almost immediately when I started the climb. I have a fear of falling backwards - I hate long steep escalators and stairs, and this was no different. The feeling was worse carrying a full backpack because my center of gravity was off. While others walked by at a seemingly normal pace I was practically crawling up the side of this hill. My poles weren't much help because the rubber tips that are great for most of the Camino didn't grab into the ground, and they were on so tightly that I couldn't remove them. After what seemed like an eternity while I considered every step I took I finally made it up this very steep part.

      Of course that wasn't the end of the uphill walking, but at least I was only often out of breath for the rest of the walk and not terrified of falling.

      The day had started out sunny and warm, but somewhere near the top of the mountain a cold wind carrying mist from the ocean came up. To my right on the ocean side it was foggy and cold, but to my left I could look down to see the city of Irun in the sun.

      Around this time I needed to stop to layer up and met an older French man who speaks fluent Spanish because his father was from Spain. So we could communicate, though I couldn't understand everything that he said. He waited for me to don my warmer clothing. Later I discovered that he's diabetic so I waited while he tested his blood sugar.

      We teamed up and helped each other the rest of the way, arriving together at the albergue around 2:30. It was supposed to open at 4:00 and I was prepared to wait, but the volunteer hospitalero was sitting on a bench outside and offered to let us in early. There are only 14 beds here, and reservations are not accepted, so I was happy to be able to get a bed, as the only other option was an expensive hotel room, as this is a really cute, but very touristic town.
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    • Day 10

      Public Transit Excitation

      July 20, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

      The bad news: I had a 15 minute connection between trains and a late arrival. The great news?

      My 1st train of the day's late arrival was ameliorated by good fortune in that I bought the 2nd ticket at the same time, in person, and Renfe ( the train co ) therefore held train #2 to allow a smooth connection! Yes! Winning!
      Internet purchase would have been 2 tickets...and a sad overnight stay in Vitoria for me.

      Of course, train 2 was thus late arriving to San Sebastian (where I hoped to grab a snack and a beverage). This is not great news as it means I missed the Euskotren ( metro ) that I planned to grab to reach Hendaia, France with plenty of time to catch another train/metro to my destination (Biarritz).

      The good news?
      I am a good walker. I made the next metro that might take 40 min to reach the station in Hendaia and the last train to Biarritz leaves in 52 minutes. Or...tomorrow

      If all goes swimmingly there is a good chance that I'll make it!

      People ask me: "Why trains? Just fly!"
      Well.... About 20% of the worldwide corporations are responsible for more than 90% of all emissions. Airlines are heavily represented in that 20%. And I like lookin out the window.

      But.... Does it help? I don't know.
      Here's a discussion w/re to investing

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    • Day 41

      San Sebastian

      May 18, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Irgendwie hatten wir ein gemütliches Hafenstädtchen im Kopf. Aber weit gefehlt! Auf dem einzigen Stellplatz stehen alle dicht an dicht und der Verkehr lässt vermuten, es ist was los in dieser großen Stadt. Es ist Feiertag.
      Also bleiben wir außerhalb und bemühen unsere Räder. Zur Belohnung gibt es lecker Pintxos.
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    • Day 3

      San Sebastián

      June 28, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Stage 1 complete!! What an amazing first day! The temperature couldn’t have been better for hiking; the clouds kept it cool the entire way. The ascent up the Purgatorio route was difficult but so worth it. The views were spectacular! Very little road walking which made it ideal for me. The highlight of the day was seeing San Sebastián from Mount Ulia. I’ve seen that same picture from blogs but to now have witnessed it myself was so fulfilling. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!Read more

    • Day 3

      First taste of the Camino

      September 7, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Just a short 6km walk today to break us into the Camino - Pasaia back to San Sebastián. Beautiful views of the coast with lots of lovely locals and their dogs. So relaxing just following our trusty yellow arrows which mark the Camino.

      Last night we stayed at our first dorm. We had to stay in separate rooms which was lucky in the end as Simon had 4 snorers in his room. He was right at home there. I just had heavy Darth Vader breathing to fall asleep to. Considering we got in last night at almost midnight I would have slept through anything!
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    • Day 5


      April 23, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Gegen 17 Uhr verlässt das Schiff den Hafen von Pasaia. Unser Weg wird von vielen winkenden Schaulustigen mit bunten Regenschirmen gesäumt. Wir scheinen eine Attraktion zu sein . Es soll wohl auch etwas in der lokalen Presse gestanden haben. Wir winken natürlich zurück und verabschieden uns quasi damit auch von Spanien. 1,5 Stunden später heisst es nämlich vive la france.Read more

    • Day 28

      San Paulo - Pasajes

      September 26, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Enjoying a siesta after a vigorous 2 hour ride to the old town of Sao Paulo on Pasajes (a working port). The pilgrims cross here on a quaint ferry heading west. [It is in mid harbour.] We had worked up a sweat so I didn’t feel particularly sorry for them ;-)Read more

    • Day 52


      June 7, 2023 in Spain

      Bis gestern wusste ich nicht einmal was ein Flysch ist, und jetzt würde ich sagen das war der bisherige Höhepunkt meiner Reise. Ich konnte mich gar nicht sattsehen und fotografieren.
      Also es geht um Schichten von Sedimenten die sich am Boden des Meeres gebildet hatten. Durch die Kontinentalverschiebung hatte sich die Iberische Halbinsel an Europa heran geschoben. Dadurch entstanden die Pyrenäen und die obigen genannten Sedimentschichten wurden auch aufgeworfen, so dass sie an dem Ort jetzt fast senkrecht stehen. Jede Schicht steht für einen Zeitraum von z.b. Hunderttausend Jahren, dann hatten dich die Bedingungen wieder geändert und eine weitere Schicht entstand. Und da manche Schichten härter sind als andere entstehen die Formationen.
      Die Geologen können darin jetzt wie in einem Buch lesen und jeder Schicht eine Zeit zuordnen. An dem Ort sind sogar zwei Schichten von herausragender Bedeutung enthalten; vor 59.2 Millionen Jahren als sich das Erdmagnetfeld umgedreht hat (Nordpol wurde magnetisch zum Südpol oder umgekehrt) und vor 61.6 Millionen Jahren als sich der Meeresspiegel um 80 Meter gesenkt hat. Schaut einfach mal die Bilder an, vielleicht könnt ihr meine Begeisterung verstehen. Ich hab dann auch noch die Chance genutzt etwas schwimmen zu gehen.
      Ansonsten war morgens noch mein 6. Platten zu flicken, der erste am Vorderrad, gnädigerweise noch auf dem Camping beim losfahren bemerkt, wodurch die Reparatur deutlich einfacher war.
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    Errenteria, Rentería, 20100, RTA

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