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Fonsagrada, A

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    • Day 8

      Grandas de Salime > Fonsagrada

      April 26 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

      Awoke to the glorious chorus of someone's accidental 4:30am alarm which proceeded to blare for 2 long mins before they evidently realised it was theirs. BUT an otherwise fun day reaching Galacia aka km marker province ! Yet to spend more than 10 mins with a layer other than my t-shirt (but progress was made taking my poncho OUT my bag)... beginning to think I have a cold resistent genetic mutation? Then had a surprise reunion with a certain someone for which the bananas, water gun and dropped hummus shenanigans is a big giveaway 🤪Read more

    • Day 9

      Fonsagrada > O Cadavo

      April 27 in Spain ⋅ 🌫 1 °C

      Sunning ourselves by the stream one day to wandering through winter wonderlands the next..... just another day on the camino!!! Normally against umbrellas but after being pummelled by snow for 5 hours made quite the revelatory contraption going hands-free mode by tucking it into my backpack strap. Had delish paella in the eve and got roped into a round of Spanish liqueur shotsRead more

    • Day 30

      O Piñeiral

      May 17 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      Day 30
      The hostel common room was busy last night, especially with a group of 8 or so youngsters eating together, and another group of 3 Italian men plus one Dutch guy: Italian men know how to look after themselves, don't you know?! They were cooking a superb spaghetti carbonara together, which made my individual vegetable omelette look measly (but it was delicious, and just as well as I had been schlepping the already cooked vegetables for two days in my rucsac, waiting to find eggs!). Sometimes, I think, it would be nice to be part of a meal group, but somehow I end up eating on my own. Am I too self-sufficient? Or too shy to invite someone to join me? Or too 'something' to be invited by others?

      I then took a walk into the village and sauntered into the Museo Etnografico, just at the same time as Alfonso from the Netherlands. The lady assumed we were together, so he paid my ticket; in return I bought him a beer later. These easy get-to-know-you relationships are great, no complications, lots of simple openness and of course lots in common to talk about, even if only about sore feet, or the rain, or 'yes it's my first Camino' (or, '... my 4th' ... or, 'I have been coming every year since 1972'). I'm tending at this point to ask straight up what someone's 'Camino story' is, and mostly people answer something very ordinary like 'it's just a sport holiday', but sometimes I get to hear something more personal, and that is of course what I love. Jason, 23, Netherlands, rubix geek and self-taught/ self-motivated social researcher in their field of expertise, children's mental health services. Awe-inspiring personality and a lovely energy. Alan, US, second wife, downsizing, ' I have come to realise I like my life just as it is, simple, ordinary'. Dieuw, Netherlands, 'I want to be a mum, and I'm considering being a single mum'. Petra, Germany, 'I nearly packed it all in today ... do you want a hug?'

      Slept rather restlessly and woke before 6, so decided to walk with the dawn and left the hostel before 7. Not that there was any sun to see; a day of cloud and rain, almost all day. Wet feet. Dry everything else, with my lovely umbrella (hmmm, do I need to give her a name? Suggestions please). Happy everything.

      Entered Galicia! Ate lunch in a restaurant, a super delicious fish soup, with white wine, and shared a Pastel de A Fonsagrada dessert with Frank and Jürgen. Jürgen's dessert, that is to say, with three forks. (I'm gonna try that recipe at home; will you come and share it? Basically butter, eggs and almonds, with a splash of cognac. Soooo good.) AND Jürgen paid for my meal!

      Upgraded to a single room at the hostel/ hotel, so I'm in bliss. I've put the heater on so I can dry my shoes out properly. That's about the level of interest in life for a pilgrim after a month of walking and a day of wetness. Bare necessities!

      I'm very aware that I will arrive in Santiago in under a week. Walking 25km a day is normal, now, and 30 easy enough. My back is strong again. The journalling and painting has not done what I'd hoped, but that's okay. Perhaps another time? I've had no great revelations along the way, but I'm content with what is.
      It's just me. This is it. Easy.

      Just thankful.
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    • Day 41

      Grandas de Salime to A Fonsagrada

      June 20, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 52 °F

      This started out as a pretty rainy day, but it only lasted a couple of hours.

      We crossed into Galicia today, and now there are concrete markers with the distance to Santiago down to 3 decimal points. Sometimes they are only about 50 meters apart!Read more

    • Day 32

      Ultreia

      June 4 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Normale begroeting naar en onder pelgrims is "Buen camino".

      De betekenis van “Ultreia” gaat een beetje dieper… wat een aanmoediging betekent om door te gaan, verder te gaan, verder te gaan.

      Er wordt ook aangenomen dat middeleeuwse pelgrims elkaar begroetten met “Ultreia Suseia Santiago,” wat zoiets betekent als ‘voorbij, omhoog, Santiago’. Andere bronnen suggereren dat ‘Ultreia’ op dezelfde manier werd gebruikt als “Hallelujah,” zodra pelgrims Santiago de Compostela eindelijk bereikten.Read more

    • Day 32

      A Fonsagrada

      June 4 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Vandaag ongeveer 25 km afgelegd. We begonnen in de mist vanmorgen maarop een gegeven moment zijn we boven de mist uitgeklommen en liepen we in de zon neerkijkend op de mist. Toen werd het al gauw te heet tijdens het klimmen, het is ook nooit goed. Zoals je kunt zien ligt A Fonsagrada op een heuvel. We moesten de laatste kilometer dus nog even een zware klim doen om de herberg te bereiken.

      Gisterenavond in Grandas zelf gekookt met Reetta. Een heerlijke pasta, dat blijft toch het eenvoudigs in deze situatie. We hadden veel te veel dus twee Amerikanen uit Kentucky hebben ook mee gegeten. John en HV. Was leuk om even over Amerika te kletsen, ook omdat John ook in Boston gewoond heeft en we wat herinneringen op konden halen over Car Talk en het bordje in Harvard Square: Dewey, Cheetham & Howe.

      Albergue vanavond is was schoner en beter dan gisteren, ofschoon hier een helemaal lege keuken is en je dus niets klaar kan maken, waarvoor we gewaarschuwd waren bij de registratie.

      Santiago begint te naderen... Nog een week, als het goed is kom ik dinsdag aan. De camino primitivo gaat over in camino Frances op zaterdag, dus ik ben wat gaan boeken omdat het op de Frances heel erg druk is, honderden mensen per dag. In Santiago komen overigens duizenden mensen per dag aan. Zie https://oficinadelperegrino.com/
      Voor een teller van vandaag.
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    • Day 7

      In Galizien angekommen

      September 2, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Heute haben wir die Grenze zu Galizien überschritten und sind in Fonsagrada angekommen. Morgens hatten wir einen Anstieg aber nachdem wir in Galizien sind geht es kontinuierlich bergab bis wir in Santiago ankommen. Heute ist sozusagen Bergfest und das werden wir gebührend feiern.Read more

    • Day 33

      A Fonzy Friends and Food

      October 22, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

      Last dinner (lunch really!) with four of us that have been walking together for a few days. Olga is heading back to the Dominican Republic and Conrado is heading back to Madrid, I will walk for the next 2 or 3 days with Miguel (neither of us speak each other's language, and it's great!! 🤣)Read more

    • Day 19

      What goes up must come down

      September 23, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Today's KMs - 41.3 kms
      Total KMs - 408.7 kms
      Total blisters - nothing new

      After yesterday's effort to reach the peaks of the Hospitales today's walk started with 7+ kms of sheer descent (elevations to prove it). The downhill was beautiful albeit painful on the knees as it was through a pine forest with beautiful views of the Embalse de Salime Dam. I could just imagine Josh W downhill riding all the way and loving it. It was a bit sad to walk through the trees as the 2017 fires swept through this region and all the trees were blackened with little signs of regrowth.

      As seems to be tradition we reached our final destination, Castro, too early so we decided to push on, despite the rain. The only thing being that the next town with an albergue was another 25 kms away which resulted in our longest walk so far at over 40kms for the day.

      The afternoons walk was much more forgiving with only smaller ups and downs except for the last 1km approaching A Fonsagrada where we are spending the night. Another town on a hill that we've managed to make our final stop 😩

      Long day so I think it'll be an early night tonight. More rain and muddy paths are on the cards tomorrow!
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    • Day 114

      Grandas de Salime - Fonsagrada

      October 2, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      Ungewöhnliche Etappe heute. Sehr spät gestartet, dann 15 km sehr schnell gelaufen, um Marie, unsere Französin, die immer noch mit einer Entzündung im Bein kämpft, wieder einzuholen.
      Nach einer kurzen Picknickpause und weiteren 3 km war dann klar, dass Marie nicht weitergehen kann. Also ab auf die Straße und Daumen raus. Nun gibt es in Nordspanien allerdings (warum auch immer) viele sehr schicke Straßen, auf denen nur alle Viertelstunde mal ein Auto vorbeikommt, und dieses war eine davon. Es kam dann tatsächlich aber nicht nur sehr schnell ein Auto, es hielt auch noch sofort an und entpuppte sich als Taxi, in das wir dann alle 3 ohne schlechtes Gewissen eingestiegen sind. Camino provides, man stellt es immer wieder fest. ;)
      Heute haben wir auch die letzte Provinz erreicht: Nach dem Baskenland, Kantabrien und Asturien sind wir nun in Galizien unterwegs.
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