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  • Day148

    139. Etappe: A Cabana

    November 27, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Der Tag startete heute mit einer Videotelefonie um Franzis Mama ein Geburtstagsständchen zu trällern 🎶
    An dieser Stelle noch einmal alles Liebe und Gute 🎁🎈
    Unser heutiger Etappenstart läutete die letzten 100 km nach Santiago ein. Auch wenn der Himmel grau und wolkenverhangen war, kamen wir heut ohne Regen durch unsere Tour. Auch heute zeigte sich Galizien im prächtigen Herbstgewand und schickte uns immer wieder abwechselnd entlang an Flüssen, über Waldwege, Straßen und durch die kleinsten Orte.
    Nach 28,3 km erreichen wir unser Ziel. Während Franzi gerade erst auf Betriebstemperatur gekommen ist, ist der Pilgergrünschnabel heilfroh, als wir vor der Herberge stehen. Eine brandneue Pilgerherberge, die in diesem Jahr neu eröffnet hat. So wie es aussieht, werden wir aber auch diese heute allein beziehen.
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  • Day149

    140. Etappe: Boimorto

    November 28, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    Sonnig starteten wir in den heutigen Pilgertag, auch wenn es leider keinen Kaffee zum Frühstück gab. 😓
    Nach gut der Hälfte der gelaufenen Tagesetappe legten wir deshalb auch eine ausgiebige Kaffee-/Bocadillo-Pause ein. Obwohl wir aufgegessen haben, verließ uns wenig später die Sonne und für die letzten 1,5 Stunden durfte sich Daniel über seine erste Regenwanderung freuen. Klatschnass kommen wir in der sehr neuen modernen galicischen Herberge an. Und nach eine von den Hospitalieras erbetenen "Beschwerde" kommt prompt ein Techniker, der die bis dato eiskalten Heizkörper in Gang bringt. Also wird es heute wieder eine mollig warme Nacht. Jedoch könnte das mit dem Schlaf eng werden, denn die Hospitaliera hat ordentlich Kaffee für uns bereitgestellt, den wir nach dem kaffeearmen Start sehr dankend angenommen haben.Read more

  • Day150

    141. Etappe: Pedrouzo

    November 29, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Santiago so nah vor Augen hat uns heute einen richtigen Schub gegeben, so dass wir mit 33,1 km noch einmal eine Ü30-Etappe raus gehauen haben. Damit haben wir eine hervorragende Ausgangsposition für die morgige finale Etappe nach Santiago, die wir mit gut 19 km entspannt angehen können, um jeden Schritt der Zielgeraden zu genießen.
    Aber der Reihe nach.
    Die erwartet mollig warme Nacht wurde es leider nicht, da das Vergnügen einer funktionierenden Heizung sehr kurzweilig war. Trotz einer - zumindest für Daniel - kurzen Nacht und sehr regnerischer Vorhersagen starteten wir, wie gewohnt, voll motiviert in den Tag. Die Sonne ließ sich von unserer Motivation anstecken und kämpfte sich zwischendrin immer mal wieder durch die vielen Wolken. So schritt es sich leichter über die sich anfangs konsequent durchziehende Asphaltroute. Nach einem Drittel unserer heutigen Strecke gelangten wir vom Camino del Norte auf den Camino Frances. Auf den folgenden Kilometern stellten sich nun auch immer mehr Wälder und kleine Orte ein. Ziemlich erschöpft (Daniel 😉) beziehen wir unsere heutige sehr schöne Herberge und werden uns später ein verdientes Pilgermahl im Ort schmecken lassen. Und bei mindestens einer Person (Franzi 😊) wird beim bevorstehenden Zieleinlauf heute Nacht sicherlich ein spannendes Duell zwischen Müdigkeit und Aufregung ausgefochten.
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  • Day151

    142. Etappe: Santiago de Compostela

    November 30, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    3.484 km! So viele waren es als ich heute im Pilgerbüro auf mein GPS geschaut habe, um meine Urkunde in Empfang zu nehmen. Habe also knapp den Blogtitel verfehlt, aber was solls: Ich bin glücklich über jeden gelaufenen Meter 🎉
    Kaum zu glauben, wie schnell die Zeit verflogen ist.
    Auf den letzten 20 km sahen wir noch einmal viele Pilger, überholten und wurden überholt. In der Stadt überraschte uns dann der Regen, aber pünktlich als wir auf dem Vorplatz der Kathedrale ankamen, strahlender Sonnenschein! 🌞
    Die aufregende Pilgerreise lassen wir bei der Pilgermesse in der Kathedrale ausklingen und sehen so manch bekanntes Gesicht vom Weg wieder.
    Da wir gestern so viele Kilometer gelaufen sind, können wir morgen noch einmal alles sacken lassen. Nach Hause bzw. auf zum nächsten Abenteuer geht es nämlich erst am Sonntag.
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  • Day152

    Epilog: Kap Finisterre

    December 1, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌬 14 °C

    Da der Pilgerrythmus uns schon früh aus dem Bett gehauen hat, beschlossen wir heute morgen den Bus nach Fisterra zu nehmen und zum Kap Finisterre zu laufen.
    Also verbrachten wir heute viel Zeit im Bus für einen letzten Blick auf die Küste. Für mich, die den Camino del Norte entlang gepilgert ist, ein perfekter Abschluss dieser Reise. Das bisschen Regen störte da kaum. Erst Recht nicht, als uns auf dem Weg zum Kap ein bekanntes Gesicht glücklich entgegen geschlendert kam. Philippe! Ein französischer Pilger, den ich zuletzt vor 2 Wochen in Muros de Nalon gesehen habe. Er ist den Weg bis nach Muxía und zum Kap Finisterre gepilgert. Die Wiedersehensfreude war groß und so tranken wir noch das ein oder andere Gläschen, nachdem uns der Bus wieder zurück nach Santiago gebracht hatte und ließen den Tag gemeinsam ausklingen.
    Morgen geht es für Daniel wieder nach Berlin und ich hänge noch eine Woche Urlaub mit der lieben Claudi in Porto dran - hab ja noch ein paar freie Tage! 🎉
    Das heißt gleichzeitig, dass dies der wirklich allerletzte Footprint meiner/unserer Pilgerreise ist 😭
    Ich bin beeindruckt, wie viele bekannte und bisher unbekannte Gesichter dieser Reise gefolgt sind und sende ein dickes Dankeschön an euch alle! Eure Nachrichten (sei es hier oder auf anderem Wege), haben mich immer wieder aufs Neue motiviert, inspiriert und mich so auf meinem Weg durch 3 Länder Europas, knapp 5 Monate lang und fast 3.500 km weit begleitet.
    Guter Weg! Bon Chemin! Buen Camino! Ultrëia!
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  • Day660

    Praia do Rostro, NW tip of Spain

    April 17, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    It seems both of us may have a bug which is leaving us feeling drained after the slightest exertion. It was a struggle doing the hand washing, using the van services and driving on to our next stopover, but oh boy was the drive worth it!

    On the Northwest tip of Spain, Rostro Beach is an incredible place. We stayed in a small circular gravel car park that formed the end of a sloping, single track lane. Red, black and white signs warned us of the 'Praia Perigosa' (dangerous beach) but there were also information boards with photographs of rare plant species growing in the dunes. From the top of the lane we'd seen the incredible Atlantic waves crashing into a white froth of wild surf and even before we opened the door we could hear their roar. Wooden posts connected by weathered, off-white rope, ran alongside a freshwater stream that flowed behind the dunes and beside the base of a gorse covered cliff, to reach the ocean. Taking Poppy with us and crossing a makeshift wooden bridge, we stepped carefully amongst the red tinged sedum and sea holly, to climb the virgin sand dune, its surface windswept and smooth. Poppy was in her element and after paddling and slurping up stream water, she ran with labouring breaths up the mound, only to stumble and nose dive into the soft sand! She does sometimes forget that she has in excess of 100 doggy years on the clock!

    Bridging the crest a wild scene was layed out before us. A narrow band of pristine beach divided us from a frothing storm of an ocean. Situated on one of the most westerly points on the Iberian peninsula, this beach bore the full brunt of waves whose fetch ran all the way from America. The offshore wind blew the Atlantic rollers backwards, but only succeeded in skimming spray off their peaks. Towering above us, the roar they made when they folded was immense and they rushed up towards us, covering metres in seconds. Observing all this we felt awestruck by the power of nature.

    Back in the van, we watched as the tide rose and waves were funeled up the stream in a surge that made us consider moving further up the hill. The strength of the surge uprooted several of the wooden posts that cordoned off the waterway and at one point we saw the makeshift bridge being sucked out to sea!

    Morning came with a chorus of birdsong and a mist that crept down the hillside and shrouded the shore. It didn't last for long, as the intense rays of sunshine soon burned it off. Although there were some exciting looking clifftop walks nearby, we spent most of the day in the van, trying to regain our energy. We did however take little wanders up the lane, noticing the field of yellow flag iris and the occasional flying cicada, its wings clacking together noisily with each beat. Down on the beach, the waves, while still powerful, had calmed from yesterday's wild rampage. Butterflies flitted around the car park verges and just in front of the van, a group of Common Waxbills picked at seeds in the grass, the bright red beaks and eye stripes, striking features on this otherwise mousy brown little bird. They are natives of Africa but small colonies are becoming increasingly frequent in Spain and Portugal.

    Praia do Rostro was a wonderful place to spend a couple of days and it was with some reluctance that we moved on.
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  • Day28

    O Cerbreiro to Triacastela

    May 17, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 57 °F

    Good evening from Triacastella, Spain. I left O Cerbreiro this morning around 730 am. It was a painful morning albergue wise as many many people were trying to get ready at once. But, $8/night...guess you have to take the good with the bad. The walk today was a lot of uphills and downhills. The downhills are actually worse. The day ended with a 4 mile long decent into Triacastela. And, to top off a trying afternoon, I got in late and the only bed was in a shitty albergue but hey, it’s a roof, a bed and a shower....trust me, that’s about it. The tent came close to coming out of the bag again. I am in a four person room with a Spanish couple in their 60’s...they speak no English so no conversation. I current am in a cafe/bar in town having dinner...The Galician specialty of Octopus, bread and of course, red wine. Plus, I get to use their WiFi as there is none at the albergue. I am starting to have issues with my left knee...it is pretty inflamed and is becoming an issue for the last couple of days especially in the afternoon. It took me a long time today to reach town and because of it which creates more issues like bed availability because you arrive into town late. Oh well, no one promised me that it would be easy. I am around 80 miles out currently. That is it for now, I hope this finds everyone well!Read more

  • Day29

    Triacastela to Sarria

    May 18, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 57 °F

    Good evening from Sarria, Spain. Sarria is the starting point for hundreds of people per day that wish to walk to Santiago and earn the Compostela certificate. According to the “rules”, a person must walk the last 100 km to earn the certificate which is 62 miles. I have already walked around 270 miles but it doesn’t mean anything, I must walk the last 62 into Santiago to qualify. Now, having said all that, I couldn’t care less if I get the Compostela or not...it is in Latin so I can’t read it anyway. I also only marginally care if I see Santiago but I would like to see what all the fuss is about when it comes to Santiago. I am simply interested in finishing what I started. So, here is the deal. I really need to be in Porto, Portugal by next Thursday as my flight leaves for home on Friday morning. I really should arrive in Portugal on Wednesday to give myself some breathing room. Sooo...that means I need to cover 18 miles a day for the next four days so I can be in Santiago on Tuesday. I have been slowed up with my knee issue so it has put on more pressure. I have dumped all of the weight out of my pack to lighten the load. Bare necessities at this point. Anything that I could do without got dumped. Tent...clothes except for the bare minimum...flashlight...anything that weighed anything...it’s only stuff. But, I still don’t know if I can pull this off. I do risk not having a tent if I cannot find a bed but I can find someplace to throw the sleeping bag down under cover if I have to. I will tell you that the past couple of days, with the leg issues, that it has been tempting to jump on a train to Portugal and lay on the beach for the next few days but I haven’t given up yet. So, out the door at 0600 in the morning and we will see how it goes. That is it from Spain tonight, I hope this finds everyone well.Read more

  • Day30

    Sarria to Portomarín

    May 19, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 64 °F

    Hello from Portomarín, Spain. I will start this entry by quoting Forrest Gump when he decided to stop running. “ I’m pretty tired, I think I will go home now....and just like that, my running days was over”. My version: “ I’m pretty tired, I think I will go home now...and just like that, my walking days are over”. So, I left Sarria at around 6:30 am and walked until 4pm. I covered 15 miles...short of the 18 miles that I needed to make reaching Santiago possible. But, throughout the day, I kept thinking about which direction I wanted to head in...keep on as is, or head to Portugal. I have experienced the Camino, the miles, the people, the good and the bad. I have seen the country..from the east to the west. I have found what I needed to find...in the end, I do not need to reach Santiago...it is about the journey and not about any reward at the end. There is a whole other European country just south of me that I have never seen....a great time to see it I think. As I sit here writing this tonight from the veranda of a pensione/albergue in Portomarín. I have a private room for $33 and am sitting on the veranda, sipping local wine at $1.50 a glass, eating local olives which are most likely free and enjoying a great view of the river. And, all the while thinking....I think I will mosey on down to Porto, Portugal tomorrow and check out the city and the beaches before I go home. Who’s the wild man now?! I am feeling like a king as I sit here. I found this place on the edge of town...I should be in the city taking photos but, I have no desire to move from this spot so I think I will order dinner and watch the sun go down right from here. That’s the thing about the Camino, one minute you are slogging through the mud or baking in the hot sun while on the trail but an hour later....you are living life. Yes, my knee hurts and my feet are sore and my clothes have a funky smell by now but hey, sitting out here...wow, I don’t really care. So, I have to plan my travel to Porto...with any luck, Iwill arrive by tomorrow evening. I will keep the blog going as Portugal, I am told is a beautiful place. Goodnight from Portomarín and as always, thank you for checking in!Read more

  • Day31

    Portomarín to Santiago de Compostela

    May 20, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 64 °F

    Hello from Santiago. Even though I gave up my quest to walk to Santiago, I ended up here anyway as I needed to get here to get to Portugal so it turns out. I walked into the city...not quite the way I intended but walked in just the same. I think the Camino parallels life in many ways...You start out with a plan, work hard at it but in the end, things happen to change those plans and things end up differently. And, one can only hope that the end result still finds you standing and in good shape. As in my case here...it didn’t go as planned but I still managed to walk into the main square and see the Cathedral all in one piece. I completed 275 miles of the Camino. I have unbelievable respect for anyone who walks the whole 500 miles as it is a daunting task and it is very difficult. I left Portomarín this morning via taxi to Lugo because it is Sunday and no buses were running out of Portomarín. I had a 4 hour layover in the city of Lugo which turned out to be a welcomed stopover. The old city of Lugo is completely surrounded by a 3rd century Roman wall that is upwards to 50 feet high. It is the only city in the world that is still completely surrounded by a wall so I read. It has a walking path at the top and is more than a mile around the old city. So, I say goodbye to the Camino with all its good and bad. The good?...the people, the views, the history, the change in the country as you go from east to west, the food, the wine etc. The other positives is that you realize that you might be in a shitty albergue with less than favorable roommates or slogging through the rain wet and miserable but in a few hours or the next day, you maybe having a great time sitting at a cafe and loving life. The bad?...less than desirable bunk mates. I hate to stereotype but I will say that my worst nights in albergues were spent with the French...It was my experience which has been echoed by many others here that they can be the most selfish, self centered people that you can share quarters with and trust me...their needs come first. I know you can’t say that about all of the French but it has been my experience here. The other bad thing?...toilet paper along the path. It seems that a lot of women simply go, wipe and drop the toilet paper and leave it for the rest of us to pass and enjoy. I am not so sure what is so hard about kicking the toilet paper under a rock or some leaves but that doesn’t happen for some reason. But again, on the Camino as in life, you have both respectful people and non-respectful people. I leave via train for Portugal at 6:15 AM. I will arrive in Porto at 10:15 AM. I am shooting for a smaller town 10 miles or so south of Porto. The beach that I am looking at is called...Praia da Aguda. It looks like a pretty cool place. I am not sure what is there as far as accommodations but I guess I will find out tomorrow. Maybe sleep on the beach? Who knows? I have been told that Portugal is cheaper than Spain and the foods better. That sounds great as I found the food and the prices fantastic in Spain. So, that’s it for now, 0500 will come early but only a 10 minute walk to the train station. Goodnight from Santiago!Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

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