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    • Day 40

      Von salceda nach monte de gozo

      June 11, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Hallo zusammen, sooo, die letzte längere Etappe ist nun auch Geschichte. Morgenfrüh geht es die letzten ca 4,5km nach Santiago de Compostella. Dazu Morgen mehr. Die Etappe heute war auf Grund der angenehmen Temperaturen zum genießen. Am Ende stand dann wieder ein macic moment auf dem Plan und zwar mit dem erreichen des Monte de gozo. Dort stehen die beiden weltberühmten Pilgerskulturen. Der Blick von dort auf Santiago hat Gänsehautcharkter. Hab mich erstmal hingesetzt den Moment genossen und ihn telefonisch Lisa geteilt. Es war halt ein besonderer Moment. Erkenntnis des Tages: Die macic moments enden nicht.Read more

    • Day 25


      June 12, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

      At the end of dinner, a man, whom I thought to be Australian, turned me and asked, do you speak English? I replied, “Un poquito, why do you ask?” “Ha, Ha, an American!” And he limped off. His table mates explained that his shoes over the past two days and 25 km have been golf shoes and they are putting him in a taxi tomorrow. Samantha, Nick James and Grainne James are Irish and invited me over for a glass of wine. It was Grainnes’ 60th birthday yesterday and they are traveling the last 100km of The Del Norte Way. Eventually they will meet a larger group in Salamanca. A good time of fellowship and discussing parenting and Grainnes advice (she is a psychologist). Be open to reconciliation and “make an intentional space” for it.

      I will hike back to Furelos to try to catch its uncommon crucifix. The elder brother of the pair that runs Carlos 96 advises it’s a market day in Melidé which will be fun.
      Made it to the Igrexa de San Xoan de Furelos, but sadly the church has been closed since Covid. It’s crucifix is supposed to be unique since Christ is atypically pointing one hand to heaven while the other reaches to earth.

      Regrouped and found the Sunday market in Melidé and went to mass at Igrexa San Pedro de Melidé. Found the historical cultural museum across the street, housed in a former Hospital.
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    • Day 42

      Tag 42 von Monte de Gozo nach Santiago

      June 12, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      So heute ist die erst große Etappe geschafft Santiago de Compostela.
      Natürlich sehr emotional und überwältigend.
      Trotz allem aber erst mal nur eine Etappe auf meinem Weg.
      Ich genieße es erst richtig wenn ich das nächste mal da bin also in 2 Wochen.
      Ein Highlight hatte ich aber heute schon .
      Ich war der 7 te in der Reihe beim Compostela holen und die erste 10 bekamen ein gratis Mittagessen was etwas ganz besonderes ist 😃 .
      Die Kathedrale wahnsinnig überwältigend.
      Auch der Gottesdienst sehr schön leider gaben sie das Botafumeiro nicht geschwenkt.
      Das Botafumeiro ist der übergroße Weihrauch Kessel den es so nur in Santiago gibt.
      Ich hoffe sie machen es in 2 Wochen.
      So morgen geht's weiter Richtung Meer.
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    • Day 41

      Von Monte de gozo nach Santiago de Compo

      June 12, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

      Hallo zusammen. Ja, es ist vollbracht. Heute Morgen fand die letzte Etappe des camino frances nach Santiago de Compostella statt. Gemeinsam mit meinen Pilgerfreunden, bin ich die letzten 4,5km nach Santiago gepilgert. Zuerst stand das Pilgerbüro auf dem Plan, wo wir uns die begehrte Compostella abgeholt haben. Nach einem kleinen desayuno sind wir dann zu Kathedrale gepilgert. Ich kann nur sagen, der Anblick war einfach überwältigend und ich muss gestehen, dass ein paar Tränen über meine Wange liefen. Das nächste Highlight war die Pilgermesse in der Kathedrale. Ein Gebet für meine Familie, Freunde,Pilgerfreunde und allen notleidenden Menschen auf dieser Welt, musste und habe ich Gebetet. Mit Worten sind diese Momente kaum zu beschreiben. Man muss es fühlen, sehen, hören und riechen. Das ist der camino. Erkenntnis des Tages: Unbeschreiblich. Morgen steht noch eine Busfahrt zum km 0 nach Finistere an, der westlichste Punkt Europas auch gerne in früheren Zeiten als " Dass Ende der Welt " betitelt, als man einem Kontinent Amerika noch nichts wusste. Dort werde ich dann meinen treuen Pilgerstab in den Atlantik geben und ihn auf eine Reise ins unbekannte schicken. Morgen dann noch mehr. Hasta luego y buenas noches a todas.Read more

    • Day 43

      Tag 43 von Santiago nach Negreira

      June 13, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      So jetzt geht es Richtung Meer.
      Heute ist es ziemlich warm aber der Weg wieder ruhiger da nicht viele diese Etappe machen.
      Habe mir heute auch richtig Zeit genommen.
      Die Alberge heute ist etwas abgelegen im Wald hier gibt's jede Menge Tiere.
      Das finde ich zur Abwechslung mal richtig entspannend.
      Man kann einfach mal die Seele baumeln lassen.
      Morgen geht es erst um 7 Uhr loss, da das Tor erst um 7 Uhr aufgeschlossen wird.
      Nachts ist es abgeschlossen da hier viele Tiere einfach so rumlaufen.
      Ich denke Grazia währe hier genau richtig.
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    • Day 44

      Tag 44 von Negreira nach Santa Mariña

      June 14, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

      So weiter geht's.
      Der Tag heute war mal wieder richtig anstrengend.
      Es ging die meiste Zeit Berg auf und das bei 30 Grad im Schatten.
      Ich habe bestimmt 4 Liter Wasser verloren.
      Alle Sachen waren komplett nass und sind gleich gewaschen worden.
      Sonst gab es nichts besonderes auf dem Weg.
      Mal schauen wie es weitergeht.
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    • Day 27

      Arzua to O Pedrouzo

      June 14, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

      An interesting day. Started at 2:30 am when the French couple next door had an argument 😵‍💫
      The room had no AC and it hit the upper 80s in the afternoon so quite the toaster. Pack up and hit the road early and it was very quiet and peaceful. Cruised into a tiny town called Outeiro. Headed down a narrow lane, but a narrow, handmade yellow arrow pointed right. I saw a group at the bottom of the lane and assumed they had made a wrong turn. So I turned right and after arcing around the building found the eclectic Bar Tia Dolores who decorates with used beer bottles. I continued on The Way…getting increasingly nervous as I noticed an absence of the two sure signs you are On The Way…your fellow Peregrinos and the yellow arrows (flecha amarillo). But, there was one guy behind me so I carried on. After a while I came upon a map set in stone at a house gate. Sure enough, I had tracked off The Way. The other fellow was consulting his phone and we put our heads together and figured a plan, the map shows the eventual merge of our route with The Camino. We cruise along. Suddenly, we hear “Peregrinos! Peregrinos! El Camino no está aquí!” Running out of a house is a man half dressed, pulling up his trousers. He has seen us and wants to intervene. No Camino! No Camino! His fingers wag in admonishment. ‘Si! no problema señor! Mira mi carta!’ ‘Ah! Si El mapa de José Gutiérrez!” I point to where we are, “Esta aquí?” ‘Si, si!” Esta La iglesia? I point to a distant bell tower. Si la iglesia. I mime left then right…si, si, si and he brings his pointer fingers together, “El Camino!” I turn to the other Peregrino and say, “We got this!” And we hike on. Having heard my compatriots voice, I ask, Are you from Port Wenn? (Doc Martin reference) He laughs and says, you mean Port Issac! Yeh, about 5 km from there! I have met Dave! A retired psychiatric nurse with five grand kids. He learned of The Camino during a motorbike tour a few years ago. We then engage in the miraculous event of Peregrinos sharing their life story. It makes The Way pass more easily. Dave was at Cruz Ferro in A downpour and started having foot problems. We discuss the philosphies of The Way…an unexpected event…physical trial and their parallels in life. What a joy and gift. Thanks be to God.Read more

    • Day 28

      Pedrouzo to Vilamaior

      June 15, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

      A bittersweet day. My last leg into Santiago is tomorrow. But a good day that I spend in fellowship with several peregrinos. Breakfast is in a little cafe next door. I make it in before the large group being led by two priests and a hired guide. I meet Laurel a psychiatric nurse from Portland and we breakfast together. She has hiked from SJPdP with a couple who have stayed at other lodgings. A quick set to the room and hike to the middle of Pedrouzo, I see the large church group coming up the other direction, we are both heading to the main N/S road to recapture The Camino. A large loud unwieldy group I beat them and turn right up the hill. My Wise Pilgrim guide has been explicit about doing this and staying off the busy main road and it is completely worth it. Quiet forest hiking.

      The Camino has been my friend and companion, though I travel alone I have not been lonely, save for a few specific people. It had brought sights, sounds, miracles, solitude, experiences, unexpected trial, fellowship, culture, history and so much more. A good friend. But, sadly, my friends life comes to an end soon and today I want to go slow and savor our last day together. How many times do we lose a friend or loved one and wish for such a day? The silence of the forest is broken by the roar of jet engines. We are close to and will pass the Santiago airport, a reminder of how other aspects of life will take over after we take our leave of each other. I am consciously slowing down and am passed by several noisy groups.

      I meet a mother and daughter from Florida and a couple form Belgium. The mother and daughter brilliantly hopped on bikes to cross The Maseta. A bit further, and I pull off at a cafe for a bite, a beer and a rest. I meet Jaeye from South Korea and Chateau from Finland. Jaeye is a happy soul. Chateau has been suffering. She tried to walk The Camino barefoot, switched to flip flops and bought a pair of toe shoes which she has taken off. Her feet are a mess. Her main complaint is pain at the tip of each big toe. I break out my first aid kit and give her two of my silicone toe cups and a Euro so she can have a soda. She spent her money on the shoes. I also meet a very chatty Jose and his brother Carlos from Columbia. They are visiting family in Spain and their mother is very pious. She has insisted that they walk The Camino. Finally, at the same cafe I meet a woman who took Chemistry from Joe Carolan at TOHS. She and her husband are from Arizona. He is a Woodbadge trained (Beaver) Assistant Scoutmaster and Eagle Scout.

      So, a new day of friends and fellowship. But also a melancholy. I do miss my home, family and friends, but The Camino has changed me. Though it dies for me tomorrow it will forever exist and we may well meet again if faith plays a role. I wonder how I will seem different to others? I wonder how I will change them?
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    • Day 45

      Tag 45 von Santa Mariña nach Hospital

      June 15, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Heute fing der Tag erst Später an 7 Uhr .
      Da es nur 17 km waren habe ich es ruhig an gehen lassen.
      Das Wetter war auch besser nicht mehr heiß.
      Die Natur hat wieder gezeigt was sie kann und richtig angegeben 😉.
      Mir macht es immer noch richtig Spaß diesen Weg zu gehen und zu erleben.
      Mir geht's super und ich freue mich bald das Meer zu sehen.
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    • Day 30


      June 16, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

      Ok laugh all you want....
      So this Linares where we are is a SERIOUS hole in the wall
      There is no restaurant here...but we can still drink beer...
      And there is a grocery what we can
      And there you have it
      The finest food that Spain can offer 😋
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