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    • Day24

      Feliz Cumpleaños

      August 4, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Today is Colm’s 11th birthday. He usually celebrates his birthday on holidays with lots of his cousins in Kerry so this had to be a good one to make up for the lack of party guests!
      We wake up to rain but rather than it putting a dampener on things it has the opposite effect - guilt free movie watching in bed .
      When Captain America finishes Colm opens the door to his party. The Saloon is decorated with streamers and balloons and there are fresh cakes and croissants from the bakery. He gets cards and lots for presents from the local Chinese- anything-you-need shop. He is especially delighted with a card Nana had snuck onto the boat before we ever departed Cork. There are phone calls full of well wishes and love for the birthday boy.
      As the weather clears we pack up and get a taxi to a huge and beautiful beach. We have a wonderful afternoon playing with his new Chinese beach tennis set and water squirter. There are great waves on the beach and we bodyboard and body surf the afternoon away.
      We all get dressed up when we get home and go out for a delicious dinner in Muros. The celebrations finish off with an ice cream on the waterfront at 10pm. It has been a great birthday for everyone.
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    • Day40

      Day 37 - Good day for a roadtrip

      October 22, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

      “The three great elemental sounds of nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a wood and the sound of the ocean outside on a beach.” – Henry Beston

      Day 37 - Santiago to Finesterre - by bus

      I awoke late as I had no concrete plans for the day. I had loosely decided to go to Finesterre for at least a day, today. When I saw all the rain in the forecast, I decided what the heck. So, I booked a bus to get out of Dodge. Well, out of Santiago at least.

      As the bus wasn’t until after 3pm, I took my time getting ready. Found a cafe bar for a lovely bacon and egg late breakfast and chilled there for a while.

      At noon, I had an appointment for my Camino tattoo at Sargado Corazon. All over and done with before 1pm! It is not exactly what I was hoping for ( I think I wanted it a bit more spread out) but I didn’t speak up, so here we have it. I had the artist design it based around the traditional scallop shell as well as the modern yellow arrows I followed for the duration of my walk.

      The Scallop Shell today is used as a symbol of direction along the Camino, pointing pilgrims towards Santiago. It is also featured in many buildings along the routes, such as churches, in-laid to pavers in the streets, on walls etc. Pilgrims also wear this symbol themselves which further enhances the camaraderie along this great walking trail.

      While today the Scallop Shell is deemed to be purely symbolic and representative, it did have its practical uses in eons gone by. Due to its shape, the shell was used to scoop food and water as this was easily carried along the trail. Food kitchens along the route would also use a Scallop Shell as a measure of one portion. The shape of the scallop shell is also said to represent the different routes of the Camino, all converging in one point: Santiago de Compostela.

      More than just a souvenir, in a way, the Camino shell can be considered the original ‘pilgrim certificate’ even before the Compostela was issued to medieval pilgrims. Unlike modern pilgrims, traditionally Camino pilgrims would have to walk over to Santiago and back. The scallop shell, a common mollusc along the shores of Galicia, was used by returning pilgrims as a badge of honour and proof of having visited the city of Saint James. It was also common for Medieval pilgrims across Europe to be buried with their scallop shell, showing they had completed the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Guess I will be buried with my shell too :-)

      As soon as I was done at the studio, I headed over to the the bus station to hang out until my bus came at 3:20pm. I had read that the views were best in the left side of the bus and I wasn’t disappointed. Most of these buses take the slow, coastal route. Although only an hour + drive in a car, the coastal route means this is a 3hr bus ride to Finisterre. Despite the rain, the views were beautiful and it didn’t feel like a 3hr bus ride.

      I am staying just outside of town but have a private room, use of a full kitchen, and a shared bathroom with real towels! It’s only a 10 min walk to the main town and I can’t wait to explore tomorrow. I also plan on walking to the cape to see the lighthouse.

      Met up with Annette again who came here yesterday, and we went for dinner. Took us a while to find a place we agreed on that wasn’t over the top touristy expensive, but we found it! A Lareira was just what we were looking for. Seafood with decent prices and good portions. We shared a bottle of wine and got two free shots each - for a total of 25€ each, including a tip. Annette had clams in sauce and I did the grilled squid - fabulous! We both left a bit tipsy as I had over a km to walk back to my room - and a curfew of 10pm. Felt like a freaking teenager again. And was totally giggling when I made it with 1 minute to spare 😁.

      I have decided to stay an extra night here, and am looking forward to the walk tomorrow to the cape and lighthouse. Will likely time it so I can say a final goodbye to Annette as she starts on the rest of her journey. It’s been great hanging with her for the last week or so.

      Fingers crossed that the weather cooperates tomorrow! I would prefer not to have to walk I the rain….but whatever.
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      Traveler

      Love this! 🥰

      10/23/22Reply
      Traveler

      Diane, it's perfect! OMG! 😍😍

      10/23/22Reply
      Traveler

      Thanks my friend! ❤️

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    • Day23

      Muros

      August 3, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      Régal is at the Marina in the lovely town of Muros. We spend a few days here as the weather is inclement. It is much easier to duck in and out of rain showers when you can run instead of row back to the boat. The Marina is in the centre of the town which has lovely old narrow streets to explore. The hills surrounding Muros are covered in Eucalyptus and Pine trees and there is beach 3 minutes walk from the boat. We know now why Liam and Mags Drennan it so much.
      Interestingly the yacht that was the subject of the book ‘Sailing for home’ by Theo Dorga, ‘The Spirit of Oysterhaven’ is in the boatyard here and is for sale. That book inspired us to do the Atlantic crossing 15 years ago.
      In Muros we stock up on food from the nearby shop and market. The fruit and vegetables are so good in Spain; bigger, juicer and way more delicious than any of the perfect looking specimens we get in Ireland. Ruby even says the wild blackberries we pick on our wandering side here are tastier than at home - the sunshine is a magical thing!
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      Traveler

      Beautiful composition

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    • Day59

      Badespaß 🌊

      October 12, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Da am Vormittag schon die Sonne raus kam und die Temperaturen auch langsam stiegen, entschieden wir kurzerhand hierzubleiben und einen Strandtag einzulegen.
      Das muss man ausnützen, wenns schon so warm ist. 🙂

      Bei 15 Grad Wassertemperatur wagten wir uns ins kalte Nass. Es kribbelte und brennte alles, aber das wars wert, es war definitiv eine Abkühlung und mit den Wellen machte es richtig Spaß. 🌊 Da werden wir wieder zu Kindern. 🙈

      Danach legten wir uns in die Sonne und entspannten einfach. ☀️⛱️
      Zwischen unseren Zehen der feine weiße Sand, an das könnten wir uns gewöhnen. 😍

      Der Sonnenuntergang war wieder mal fantastisch! Der Himmel und die Wolken erstrahlten rötlich, ein wahres Farbenspiel. 😍
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    • Day58

      Vanlifealltag

      October 11, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Wir entschieden uns dazu, den schönen Stellplatz zu verlassen und nach Westgalizien zu fahren und unterwegs unsere Vorräte wieder aufzufüllen.

      Bevor es losging, haben wir uns einen neuen Stellplatz rausgesucht und auf der Route einen Supermarkt und eine Camperstation markiert.

      Also verließen wir diesen wunderschönen Platz und fuhren erst mal zu einem Carrefour einkaufen. Nachdem dies erledigt war, ging es noch zu einer Camperstation, die neben einem Sportplatz in einem Wald gelegen war. Die Lage war irgendwie eigenartig, aber es funktionierte alles einwandfrei und das Wasser war auch wieder gratis. Also wieder Grauwasser ablassen, 150L Frischwasser auftanken, Urinbehälter entleeren und alles wieder aufräumen. Gehört mittlerweile auch zu unserem Alltag. Mit unseren 150L sind wir jetzt 11 Tage ausgekommen, nicht schlecht finden wie.

      Nachdem alles erledigt war, ging es zu unserem Stellplatz beim Praia de Lariño. Wir waren begeistert. Wir standen direkt hinter dem weißen Sandstrand, es war sauber, warm und ruhig. Wieder ein richtig toller Stellplatz. Wir genossen noch den wunderschönen Sonnenuntergang über dem Meer und verbrachten einen ruhigen Abend.
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      Pooglądam zdjęcia i piękne widoki cieszę się bardzo że mogę was oglądać pozdrowienia buziaczki 😍❤️ [Gino Taulescu]

      10/12/22Reply
      Traveler

      Hallo Ihr zwei, also wirklich wieder mal perfekt 👍 da kann man/Frau 😅 so richtig gut entspannen!!

      10/13/22Reply
      VanprojektRüdiger

      Hallo Carola, ja das tat wirklich gut 😍☀️

      10/14/22Reply
       
    • Day12

      Tag 12

      April 12, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Nach langer Fahrt sind wir am westlichen Ende Europas angekommen. Zwischen Bilbao und hier haben wir etwa gleichviele Autos angetroffen wie zwischen Triemli und Goldbrunnenplatz. Freie Fahrt, unglaublich.Read more

      Traveler

      Uuuiii....da würi ez au gärn chli höckle und gnüsse😎

      4/12/21Reply

      Hoi, schoen, seht aber noch kalt aus. [Elisabeth Lässer]

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    • Day16

      Tag 16

      April 16, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Heute haben wir uns von Jessy und Nicola verabschiedet. Bevor wir auf dem Camping "A Vouga" Nachbaren wurden, waren wir in Zürich Nachbaren. Nur kannten wir uns noch nicht😛 Dank ihnen können wir jetzt sogar jassen.. ein bisschen zumindest ;) Die Beiden wollten eigentlich nach Portugal, da die Grenze aber bis auf Weiteres geschlossen bleibt ziehen sie weiter nach Andalusien und Sardinien. Viel Spass!
      Beim Schiessen des Abschiedsfoto entstand ausversehen noch das Bild des Tages für heute😅
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    • Day13

      Tag 13

      April 13, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Nach zwei Wochen haben wir es gefunden. Das kleine Fleckchen Erde, das uns das Gefühl gibt wir wären im Paradies. Wir befinden uns irgendwo zwischen dem Ende der Welt und Santiago de Compastela. Der feine Sandstrand ist weiss, das Meer kristallklar, die Luft von Eukalyptusbäumen parfümiert.. und bevor ichs vor lauter Schwärmen vergesse.. gestern haben sich in der Bucht, direkt wo wir parkiert haben, Delfine blicken lassen! Spanien zeigt sich von einer wunderschönen und sauberen Seite (ja wir Bünzlis mögen's so :)) In der Nacht funkeln tausend Sterne am Himmel..- hier werden wir bleiben wir für eine Weile. Denn schliesslich müssen wir uns nach all diesen strengen Reisetagen ein bisschen Erholung gönnen :)Read more

    • Day20

      Tag 20

      April 20, 2021 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

      Heute taten mir die Knochen weh & ich hatte Muskelkater. Liegt entweder an den Burpees, an 'bring Sally up' oder am headbangen. Oder einfach am Alter.. :)
      Am Abend konnte ich mich dann doch noch für einen Lauf aufraffen, Philipp hat in dieser Zeit Schlangenkunde betrieben (Python. Haha)
      Der Ausblick bei meiner Joggingrunde war fantastisch.
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      Traveler

      ...am Alter 😂😂😂

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    • Day20

      Féile na Bealtaine - happy May Day!

      May 1, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      1st of May. Summer is truly on the in.

      We hope the sun is shining down wherever you are.....

      We woke as fog was slowly rising of the sea under the morning sun...that mystic mist, what legends and stories are made of!

      Molly has kept up ancient celtic pagan Bealtaine tradition, washing her face (bathing in) the 1st of May morning dew.....and where better to carry out such a ritual then here in Galicia, with its many cultural ties to the celtic Irish (not to mention the west of Ireland-esque landscapes).

      For dinner we dined locally, not 50meters from the sea and but 5 mins walk from camp, on a Mero fish caught but hours before...mmmmmm tasty!

      A delicious last meal in Spain as tomorrow we hope to cross into Portugal because borders are officially open once more!!

      We will return to Northern Spain once things open up a bit more and we can truly experience their rich lively culture!
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      good luck! Elsbeth [Elisabeth]

      5/2/21Reply
      Traveler

      Thank you

      5/3/21Reply
      Traveler

      😍

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