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    • Day 19

      Ciruena and Granon

      September 18, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

      Day 16 in Ciruena and Day 17 in Granon vía Santo Domingo de la Calzada - the all night party in Najera kept all the pilgrims awake. Luckily I could turn my deaf ear to it and get some sleep. The cafés that were supposed to open at 6:30 am did not (open) and we had to get our caffeine in Azofra which had crowds of pilgrims at all their cafes. I found my friend Annika from Switzerland (she told me that she had walked from Geneva to Santiago about 12 years ago). The entire walk to Ciruena yesterday was very pleasant. I had left fairly early and reached Ciruena, a quiet, sleepy village by 11 am. I had plenty of time to wander around - past the little church and have a glass of local red wine and soak in the atmosphere of this cute place. Dinner at the Albergue was communal and the owner had made a lentil stew with vegetables and sausage - it hit the spot!
      This morning I left Ciruena late. I didn’t want to disturb my young room mate so stayed in bed till 6:30 am. The owner provided fabulous hot coffee and a light breakfast. Reached Santo Domingo by 9:00am and everything was closed. They too had pulled an all night party - even the tourist office was closed. I found Santo Domingo to be somewhat elitist - some very important looking people were bustling around and a bunch of expensive looking cars were parked in the plaza. The Santi Domingo church is the first church I have come across that charges for visit. Couldn’t get in through the normal entrance - it was closed for the special event - but slipped in with some other people for a quick look.
      Continued on to Granon. It’s a small cute town with a church and central square. Had dinner in the one restaurant along with other pilgrims.
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    • Day 12

      Grañón 18 miles

      July 10, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 55 °F

      Got Mantras ?
      Enter them here. I’m mantra-less today. Feeling like naming any was too much for me this morning. I didn’t sleep well, despite the awkward kindness shown from my roommate “Kirk.” It was a challenging and long day yesterday and I think today started with a deficit of mental energy.

      Today someone asked me what my Camino journey would be called if it were a movie. I loved this question. The answer for now would be “Staying Found” but it may change as I continue on. I have spent the last 8 years developing and understand my identity outside of being a mom. I like where I’m at, who I am, and where I still need to grow. This trip was not conceived from a place of feeling lost, rather a celebration of being found. It’s one thing to find yourself, and another to maintain it.

      PS I called ahead to the next town and in Spanish, I reserved four beds for my Camino family for tomorrow. I’m so totally bi-lingual now. Ha. Adios.

      PSS this guy is literally carrying a cross across Spain. Whoa! I thought my extra underwear were heavy…

      Total: 137 miles
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    • Azofra

      May 20, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

      This tiny town is a hidden gem on the Camino. The municipal albergue is very well laid out with single beds two to a room. I'm sharing a room with Diane from England who I met on my first day on the Camino. The albergue also has a nice courtyard with a fountain.
      Additionally, just out of town is the Jardín Botánico de la Rioja. The most wonderful thing about the gardens is that you are encouraged to walk barefoot on the cool grassy paths, which felt fantastic on my feet after a long walk.
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