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Hospital de Órbigo

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  • Day33

    Historische brug!

    August 9 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    We zijn in ieder geval goed wakker geschud ;p

  • Day38

    Easy walk today, into Hospital de Órbigo

    September 29, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    It was only a short walk, 15 kms, today, but we left at 8 am to catch the beautiful cool morning air, as we knew it would be a continuation of the unshaded road from yesterday afternoon. But it is so different in the coolth of morning! It is light at 8, but pre sunrise, so we soon had the magic of the rising glowing pink ball of the sun behind us. And the road which had been endless and rather tedious yesterday took on a very different light...it was dead flat for about 10 kms, and must still be the end of the Maseta, but different from the past week. We now pass by many corn fields, some beets and alfalfa, and a few cows. Tomorrow we will be into the hills on our way to Astorga.

    So we arrived here at Hospital de Órbigo by about 11.30, despite a refreshment stop along the way. We sat at a shaded bench near the famous bridge and ate lunch and wandered round a bit till our room was ready and bags arrived. This long and famous medieval bridge (13th Century, built on an earlier Roman one) we remember well, and our hotel room again looks out over it! Except this time it is a glorious day...our photos from last time were in the rain. So we will have a lovely quiet afternoon reading and relaxing. And the wifi seems good...a relief after the very variable and weak one from yesterday which kept cutting off when everyone was using it. I finally sent photos I wanted to send yesterday and will hope for success with this, plus more photos. This is a lovely little town on the river Órbigo, we even saw people trout fishing as we walked over the bridge, and I see trout features on menus here quite often. And of course it had a hospital for medieval pilgrims.
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  • Day8

    Leon to Hospital de Orbigo

    September 28, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Hey from Astorga, Spain. I left Leon on Friday morning. I had a 4or 5 mile walk through Leon and the industrial areas just to get out of the city. The days walk was abreast a major highway heading west...pretty much the major truck route from Leon to Astorga...so, not a lot of scenery. I ended the day at the municipal albergue in the town of Villadangos del Páramo. It was the usual bunkroom accommodation and a pilgrim meal. I left around 730 in the morning...a bit more of a pleasant hike as now I am out of the meseta and heading into the hills again. I arrived in the town of Hospital de Orbigo and had to decide to hang there or hike the 16k to Astorga which is a larger city. I decided to stay put as the room situation did not look good for Astorga that night. Another albergue but in a 4 person room which is better than a 20 bed dorm. I pretty much hung out with my roommates for the afternoon...two guys from Australia, and one guy from Germany who pretty much lives out here. Dinner was with two Australian women who I run into each day who wound up in the same albergue. That’s it for now....thank you as always for checking in!Read more

  • Day27

    Oncina - Hospital de Órbigo

    September 14 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    Am Morgen habe ich mir viel Zeit gelassen mit dem Aufstehen und dem Frühstück, da ich mir ein bescheidenes Tagesziel gesetzt hatte. Da es auf diesem alternativen Weg keine anständige Herberge gab, entschied ich mich, wieder nach Virgen del Camino zurück zu gehen und von dort mit dem Bus nach Hospital del Órbigo zu fahren. Auf dem Rückweg begegneten mir zwei bekannte Pilger, Mark und Agnes. Mark empfahl mir gegen die Sehnenentzündung Ibuprofen-Tabletten, von denen er mir zwei gab. Als mein Bus schliesslich in Hospital ankam, stieg ich aus und machte mich auf den Weg zum Hotel. Das Dörfchen wirkt ein bisschen verschlafen, ist aber recht hübsch. Das Highlight ist eine riesenlange Brücke, die nur über ein vergleichsweise kleines Rinnsal führt. Lustig war, dass ich an diesem Tag zwei weiteren Pilgerinnen begegnete. Die eine kannte ich vom ersten Tag nach meinem Start in Roncesvalles. Die andere - eine Italienerin - war in der gleichen Pension in Oncina. Mit ihr habe ich noch auf der Straße einen Kaffee getrunken. Gegen Abend ging ich in ein Restaurant, das direkt an der Hauptstraße war. Dort ass ich Eier mit Thonsalat und Spargeln. Es war ein bisschen eine lustige Kombination, aber es schmeckte auf jeden Fall fein. Später kehrte ich dann noch durch das dunkle, ausgestorben wirkende Dorf wieder zu meinem Hotel zurück. Auf dem Superbett habe ich dann perfekt geschlafen.Read more

  • Day37

    Photos still from León

    September 28, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Wifi suddenly functioning, so will try for a photo...

  • Day26

    Yesterday's walk

    September 12, 2016 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    20 miles from León to Hospital de Obrigo
    Stayed at Albergue Verde, where they do a vegetarian dinner that was really good. It was so nice to have lots of vegetables after so much bread, meat and potatoes. They also had an evening yoga session that was very nice and relaxing.

    I was going to try to get to Santiago by September 22, then walk three days to Finesterre, then bus back to Santiago on my birthday on the 26th, because my friends Tom and Diane said that they would like to buy me birthday dinner, but I think that would be pushing it too much.
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  • Day18

    Leon .. like moths to a flame

    September 27, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Medieval pilgrims and modern pilgrims alike are drawn to the Spanish cities for provisions and to be wowed by their cathedrals. Leon is no exception. An elegant cathedral with exceptional stained glass windows. I could take pictures of the stained glass work alone for hours.

    But after the contemplative and peaceful countryside, Leon is a bit unsettling to this Canadian pilgrim. I'll be happy to get back to some solitude and leave Leon and its cathedral to other pilgrims. Buenas Noches.
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  • Day29

    What a Pilgrim Needs

    September 27, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    A simple map, a path, and kindness along the way. There is very little else a Pilgrim needs. This fellow had set up a rest stop along a barren section of our trail this morning. He had constructed geodesic domes for a simple bathroom and sun shelter. On offer was coffee, tea, freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh fruits, cookies and meusli bars. He stamped our Passports and brightened our day! Another farmstead had practical supplies for walkers and cyclers alike. Hospital de Orbiga constructed this amazing bridge for pilgrims years ago to help with the river crossing - ok, so bridges are great to have too!Read more

  • Day25

    Hospital de Órbego

    May 20, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    A very long day of backpacking brought us away from the city to the tiny little hamlet of Hospital de Órbego. There, we stayed at the Albergue Verde, a delightful private hostel that was a little paradise for us. We recieved wonderful hospitality from the owner, who was warm and taught a multilingual (French, Spanish & English) free yoga class that evening (during which I teared up three times). One of his lessons resonated with us, "Richness is not defined by how much you have, but by how much you don't need." I feel this phrase is the best way to combat the culture of consumption.

    We shared dinner with the other pilgrims, including two brothers from Uruguay and their wives, all about the same age as us. They plan to arrive in Santiago on the same day as us, June 1, and our similar itinerary mean we often cross paths. They're a really fun bunch. (: Dinner was accompanied by live music, another offering of the generous hospitalario, and lasted past 10pm.
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