La Arena

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  • Day4

    Pobena - Wednesday 6th

    September 6, 2017 in Spain

    Bilbao-Pobena, 17K
    Up at about 10 am, Armando was at work so I had the apartment to myself for breakfast and packing. Left at about noon. My first day of walking was good, light rain to start which got me over the phobia of "what will I do if it rains?"(answer- get wet. Big deal.) I had a hard time finding the route (as I wasn't on it to start), was so happy to see that first arrow! And the escalators going up the steep sidewalks - but unfortunately that was only a one-time thing. My first day was about 12 miles, some city walking but pedestrian paths at the end, and then beautiful beach. I walked the last 5K with a German girl, Elena, and checked into my first hostel, which I liked a lot. Very well organized, fairly small. Not a lot of Americans, which is good, but a lot of Germans so I'm still stuck speaking English :). Walked 1.2 k back to Arena to shop, had supper right by the water.So far, things are as I expected, but even better! The shoes are great and it feels really good to be doing this.Read more

  • Day7

    Camino Del Norte - Day 7

    June 15, 2017 in Spain

    Camino Del Norte - Day 7
    Bilbao - Pobena
    Distance 28km
    Total ascent/descent 250m (6 hours)

    Today was a relaxed day. Shane and I set off from the Albergue at 8am. We walked along the river past the amazing Guggenheim museum.the day was very overcast with a light drizzle. We followed the river towards it's estuary and Puente Colgante in Portugalete. We crossed the river using a suspended carriage for pedestrians and vehicles.
    As any major city, the Camino ran alongside motorways and through industrial estates. Shane and talked about everything. We stopped for lunch on an old pier.
    One highlight for a foot sore peregrino was the street escalator system in Portugalete that took us up steep hills.
    Between Portugalete and Pobena, there were no facilities. It was still very boring until we finally returned to the coast.
    Pobena is a small Spanish town. The small Albergue is packed with a lot of pilgrims I have not seen before. I have joined a lady who has walked from Paris (5weeks so far) and a Japanese lady walking to Santiago.
    To date, I have walked 182km in seven days. I have a few blisters but overall I am in good form.
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  • Day57

    Bilbao, Portugalete, Pobeña,

    May 19, 2017 in Spain

    This time Tanja and me, we spent long time in the public hostel, cause I knew I wasn't able to go far with my wounds. With dry clothes we decided to take the metro through town to see the Stadium, the Gugenheim museum and the old town quickly.
    After we took a bus to Portugalete to avoid the industrial part of Bilbao.
    In Portugalete I needed to by some stuff for my injured feet in the phamacy. Then I went to a bank and after I decided to by a Spanish sim card for my tablet, cause someone needed to do Juans Job with the reservations.

    Tanja got stressed waiting for me again, so I sent her to go alone, cause we could see us in the evening in Pobeña anyway.

    This time I walked alone with sandals and felt harmony inside myself. I crossed a huge highway cross and afterwards the way was nice and quite again. I took several photos and was deep impressed when the sun came out and I arrived at the sea before Pobeña. I decided to take a bath in the cold waves.

    Later I met Tanja again, she arrived after me cause she got lost along the way. We went outside for a beer and met up with lot's of other funny pilgrims to eat the big menu.
    Several pretty women were around here!
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  • Day14


    July 21, 2017 in Spain

    Tag 14: Freitag, 21.07.2017


    Nach dem Kaffee ließ ich es mir nicht nehmen, den Weg nach Pobena zur Herberge allein und barfuß über den Strand zu laufen.

    Auch vor dem Abendessen ging ich nochmal an den Strand, um etwas Ruhe zu finden. Die Herberge war voll bis zum letzten Platz (im Zelt); aber dazu später...

    Auf dem Weg zum Strand hörte ich schon von weitem Musik, laute Knaller und spürte die grenzenlose Freude. In einer kleinen Kirche, malerisch gelegen auf einem Felsen war eine spanisch Hochzeit soeben fertig und das Brautpaar schritt in Etappen die lange Treppe hinunter, um dann unten mit einem baskischen Tanz begrüßt zu werden. Mehr Koinzidenz kann es ja gar nicht geben und ich war mehr als glücklich, das miterleben zu dürfen. ❤️ Ein perfekteres Ambiente gibt es wohl kaum für eine Hochzeit.Read more

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