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    • Day20

      Over 40km today

      May 26, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Today was our longest walk so far. A little over 41km to be precise. And we made it to our destination for today: Olviedo. The city that is the origin of the Camino. That means tomorrow we start the Camino Primitivo.Read more


      Trots op jullie ❤️💪🏽

    • Day9

      First day on the Primitivo.

      September 14, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      I was planning for a 25 km day, but when I saw the sign pointing 3 km downhill to another pre-Romanesque church, San Pedro de Nora, I couldn’t resist. Good thing it was early in the day, or I wouldn’t have gone.The Señora who lives next door has the keys, and she was very happy to let me in, though the real beauty is from the outside. It’s right next to a river, and it’s gorgeous.

      I’ve talked to more people on this first day than I did on all of the days on the Salvador put together. A rough head count is 18 or 19 people! So the Primitivo is crowded. Lots of ups and downs, and I can feel the difference of the three years between this time and last. But it’s beautiful. I met an 80 yo Spaniard this morning, so I’ve got some more years I hope!
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      Ohhh, now I want to walk the Primitivo again. Beautiful first day photos Laurie! San Pedro de Nora is stunning!!


      Oh, this really makes my feet itch!



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    • Day21

      Last day in Oviedo

      June 8, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 66 °F

      This was probably the least eventful day of the whole trip. Lucas had to finish packing his things - as I write this we are on the bus to Madrid, and he is not going back to Oviedo again. So while he did that I wandered around the city a bit. I had already seen most of the interesting stuff around town and it was also drizzling all day so there wasn’t a whole lot to do. I read an absolute ton. I also had a nice lunch. It was nice to have a relaxing day as the rest of the trip is going to be super packed - especially considering I will be with Dad and Lexi for the rest of the time, who seeing as they have shorter trips than me will probably want to pack a whole lot into each day. With that in mind I enjoyed having a very lazy day. Although it is rainy, Oviedo is very green and I really enjoyed spending time in the parks there. Definitely the most chill part of the trip - and where I got the most Spanish practice by far!Read more

    • Day106

      Pola de Siero - Oviedo

      September 24, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      17 eher öde Kilometer Richtung Oviedo. Dort haben wir für 2 Tage ein Apartment gemietet, um uns gebührend von Tim verabschieden zu können, der uns verlassen muss. Schöne Tage mit viel gutem Essen, Erholung, einem ausgelassenen letzten gemeinsamen Abend und einem traurigen Abschied. Wir sind wirklich zu einer tollen Gruppe zusammengewachsen, obwohl alle so unterschiedlich sind. Jeder lernt von jedem, wir lachen, weinen, reden, singen zusammen. Könnte von mir aus ewig so weitergehen. ;)Read more


      Es ist so schön zu lesen, was du alles erlebst, wie gut es dir geht und wie du das alles meisterst 💪🏼♥️


      Danke. 😘 Ja, es geht mir wirklich richtig gut gerade!

    • Day52

      Buen Camino Oviedo

      June 2, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      I'm sitting in a cafe with a steaming hot chocolate in front of me waiting with some anticipation for the tourist office to open so I can get my pilgrim's passport and 'begin' my journey.

      Lots of feelings and people I'm carrying with me and feeling full and sad at the same time. I've been wandering gathering last minute supplies a and questioning some of my packing choices. But mostly thinking of Abby and what I can carry for her on the camino. She has been on my heart a lot the past few days my brave strong daughter still carrying her Loss with courage, dignity and oh so much wisdom. I turn a corner in the old city and am assailed by the scent of flowers - and it comes to me forget-me-nots those beautiful blue flowers (just like her eyes) that bloom and die so quickly yet still ask us to remember and love them again.

      Thoughts of Abby lead to Zoe and the loss surges again, I have missed seeing my fierce brilliant daughter these last years. the photo I carry of her a round happy child sitting on my lap on a swing at the beach. I just have to trust again that in time the hurts will fade enough for the talking to begin.

      Cam also is on my mind, the purity of his longing for a secure intact family mirrors the loss and heartbreak I feel about Corinne. It's hard not to imagine her here beside me, soaking up the beauty and the coffee, holding hands and dancing in the square. I also remind myself that that would not have happened anyway.

      So coming back to now, 20 minutes till opening time (well its Spain so maybe 25)

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    • Day17

      First day in Oviedo and rugby game

      June 4, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

      Now that I am with Lucas, the solo part of my trip is essentially over (except one day in between dad leaving and going to Paris), which is pretty wild. It’s great to see Lucas and of course I am getting much more Spanish practice in now as we are not using any English. Lucas had his last rugby match of the season today, it was cool to be able to see it although I didn’t understand a lot of the sport. He is on a professional team here that is essentially in the Spanish B league. There were more fans than I expected, maybe 1000-1500 people. Lucas’s team won by a solid margin and he got a try (touchdown) himself. One of the guys told me he is the best player on the team. Afterwards I went out with him and the guys on his team, which was fun but it was also hard to make conversation with them - not so much because of the language barrier but a cultural barrier. It was pretty easy to understand and talk to them but they are not nearly as conversational as Americans. They aren’t chatty and will respond to questions you ask but won’t ask anything back. It was not a problem though because I just hung out with Lucas and talked with him most of the night. And I did meet a couple of chatty people but they were other foreigners who played on the team. Overall an interesting and fun day!Read more

    • Day1

      Catedral de Oviedo - O Início

      September 2, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Não foi o início madrugador planeado, mas foi o possível!
      Um grupo de peregrinos espanhóis na Catedral, uma peregrina canadiana à saída (que ainda fez uns kms connosco hoje!), estava dado o pontapé de saída!Read more

    • Oct4

      Pola de Lena To Oviedo

      October 4, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      San Salvador Camino Completed!

      The last day of the Camino, and one of the most broootal.

      We were eager to finish off today, so we decided to walk the 34 kilometres to Oviedo. Juan was so eager he woke at 5:00am to get going. I did’t leave until 7:00.

      The first stretch to the town of Mieres, was pretty easy going along pedestrian walkways. I arrived there at 10:00. I thought the rest of the day would be a breeze.

      There are two hills to go up and down to Oviedo. The first is not well marked. I ended up going down a muddy trail into the middle of a forest. Totally lost, and because it was also a misty rainy day, I could not see the sun. I ended up using my phone to navigate out. About 5 to 8 wasted kilometers.

      After surviving this, I found flechas again. Now the only thing between me and Oviedo was one more mountain.

      I arrived in Oviedo at around 5:00 that evening. Juan had arrived only 1 hour sooner.

      After finding a hostel, we went out to drink the local cider to celebrate the end of the San Salvador Camino.

      Tomorrow I will receive my compestela document!
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      Congratulations, Terry! Thank God you found your way out of that forest before nightfall.


      Congratulations on finishing!


      glad all those 'puppies' were leashed! This looks like a broooootal part of your trek

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    • Day77


      June 16, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Oviedo präsentiert sich uns in stralendem Sonnenschein. Nach dem ersten Kaffe mitten in der Altstadt geht Frau Bünzli auf Bikinijagt.
      Zu wenig Stoff, zu bunt, falscher Schnitt,...
      Dabei kann man ja mal das Wetter aus den Augen verlieren.
      Mit dem passenden Bikini in der Tasche flüchten wir ins nächste Restaurant. Das Gewitter ist wohl auch für Spanier nicht alltäglich und lässt die Strassen unter einer weissen Decke verschwinden.
      Zum Glück ist Peti nicht Wasserscheu. Trocken bringt er uns am Abend bis vor die Tore von Gijon, wo wir die tolle Aussicht auf die Stadt geniessen.
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    • Day7


      July 27, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Quando chegámos a Oviedo estacionámos o carro no hotel e fomos passear.

      Fomos ver a zona velha, onde havia também uma Catedral, entrámos no museu arqueológico que é num antigo convento, comprámos muitos enchidos e queijos e passeámos um pouco!

      Para jantar comemos um _____ e bebemos sidra das Astúrias, que sabe muito mal 😬😬

      À noite voltámos para o hotel e fomos dormir.

      O pequeno almoço tinha favos de mel para as pessoas tiraram!
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