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    • Day 2

      We’re not in Kansas anymore Toto!

      May 20, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 82 °F

      Peg woke up at zero dark thirty and got me down to SeaTac. Headed off losing my luggage in Charlotte by asking why my baggage claim didn’t say Madrid! Made it to gate D 18 before realizing I wanted D2. There’s a little Starbucks above a lower terminal in the D wing that was entirely deserted at 5 am, so I had a nice quiet breakfast sandwich without a mask. Going to say I was in the 2% of people who were masked, less in CharlotteBoy it was nice to be only sitting 2-4-2 across in Premium Economy, rather than 3-6-3 in coach. Madrid airport makes any airport in the US seem tiny. It serves incoming flights from Africa, South America, Europe and North America. Mistake número uno….I should have budgeted a few days in Madrid. Besides obviously missing the Capitol of Spain it would have also buffered a late flight, but I was entirely on time. A mile at least of linear moving sidewalk, made it to a bathroom, then four long escalators to an underground train, then up three long escalators, to a Disney maze into passport control, past the four heavily armed soldiers, down two escalators, another maze to Sanitation control to check my Spain issued QR code/health form, had it pointed out that my vaccination card was not EU (which was in the QR code), another maze to a nurse who glanced at my vaccine card in the most cursory way and passed me to baggage claim. Each maze had 20-30 Spanish ladies to keep you headed in the right direction or down the correctly colored line. Got my bag and found my first Spanish amigo, Hector. Hector lives in Léon, but drives his Prius taxi to Madrid. Wow if you want to have a total crack up, watch two guys, neither of whom really speaks the others language try to have conversation during a four and a half drive at 120 km/hr on a windy 2 lane highway racing huge trucks and the odd BMW. Hector has agreed to drive me on Domingo (had to look it up) through the icky side of industrial Léon to a much nicer start in La Virgen. The last hour and a half was through the vaunted Meseta a vast stretch of wheat fields and A LOT of enormous windmills. My impression overall was very similar to driving around Davis or the Northern Sacramento Valley. Large swathes of some purple flower and I lucked out…the poppies are blooming everywhere like mad and they are generally redder than ours.

      I had enough energy to try to walk accidentally happened upon the cathedral and found the Wise Pilgrim recommended Four Lions brewpub in search for the local wheat beer called zerep. Unfortunately they didn’t have very much in terms of a selection I chose an IPA since most of the others were a more common large distribution brand. I got pan y jamón as an included tapas. A lady started choking and I was able to help a little. On the way back I got talked into a tapas and wine dinner by Ishmael and Tyrep (from Turkey)
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    • Day 13


      April 2, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

      امروز پیاده‌روی رو با هوای منفی ۴ درجه شروع کردم. تو طول مسیر هم با وجودی که هوا آفتابی بود ولی به خاطر سوزی که میومد هوا سرد بود. مسیر منتهی به شهر لئون که بزرگترین شهر تو مسیر هست مثل همه‌ی شهرهای بزرگ زیاد قشنگ نبود. از حومه‌ی شهر رد شدم و به مرکز شهر رسیدم.
      امشب رو تو یه صومعه نزدیکای مرکز میخوابم.
      قبلش یه گشتی تو شهر زدم. مرکز شهر زنده‌ای داست. کوچه پس‌کوچه‌های باریک و پر از کافه و رستوران. یه کلیسای بزرگ هم وسط شهر قرار داره.
      فردا مسیر رو ادامه میدم.
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    • Day 25

      Von manzillas de las mulas nach Leon.

      May 27, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Hola chicas y chicos, que tall? Nun, heute stand die oben erwähnte Etappe an, es waren ca 18,7 km. Der Weg nach León war nicht besonders anspruchsvoll und konnte relativ leicht bewältigt werden. Am Stadtrand der fantastischen Stadt Leon angekommen, mussten noch 2,8km bis zum el centro bewältigt werden. Im el centro angekommen, bot sich eine quicklebendige Alltstadt. Beeindruckend und das beste, was ich bisher gesehen hatte, war die Kathedrale von Leon (siehe Fotos). Das muss man neben den anderen Shenswürdigkeiten gesehen haben. Morgen startet die nächste Etappe und bald ist Leon/ Kastilien mit der mesetaebene Geschichte und es geht rüber nach Galicia. Erkenntnis des Tages: Es gibt immer noch mehr zu entdecken als mal glaubt.Read more

    • Day 27


      May 17, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      It’s been a surprisingly good day. I walked a short distance for breakfast and passed the Gaudí Museum, Botines House, and hopefully I will be able to visit it later in the week.

      I made an appointment to see a physio who specialises in pilgrim injuries and who was luckily just around the corner from my hotel. She was excellent and feels that I will be able to begin again on Saturday but doing not more than 20kms a day for a while. She showed me the correct way to strap my foot and I was able to video it so that I can do it correctly myself next time.

      I ended my day outdoors by having lunch right outside the cathedral which is also near my hotel.

      I am feeling much more positive now and am back to planning the next part of my Camino.

      Hotel via Leon
      5 kms
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    • Day 26

      Fromista to Leon

      May 16, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      I spent a nice morning having numerous coffees with people I have met over the last few weeks. Said a sad goodbye to Lesley. We came into each other’s lives at just the right time and were able to cheer each other up and keep each other company for a few days.

      I was so lucky to be in a town with a train station. I caught the midday train to Palencia which was interesting and busy. Then the 4pm train to Leon. My hotel for the week is right in the centre of town and I am hoping my foot recovers enough in a few days to see everything.

      It was sad to rush through the countryside from Fromista to Leon but I am very keen to get back walking on the weekend.

      Hotel via Leon
      7 kms
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    • Day 30

      Leon ….. still

      May 20, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      I had another visit to the physio today and I am hoping I will be leaving Leon in the morning to restart my Camino.

      I had breakfast and then lunch with other pilgrims near the Cathedral. Five days of sitting and resting and eating in Leon was not what I had planned but it’s been a nice break. But I am looking forward to tomorrow!

      Hotel via Leon
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    • Day 27

      Tag 27 Leon nach Villadangos del Paramo

      May 28, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Heute ging der Weg direkt an der Landstraße und an der Autobahn entlang. Allerdings hat es mir heute überhaupt nichts aufgemacht. Ich war heute die meiste Zeit alleine und konnte mich meinem Hörbuch hingeben und meine Vorstellung voll ausleben. Die Herberge ist heute wirklich im Niemandsland. Aber so hat man Zeit und kommt noch einfacher mit anderen Pilgern ins Gespräch. Irgendwie ist jeder Tag irgendwie anders und besonders. Morgen sind es 30 km nach Astorga. Das heißt 5:30 Uhr aufstehen und um 6:00 Uhr geht's los.Read more

    • Day 22

      Leon cathedral

      June 8, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

      The Cathedral of Santa María de Regla de León is a temple of Catholic worship , episcopal see of the Diocese of León , Spain , consecrated under the patronage of the Virgin Mary . It was the first monument declared in Spain by Royal Order of August 28, 1844 (confirmed by Royal Order on September 24, 1845).
      Initiated in the XIIIth century, itis one of the greatest works of the Gothic style, with French influences. Also known as the Pulchra Leonina, which means ‘Beautiful Leonese’, León Cathedral is mostly known for taking the “dematerialization” of gothic art to the extreme, that is, the reduction of the walls to their minimum expression to be replaced by stained glass, constituting one of the largest collections of medieval stained glass in the world.
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    • Day 4

      Walking Day 1, León to Villar de Mazarif

      May 24, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

      Walking through Leon was difficult for me because the yellow arrows were difficult to see while watching for traffic and the uneven pavement ect. Sad to say that because of my vision i would not be able to do urban sections solo. Once outside the city, i did well. I'm glad i made the commitment to learn some español, it was very useful today. I spoke with an older local man who visited his professor son in Mexico recently, and also my albergues roommate from Chile, A kind S Korean woman gave us fresh cherries. The only annoyance is the rude cyclist that fly by with no warning and don't give me. any berth. I'm learning to look behind me and hold my poles horizontal to force them over. We stopped for coffee and baño at an improv stand asking only for donations. He had a world map and asked us to put a marker dot on our home location. It's so amazing that I am actually here and doing this! (i just teared up writing that) My feet, however are not that thrilledRead more

    • Day 19


      July 19, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

      Leon- only a 19K trek, (we got to sleep in until 5am), the temperature dropped to 25C with a cool breeze, beautiful city, it was like being on vacation! We dropped our packs at the albergue at about 10am, after our arrival, and toured the city. Something new; ancient; and fascinating to see around every corner, (including a tattoo shop where Marjory had to get some gage earrings- too many pictures of needles,😳, but nice guys; greeting other familiar pilgrims with yells and hugs, and really taking time to enjoy ourselves. When we returned to the Albergue, Daniel, from Germany, made a big green salad with muscles, and invited us to join him. Great conversation and delicious food! After our daily routine of showers, laundry, etc, back to the city central for dinner- burritos, salad, and churros con chocolate. Connected with several more familiar faces, several of whom had family members join them to finish the Camino!❤️ Many are spending an extra day in Leon to take a rest day and enjoy the city. Tomorrow, we will have a challenging 32k trek. Fingers crossed for continued cool weather! Side note- last evening, a BIG man from Germany decided pants were optional, and paraded around the albergue in his tight red chonies, including squeezing around people to sit at the dinner table.😨 Two women from Spain were especially horrified! This morning, as we headed out, into the silent darkness, I asked them: " Donde esta tu amigo? El no esta caminando contigo." We all started laughing uncontrollably, reminded of the crazy situation of the previous night. Marjory- "Pants are not optional- I may have to sit in that chair!"😂Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    León, Leon, Leyón, Llión, ليون, Горад Леон, Леон, Lleó, Λεόν, Leono, Lión, لئون, לאון, レオン, 레온, Legio, Leonas, Leona, Lhion, لیون, Leão, लीओं, لیون، ہسپانیہ, 莱昂

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