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  • Day16

    Heute ist meine Dritte Woche angebrochen...Mensch wie die Zeit vergeht.
    Dazu war der Tag sehr emotional...puhhhh ich bin mega dankbar an alle die mir dieses hier ermöglichen ❤️❤️❤️
    Ach übrigens Km 372

  • Day17

    Heute ist der 11.07 der Geburtstag meines Sohnes Johann und ich bin hier. Schon etwas emotional.
    Doch im Herzen vereint.
    Der Tag startet mit gutem Pilgerfrühstück nach wirklich guten Schlaf. Die Etappe heute war wieder sehr schön. Viele Strände, verlassene Buchten und unberührte Natur wofür der Camino Northe bekannt ist und er zeigt sich hier von der schönsten Seite. Ich mache ein zweites Frühstück direkt an der Klippe schöner gehts nicht. Weiter gehts über Wiesen und Schotter du kleine süße Städte verträumt und es scheint die Uhr stehen geblieben zu sein. Da können wir Deutschen uns ne Riesen Scheibe von abschneiden von dieser Gelassenheit. Da die Energie auch bei mir heute sehr gut ist laufe ich weiter...bis Pińeres dort komme ich an einer wunderschönen kleinen Alberge an die gerade 10 Betten hat in einem schnuckeligen kleinen Haus❤️Etappe beendet nach 36km🙈Read more

  • Day18

    Adiós, Llanes

    September 29, 2017 in Spain

    And so ends another long walk in Spain. We fly home on Sunday and need some rest and recovery time before jumping back into work and our other commitments. So rather than walking 31kms to Ribadesella, we took the train and checked into a hotel for two nights.

    After a little stroll around the town, we indulged our new favourite Camino pastime - a long and leisurely menu del dia! We'll do some more exploring this evening and hopefully meet our Camino buddies for dinner.Read more

  • Day8

    Reborn

    September 13, 2017 in Spain

    Ok, so I skipped an update yesterday and with good reason...... My worst nightmare came true 😳😳😳😳 Ok maybe not my worst but definitely up there........ BED BUGS!!!

    I was preparing to leave the albergue in Serdio yesterday morning and while packing, I noticed something crawling on my underwear...... So I immediately sqooshed it and it gave off blood ... Eeeuw...... But I didn't know what bed bugs looked like so I looked it up on google.... Jaaaaaa hooooor, that was a bed bug, hopi gross, but it was only one so....... Pfffff .... WHen grabbing my pants I saw another one, sqooshed that bugger too, again.... Pats..... Blood. Ughhhh

    Ok, by now, I was completely paranoid and my main aim for the day was to find somewhere I could wash my clothes and find a farmacia where I could buy spray for my mochila.
    Unfortunately I wasn't passing through any big towns yesterday....... So chances of finding an albergue or hotel with washing machine were slim........

    After about 12 km walking and worrying, I walked by a house on the camino that said albergue Renacer, so I thought let me just pop in and see if they have any advice, because I thought for sure they wouldn't accept me staying there with my chinches.

    While I walk up the stairs, a woman opens and greets me. I explain what had happened and she said, no problem, I will help! Wow, she took all my clothes put them in a plastic bag to wash and alsoput my backpack in a bag and sprayed it with the stuff that I had bought.

    Later, while waiting for my clothes to wash and dry, more pilgrims arrived, all spanish. When my clothes were dry I finally put something on and at 8:30 dinner was served.

    It was a home cooked meal, prepared by my bed bug saviour Maria Del Pilar and we ate together at the dinning table. It was gezellig.

    This morning when I left the house, I felt like I was reborn! The name for this albergue, could not have been more fitting 😁😁😁
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  • Day17

    Waymarking

    September 20, 2017 in Spain

    One of the hardest things about the Camino is staying on it. Th route is marked with yellow arrows, supplemented by signs, shells, and other markers. When you consider that there are more than a thousand miles of routes to mark, it's not surprising that there are a few spots that are less-than-clearly marked. Also, when the path takes to the scrub brush, or the beach, there's really no place to put a mark. (It's amazing how much yellow moss can look like an arrow!). I think I've only been totally off the trail once, but there have been many times that I thought I was lost, and it made me so happy to see a friendly little yellow arrow. In Asturia, you go in the direction AWAY from where the shell points, but in Galicia it's the other way around. Shells are pretty but arrows are clear.

    I'm happy to report that we've had 2 beautiful rain free days! Usually I'm walking with the Picos (like the Alps) on one side and the ocean on the other - stunning scenery all around me!

    Play the game of "find the arrow" below!
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  • Day8

    P for Poo and Playaaaa

    September 13, 2017 in Spain

    This morning when I woke up I looked outside, clear sky and the sun was shining..... Change of plans...... No walking ..... But a beach day!

    So I walked about half an hour from the albergue in Llanes, to the Albergue in Poo de Llanes. Such a nice place, nice hospitalero and close to a beautiful beach. This is my stop for today, I am writing this while sitting on playa de POO, surrounded by Germans, who all speak german....... No spanish ...... So I am their translator.... 😁😁😁

    Yesterday when I arrived at the albergue in Llanes, a german girl I had met in the albergue in Serdio, was at the reception and she was so happy to see me, because her ankle was really hurting and she had already gone to the doctor but they told her she had to go to the hospital to have a picture taken of er ankle to see if anything was broken. The hospital was at 50 km away from here and she had to take a bus. Communication with the hospitalera wasn't really going well, because she doesn't speak spanish and the hospitalera doesn't speak english. In comes the translator......... Me!

    Turns out there is a private clinic about 5 minutes from the albergue where a photo could be taken of her ankle, so no need to go to the hospital. I offered to go with her to translate, and she said GRAAG 😁.

    Turns out nothing is broken, but she just overdid it. This girl walked 250 km in 11 days 😳. So the doctor told her she needs to rest a week. He said that she was already the 2nd german he had seen this week, but that the first one could not continue, so she should take it really easy so it doesn't happen to her too. Let's hope she follows his advice.

    After the doctor's visit We went back to the albergue and I could finally take a shower, much needed cause I had walked more than 20 km yesterday. The albergue in Llanes was nice, good bed and I slept well.

    My walk yesterday was beautiful, I walked the ruta de la costa and also came by the bufones de arrenillas (I think it was called). Wow, gewoon geweldig! Please look at picture if you don't know what a Bufon is or look it up😁

    When I finally arrived in Llanes, I was mesmerized by the beautiful buildings, again look at picture to know what I am talking about 😁

    All in all a good day, as is today 😁😁😁
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  • Day15

    Llanes

    September 18, 2017 in Spain

    Columbres - Llanes 23.5 K (total 200 K)
    I planned to go only 9 km to stop at the hostel in Pendueles that had a communal meal, but I got there by 11:30, and the town didn't look that interesting, and I couldn't find the hostel, so I kept walking. I encountered a couple of people from Quebec, and a French guy, so got to speak French. The walk was great and my energy was good. It started raining at about noon, got heavier, and then raining off and on. At the end I was on a path paralleling the sea, with a German guy. The path seemed to go on and on forever. We could see the city but didn't seem to be getting closer. It really started to come down as we entered the city, and it was almost 4 o'clock. I was going to go to the hostel but it was raining so hard, and as I got into the city I saw an English-speaking guy coming out of a hotel. I asked him how much the rooms were and he said $40, which sounded pretty good, so I got a room of my own. I was ready for a good night's sleep. I walked around a little, did a little computer work. Good long walk today, intermittent shoulder pain but nothing bothersome. My legs and feet were tired at the end of the day.
    Overall the hostels have been really good. They are definitely what make the trip affordable, and for the most part enjoyable. Along the hundreds of miles of all of the Caminos, every 5 to 10 miles there is a pilgrim hostel. They generally cost $10-$20 a night. My route was along the coast, and passing through many tourist towns. Can you imagine getting a bed for $10 a night in Kennebunkport? It's really a pretty amazing system. On the other hand, the accommodations are fairly bare bones. The hostels don't open until three, and sometimes there is a line around the building and people are turned away. I've only had to wait in line once, and have always gotten a room. They are able to fit lots of people into a small space with the use of bunkbeds; I was even in one hostel where the beds went up three levels. Luckily I've only been on the top bunk once. Of course that was a bunkbed that did not have a ladder but rather a bar about 6 inches from the bottom bunk and then another one 6 inches below the top. To get into bed, I used a technique consisting of an initial lurch and then a hoist, twist, and thud onto the bed. Very reminiscent of Simone Biles mounting the uneven parallel bars. All of the hostels have a place to shower, a place to wash out your clothes, and lines to hang the clothes on. Most of them have some sort of outdoor space to hang out in, and some have basic kitchen facilities. They are certainly a good place to meet other pilgrims, and there are some that make a special effort to create community among the pilgrims, such as Guemes. There they have a communal dinner and a talk about the Camino, and we did some singing.. It was really a special place. You have to be out of the hostel by 8 (sometimes as late as 9).
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  • Day17

    Colombres to Llanes - 26.7kms

    September 28, 2017 in Spain

    The Colombres albergue turned out to be fine, and nine of us had dinner in the nearby Mexican restaurant last night. Good food, great company and a fun evening.

    We kind of underestimated today's walk. Compared to some of the previous days' exertions, the estimated 23kms sounded pretty easy. We set off with fairly basic food and water supplies, thinking that we'd reach Llanes by lunchtime and possibly even go a little further.

    When we saw that there was a GR coastal alternative to the 'official' route, we were delighted to take it. And what a beautiful walk it was, with spectacular ocean views and forest shade when we needed it.

    Things got a bit tricky on what should have been the final 4 or 5 kms. We continued to follow the GR arrows and went up, up, up, initially on the road and then on an off-road trail. The views were fantastic, but there was no shade whatsoever and although we could see Llanes far below, it didn't seem to be getting any closer. We eventually realised that we'd missed a right turn somewhere, but a quick check of the GPS maps told us that our trail would eventually join the road route to Llanes. It all turned out fine - there was even a shady glade and a covered church porch when we really needed to get out of the sun. And although water fountains seem more scarce in Asturias than in Cantabria, Damian spotted one on the way into town.

    We abandoned any plans to walk further and checked into the Casona del Peregrino albergue. It has private rooms and a washing machine. Life is good!
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  • Day15

    Camino Del Norte - Day 13

    June 23, 2017 in Spain

    Camino Del Norte - Day 13

    San Vicente De La Barquera to Llanes
    Distance 41km !!!! (8.5 hours)
    Total ascent 150m

    What a new day brings. I hadn't really planned where I was going to stop today but it certainly was not this place called Llanes. 41km later.
    I had a light breakfast in the Albergue at 6.30am and chatting to two Italians guy I met In another albergue. The usual question where are you walking today, I answered casually 'oh, where my feet take me'.
    We set off with a young Spanish couple and were soon walking at a blistering speed. By 9.30am, we were in a town called Colombres which was the end of the section in the guidebook. We carried on.
    They were a lovely group and we had a great time chatting away in limited English and my even more limited Spanish.
    We clearly enjoyed each other's company and the kilometers raced past until the last 10kms. We were very tired but carried on. We arrived in Llanes absolutely exhausted. Thankfully, one of the guys rang ahead and booked us into this fantastic Albergue.
    We went for a meal before going to the Albergue as we were starving. It was fantastic. We have a Pergrinos bond and the meal was fantastic.
    Admin completed as soon as we got to the Albergue. Blogs done, I am off for a nap.

    Hasta luego.
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  • Day60

    Day 58: Pendueles - Neuva

    October 11, 2016 in Spain

    Distance: 33.8k (1491.7/406.2)
    Weather: 21C, sunny
    Mood: calm
    Staying at: Hotel Luna del Valle

    Walking alone

    The last few days I have reached a point where I genuinely prefer to walk alone. Before I started this journey I didn't really think about a preference, but I learnt that walking with other people can be easier. You chat and no longer think about time or distance or even fatigue and pain. On your own you need to just deal with it and move along.
    Yesterday I enjoyed walking most of the day by myself, in a newfound calmness. Just enjoying the landscape and sometimes listening to an audiobook or some music. I can walk my own tempo, break when I want and mostly just be with myself. Sometimes I feel a bit sad, which apparently is quite common for pilgrims, but I just let it be and keep walking. It doesn't turn into loneliness anymore... Strong body, strong mind?
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