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  • Jul13

    Beyond Santiago

    July 13, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    For us, Wednesday morning was like any other day on the camino — get up early, eat a breakfast bar and a banana in our hotel room, and then hit the road towards Muxía. Only 86.482 km to go!

    This section of the walk turned out to be harder than we’d expected, partly because the temperatures rose into the 80’s (I know, that’s cool for everyone in Texas), and because of constant climbs and descents. But part of the way was still through pine and eucalyptus forests, so our 3-day walk wasn’t too bad. Some flowers, especially the hydrangeas, were just reaching their peak here in mid-July.

    Huge fields of corn here, lots of small farms and villages of only 15-20 houses. It’s very unusual to see shabby or run-down homes — though some places have long been abandoned, most are well maintained. And the local language is Gallego, which has more in common with Portuguese than Spanish.
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  • Jul11

    The Two Marias

    July 11, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Leaving Santiago yesterday for Muxia, we passed this statue in a park. Here is the story behind the statue, courtesy of the Galician Tourism blog:

    “They were called Maruxa and Coralia Fandiño Ricart and everyone in Compostela in the middle part of the 20th century knew them as “the two o’clock”. Wearing brightly colored dresses and always extremely thin and impeccably made up, they walked every day through the old town. Both their flattery to university youngsters and their bad temper are proverbial. Maruxa, the youngest, always ready to pay a compliment and wink an eye; Coralia, the oldest, quietest and most measured...The two died in the eighties and are buried in the cemetery of Boisaca.

    But behind such extravagance hid a tragic story. Born in the early twentieth century, Maruxa and Coralia were two of the thirteen children of a cobbler and a seamstress of the Espíritu Santo street, north of the historic center. Three of their brothers were anarchist militants and after the outbreak of the Civil War, in July of 1936, the family was punished. Without work or support, they fell into a poverty in which they would live the rest of their lives.

    It is said that the madness of the “two o’clock” appeared at that time, as a reaction to the terror and the grayness of the times. The sisters took refuge from sadness in their world of colored clothes and in their routine of urban passers-by. Soon they became part of the landscape of Compostela, a city that wanted to pay them back in solidarity the damage they had suffered. Maruxa and Coralia never asked for hand-outs, but there were many who helped them, like that grocer who gave them food by telling them they were “company promotions”; or the merchants who gave them outdated articles that would no longer be sold, so that they could always remain beautiful, suspended in time, as if in an eternal youth. In the 1970s, when a storm lifted the roof of their house of the Holy Spirit street, the neighbors raised the then astronomical figure of 250,000 pesetas to repair it.”
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  • Day58

    Now a few photos from today

    October 19, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Just back from the bar and a glass of Alberiño - so relaxed here, and they keep giving little tapas offerings with a drink! Hope I will be hungry for dinner, as the smells here are wonderful! A Canadian couple (more Canadians!) may join us for dinner tonight. We met them on the first day of this section, and they are staying just up the road...they were at our place last night so we have become quite friendly.Read more

  • Day215

    Camino Frances 18

    August 30, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Nach meinem Zwischenstopp in Santiago habe ich gestern meinen Weg auf dem Camino fortgesetzt, denn mein Endziel ist Finisterre.
    Also habe ich wieder die Schuhe geschnürt, meinen Rucksack geschultert und bin von Santiago über Carballa, Ventosa und Ponte Maceira (ein sehr hübsches Dorf) nach Negreira gelaufen.
    Nach einer eher schlaflosen Nacht (zwei Pilger haben sich nachts so lange gestritten bis die Polizei kam 😡) bin ich heute dann ca. 26 km bis Lago gelaufen.
    Nun sind es noch ungefähr 42 km bis Finisterre, wo ich Sonntag ankommen werde.
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  • Day55

    Negreira - Olveiroa 4.7.2018

    July 4, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Was für eine wunderschöne Etappe! 😊

    Ging heute morgen mit einem ganz hervorragendem Frühstück gleich gut los. Ein Buffet stand parat, das das Wandererherz höher schlagen lässt. Nur nicht übertreiben jetzt, das musste ich mir zweimal sagen. Einen frisch gepressten Orangensaft gab es obendrein - ich war nicht wirklich unglücklich.

    Dann ging es los auf die letzte längere Etappe. Und zwar nicht bei Regen, das hob meine Stimmung zusätzlich. Auch wenn die Sonne nicht schien, aber es war alles ein wenig dunstig und nebelig, müssen keine schlechte Vorzeichen sein 😎

    Aus Negreira raus ging es zunächst einmal häufig bergan, ein zusätzlicher Wachmacher, den ich nach dem köstlichen Kaffee nicht unbedingt gebraucht hätte. Anschliessend auf wieder bestens begehbaren Wegen durch den Wald und über Feld- und Wiesenwege. Nach etwa 12 km die erste Cola mit Eis.

    Es folgten einige Steigungen und Anstiege, garniert mit tollen Ausblicken, die mich das Handy zum Fotografieren zücken ließen. So ging es immer munter weiter. Ich schloß dann zu einer Wanderin auf, die etwas unrund zu laufen schien 😁 Sandra. Wir kamen ins Gespräch, quasselten nett und schlichen so gemeinsam weiter. Es stellte sich heraus, dass wir für den Rest des Weges die gleichen Ortschaften ansteuern werden und auch sonst verstanden wir uns super. Sandra hatte clevererweise in der Albergue von heute ein Einzelzimmer buchen lassen. Ich dachte, ich kralle mir noch eines, wenn ich da bin. Da lag ich leider falsch 😎 habe aber noch ein Superbett in einem 4er-Raum abgegriffen, ich will nicht maulen 😁 zumal ich für morgen und übermorgen jeweils schon fest ein Einzelzimmer gebucht habe.

    Heute ist nur noch Chillen und Futtern Trumpf. Morgen haben wir noch geschmeidige 23 km vor uns, übermorgen furchterregende 10 😁 das Wetter macht übrigens Hoffnung, dass wir Freitag bei Sonnenschein das Ende des Caminos am Leuchtturm feiern und begiessen können. Also Daumen drücken 😎

    Stand heute: 1.268 km 🚶🍀
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  • Day38

    Negreira to Oliveira

    September 24, 2016 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Walked about 21 miles today. It was cool, so nice walking, but a bit windy in the afternoon. Fortunately the wind was pushing us forward, not backward. I'm fighting a little bit of a cold, so I got a private room again to keep from spreading my germs, and it's also so nice to be able to sleep in past 5:30 and have my own bathroom.
    I was also able to have a nice nap before dinner with a few friends.
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  • Day30

    Humbled ...

    October 9, 2017 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    It never fails.

    Just when Coleen and I are patting ourselves on the back for our Camino efforts we meet someone else who wows us. Over a peregrino supper tonight we met a Belgian man who turns 67 years old this Saturday. Jean-Pierre left his home in Belgium 5 1/2 months ago and has been walking each day since on Camino trails in Belgium, France and Spain. Remarkable.

    Last night we met a man and a woman who have been walking from Paris with their dog and a donkey for months on the Camino.

    Like caffeine the Camino is highly addictive -- but harder on the feet!
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  • Day100

    On the way to the ocean!

    July 16, 2015 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    We will arrive at Muxio, a small ocean town, tomorrow. Another nice day walking with and eating with new friends. This part of the walk is a great way to end the walking part of our journey. It is more akin to the early section of the trail in that it is much more rural and there are less people. Today we have had long stretches of the trail in the woods. It is very beautiful.Read more

  • Day39

    Santa Mariña

    August 10, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Nice walk between Negreira and Santa Mariña. Galicia is very nice, and I've been enjoying wonderful weather. I'm stretching out the walk to Finesterre by walking to Muxia first.

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