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Mirador Faro das Luas

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    • Day15

      Monday- Aarmenteira to Vilanove de Arous

      October 17, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 63 °F

      When I woke up from a decent night’s sleep I said to myself, “Eileen, get a grip! Of course you’re gonna get your heinie back up to that monastery and do the Camino the RIGHT way.” (Thanks for those of you encouraging me). So that’s what I did. After breakfasting on café con leche, frutas, and about a whole loaf’s worth of bread products I called a cab and headed back up the mountain. And, as per usual, my concerns were totally unfounded.
      It was an absolutely spectacular walk! All along a gurgling stream-(although it made me have to pee the whole way)- with intermittent waterfalls- it was just lovely. I took tons of pictures and the rain once again held off.
      After the path of water and stone, I started to see more and more pilgrims. We were all funneling toward Vilanova de Arousa to get on a boat to Pontecessures tomorrow so the population was more dense than usual. Had many pleasant conversations and one quite deep one with a young guy from the Czech Republic. Very interesting. He was a massage therapist from Prague and I can’t say I didn’t think about asking him if he’d like to make a few bucks while here, but then considered it may be inappropriate..
      BTW for whatever reason, the Czech Republic seems to be disproportionately represented among the pilgrims. No idea why.
      I had a little beagle companion for part of my walk today. No collar, but he looked healthy.
      Today was the last 15+ mile walk and I am beginning to feel sad that it is coming to an end. So many thoughts and feelings. And I also miss Grant and the kids and grandkids. I think that’s what is called a dialectic- two things that shouldn’t both be true but are.
      Tonight I am in an adorable little apartment just a block from the boat pier, and it has a washer and dryer! My clothes are getting a proper washing for the first time in weeks! I’m gonna smell so good!!!
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    • Day24

      Camino Portuguese Day 14

      October 5, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Last evening we tried to find dinner at 6:30. Restaurants here start at 8:00. This route is becoming busier for pilgrims but they are still not catering to pilgrims. We joined 2 fellows, one from Belgium and one from France, and ordered some tapas. Very tasty. Plus some local vino, which was very good.

      This morning we got an early start.

      From my guidebook:
      “There are two options for this stage: one is to take the boat along the maritime Translatio route, believed to be what the boat carrying St James’ body and his disciples sailed along in AD44. Along the way, pass mussel farms, 17 stone crosses and the ruins of Torres de Oeste, before disembarking in Pontecesures and following the Central Camino for the remaining 2.2km to Padrón. The alternative is to walk, mainly along roads and a few dirt paths for the first 19km before joining scenic riverside boardwalks by the River Ulla for 3.5km then moving inland through hamlets to reach the River Ulla again in Pontecesures.”

      We chose the boat ride. It was lovely. And so much easier! ⛴
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    • Day9

      Camino Day 7 to Padron

      August 12, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      We walked two miles to the boat. Took the 4:00 boat to Pontecures which saves us 25k walking. Then walked 9K to Casa Grande de Capadillias. Had an amazing dinner at Buen Camino. Met Phil and Lou again from Eugene on the beach in Villanova de Arousa.Read more

    • Day572

      Vilanova de Arousa

      September 16, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Heute wollte ich mich mal um meine Lichtmaschine kümmern und habe mir einen Bosch-Dienst rausgesucht, der auf dem Weg nach Norden lag.

      Mit einem deutschen Bosch-Dienst hatte das aber absolut nichts zu tun und man sah sich nicht in der Lage, meine Lima durchzumessen. Eine andere Werkstatt, die was von Elektrik versteht, konnte man mir auch nicht nennen.

      Pontevedra hat mir auf der Durchfahrt richtig gut gefallen und wenn ich jemand wäre, der mit zwei Hunden durch eine Stadt läuft und sie besichtigt, dann wäre das Pontevedra gewesen.

      Also wollte ich auf einen Stellplatz bei San Vincente. Der hatte natürlich zu. Der Campingplatz nimmt keine Womos und auf dem Strandparkplatz wollte ich nicht stehen, da es zu heiß war. Somit bin ich hier gelandet, wo man schnell in der Stadt am Eßtisch sitzen kann, was ich nachher gleich mal testen werde.

      Galicien ist wirklich traumhaft schön. Grün, total bergig und trotzdem sieht man fast immer irgendwo Wasser. Solange es nicht regnet, bleibe ich hier.

      Ich stelle sowieso fest, das ich Portugal und die Portugiesen zwar sehr mag, aber die Tatsache, das ich in Spanien mit den Leuten normal reden kann, toppt das locker und dementsprechend wohl fühle ich mich hier.
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    • Day102

      Day 5, horrible night

      September 1, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      The night was horrible.
      My tooth was aching and I could not sleep. I can not imagine the last years when I felt so much pain. It felt like someone is nailing a nail in your jaw, but not for seconds. For hours. And the head feels like exploding. I slept maybe 2 hours.
      Anyway. We stood up at 6.30h and began walking the most strenuous part of the whole trail. 3hours uphill to a monastery.
      The way down at the trail called "stones and water" (Piedras y Aguas) was the most pleasant we had.
      At a small restaurant we had good and cheap food.
      Finally we arrived at one of these official, public albergues, where are about 40 people in one room.
      Today : 33km
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