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  • Jul12

    Muxia

    July 12 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    After an 18-mile walk, we cruised into Muxía yesterday afternoon. Muxía is a small fishing village on the western Spanish coast, called the Costa da Morte or Coast of Death because of the dangerous rocky shore. In 2002, the Prestige oil tanker spilled 17.8 million gallons of heavy fuel oil offshore, polluting thousands of km of coastline and devastating the local fishing industry.

    At the end of town is the Church of the Virgin of the Boat, a rocky shore, and a monument commemorating the Prestige spill. Local lore says the Virgin Mary came to this place in a stone boat to encourage St. James, who was having little success in converting the Spaniards to Christianity. Later, after James was beheaded in Jerusalem, his remains were brought back in Galicia by boat.

    On Christmas Day 2013, lightning struck the little church, causing extensive fire damage. When I visited in 2016, the walls of the sanctuary were bare. We attended Mass this evening; you can see the difference in the photos below.
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  • Day24

    Up for more

    September 28 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    After finishing in Santiago 3 full days early we decided to catch a bus to Muxia, a beautiful coastal town west of Santiago. From here we will walk to Finisterre, the unofficial finishing point of the Camino and once believed in Roman times to be the end of the known world.

  • Day33

    Muxia

    May 7 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Heute Morgen bin ich nach einem Frühstück in Finisterre erst mal noch 3 km ans Kap hochgelaufen, weil ich das gestern noch nicht gemacht habe. Das Wetter war leider sehr trüb und je näher ich ans Kap kam, desto nebliger wurde es. Am 0,000 km Stein waren noch zwei andere Pilger, die ein Foto von mir schossen. Die waren aber bereits auf dem Rückweg und so hatte ich plötzlich das ganze Kap für mich alleine. Dass das überhaupt möglich ist, hätte ich nie gedacht, schätzte es aber umso mehr. Ich kletterte auf den Steinen rum, setzte mich hin und genoss den Moment. Kurz liess ich nochmals den Camino im Kopf durchgehen, schweifte aber mit den Gedanken schnell ab.
    Weit draussen auf dem Meer sah ich ein kleines Boot. So ein winzig kleines Boot in so einer unglaublichen, blauen Weite. Die Erkenntnis wie klein und unbedeutend der Mensch in diesem Universum doch ist, liess mich erschaudern.

    Irgendwann lief ich zurück nach Finisterre. Erst um 10:30 Uhr trat ich dann den eigentlichen Weg nach Muxia an, bereits 6 km in den Beinen und von dort aus noch 30 zu gehen. Nach diesem Camino hat man aber ein solches Vertrauen in sich und seine Füsse, dass ich nicht eine Sekunde besorgt war, die Strecke zeitig zu schaffen.

    15 km weiter in Lires machte ich eine Mittagspause und sah Elena noch schnell. Sie beschloss mit den jungen Italienern dort nochmals zu übernachten, ich jedoch bevorzuge die älteren Italiener und ziehe weiter nach Muxia.

    Auch heute bin ich zu müde um noch ans Kap zu gehen und verschiebe das auf den nächsten Morgen. Am Abend sass ich mit Fabio, Nino und Rudi zusammen und wir liessen gemütlich unseren letzten Wandertag ausklingen. Irgendwie habe ich mir die letzten Kilometer spezieller vorgestellt, vielleicht auch emotionaler, aufwühlender. Stattdessen war ich wie eigentlich jeden Tag einfach nur froh, in der Herberge angekommen zu sein.

    Morgen werde ich sicher noch ans Kap von gehen und dann um 14:30 Uhr den Bus zurück nach Santiago nehmen. Das Wetter bringt momentan eine Weltuntergangsstimmung ins Dorf, wie ich sie selten erlebt habe. Es stürmt so fest, dass man sich kaum auf den Beinen halten kann und regnet quer. Sogar die Betten in der Herberge knarren vom Wind. Ich hoffe, das bessert bis morgen.
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  • Day41

    Muxia

    August 12, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 57 °F

    Beautiful day in Muxia. There was a festival featuring pirates and bagpipes. Bagpipes in Spain might seem strange, but this corner of Spain, Galicia, has a strong Celtic heritage.
    I really enjoyed the lively atmosphere, but it meant that all rooms and hostel beds were fully booked, except the municipal albergue, which doesn't accept reservations. Fortunately, it was a nice place to stay, with fantastic views from the rooftop terrace. Not bad for 6€.Read more

  • Day48

    In Muxia--no more walking!

    July 3, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Today was a very short 23 km day, but since the people next to me were up at 5:30, I got up soon after. Made a cup of coffee with my beloved electric coil and set out. Soon after, the sun rose and I decided to take a bunch of "shadow selfies." I'll post the award winners here.

    The walk was really quite pleasant, and I found myself wishing it wasn't my last day. I was feeling good so I skipped the first two cafes. But then there was nothing.... finally after about 19 km, I found a machine that dispensed ice cold drinks for a mere 1.50€. It was right outside a beautiful 11C church, so you know I was in hog heaven.

    The walk from the headlands down into Muxia is very nice. Heavily forested with occasional peeks over the ocean. I found my albergue, found another friend I knew from online camino stuff. In a few hours we will walk out to the rocky coast, but first a little down time.

    So my walking is done, I'm just another number in the camino stastics. The number who have arrived in Santiago this year has already topped 100,000 if you can believe that--and high season hasn't even arrived !!!
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  • Day31

    The Call of the Sea

    October 10, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Walking down a shaded forest track I could hear the Atlantic Ocean gently lapping against the Spanish coast. It was a beautiful sound.

    There is a certain symmetry to this as we began our Camino odyssey by flying from the Irish sea coast to Biarritz on the French side of the Atlantic. Now here in the Spanish resort town of Muxia, the Atlantic Ocean calls out our names as we have one leg left to this pilgrimage.

    Tomorrow we walk along the Coast of Death to the End of the World. Cliffhanger or what!
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  • Day144

    Coruna to Muxia

    September 6, 2017 in Spain ⋅ 🌬 16 °C

    West west west but now with a little bit of south as we come along the Costa del Morte. Still great scenery but this coast is long sandy beaches broken by craggy rocky cliffs and big estuaries, there are now offshore rocks and reefs to think about but maximum rise and fall of tide is 4m. That said the Atlantic swell can definitely add to that. There are fewer marinas now with greater distance between them. Not very many Spanish on this part of the coast seem to have boats. There are your old guys in the traditional small wooden whalers out in all weathers fishing, or at least not being at home, not seen them catch anything! But very few pleasure boats. We travelled from Coruna to Corme a little fishing Port with abandoned viveiros, which we think are mussel beds, where we anchored for the night and then on to Muxia a big empty marina but staff lovely and managed to do some badly needed washing. Been here 2nights as wind picked up just after we arrived and hasnt eased much but off tomorrow regardless so tablets at the ready and once we are under way I will curl up and 'sleep'.
    Photo1 Corme
    Photo2 abandoned vivieros
    Photo3 Church in Muxia, if you go there and walk under a certain stone all your ills will be cured
    Photo 4 the small dry walled enclosures around town some are used for grown others cleared some derelict
    Photo 5 our lunch tortilla(potato omelette), octopus and salad
    Photo 6 in section we met on our walk. Which reminded me of the large dragon fly type creature 5cm long that I found attached to the shower head on Tuesday morning lovely.
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  • Day103

    Arrived in Muxia

    July 19, 2015 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    We haven't talked about the challenges of walking. Some days our walks seem like a breeze, while other days seem difficult and full of challenge. Yesterday was a tough one, but for no particular reason. It was still beautiful and amazing. It was a mostly rural walk through woods with very interesting trees but very few places to stop. It was 30 kilometers so it was a longer one and we must have been just tired. We decided to stay in our own room and get a good night's sleep. At the end as we entered town we were exhausted. We came to the albergue and there were several bunk beds in shared rooms left, but only one private room. It was a little more than usual, 60 dollars, but we took it. You can see from the photos; it is a room with a view indeed. It has ocean view from every window and is very relaxing! Just the place to rest for a day at the end of the trail! -JaneRead more

  • Day42

    By the Sea

    October 10, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    What's not to love? A forest walk to a seaside town with an engaging Georgian who is on the last leg of her round-the-world trip. A reunion with the Venetian, Andrea, on the beach - we are running out of chances for this as he returns to Italy on Friday. The kindest of welcomes at our albergue AND THEN a 3 course, free lunch! Seafood for supper. Sunset on a hilltop overlooking the ocean is scheduled for dusk - I'll try to post a picture.Read more

  • Day36

    Finistere nach Muxia

    May 12, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 38 °C

    Die Tour nach Muxia war extrem anstrengend. Die Strecke geht durch viele kleine Dörfer, in denen immer wieder Hunde alleine frei herumlaufen, die normalerweise an eine Kette gehören. Heute musste ich einen tatsächlich mit meinen Laufstöcken von der Straße vertreiben, weil er mich nicht weiter lassen wollte. Selbst mir als Hundenarr wurde da ein wenig flau, denn man brüllt ja nicht jeden Tag einen zähneflätschenden Hund in der Größe eines Rottweilers an :-S. Aber gut, das ist halt so, wenn man nach Navigation durch kleine Dörfer läuft. Kurz darauf traf ich dann einen Norweger, mit dem ich schließlich auch nach Muxia lief. Den Teil der Strecke, werde ich ganz sicher nicht so schnell vergessen. Nichts zu trinken dabei, 15 km nichts, wo was zu kaufen war und meine Ibus spülte ich mit einer Bohnensuppe aus der Dose herunter, nachdem ich vorher eine knappe Stunde durch das fiese Dickicht im Wald gewatet bin, um den Weg wieder zu finden. Insgesamt ein geiler Tag, an dem mir viele Bekannte Leute aus Muxia entgegen kamen, die von dort nach Finisterre liefen. Eine Italienern hat mich gleich umarmt, was ich echt niedlich fand. Schade, dass mein Camino was das laufen angeht heute zu Ende ist. Dafür mache ich jetzt erst mal noch 4 Tage Strand, um zu relaxen. Allerdings kommen morgen 4 Leute aus Lires nach Muxia, denen ich versprochen habe, dass wir uns treffen :-).Read more

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