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  • Day88

    la rioja

    October 19, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    die pilger haben uns heute morgen geweckt. so sind auch wir früh gestartet. die stimmung war phantastisch.... wir hatten beschlossen, nicht dem pilgerweg zu folgen, sondern dem gps. im ersten teil hat uns das gps auf eine unglaublich wunderschöne route durch das bekannte rioja-gebiet beschert. der zweite teil bis nach logrono war etwas "schneller". wir landeten mal wieder auf einer schnellstrasse. die autofahrer haben aber extrem rücksicht genommen. hier in spanien sind die leute extrem hilfsbereit, zuvorkommend und kontaktfreudig. was wir alles schon an positiven erlebnissen hatten, war unblaublich. in logronos haben wir noch bremsbeläge für das vorderrad für nik gekauft und hatten eine tolle unterhaltung. der besitzer des fahrradladens hatte eine alte autogrammkarte aufgehängt von miguel indurain. nik fragte ihn dann, ob er ueli sutter kennt; ebenfalls ehemaliger radrennprofi. und siehe da: er kannte ihn. wir nahmen dann gemäss gps eine angebliche abkürzung; welche etwas sportlich wurde. zuerst durch wunderschöne olivenhaine, rebberge und sogar quittenbäume und dann das nichts. alle kinder mussten die carla von hinten schieben und nik und corinne vorne ziehen; alles natürlich von hand. wir haben es geschafft und der lohn war, dass wir uns frische trauben geklaut haben. da wir ja keine unterkunft gefunden hatten, haben wir uns die option des camping-platzes offen gelassen. der camping war wirklich noch offen und wir geniessen nun wieder einmal das camping-leben. nik musste noch einkaufen und den offiziellen stempel des camino di santiago abholen. da gibt es eigentlich mehrere möglichkeiten: touristenbüro, kirche oder hostal. touristenbüro war geschlossen und im hostal wollten sie uns ja nicht. deshalb beschlosse nik, in die kirche zugehen. es war eine wunderschöne goldene kirche und die begegnung resp. die stimmung in der kirche war unglaublich einladend für eine meditation von 30 minuten. der wetterbericht meldet für morgen eigentlich regen; obwohl es momentan noch nicht danach aussieht. wir nehmen die tage, wie sie kommen und entscheiden spontan. es ist einfach zu schön.Read more

  • Day14

    Navarrete to Najera

    May 3, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Hola from Najera, Spain! I left the Albergue at around 0715 this morning...first stop...a cafe for breakfast. After a breakfast of fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee and a ham & cheese croissant and a stop at the town fountain to fill my water bottle...I was off. The hike to Najera was blustery and partly sunny....a bit cold but I am prepared for any weather so not a problem. The hike took me through mostly vineyards but did add the occasional path with a never ending hill just to remind you who is the boss. I arrived in Najera around 1pm and stopped into a cafe for lunch...a chorizo & egg bocadillo and a coke. I arrived in town and decided to get a small hotel instead of an albergue. A hotel is more expensive but you have a private room and a bathroom instead of a bunk room and shared facilities in an albergue. Also, albergues have lots of rules...lights out at 10pm..lights on at 7am...bunk rooms, so it is difficult to sleep...that type of thing. My hotel tonight is the best yet...a great room and bed and a bathtub! Heaven on the Camino! Tomorrow I set out for Santo Domingo...a 14 mile hike. That’s all from Najera for now...hope all is well!Read more

  • Day20

    Another day walked - now in Navarrete

    September 11, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    We have had a lovely, not too demanding walk to Navarrete this morning. I say this morning because we arrived here a bit before 11.30! It was a pleasant route, taking about an hour just to get out of Logroño, but mostly through parks - not too much of boring city outskirts. Logroño is quite large - it is the capital of the Rioja, but you don’t realise when mainly staying in the old historic centre.

    We still see mountains surrounding, but there was only one gradual rise today, and many vineyards in their red earth, and always olives trees. We passed the famous bull - a huge replica that appears on the skyline (equivalent to the big banana etc maybe)....your see it for miles in every direction.

    Then before we knew it, there was Navarrete on a hill in the distance. Last time we just walked straight through, though I do remember the little Plaza Mayor with its trees and water fountain, as we still had a further 17 kms to go to get to Najera. Thankfully today Navarrete was our destination, and we sat at a bar and had a fresh OJ, heaven as usual, and then went to the hotel. No one seemed to be around, and it was early, so we went off for a bit and went up a huge set of stairs to a park on the very top of the town with a 360° panoramic view....could even see the bull in the distance! We sat in the shade up there for a while, listening to a podcast of Outsiders that Amr had on his phone! Then finally went back to the hotel, rang a very loud bell, and a young, friendly, skinny girl appeared who spoke in rapid Spanish ....fortunately Amr got the gist and we got checked in and found that dinner is in the restaurant that has its entrance outside on a lower level...this town is totally on a hill and very charming.

    Our room is spacious and airy. Amr couldn’t make the shower work (this is a daily IQ test - actually sometimes they are straightforward) so he had a bath....I will try my skill later. Now we are at a bar, having a bocadillo and a glass of wine to keep us going till dinner. And we found that 2 Canadian women we had talked to, but lost in the melee of Logroño, are in the same hotel and we may have dinner together tonight. Very peaceful.
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  • Day10


    August 31, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Ich bin in Navarrete einfach so lange sitzen geblieben, bis Julie auch kam :)). Den Rest sind wir dann zusammen zur Herberge des Tages getrottelt. Es sind ca 34 C Grad, daher kürzeres Tagesziel heute mit sehr netter Herberge in einem Dorf mitten im Weinanbaugebiet. Das Zimmer teilen wir auch nur mit Leuten, die wir kennen. Sehr nette Betreiber, im Eingang brennen Räucherstäbchen (Weihrauch gegen Pilgergestank), zur Begrüßung gibt's kalten Tee aus frischer Minze. Samt und sonders nette Leute hier! Mein linkes Sprunggelenk schmerzt, so dass ich meinen Rucksack morgen transportieren lassen werde (Strecke ist 32-34 km weit weg, aber die Temperatur soll fallen).Read more

  • Day22

    Getting into the rhythm

    September 2, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    It has been a few days since I last posted an update and now I feel we are finding our camino rhythm. Get up,grab a coffee, walk,then stop for brekkie usually a potato frittata another coffee, walk some more. Eventually we reach albergue/hostal. Then first job is a shower 🛀and to wash our clothess then a Náp or rest. Then we go in search of food.🍕 .Bars And cafés offer pilgrim meals around 9-16 euros which are 3 course meals with Bread water wine. Often they can tend to be a very carby offering. They differ in quality and amount. sometimes we buy food and cook ourselves and sometimes we get a pilgrim meal.. Tonight we made egg bacon🍳(for mo)omelette(for mark)and chips.we are in santa domingo de la calzada staying in a cisteine monastery,not the cistine chapel as I first said!
    Luxury tonight as we have our own room for the princely sum of 10 euros. It was 7 for a bunk in the dorm. Its basic but at least we have it to ourselves and no one can hear us snore!💤
    We walked 15 klms to get here it was a beautiful mild day. In fact its a bit cool tonight. The landscape is fields and vineyards with mountains⛰ in the distance.blackberries, fennel,pink thistles and sweet peas Line the path. Today we had a few hills to climb but we are better at those now. Im still slower than others but i dont care,i put some music on my phone put my ear buds in and bop down the road. Im singing away and enjoying it so much. Sometimes i even dance if the song takes me.
    Today we had a discussion about happiness as we walked and what we think it is. A nice little bit of thoughtful introspection.🧠
    Since i last wrote we sampled the delights of tapas in Logroño. Theres a whole street of tapas only bars,each competing to deliver ( i didnt see any liver though,bum bum!)the tastiest morsels. So many yummy things.we got a mushroom fritters,cow cheese with berries and i had pork slice also. It was a buzzing place with familes out on friday Night. Back in our hostal we could hear the partying carrying on till the next morning, only at 6 ish did it cease. Just in time for me to catch an hours kip before we set off for Navarrete. 😪
    The path out of Logroño was through a lovely green expanse of recreation grounds so it was a walk in the park really.😂
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  • Day14

    Too darn hot

    May 16, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    It's been a hot couple of days, especially the afternoons on unshaded roads. Still, I covered another 40km, passing through the capital of Spain's wine region, Logroño. The place I stayed there was unlike any I've ever been in.

    Picture an apartment in a dingy residential high-rise, dimly lit, smelling strongly of disinfectant. The sounds of other people staying there, heard but never seen. A poorly repaired lamp, whose wires came apart in my hand as I plugged it in.

    I survived the night, while relearning the "cheap ain't always best" lesson. And while this walk is still young, I do have to dub this place the odds-on favorite to take "Location most likely to host a drug overdose or electrocution" award.

    Tonight I treated myself to a nice hotel. Wish I could sleep in, but I'll be out by 7am to beat the heat.
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  • Day7

    No room at the Inn

    September 16, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Arrived this evening and all the albuerges are full. The town is putting up about 40 pilgrims in a library building which is bring renovated. Only 1 bathroom amongst us all. Looks like a refugee camp. Fortunately, most of us are used to sleeping in tight quarters. Hopefully the snorers will be at the end of the hall.Read more

  • Day10


    August 31, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Von Logroño nach Navarrete haben mich eine Tbl Ibuprofen und Simon&Garfunkel gebracht. Nicht mein bester Morgen, Achillessehne und Knöchel links fühlten sich nicht gut an.

  • Day12

    Stage 8: Viana to Navarrete (Logroño)

    October 5, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Date: 10/5/2016
    Distance: 21.8 km, 13.5 mi

    From the eastern 'burbs through Logroño to the western 'burbs, while entering La Rioja provincia Mostly city walking, residents not very friendly to peregrinos. Hard day mostly on pavement.Read more

  • Day12

    Viana to Navarrette

    May 7, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Thinking we had a short walking day, we got a late start, leaving albergue Izar at around 8am. We were surprised to find we'd messed up the math somehow as we walked 14.5 miles rather than the 11 miles we'd planned on. Luckily, we found some beautiful parks and motivational artwork in the form of local graffiti to keep us going. We arrived at Navarrette around 2pm and checked into the municipal albergue, with cheaper boarding and communal rooms/ bathrooms. We're both excited to have moved out of the Baswue country and into the kingdom of Rioja, known for it's wine and wealth.

    Tom, who listens to Spanish podcasts as walk, is already so conversational in Spanish that other pilgrims ask him how to say things in Spanish and locals compliment him on how well he speaks the language. This has earned him the nickname "polyglot" from me, in return, he has christened me "grass-waterer" for reasons that are self evident and earn me no praise from the locals.
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