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    • Day36

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      June 22, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 55 °F

      Inglesia de Santa Maria de Leboreiro
      Gothic church that also features some coceptions characteristic of the Romanesque style. It has a rectangular nave and circular apse; its main façade stands out, with an arch and ogival archivolts. The interior features a 14th century image of Our Lady. There is also a panel of mural painting made in the second third of the 16th century, with depictions of the Flagellation of Christ, the Visitation of Mary to St. Elizabeth and the Martyrdom of St. Sebastian.

      Cool bridge to cross
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      Traveler

      Cool church.

      6/22/22Reply
      Traveler

      And a cool day 😎

      6/22/22Reply
      Traveler

      Beautiful church.

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    • Day43

      Camino Rule #1

      October 30, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

      The last kilometer is always uphill!

      We walked 22k today to the small hilltop city of Melide. We dragged ourselvesup the last kilometer. To our Pension, which is run by a Hotel next door. On check-in, we were told we are upgraded to a hotel room! Score!!!

      We are about 52k from Santiago. 3 more days walking. We will split it over 3 walking days, all under 20k. We will arrive in Santiago next Wednesday, Nov 2nd!

      We have heard the city and Cathedral will be crowded on Nov 1st, All Saints Day, so Wednesday is good with us!

      We saw our first grove of Eucalyptus Trees today.
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      Traveler

      Your progress is amazing! 💛

      10/30/22Reply
      Traveler

      You will see a lot more eucalyptus trees. We will miss you as we fly out the 2nd. Will be in New England most of November. Let’s get together.

      10/30/22Reply
      Traveler

      We fly home 11/17. We'd love to see you & Sandy!

      10/30/22Reply
       
    • Day40

      O Coto

      October 14, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Rano padało, ale zupełnie przestało w momencie naszego wymarszu, choć zachmurzone niebo towarzyszyło nam prawie przez cały dzień. Góry nadal się nie skończyły z wysokimi podejściami dającymi się we znaki co jakiś czas. Widoki trudne do utrwalenia na zdjęciach ale pozostawiejace przyjemne uczucie w głowie. Dzisiaj było parę niespodzianek. Pierwsza to malutka kapliczka na końcu małej wioseczki Ventas de Naron poświęcona Marii Magdalenie. Opiekunem jej był starszy niewidomy pan który miał swoje zdjęcie w pełnym stroju templariusza. Aby dostać stempel trzeba było jego rękę nakierować we właściwe miejsce. Kaplica pochodzi z XIII wieku i należała pierwotnie do Templariuszy, na jednej ze ścian w kamieniu widać było charakterystyczne krzyże. Była wówczas połączona ze szpitalem dla pielgrzymów. Po rozpadzie Templariuszy przejęli ją Benedyktyni.
      W Eirexee trafiliśmy na otwarty XIII wieczny kościół Iglesias de Santiago z bardzo dobrze zachowanym ołtarzem i rzadko przedstawianym Jakubem na koniu trzymającym miecz. Również tutaj kiedyś był szpital dla pielgrzymów. W ogóle to szpitali było od zatrzęsienia wszędzie, zdecydowanie częściej szwankowało pielgrzymom zdrowie w tamtych czasach.
      Podobno dębowo- kasztanowcowe lasy tych okolic były ulubionym miejscem kuszenia pielgrzymów przez lokalne młode kobiety, mające za dużo estrogenów, a tym których złapano na nierządzie obcinano nosy za karę. Co wiek to obyczaj.
      Kolejna ciekawostka to co jakiś czas pojawiające się krzyże, zwykle przy rozdrożu lub znaczace jakieś ważne miejsce. Pochodzą one z 16-17 wieku, mają dużo elementów celtyckich i zwykle dwie strony krzyża przedstawiające zupełnie różne elementy biblijne.
      Jeszcze mijaliśmy San Xulian , z którym wiąże się bardzo smutna legenda o Świętym Julianie. Nie będę o niej pisał bo jest za smutna.
      Dzisiej śpimy w pięknym miejscu, jesteśmy nakarmieni przysmakami takimi jak ośmiornica, kalamary i scollaps (przegrzebki chyba po polsku😁). A na deser kucharz przyniósł prażone kasztany i szklankę Brandy( dosłownie szklankę, bo mu trochę zostało w butelce i nie chciał jej już stawiać z powrotem na półkę 😃).
      Jutro długi dzień.
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      Traveler

      Osty- jeżyki na waszej pielgrzymkowej drodze, jak wszystkie kłopoty zwiędnięte, można przejść nad nimi💞 dalej, do celu

      10/14/22Reply
      Traveler

      święta prawda♥️

      10/14/22Reply
      Tom Miaskowski

      ❤️

      10/16/22Reply
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    • Day31

      Borrowed light

      August 22, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Today I was doing more than 30k again so I started early. I woke up at 5 and started walking before 6.
      It's been a while since the last time I started so early and I forgot to get my head torch out of the backpack. It's such a hassle to take the backpack off and put it on again!
      I started to walk under the village lights, on the road, and soon another pilgrim with a torch was walking behind me. We kept the same pace. The light was enough for me to see what I was stepping on. I left enough room for them to pass me if they wanted to, although I was hoping they wouldn't. And they didn't 😅
      After a little while I thanked the stranger for lighting my way. It was a young Italian who spoke very little Spanish or English, and I spoke very little Italian. I asked him a few questions but either he was too shy or didn't want to talk, and stayed with me in silence until we found the first cafe open for breakfast, at about 5k.
      By the end of breakfast it was dawn and the light no longer needed, so I thanked him again, wished him buen Camino and I went on my way.
      There was a lot of fog today, and when it lifted it remained blissfully cloudy for most of the morning.
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      Traveler

      That looks like eucalyptus globulus. Australia’s biggest export to Spain.

      8/22/22Reply
      Traveler

      You're the expert!

      8/22/22Reply
       
    • Day31

      Mental strategies

      August 22, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      In theory, today's walk was going to be 32k. According to my watch, it's always more, but I go by the guides to mentally prepare.
      If I think I have to walk 32k it feels that it will be hard, I will be tired, sore, hungry, hot... So, I break it up:
      First, I walk about 5k and then I stop for breakfast. This is easy.
      After breakfast, I have the energy to go to the halfway point. In this case, I plan to go non stop to 16k (as measured by my watch).
      When I get to 16k I start looking for a suitable place to stop for a rest and morning tea, and this can be up to 3k more, depending where I am.
      After this second stop, I plan one more stop between there and the destination. Today I was 14k from Melide (the destination), so I only had to do 2 more 7k walks.
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      Traveler

      Yesterday I met a young man who was walking by the river ness with his dog. The dog was old and waking slowly. I stopped to

      8/22/22Reply
      Traveler

      I think we're missing the end of the story?

      8/22/22Reply
       
    • Day36

      San Xulian do Camino

      June 22, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 52 °F

      Nowhere to run to baby...
      Ridiculously short stage today so a very late start and desayuno numero uno in albergue restaurant.
      The morning staple:
      Zuma, Grande coffee con Leche, Tortilla bravas

      Today I'm beginning to see a little bit more of the crowds if you will that were promised me I would see after Sarria
      also as promised most of them are Spanish and indeed lots of kids on school trips
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      Traveler

      Beautiful! I loved the video. Are those turret/spear-head like things on the roof of the building behind the cross?

      6/22/22Reply
      Traveler

      Beautiful

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    • Day35

      One month ago today

      June 21, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 57 °F

      I have embarked on the actual Camino Frances
      31 days later and only about 70km away from Santiago I can look back at one of the greatest trips of my life and just shake my head...

      19km today in cold Temps and intermittently drizzling rain.....
      I hope that my albergue tomorrow has a dryer since pretty much everything now doesn't get past "damp"...and I still have 5 more days.

      Consulting the map below from marker 8 just after Gonzar to marker 27 after Palace del Rei...
      Still a good clip of ups and downs but no Zubiri or O Cebreiro 🙃

      tous les matins nous allons plus loin,
      jour après jour la route nous appelle,
      c’est la voix de Compostelle!

      Ultreïa! Ultreïa! Et sus eia!
      Deus adjuva nos!

      Chemin de terre et Chemin de foi,
      voie millénaire de l’Europe,
      la voie lactée de Charlemagne,
      c’est le Chemin de tous les jacquets!

      Et tout là-bas au bout du continent,
      Messire Jacques nous attend,
      Depuis toujours son sourire fixe
      Le soleil qui meurt au Finisterre.
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      Traveler

      Thank you so much for sharing "one of the greatest trips of (your) life" with all of us. This has been wonderful. Thank you.

      6/21/22Reply
      Traveler

      😆 not done yet we are

      6/21/22Reply
       
    • Day6

      Day three Camino: 9 miles

      October 11, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 55 °F

      After a pretty terrible night’s sleep - we could hear the person in the next room snoring all night! - we got up a little later and had a nice breakfast of freshly squeezed orange juice, yogurt, toast and eggs. We were driven to the trailhead and started day 3 from Palas de Reí. Knowing it was “only” 9 miles made us a little more energetic, but we were tired! We walked through several small towns/hamlets, passing old churches, and walking under a canopy of trees. We ran into some more cute dogs and cats and and saw/smelled many more cows. We chatted with people from Iceland, Bueno Aires, Barcelona, Romania, Canada & Chicago. We joined two sisters from Tel Aviv for dinner this evening and had a wonderful time talking. It’s incredible the diverse group of people doing this experience. All different ages, abilities, ethnicities, and languages. Some are fit and have all the expensive gear, while others are in their matching workout outfit, full makeup, sneakers and a tiny bag. We all are headed to the same place - Santiago de la Compestella. Some people started from the beginning and this is day 30+, while others like us will do a 6-day journey and come back a few more times to do the rest. We finished the day with 9 miles completed and a total of 11 miles after we explored our latest stop, the town of Melide.
      CAMINO Q&A: Send us your questions in the comments below and we will make a video to answer them on Wednesday! 🥾🎒🌎
      Buen Camino!
      Andrea and Elizabeth
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      Traveler

      So proud of you guys!!

      10/11/22Reply
      Traveler

      You answered the obvious question-any blisters yet? Are there places to stop and go to the bathroom along the way? What about getting water? Do you talk or just walk in silence? It’s awesome and inspiring to listen each day!!

      10/11/22Reply

      Keep on trekking! You gals are doing awesome! Love the updates! [Kathy Glubiak]

      10/11/22Reply
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    • Day50

      Palas de Rei

      October 4, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

      Was another good day, we made it 10 miles down the road, beautiful walk, another bunk room but at least we have privacy shades to put down, 4 more walking days to go 😁😁😁 Tons of Eucalyptus trees today....Read more

      Traveler

      Love this picture. Getting close!!

      10/4/22Reply
       
    • Day29

      Albergue Abrigadoiro

      September 26, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Vendas de Naron- San Xulian
      The temperature has been dropping and forecast is for three days of rain. So, we stopped in Palas de Rei for some warmer and water proof jackets… lol. Then on down the hill to a beautiful little village where we are planning on staying the night.
      The church in the village was built in 1200 … wow- still the original priest. Two bottles of wine whoops.
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      Traveler

      Wow how old would the el clérigo be who resides there?

      9/26/22Reply
      Traveler

      Just two vino bottles

      9/26/22Reply
      Traveler

      ok, the sleeping kitty is just too much! 💕😸

      9/26/22Reply
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