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  • Day22

    Tag 22

    April 22, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    In Ourense gibt es zahlreiche warme Quellen. Sicher einen kurzen Aufenthalt wert, baden gehen wir aber erst morgen. Heute Abend gab es vor dem Schlafen noch eine kleine Joggingrunde für Corinne und eine kleine Velotour für Philipp. Herrlich wenns bis 22 Uhr hell ist.Read more

    Outback Jack

    looks like a fucking burglar 😉😉😉

  • Day38

    Villar de Barrio - Ourense 37 km

    June 6 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    After a chat with the ladies today we decided that we would like to spend some time in Oursense, the ladies wanted to try the famous sulphur baths and I wanted to do some sightseeing, and some shopping for essential supplies. The only way that we would have the time to do that was to get there today, so it was agreed that Meg, Kathleen, Anita and I would walk part of the way then hop in a taxi to shorten the time. Mirjam and Anne were going to walk the full 37km (young, fit and fearless).

    Kathleen found and booked an Airbnb in Ourense for two nights. So we slept late and set off at 0830. The path was mostly very flat and the landscape unremarkable but we made good time to Xunqueira de Ambia. Anne had sent us a photo of Mirjam enjoying a late breakfast in a café there so we went looking for it. (Yes they had left before us!) Meg had a terrible cup of tea but the coffee was good and the barman called for a taxi to take us into Ourense.

    We had a bit of bother finding the Airbnb, it turned out that the building numbers were old and no longer in use but we got there eventually. The apartment was great, two bedrooms, a great bathroom and well fitted kitchen/living area. It had everything we needed, including a coffee machine! It was also right around the corner from the cathedral where we would need to get our credentials stamped and well located for all kinds of shopping.

    As we were walking near the apartment, much to our surprise and great delight we met Julia, and so we all went out for lunch together with Julia leading the way, and in another happy 'coincidence' Guillermo joined us as well, it felt a little like we were getting the band back together! The food was good and the conversation flowed the way it does around meal tables.

    Later that night, Mirjam arrived, she had gotten into Ourense late and we suggested that she stay in the Airbnb with us. When I set off that morning from Villar de Barrio, I was sad because I would not see her again until this time next week, so I was delighted to see her now, even for just a short time. She had just walked a hard 37 km and had 24 km to do tomorrow with a very long very steep incline, so I was happy to be able to give up my bed for her. I slept on the surprisingly comfortable couch. Although we were in the very centre of the city, all was quiet, and we slept in peace.
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    Kate Burns

    Strange building….

    Norman Graham

    it is a storehouse for maize, it is designed so that rats can't climb up to it and eat the maize, they were very common in most villages in that part of Spain

  • Day39

    Ourense 15 km

    June 7 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    After a good sleep I woke just before Mirjam got up and prepared to leave, I was sad to be saying goodbye to her today knowing that I would not see her until she returned to Santiago from Finisterre on the 12th. We have planned an evening meal with everyone in our little group on Santiago for the 13th of June, it will be great to have everyone together.

    The ladies were going to the sulphur baths and I did some sightseeing, I went out to the cathedral to get my credential stamped and whilst I was there I did the tour. It was interesting but to be honest not much different from every other cathedral I had ever visited. After my experience in Salamanca I couldn't help but see it as another cultural relic of Christendom dependant upon the secular world for survival. I went to see the cloisters of St Francis as much for the walk as anything else, but there was not much to see, you could walk around it and take a few photos but there wasn't much to it. However, they also had a museum there telling some of the history of the city, and that was quite interesting.

    Mirjam sent back word that there were very many more peregrinos on the camino, but that was expected. In order to get a Compostela you only have to walk the last 100km and Ourense is 110 km from Santiago and so many people start their camino here. She also said that she had gone the right hand route, which is very slightly less steep, and that was the route we had also decided to go in the morning. Meg had organised for two of our bags to be transported to our next albergue, and as mine was the biggest bag, I shared it with Anita. I went out to Decathlon and bought a 20L daypack for only 10€ and put all the stuff I needed for the day in it. The walk that day was so much easier for all of us that we decided to have our bags transported each day until we got to Santiago.

    I decided not to go out for dinner with the girls, I had had some pizza for lunch and wasn't really hungry, and I wanted to do some admin type stuff anyway and spend time reflecting on my camino so far and how I thought it had changed me. As Socrates is reported to have said at his trial, "the unexamined life is not worth living."

    I really enjoyed our time in Ourense. It was great to have some time to do tourist type things, and to get some much needed supplies, best of all it was great to spend quality time with Meg, Kathleen and Anita, to see Julia and Guillermo and Mirjam, and to my great joy, by a random chance, I met Anne in the street, we didn't have long to chat but it was such a delight. She had been busy with university stuff and so was booked into a place with good wifi, so it was a wonderful and unexpected meeting. Much as it is a beautiful and interesting city, for me, those moments were the best thing about Oursense.
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  • Day9


    May 31, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Stopped at Ourense on way to Monforte de Lemos. Five bridges over the Miño River in the city. Two in particular were the stand-outs - the Millennium Bridge featuring a unique eliptical shape with a pedestrian footbridge that surrounds the bridge rising up to 22 metres; and the Ponte Vella, a medieval footbridge built on Roman foundations and the first bridge on the river. It was very hot here. We surrendered to the heat and let Andrea and Damo walk the Millenium Bridge.
    We noticed that in Ourense that signage was in what we think is Portuguese but maybe Galician-Portuguese, for example, streets were Rua ... instead of Calle ..., and the plaza was Praza Maior instead of Plaza Mayor. Also here are hot springs - Ourense holds one of the greatest amount of geothermal water in Europe. There was a public "poza" /outdoor bath that we could go to to enjoy the hot spring but being around 40+° that day, we thought not! We weren't allowed to photograph it either.
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  • Day49

    Xunqueira de Ambia - Ourense 28.6.2018

    June 28, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Heute war die Landstraße Pflichtprogramm, bis auf vielleicht 10 Minuten auf Waldwegen ging der Camino heute permanent über Asphalt auf Ourense zu. Dementsprechend dürftig fällt auch die Beschreibung des Weges aus. Landstraße eben. Besteht aus viel Land und viel Straße. Das Spannendste war der Gegenverkehr, in dem Fall reichlich LKWs, die dort patrouillierten, da sich in der Nähe eine Großbaustelle befand. Aber die fuhren mit Bedacht, mulmiger wurde mir eher, wenn irgendein Jungspund im getunten GTI um die Ecken schoss. Aber ging alles gut.

    Weniger gut ist der Umstand, dass wieder irgendwelches Ungeziefer an mir rumgenagt haben muss. Ist zum verrückt werden. Jetzt dachte ich, das Thema wäre durch, geht das gerade wieder los. Letzte Nacht kaum gepennt deswegen. Um 3.30 Uhr deshalb raus aus den Federn und die Zeit damit genutzt, mir ein Hotelzimmer in Ourense zu buchen. Klappte auch für 25 EUR. Vermutlich, weil das Hotel im Norden der Stadt ist, in der Nähe des Bahnhofs, also nicht direkt neben der Kathedrale. In einer Viertelstunde ist man aber zu Fuss im Herzen der Stadt. Ist eine ganz lebhafte Stadt, einiges los und Bars und Restaurants gibt es ohne Ende. Mal schauen, wie weit ich heute noch komme. Habe jetzt erstmal geduscht und die ganzen Stiche und Bisse mit der Salbe vom letzten mal versorgt. Hoffentlich hört das Jucken bald auf.

    Aber ansonsten war das heute echt ein lockerer Tag zum Wandern. Unterwegs in der ersten Bar gemütlich gefrühstückt mit Toast, frisch gepresstem Orangensaft (göttlich!) und Cafe Americano natürlich. Unterwegs wurde mir beim Laufen immer klarer, wie weit ich schon bin und wie wenig eigentlich noch bleibt. Noch ganze 8 Wandertage. Wenn ich am Montag in Santiago angekommen bin, bleiben noch ganze 4 Wandertage, wobei der letzte nach Cap Fisterre lediglich über 10 km geht. 2 - 3 Stunden etwa. Und dann war's das. Ende, aus, Micky Maus. Aber jetzt kommt am Samstag erst nochmal ein echter Hammer mit den 33 km, bei denen es auch höhentechnisch nochmal richtig zur Sache geht. Da muss ich erstmal durch. Und auch den Sonntag mit 30 km nicht vergessen.

    Ja, und in Ourense angekommen brauchte ich dann aber eine ganze Stunde, um bis zum Hotel zu laufen, knapp 5 Kilometer waren das nochmal. Also so richtig klein ist die Stadt nicht. Und ganz hübsch ist sie an manchen Plätzen auch, gerade ganz zu Beginn, als ich den alten Ortsrand erreichte. Oder auch der Bereich am Fluss.

    Mein Magen knurrt schon wieder 😁 das ist eigentlich immer ein gutes Zeichen. Mal schauen, wo ich jetzt was auftreiben kann 😎

    Stand heute: 1.101 km 🚶🍀
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  • Day43

    First pulpo on Corpus Christi

    June 3, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Flowers and coloured sand patterns outside the churches for Corpus Christi (don’t ask) and. —- pulpo! Delicious.

    But a long walk into Ourense - or at least it felt long - and my feet do not look objects of beauty. Or feel good. Cracked heels. My own fault, not paying them enough attention and not moisturising. Tomorrow I might look for a podiatrist to patch me up so I can make the final push to Santiago. Only 100km to go.

    How do you tell a pilgrim? She puts beauty cream on her feet before her face.

    In Ourense we traipsed down to the thermal baths and soaked for an hour. Bliss! And it is free.
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    Robyn Smith

    I loved those baths, Jill. And I loved watching the bathers too, the locals and the pilgrims. What a place!

    Judy Mylonas

    jill didnt we see these flower designs on the infamous 1976 trip? Either Spain or Portugal? wonderful

    Jill Hill

    Yes Judy we did. It must have been Corpus Christi then - time of the year seems right.

  • Day3

    On the way

    April 29, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

    Got the train from Madrid and arrived at about 6 pm in Ourense We got our “credentials”, the pilgrim passport needed to stay in the pilgrim hostels at the cathedral. Tonight is our first night in a room with 10 bunk beds. Here, Rob catches an oncoming shower as it approaches the cathedral st Ourense. Tomorrow the walking beginsRead more

    Lois Neve

    love this photo!!

  • Day9


    August 3, 2014 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    7:50 set off as last :). 9:50 breakfast in Panelas

    In suburb of Ourense we found a pharmacy and an ATM.

    12-13pm: We passed through Ourense along the rio Barbaña. It should be nice city but we had no time for sightseeing. Still 105 km ahead and only 2 days left.
    We met P+P again: they took a taxi, because Paolo couldn’t walk any more.
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  • Day10


    August 4, 2014 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Then we set off for Cea (23km). Full of energy (2 beers) and with the right motivation our walking speed increased nearly to the speed of light, so all the distances shortened relativistic by a factor of sqrt(1-v2/c2).Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Ourense, Orenso, Orense, OUQ, オウレンセ, 32001, Оренсе

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