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    • Day20

      Over 40km today

      May 26, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Today was our longest walk so far. A little over 41km to be precise. And we made it to our destination for today: Olviedo. The city that is the origin of the Camino. That means tomorrow we start the Camino Primitivo.Read more


      Trots op jullie ❤️💪🏽

    • Day9

      First day on the Primitivo.

      September 14, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      I was planning for a 25 km day, but when I saw the sign pointing 3 km downhill to another pre-Romanesque church, San Pedro de Nora, I couldn’t resist. Good thing it was early in the day, or I wouldn’t have gone.The Señora who lives next door has the keys, and she was very happy to let me in, though the real beauty is from the outside. It’s right next to a river, and it’s gorgeous.

      I’ve talked to more people on this first day than I did on all of the days on the Salvador put together. A rough head count is 18 or 19 people! So the Primitivo is crowded. Lots of ups and downs, and I can feel the difference of the three years between this time and last. But it’s beautiful. I met an 80 yo Spaniard this morning, so I’ve got some more years I hope!
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      Ohhh, now I want to walk the Primitivo again. Beautiful first day photos Laurie! San Pedro de Nora is stunning!!


      Oh, this really makes my feet itch!



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    • Day20

      Day at the Riverbank

      June 7, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 73 °F

      Yesterday was another chill day in Oviedo. I went with Lucas and some of his friends from the rugby team to a river bank to hang out and swim. It was super beautiful out there, we basically were out in the mountains and it was only like a 30 minute drive. This group was a bit harder for me to hang out with because they are mostly from Oviedo or other parts of Asturias and their accent is just beyond difficult. Even Lucas says he has a hard time understanding them. For example one of them explained to me they have an expression: “es lo que hay” but they pronounce it like “yeh que hay” - I was like how the hell do you pronounce “Es lo” as “yeh”? So confusing. Fortunately there were a couple argentines who were far easier to understand as well as a guy from New Zealand who obviously spoke English. While there some bulls came up to us and I thought for a second we were going to get attacked because one of them did seem pretty pissed off. Fortunately he just walked away after we threw some bread to him. After that we just headed back, Lucas has a lot to do in terms of packing so I headed to the town park to hang out and read. It’s crazy how Spain is essentially in its own time zone - I came home from the park to get dinner with Lucas at 10 and the sun was still out.Read more

    • Day21

      Last day in Oviedo

      June 8, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 66 °F

      This was probably the least eventful day of the whole trip. Lucas had to finish packing his things - as I write this we are on the bus to Madrid, and he is not going back to Oviedo again. So while he did that I wandered around the city a bit. I had already seen most of the interesting stuff around town and it was also drizzling all day so there wasn’t a whole lot to do. I read an absolute ton. I also had a nice lunch. It was nice to have a relaxing day as the rest of the trip is going to be super packed - especially considering I will be with Dad and Lexi for the rest of the time, who seeing as they have shorter trips than me will probably want to pack a whole lot into each day. With that in mind I enjoyed having a very lazy day. Although it is rainy, Oviedo is very green and I really enjoyed spending time in the parks there. Definitely the most chill part of the trip - and where I got the most Spanish practice by far!Read more

    • Day106

      Pola de Siero - Oviedo

      September 24, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      17 eher öde Kilometer Richtung Oviedo. Dort haben wir für 2 Tage ein Apartment gemietet, um uns gebührend von Tim verabschieden zu können, der uns verlassen muss. Schöne Tage mit viel gutem Essen, Erholung, einem ausgelassenen letzten gemeinsamen Abend und einem traurigen Abschied. Wir sind wirklich zu einer tollen Gruppe zusammengewachsen, obwohl alle so unterschiedlich sind. Jeder lernt von jedem, wir lachen, weinen, reden, singen zusammen. Könnte von mir aus ewig so weitergehen. ;)Read more


      Es ist so schön zu lesen, was du alles erlebst, wie gut es dir geht und wie du das alles meisterst 💪🏼♥️


      Danke. 😘 Ja, es geht mir wirklich richtig gut gerade!

    • Day52

      Buen Camino Oviedo

      June 2, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      I'm sitting in a cafe with a steaming hot chocolate in front of me waiting with some anticipation for the tourist office to open so I can get my pilgrim's passport and 'begin' my journey.

      Lots of feelings and people I'm carrying with me and feeling full and sad at the same time. I've been wandering gathering last minute supplies a and questioning some of my packing choices. But mostly thinking of Abby and what I can carry for her on the camino. She has been on my heart a lot the past few days my brave strong daughter still carrying her Loss with courage, dignity and oh so much wisdom. I turn a corner in the old city and am assailed by the scent of flowers - and it comes to me forget-me-nots those beautiful blue flowers (just like her eyes) that bloom and die so quickly yet still ask us to remember and love them again.

      Thoughts of Abby lead to Zoe and the loss surges again, I have missed seeing my fierce brilliant daughter these last years. the photo I carry of her a round happy child sitting on my lap on a swing at the beach. I just have to trust again that in time the hurts will fade enough for the talking to begin.

      Cam also is on my mind, the purity of his longing for a secure intact family mirrors the loss and heartbreak I feel about Corinne. It's hard not to imagine her here beside me, soaking up the beauty and the coffee, holding hands and dancing in the square. I also remind myself that that would not have happened anyway.

      So coming back to now, 20 minutes till opening time (well its Spain so maybe 25)

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    • Day17

      First day in Oviedo and rugby game

      June 4, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

      Now that I am with Lucas, the solo part of my trip is essentially over (except one day in between dad leaving and going to Paris), which is pretty wild. It’s great to see Lucas and of course I am getting much more Spanish practice in now as we are not using any English. Lucas had his last rugby match of the season today, it was cool to be able to see it although I didn’t understand a lot of the sport. He is on a professional team here that is essentially in the Spanish B league. There were more fans than I expected, maybe 1000-1500 people. Lucas’s team won by a solid margin and he got a try (touchdown) himself. One of the guys told me he is the best player on the team. Afterwards I went out with him and the guys on his team, which was fun but it was also hard to make conversation with them - not so much because of the language barrier but a cultural barrier. It was pretty easy to understand and talk to them but they are not nearly as conversational as Americans. They aren’t chatty and will respond to questions you ask but won’t ask anything back. It was not a problem though because I just hung out with Lucas and talked with him most of the night. And I did meet a couple of chatty people but they were other foreigners who played on the team. Overall an interesting and fun day!Read more

    • Day1

      Catedral de Oviedo - O Início

      September 2, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Não foi o início madrugador planeado, mas foi o possível!
      Um grupo de peregrinos espanhóis na Catedral, uma peregrina canadiana à saída (que ainda fez uns kms connosco hoje!), estava dado o pontapé de saída!Read more

    • Day18


      September 15, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Yesterday we took the bus to Oviedo to start the Camino Primitivo which is the original Camino first done by King Alphonso II in 814AD. It is considered the most difficult Camino as it is the most mountainous but we are hoping this will suit our feet better than pounding hot tarmac. We are staying in an apartment near the cathedral square and as usual we seem to have picked a date when there is partying in the streets all night. The 14th Sept is when Oviedo venerates it’s holy relic, a piece of blood stained clothed purported to be from Christ’s shroud. As it has been carbon dated to the 6th century I am a bit sceptical 🤨
      It is not usually on display but we were able to see it when we toured the Cathedral as it’s a special week.
      This afternoon I am resting my feet and hoping for the best!
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    • Day19

      Another day in Oviedo

      June 6, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

      This has been a pretty uneventful and chill day. In the morning we went and did a tour of the main church in Oviedo, which I honestly found super boring - it was a pretty normal looking church and not only has this trip burned me out of seeing churches, but it has also set my standards pretty high. They do have some interesting historical stuff there like a cloth that apparently was over Jesus’s face after he died on the cross. The one in the pictures is a facsimile as the real one is stored in some highly controlled environment but it is actually in the church. After that, Lucas and company and I got some coffee and hung out for a bit before José (Lucas’s uncle) and Ale (his friend) had to get on their train to San Sebastián. After that Lucas had some stuff to do so I went for a walk around town and hung out in the main park (campo San Francisco) for a while. It’s nice having some chill days in the middle of what has been a very busy trip.Read more

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