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    • Day 31

      San Sebastian to Pasaia

      May 11 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      Jeremy and I went for a 22km hike today, from San Senastian to Pasaia. The walk starts at the end of Zurriola Beach and heads over Ulia Mount, hugging the coast most of the way. Awesome views were found around each bend. The morning sun versus the afternoon sun cast different lights on the cliffs, so I stopped in awe on the return trip as much as I did on the way there. The walk covers some of the way of St James, so I felt a connection to Camino walkers. There was even the guiding yellow arrows along the way.
      On arrival in Pasaia, we chanced upon some boating/port festival...stores, demonstrations, music, and puppets. The huge puppets operated by 1, or in some cases, 2 people would have given me nightmares as a child. Had a great festival feel. If the 11km walk back and fancy dinner was not in front of us, we would have stayed and joined in on the street beers that were on offer.
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    • Day 101

      Wo mein Herz liegt

      June 9, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Obwohl ich den Weg kenne und wusste, wie schön die Ausblicke auf die Küste sind, komme ich aus dem Staunen nicht mehr heraus. Meine Liebe zum Camino del Norte flammt wieder so stark auf, dass ich mich den Rest des Tages wie auf Wolken fühle. Mit jedem Schritt bin ich mir sicherer, die richtige Route durch Spanien gewählt zu haben. Hier, an der spanischen Nordküste, liegt eindeutig mein Herz.Read more

    • Day 47–48

      Day 47 - Errenteria to San Sebastián

      June 7 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      After a reasonable night we got up to a buffet breakfast to give us strength to navigate the way out of town and back to the trail.
      This went a whole lot better than the way in 😂
      Today was overcast with the odd sunny interval. We walked through to Pasaia following the coast past a huge cargo tanker, boat building factories and a breakers yard that held an enormous mountain of old boat chains.
      Pasaia was a quaint little place full of passages that you could imagine pirates and smugglers scuttling down. We had to get a little ferry across the estuary to then walk around to Donastia and Saint Sebastian.
      Leaving the other side was a matter of climbing 1.3 km of stairs - no mean feat carrying our rucksacks!
      The path then was along the coast and reminded us of many an Isle of Man walk, with rocky headlands, the sea crashing below, seagulls swooping about and much up and downhills.
      We eventually spotted the city ahead - which was quite imposing.
      After a steep descent we came to a long beach full of surfers, volleyball players and sun worshipers, despite the lack of sun!
      We sat on a bench and pondered the scene, very tempted to go running down the beach to dip our feet in, but too much with rucksacks and our gear - plus the Plodicus was starving!
      San Sebastián is a big, thriving Mecca for tourists, especially food lovers , from around the globe. It has big wide streets and piazzas full of bars and eateries.
      Great architecture and a wide and varied history. Another assault on the senses as you wander in after a days walking.
      Staying in a groovy modern room, right in the heart of the action. Hoping for a good sleep 💤 The map only covers part of the journey!! At least 16km walked today 👣👣👣
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    • Day 11

      El Purgatorio - Hondarribia to Pasaia

      May 21, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 57 °F

      I was hoping for clear weather today because I planned to walk the route called El Purgatorio, which follows a high ridge with great views. When I did the Camino del Norte in 2018 I was very jet lagged and it was raining so it didn't make sense to attempt this climb.

      They weren't kidding when they named it El Purgatorio, and I questioned my judgement almost immediately when I started the climb. I have a fear of falling backwards - I hate long steep escalators and stairs, and this was no different. The feeling was worse carrying a full backpack because my center of gravity was off. While others walked by at a seemingly normal pace I was practically crawling up the side of this hill. My poles weren't much help because the rubber tips that are great for most of the Camino didn't grab into the ground, and they were on so tightly that I couldn't remove them. After what seemed like an eternity while I considered every step I took I finally made it up this very steep part.

      Of course that wasn't the end of the uphill walking, but at least I was only often out of breath for the rest of the walk and not terrified of falling.

      The day had started out sunny and warm, but somewhere near the top of the mountain a cold wind carrying mist from the ocean came up. To my right on the ocean side it was foggy and cold, but to my left I could look down to see the city of Irun in the sun.

      Around this time I needed to stop to layer up and met an older French man who speaks fluent Spanish because his father was from Spain. So we could communicate, though I couldn't understand everything that he said. He waited for me to don my warmer clothing. Later I discovered that he's diabetic so I waited while he tested his blood sugar.

      We teamed up and helped each other the rest of the way, arriving together at the albergue around 2:30. It was supposed to open at 4:00 and I was prepared to wait, but the volunteer hospitalero was sitting on a bench outside and offered to let us in early. There are only 14 beds here, and reservations are not accepted, so I was happy to be able to get a bed, as the only other option was an expensive hotel room, as this is a really cute, but very touristic town.
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    • Day 10

      St-Jean-de-Luz to Hondarribia

      May 20, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 55 °F

      While I was still walking next to the ocean today it wasn't on the pedestrian seaside walkways of yesterday. Most of the walk was along a fairly busy road, but the ocean views were still good.

      When I got to Hendaye I had to wait about 45 minutes for the ferry crossing to Hondarribia where I had reserved a hotel room. I had heard that this was a more interesting city than next door Irun where most pilgrims start the Camino del Norte. I was very pleased with my choice. Hondarribia (founded in 1203) is an old walled city with a maze of narrow streets, and I kept getting completely turned around while looking for a place to eat. I finally settled on a cozy bar and some pintxos (tapas) for dinner. Then a quick trip to a grocery store for supplies for tomorrow's walk.Read more

    • Day 52


      June 7, 2023 in Spain

      Bis gestern wusste ich nicht einmal was ein Flysch ist, und jetzt würde ich sagen das war der bisherige Höhepunkt meiner Reise. Ich konnte mich gar nicht sattsehen und fotografieren.
      Also es geht um Schichten von Sedimenten die sich am Boden des Meeres gebildet hatten. Durch die Kontinentalverschiebung hatte sich die Iberische Halbinsel an Europa heran geschoben. Dadurch entstanden die Pyrenäen und die obigen genannten Sedimentschichten wurden auch aufgeworfen, so dass sie an dem Ort jetzt fast senkrecht stehen. Jede Schicht steht für einen Zeitraum von z.b. Hunderttausend Jahren, dann hatten dich die Bedingungen wieder geändert und eine weitere Schicht entstand. Und da manche Schichten härter sind als andere entstehen die Formationen.
      Die Geologen können darin jetzt wie in einem Buch lesen und jeder Schicht eine Zeit zuordnen. An dem Ort sind sogar zwei Schichten von herausragender Bedeutung enthalten; vor 59.2 Millionen Jahren als sich das Erdmagnetfeld umgedreht hat (Nordpol wurde magnetisch zum Südpol oder umgekehrt) und vor 61.6 Millionen Jahren als sich der Meeresspiegel um 80 Meter gesenkt hat. Schaut einfach mal die Bilder an, vielleicht könnt ihr meine Begeisterung verstehen. Ich hab dann auch noch die Chance genutzt etwas schwimmen zu gehen.
      Ansonsten war morgens noch mein 6. Platten zu flicken, der erste am Vorderrad, gnädigerweise noch auf dem Camping beim losfahren bemerkt, wodurch die Reparatur deutlich einfacher war.
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    • Day 8

      Day 1 irun to san sebastian

      July 29, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Started around 730am with a swedish guy i met, Johanes. We walked together for the first 3-4hours talking about the camino and what not. He liked to stop a lot so i ditched that mofo and kept cruising. We will likely meet another day though! So many amazing things the sights were incredible and we had all types of weather ran, fog, sun etc. Cant waith fkr what the next few days hold!Read more

    • Day 2

      Etappe 1: Bilbao - San Sebastian

      May 27, 2023 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

      Nach einer eher wenig erholsamen Nacht, die von zig Mückenstichen und Flugzeuglärm geprägt war, stärkten wir uns mit einem mageren Frühstück bestehend aus einem Kaffee mit und (verkohltem) Baguette mit Marmelade. So konnte der Tag dann nur besser werden (Spoiler: es kam tatsächlich noch weitaus schlimmer 😬😂).
      So starteten wir um 8:30 Uhr zum Fundbüro vom Flughafen, wo wir das erste Erfolgserlebnis hatten und nach wenigen Minuten Constantins Helm bekamen. Dann ging es los Richtung San Sebastian, zunächst in einer ländlichen Gegend, wo sehr viele Rennradfahrer und Wanderer unterwegs waren.
      Nach etwa 40km legten wir bei Jesus' Radladen einen Stopp ein, um Pedale festzuziehen, Luft in die Reifen zu lassen und neue Griffgummis aufziehen zu lassen. Mit einwandfrei gewarteten Rädern ging es weiter Richtung Atlantik, wo wir einen kleinen Snack an der Strandpromenade einnahmen.
      Als wir wieder aufbrechen wollten, stellten wir fest, dass etwas fehlt. Nämlich ist auf bis jetzt unerklärliche Weise während dem Mittagessen Constantins rechtes Pedal abhanden gekommen (siehe Bild). Nach kurzer Suche, die jedoch erfolglos blieb und vielem Fluchen versuchten wir einen Radladen aufzusuchen, der jedoch vor 5min geschlossen hatte.
      Wir versuchten auch ohne Pedal weiter nach San Sebastian zu kommen, bis wir den Entschluss fassten, den Weg bis nach San Sebastian mit dem Zug zurückzulegen, da hier noch ein Decathlon geöffnet hatte.
      Dies klappte auch ohne Probleme und die Pedale waren schnell montiert. Somit waren wir gegen 16:30 Uhr in San Sebastian am Strand, um rechtzeitig die zweite Halbzeit der Bundesliga anzuschauen. Die Erleichterung, dass es mit neuen Pedalen vor dem Sonntag geklappt hat, hat dann den Ausgang der Meisterschaft und den Relegationsplatz vom VfB überwogen.
      Nun waren es 10km bis zu unserem Hotel, romantisch oberhalb des Industriehafens gelegen 😀
      Nach dem Abendessen (mit der Vorfreude auf morgen und die französische Küche) ließen wir bei sommerlichen Temperaturen und einem Bierchen ausklingen.

      Pain au chocolat Counter: 0
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    • Day 3

      First taste of the Camino

      September 7, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Just a short 6km walk today to break us into the Camino - Pasaia back to San Sebastián. Beautiful views of the coast with lots of lovely locals and their dogs. So relaxing just following our trusty yellow arrows which mark the Camino.

      Last night we stayed at our first dorm. We had to stay in separate rooms which was lucky in the end as Simon had 4 snorers in his room. He was right at home there. I just had heavy Darth Vader breathing to fall asleep to. Considering we got in last night at almost midnight I would have slept through anything!
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    • Day 4


      October 26, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Après nous partons trouver un lieu pour dormir mais sur le chemin nous voyons de splendides paysages. Nous trouvons un endroit avec une vue splendide d’un côté la mer, d’un autre les deux et encore de l’autre les montagnes. Le soir nous regardons un magnifique coucher de soleil en attendant Janine Viallet et Daniel.Read more

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    Pasaia, Pasajes, Passatjes

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