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Pazo Quinteiro da Cruz

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    • Day23

      Aldea Labrega

      October 4, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      We came up to a Spanish man who was quite excited for us to make a short detour to this special place. He even took my walking stick and drew a map in the dirt.

      It was quite a special display, a little like some fairy tale where everyone was enchanted and turned to stone.Read more

    • Day23

      Barrantes to Vilanova de Arousa

      October 4, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      The first half of the day was fabulous, first on the Ruta de Piedra y Agua, then beside the Rio Umia - all on dirt trails. So lovely and mostly downhill. Also alongside many vineyards.

      But because we took our time and a lot of photos, our progress was slower than usual, so by the time we got to our destination we were knackered (Camino term).Read more

    • Day34

      Camino reflexions

      June 3, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      "We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey."

      I started my Camino journey from Lisbon with "Ernita" (Ernie and Anita) on May 4th. We travelled for 30 days, approximately 640 kms, taking only 2 rest days along the way.

      The leg from Lisbon to Porto felt distinctly different from the leg from Porto to Santiago de Compostela. We didn't meet very many other pilgrims in the first leg of our journey, but those we did meet felt like kindred spirits. We were always happy to greet these members of our Camino family each time we crossed paths with them as we all headed northward.

      The first leg to Porto was quieter and more contemplative. The locals we met were very generous with their heart felt wishes for a "Bom Caminho". We were offered oranges picked straight from one woman's tree. We were given mandarin oranges from another woman's basket. One kind man stopped us as he was driving by to give us cold bottles of water and apples. We experienced repeatedly the kindness of strangers.

      Most pilgrims who walk the Camino Portugues start their journey from Porto so we saw a lot more pilgrims in the 2nd leg of our journey, particularly after O Porriño since a pilgrim really only needs to walk 100 kms to get a Compostela certificate. As Ernie observed, it's the exact opposite of running a marathon. Instead of the number of participants getting less and less the closer we got to the finish line, we entered Santiago amongst a stream of pilgrims.

      My 22 litre Deuter backpack became my home for 30 days. My total possessions consisted of 2 dryfit t-shirts, 1 long sleeve shirt, 1 pair of hiking pants, 1 pair of leggings, 1 pair of shorts, a lightweight fleece, a rain jacket, 2 sets of socks and underclothing, a visor, a small toiletry bag, essential supplements, cables for my watch and phone, an ultra lightweight umbrella, a 67 gm travel towel, a 10-litre packable daypack, a pair of sandals and a pair of Altra trail runners. The only addition to my pack was a rain poncho which I purchased towards the end when heavy rainfall was forecasted for the last 3 days of our Camino. In the end, I only used the poncho once.

      Overall, I felt we were blessed weather-wise, even on the days that peaked 35 degrees. We all agreed that the heat was preferable to rain, especially in light of the trails that would have turned into steep muddy slides which I have no idea how we would have scaled or descended.

      I learned to appreciate the seemingly insignificant gifts the Camino offered: a bit of shade when it was blistering hot, a gentle breeze at our back, birdsongs to accompany us, the beauty of wild flowers, early check-in at hotels, and the availability of a hairdryer in days when our socks didn't dry overnight.

      I learned how little I needed to experience happiness. My most joyful moments rarely involved "things".

      I am grateful to and, dare I say, a little in awe of my body, this "earth suit" which proved itself to be strong and resilient, walking up each morning with nary a complaint and transporting me step-by-step, day-by-day closer to my destination.

      I am grateful to my ever reliable Altra Lone Peak trail runners and Injinji toe socks which carried me the whole distance without giving me a single blister.

      Most of all, I give thanks to my amazing travel companions who shared this voyage with me: Ernie, Anita, and Roch. Together, we became the "Core Four", a.k.a. B.E.A.R. Thank you for your friendship, your support, the witty conversations, the laughter. It's been a privilege to share the road with you and I look forward to sharing many more miles of life's journey with you.

      The official Camino certificate states that the journey from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela is 634 kms. However, according to my Garmin watch, I have taken 1,058,231 steps or the equivalent of 777.6 kilometers over the past 30 days.

      We are now on board a bus that will take us from Santiago de Compostela to Porto in 5.5 hours. From there, Roch and I will catch a high speed train that takes 2 hours and 50 minutes to get into Lisbon. You have to admire modern travel. It'll take 8 hours and 20 minutes to journey by bus and train what took us 28 days to walk.
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      Traveler

      This is a beautiful summary of what was an amazing journey. Thank you and Roch for sharing it 😎❤️❤️

      6/4/22Reply

      It truly is amazing and a wonderful write-up of you spiritual journal, Brenda. So happy for you all and so proud of your accomplishments. We can't wait till you all are back in Vancouver where we can meet for our OMG picnic on the beach. Love and hugs xoxo F&I [Francie]

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    • Day9

      Camino Day 7 to Padron

      August 12, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      We walked two miles to the boat. Took the 4:00 boat to Pontecures which saves us 25k walking. Then walked 9K to Casa Grande de Capadillias. Had an amazing dinner at Buen Camino. Met Phil and Lou again from Eugene on the beach in Villanova de Arousa.Read more

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