Plaza de San Marcos

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  • Day23

    Castrojeriz to Leon

    May 12, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 39 °F

    Hey, from the city of Leon, Spain. So, today, reality took over. I woke up this morning in a small town on the meseta in central Spain. I knew as I have known for days that as much as I walked, I would not have enough days to get to Santiago. My choices were to ask for two more weeks off so I would have the time to complete this trip or to travel forward by bus or train. I decided that I cannot ask my coworkers to cover me for an additional two weeks and to be honest, I have no desire to be out here for an additional two weeks anyway. So, instead of slogging through the rain on the meseta with no realistic goal in sight, I decided to catch a bus to Leon. I have a difficult time with this as I set out to complete the whole 500 miles but will fall short of that goal. But, at the same time, I do realize that I set very difficult goals for myself. I thought I could bang out the 16 miles a day pace without rest days and complete this in 32 days. To the contrary, I have discovered that unless you are a marathoner, young and in shape, that is not a realistic goal. My son could do it in that time frame being 19 and in shape from a lacrosse season, but not I. Soooo...I will start again on the trail from Ponferrada on Monday morning. That is 128 miles from Santiago. I have been averaging 12 miles per day for the past 2 1/2 weeks. I will need to average 15 miles per day to get to Santiago, give myself time to get to Portugal and get my ass on a plane back home on the 25th of this month. But, at least this is an obtainable goal. I will settle for the 328 miles walking...short of my goal...but okay in my mind. I have already accomplished what I set out to do when I started this. Also, there are many ways to do this trek. Many people send there pack forward by courier....I have chosen to grind it out with my pack on my back the whole I will continue to do till the end. Not many photos today as it was more a travel day and a logistical planning day for me. Goodnight from Leon.Read more

  • Day22

    León..... noch 1 Tag Pause

    June 11, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    Von Reliegos nach León waren es gerade einmal 24km, aber es war nicht anders zu erwarten..... Regen, Regen, Regen und gerade einmal 14 Grad. Unser Grüppchen ist an diesem Tag gewachsen, wir hatten einen Soldaten der US- Army dabei, der gerade seine Ausbildung in West Point absolviert..... Daniel, mit deutschen Wurzeln. Es war ziemlich interessant, sich mit ihm zu unterhalten.

    Irgendwie schlichen wir durch den Regen und sind erst gegen 17.00 im Hotel angekommen. Nochmal ein eigenes Zimmer mit Bad, es war ist herrlich.

    Am Abend dann mit Daniel gegessen und getrunken.... die US Soldaten vertragen ziemlich viel, so gab es relativ viel Sangria, was sich am nächsten Morgen bemerkbar machte.

    Der Montag dann war recht entspannt.... ausschlafen, Wäsche waschen (irgendwie ist das nach dem Laufen hier auf dem Jakobsweg die Hauptaufgabe), dann Sightseeing.

    León ist schön sehenswert, insbesondere die gothische Kathedrale.... Wahnsinn, was die Menschen damals so erbauten. Immerhin ist sie fasst 800 Jahre alt und so ziemlich alles noch orginal, inklusive der beeindruckenden Fenster....

    Dann gab's natürlich noch ein paar andere Dinge zu sehen und auch die ein oder andere Pause. Zudem hab ich ganz kurz Aaron und Samuel wieder getroffen.... es war eine Freude, wenn auch kurz.

    Was mir auffiel.... hier sieht man viel mehr alte und sehr alte Menschen auf der Straße, alle recht fit und adrett gekleidet.... es sind Einheimische, soviel ist sicher.
    Warum ist das so? Sind die Alten hier fitter? Nehmen Sie mehr am Leben teil als bei uns? Ich meine zumindest, sie erscheinen glücklicher und zufriedener als in Berlin.... auch sind sie freundlich und haben immer ein Lächeln und ein liebes Wort, auch wenn man sich oft nicht versteht. 😀
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  • Day32

    Plaza San Marcos

    May 25, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    The monastery was built on a XII C hospital and housed the Knights of the order of Santiago. It was taken from the monks in the mid 18thC by the government who proceeded to run it into the ground. At one time it housed prisoners with typhus, who were entertained by the local militia using the cloisters as a firing range. It was long used as stables, housing a renowned stud. During the civil war, it is estimated that 20000 anti- Franco prisoners passed through many to their welcomed deaths following long periods of fake executions and other well documented atrocities. Finally, when the buildings were condemned and about to be demolished, a group of citizens persuaded the city to save it and now it is a splendid Parador.
    Before leaving, the monks who were famous for their 'coquillas San Jacobus' stuck the remains of their meals - the shells - over every surface. And this route to Santiago, the Jacobean Camino, is also named after their culinary skills.
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  • Day23

    Parador de León

    September 9, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

    This was a 12th century monastery, and it's now a 5 star hotel, that I'm unfortunately not staying at. 😀

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