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  • Day60

    Day 59: Nueva - La Vega

    October 11, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Distance: 20.4k (1512.1/385.8)
    Weather: 21C, sunny but very chilly in the evening!
    Mood: calm
    Staying at: Alberge Tu Casa

    Autumn has arrived!

    Another milestone achieved today, 1500km walked and what's left is starting to seem small. I can't help but enjoy the question where I started my camino or how many days I have walked. Here in Spain I'm an anomaly and I've always had a soft spot for standing out.
    After so many lovely sunny days, autumn seems to have arrived here too. I spent some time in the sun on the beach this afternoon, but now I'm huddled up on the couch in the hospitalera's jumper with a cup of tea (see pic). It's freezing here!!! What a contrast to the past weeks. And tomorrow the rain will come, so finally a good chance to rest how waterproof my new raincoat is 😉
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  • Day21


    June 6, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Another 35 km day. It's a little too long for my liking, those last few kilometers into town are really a slog. But the walk was really good, spectacular in many places. I took a little detour to get back to the coast, and that added another 4 km or so to my total. And of course it's a lot slower walking carefully over and around rocks than on a forest path or along the road. Not to mention all the time it takes to stop and gaze at the crashing waves or rocky coast and take yet another picture.

    Though these coastal paths are usually fairly obvious, they are not well marked, so I was very glad to have the GPS. A Spanish friend sent me all the tracks for the coastal detours on this Camino and I couldn't have done it without them.

    So by the time I washed clothes and showered it was after 4pm, so once again too late to eat lunch in a restaurant. That's a real negative aspect of arriving so late. You can't eat lunch, and you certainly don't want to wait up until they start serving dinner. So I'm having another store-bought dinner -- gazpacho in a box, two spinach and cheese empanadas from the pastry shop, a red pepper, and an orange. Not terribly exciting or gourmet, but it'll fill the belly! Oh yes and a local specialty sweet of some type.

    The red building is my hotel for the night. 30€ special for peregrinos! That's not bad but about 10€ more than going rates in other less touristy parts of Spain!
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  • Day15

    Camino Del Norte - Day 14

    June 23, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Camino Del Norte - Day 14

    Llanes to Ribadesella
    Distance 30km
    Total ascent 16om

    Last night, our little international group met in the town to look at the Cuba de la Memoria. This celebrates the history of seafaring.
    We then went to a Sideria bar to try the local cider. The waiter pours the cider from an arm's length into a glass. When they are bored of that, they give you an amazing machine which does the job. It was a lovely evening as Anna and David explained the Asturias culture.
    We were all set for another day on the Camino. Our little band set off at 6.30am in drizzle. The weather got progressively worse so it was one of the first time for jackets. We walked along the stunning coastline until we stopped around 9.45am for breakfast. There were already a number of pilgrims also waiting for the coffee. The doors open at 10am and we all charged in.
    By this time, we had walked 14km. We carried on the Camino passing through small villages and pausing to watch black kites and other birds of prey (don't ask me what they were). We also conversed in a mixture of English, Italien and Spanish. It was amazing as we all understood each other but to achieve this, we had to do charades and google translate.
    We finally arrived in Ribadesella at 1.45pm and found our pension for the night. I am sharing a room with one of the Italian guys Andrea.
    We immediately went out for our lunch and hoovered it up. A German lady on the next table to us in the restaurant was intrigued with the composition of our group and how we were enjoying each other's company.
    My walking shoes died today. I have worn the soles down to material n two weeks. There was no protection left in them. I am now the proud owner of Gucci green/grey Columbia walking shoes. They were the ONLY shoes in my size (13s). There were no clown shoes or barges left before you ask.

    Tomorrow is another 31.5km to Sebrayo.
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  • Day8


    September 11, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Woke up early for morning session. Yaara and Yam had breakfast in the hotel, and we all went to do loandary and to buy groceries. After all the arrangements, we went to the beach, sat in the shade and enjoyed the sun and waves.Read more

  • Day9

    Playa de Vega

    September 12, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    We arrived to this incredable small village yesterday. I had an evening session, and Yaara sat with Yam on the grass right next to the beach. We had dinner in the restaurant that located under our room. We all slept great. I woke up early, and got a good but cold morning session. We chilled the entire day in our restaurant. It was cloudy the whole day with a bit of rain, but still a perfect day.Read more

  • Day133

    Ribadesella and then Gijon

    August 26, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    From St Vincent we kept moving west, we passed Llanes with its painted blocks on the breakwater and headed to what was a very pretty village in Rio Sella estuary, not a lot of history but nice. Saw our first elevated wooden house 'Horreo' and tried to see the Tito Bustillo Caves and pain things. Hadn't realised they had Unesco status and that you had to book at least a month on advance, we visited the museum instead which was surprisingly good and probably more informative than just looking at marks on walls. On Thursday we spent 3hours kayaking back along coast to visit natural caves for edge by the sea they were stunning but experience wasn't as good as could have been as was raining all day. John took photos on waterproof camera and I will try to put some on blog soon. Then on to Gijon a big industrial Port on west of the estuary but touristy on east passed a small Port call Tazones on the way very picturesque . Last 2photos are in Gijon.Read more

  • Day41


    November 11, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Heute sind wir in das nahegelegenen Hafenstädtchen Ribadesella gefahren. Hier liegen die Berge und das Meer ganz nah beieinander. Mit unseren täglichen Blick auf die Picos de Europa hatten wir schon fast wieder vergessen, dass wir eigentlich nur 15 Minuten vom Meer entfernt wohnen. Ribadesella hat einen schönen alten Ortskern mit vielen Cafés und (Fisch-)Restaurants. – teilweise sogar mit Sonderpreisen für Pilger, da der Ort am Jakobsweg liegt.

    Nach einer kleinen Stärkung mit zwei Leckereien aus der Konditorei haben wir einen aussichtsreichen Spaziergang – auf der einen Seite mit Blick auf den Atlantik und auf der anderen Seite zur Stadt – zu einer kleinen Kirche auf einer Landzunge gemacht. Zurück in die Stadt ging es entlang der Promenade, die mit Mosaikbilder gestaltet war.

    Die Zeit der Siesta hat sich im Gegensatz zu Frankreich von der Mittagszeit auf den frühen Nachmittag verschoben. Zwischen 14.00 und 16.00 Uhr sind die Läden geschlossen und die Bars fangen an sich zu füllen 😄

    Nächste Woche wird gutes Wetter und dann erkunden wir die Gegend weiter. Yippie!
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  • Day11

    Fluch und Segen der Nebensaison

    January 27 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    ....Segen überwiegt bei weitem. Hier sind wir so gut wie die einzigen Touristen die unterwegs sind. Auch heute stehen wir wieder alleine auf einem Parkplatz weit über dem Meer. Die komplette touristische Infrastruktur an der Küste ist tot. Offene Restaurants sind nur in den Ortschaften zu finden , auch Campingplätze sind geschlossen. Heute begann der Tag regnerisch, ab Mittag war es wieder schön wie auf den Bildern zu sehen ist. Hatte heute eigentlich Mittagessen in einem Sternerestaurant eingeplant, leider war es wegen Betriebsferien geschlossen. Statt dessen gab es asturische Hausmannskost. War auch lecker und sehr reichhaltig. Die Landschaft hier erinnert mehr an Norwegen als an Spanien. Vom Meer geht es direkt auf 1000 Meter hoch und bis direkt ans Meer gibt es Wald und grüne Wiesen. Hier ist das Zentrum des Apfelweins in Spanien, den gibt es in allen Kneipen.Read more

  • Day7

    Playa Vega

    September 10, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Some very nice Germans let me use their surfboard, so I got in for a nice short session. When the sun started setting down, we had dinner in a restaurant right on the beach.

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