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    • Day12

      Grañón 18 miles

      July 10, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 55 °F

      Got Mantras ?
      Enter them here. I’m mantra-less today. Feeling like naming any was too much for me this morning. I didn’t sleep well, despite the awkward kindness shown from my roommate “Kirk.” It was a challenging and long day yesterday and I think today started with a deficit of mental energy.

      Today someone asked me what my Camino journey would be called if it were a movie. I loved this question. The answer for now would be “Staying Found” but it may change as I continue on. I have spent the last 8 years developing and understand my identity outside of being a mom. I like where I’m at, who I am, and where I still need to grow. This trip was not conceived from a place of feeling lost, rather a celebration of being found. It’s one thing to find yourself, and another to maintain it.

      PS I called ahead to the next town and in Spanish, I reserved four beds for my Camino family for tomorrow. I’m so totally bi-lingual now. Ha. Adios.

      PSS this guy is literally carrying a cross across Spain. Whoa! I thought my extra underwear were heavy…

      Total: 137 miles
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      Traveler

      "Feel the ______ and do it anyway." (Fear is the missing word, but you don't seem scared, so choose the word that works.) Keep going, goddess!

      7/10/21Reply
      Traveler

      You got this, Kris!! My personal fav mantras are: "I am enough" and "All is well." They both help me stay centered and grounded. However, I found this one and it seemed like it might be a good fit for you on the trail: "I create my own path and walk it with joy."

      7/10/21Reply
      Traveler

      Each new day you are becoming the best version of yourself that you can be. Embrace the journey.

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    • Day12

      Pilgeretappe durch die Weinfelder der ri

      May 14, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Hola buenas noches. Weinfelder soweit das Auge reicht, dass war der Ausblick der heutigen Etappe von navarrete nach najera. La Rioja ist weit über die Landesgrenzen für seine Weine bekannt. Dazu kam noch eine Brise Sonnenaufgang, Vogelgezwitscher und eine duftende Flora. Man trifft permanent Pilger aus der ganzen Welt, welche sich mit einem freundlichen buen camino begrüssen und hier und da zu einem kleinen small Talk einladen. Erkenntnis des Tages: Lebe deinen Traum und träume nicht dein Leben.Read more

      Traveler

      👍

      5/15/22Reply
      Traveler

      Weiterhin viel Glück 👍✌️

      5/15/22Reply
      Traveler

      Danke Kamerad.

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    • Day10

      Day 10

      September 2, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Well the excitement rose when I saw “mixed vegetables “ on the menu last night… what tasted like the veg out of tinned scotch broth soup with a fried egg on top is seriously stretching the title 🫤, but it was the closest I’d had in about 8 days, so, yes! I ate it 😬
      I started today by popping a blister and deciding against putting anything on my rubbed heel… the first 5 minutes were really sore, but then all was good.. heading off the wrong way within the first couple of Km’s very quickly took my mind off it.. fortunately a guy who had done it previously spotted me and started shouting for me to come back!!
      To be honest, there were a few sections today that weren’t quite so clear in which way to go. I had a bit of a wobble on the last 4km as I kept going for ages without seeing any signage or any other walkers. Only saw a fraction of the people today on route.
      The route today, was again through wheat fields and lots of vineyards, a bit of a nondescript day really as not much climbing or descending, good to have a bit of a breeze though..
      As today was a longer day I didn’t arrive too early and was able to ( locate 😳 ) book in at my accommodation.. added bonus being laundry facilities 🥳..
      After a shower and a stolen from breakfast bread roll, I went off on search of some fruit.. the nectarines here are amazing.. and ended up in a bar watching the Vuelta with a LOW alcohol beer!!!
      Couldn’t enjoy too much of a good thing as I had laundry waiting to be done..
      Whilst sitting on the steps waiting for my cycle to finish, a guy that I’d passed today and had been speaking to when I first put my washing on, came down and invited me to join him for a glass of wine in the comon area.. I did dither a bit but decided to put my big girl pants on and go 😳.. He was actually a really interesting guy, lives in Geneva, his partner is flying out to join him in a couple of days and he’s hiked and done ultra’s all over the world.

      Menu appears good tonight , though what I end up with may not be as it was all in Spanish. Happy days…
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      Traveler

      Well done Cal! You are bloody amazing 🤩Love your blog and photos 🤩

      9/2/22Reply
      Traveler

      I second Shar - you are amazing.

      9/3/22Reply
      Traveler

      I’m in Paris with a girlfriend and haven’t been online too much so have missed your last week of walking. Hope you are enjoying this as much as all your followers are

      9/3/22Reply
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    • Day17

      Najera

      September 21, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Droga wila się przez większość czasu pomiędzy winnicami. Rozpoczęliśmy od około 10 stopni Celsjusza ale pod koniec dnia doszło do 24. Słońce i wiatr.
      Z ciekawostek historycznych zaraz przed wejsciem do miasta po lewej stronie ruiny romańskiej świątyni z XII wieku, które służyły za hospicjum dla pielgrzymów, był to ważny i bardzo nowoczesny na tamte czasy ośrodek, dzisiaj tylko zostały ruiny, trochę pojawiło się zadumy podobnej do wizyty szpitala na Łąkowej.
      Piękny portal, pozostałość hospicjum, przeniesiono w XIX wieku troszkę dalej za miasto i służy teraz jako wejście na cmentarz.
      Dochodząc do Najery bardzo blisko wioski Aleson stoczyła się walka pomiędzy legendarnym Rolandem a gigantycznym królem Syrii Feragutem ,który w tym czasie mieszkał w Najerze. Miał ponad 9 stóp wysokości i siłę czterech dorosłych mężczyzn i przerażający wygląd twarzy. Walka trwała 4 dni i Roland wygrał w końcu pchnięciem miecza w pepek olbrzyma który okazał się jego bardzo słabym punktem.
      Wchodząc do Najera najpierw mija się nowe miasto potem za mostem nad rzeką Najerilla wchodzi się w malutkie stare miasto wcisniete między rzekę a czerwony klif. Była to najpierw osada rzymska ,pozniej mieszkali tam Wizygoci i Maurowie. W XI wieku król Sancho III Wielki postanowił zrobić to miasto siedziba swego dworu.
      Głównym budynkiem zajmującym prawie całą starówkę jest Klasztor Santa Maria la Real. Zbudowany, nie przypadkowo w tym miejscu, gdyż właśnie tutaj król Sanchez polując, odkrył w grocie figurkę Santa Maria de Real. I w tym miejscu rozkazał wybudować świątynię, którą doczepiono do tej właśnie groty. Powstał gotycki główny gmach z barokowym ołtarzem i nawami bocznymi. Jest to miejsce spoczynku XII władców Nawarry jak również ich żon i dzieci.
      Kościół król Sanchez w XI wieku przekazał Benedyktynom, a obecnie opiekują się nim Franciszkanie.
      Nie udało się zobaczyć chóru bo był zamknięty z powodu renowacji. Wiele obrazów namalował tam Hans Memling od Sądu Ostatecznego z Gdanska i są ponoc równie dramatyczne.
      To chyba na tyle, idziemy spać.
      It was a very pleasant day... Feet didn't hurt, the distance wasn't too long, and scenery of the vineyards and wineries along the way, constantly reminded us about the delicious, chilled , inexpensive wine waiting for us at the end of our day. I drink white wine, Tomek drinks any wine, but his favorite is vino tinto. Surprisingly to us, it has been served chilled also and he says tastes amazing . At home he always dranked red wine in room temperature. Looks like from now it will changed... Lesson learned on Camino ❤️
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      Traveler

      Dzięki za plastyczne relacje z drogi i sporą garść historycznych ciekawostek w komentarzach. Wstawione piękne zdjęcia dodatkowo ułatwiają poczuć klimat Waszej pielgrzymki. Śpijcie i śnijcie słodko 💕

      9/21/22Reply
      Traveler

      Przepiękne, uwielbiam krużganki.

      9/21/22Reply
      Traveler

      ja też, tyle w ich zdobnictwie było detali, że chciałoby się t zostać dłużej i wszystkie przestudiować 🙄

      9/22/22Reply
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    • Day11

      Back on track

      September 8, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Endlich geht es zu Fuß weiter. Von Nájera pilgere ich etwa 20 km bis nach Santo Domingo de la Calzada mit nur drei Pausen. Die Schmerzen in den Beinen haben Dank der gestrigen Behandlung mit Ruhe, Schmerzmitteln, Eisspray und Sportsalbe nachgelassen und machten den Weg möglich. Am Mittag erreichte ich die Albergue. Es gibt also wieder Sonnenaufgangs-Fotos in den nächsten Tagen ;-)

      Interessant ist auch die Geschichte, die mit dem Schicksal einer Pilgerfamilie verbunden ist, das in dieser Stadt eine Wendung nahm und mit einem Wunder endete. Googelt einmal nach dem Hühnerwunder!
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      Traveler

      Schön, dass du weiterlaufen kannst und es deinen Beinen besser geht 😊😊😊!!!

      9/9/21Reply
      Traveler

      Ich freue mich für Dich, das Du Deine Reise fortsetzen kannst 😉

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    • Day9

      Etappe 8: Logronio nach Najera

      September 26, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Um 7.45 starte ich in Logronio, noch bei Dunkelheit.
      Wieder standen fast 30 Kilometer an.
      Erst führte mich der Weg, durch einen Park und an einem Stausee vorbei.
      Später ging der Weg in eine breite Schotterpiste über, die an Weinbergen vorbeiführte.
      Nachdem wir Navarette durchquert haben, ging die Strecke fünf Kilometer an einer Autobahn entlang.
      Als dieser lästige Abschnitt endlich überstanden war, velief der Camino weiter Richtung Najera, durch kaum besiedelte Abschnitte.
      Hinter einem Hügel konnten wir Najera erblicken.
      In Najera angekommen, musste ich mir erst noch eine Unterkunft suchen, da ich nichts vorgebucht hatte.
      In der ersten angesteuerten Unterkunft, hatte ich Glück und konnte in der Albergue Puerta de Najera einchecken.
      Morgen geht's weiter nach Santo Domingo de la Calzada.
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      Traveler

      Wunderschön, halt durch. Wenn du Santiago erreicht hast wirst du es nicht bereuen!!! Ultreia

      9/26/22Reply
      Traveler

      Die Bilder und die Wegbeschreibungen sind sehr beeindruckend. Weiterhin eine tolle Zeit! Buen Camino

      9/26/22Reply
      Traveler

      Schöner Text und tolle Bilder weiter so du packst das!!

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    • Day8

      Nájera

      July 30, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      I'm spending the night at albergue Puerta de Nájera. It's very pretty inside, looks like a hotel, if not for the dorm style rooms. I have a small room with only one set of bunks, I was very lucky. It gives me some privacy. I have to walk through 2 other rooms to get to mine, but no one walks into mine.
      I'm going to bed early tonight. Last night I didn't get enough sleep and was feeling sleepy during the walk.
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    • Day12

      Stage 11: Nájera to Santo Domingo

      September 24, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      20.9 km/13 miles, about 7 hours, 52°-59°, cool cloudy with intermittent rain showers, got to try the poncho - it works great! 🌧️ Bit of a slog after last good rest stop for elevenses (at 10:00) in Azofra 5.8 km in. Got into an interesting conversation about religion/ spirituality during which a woman from the Netherlands shared that she just found out she has bladder cancer. We all prayed with her before heading back out. You just never know...each day is a gift.
      Mid- back lodged intermittent complaints today- its main demand seems to be "you must stop, sit down and take off the d*** pack at least every two hours!!" Seems reasonable.

      I have thoughts, I am not my thoughts.
      I have sensations, I am not my sensations.
      I have emotions, I am not my emotions.

      I'm experimenting with walking with the Minimal Required Effort (MRE- and/or meals ready to eat). How do I walk in as relaxed and graceful a manner as possible? without extra effort? Resisting or having an emotional reaction to my sensations/experience is extra and adds stress. Where am I clenching? (even my jaw! when I get into grim determination mode). Surrender into the experience, breathe.... experience is experience, suffering is optional. (Hah, great in theory 😂)

      I've decided the poles slow me down sometimes, the effort of swinging them with every stride, so I'm playing around with them. Sometimes I hold them horizontally, or swing them ahead together every few steps (pretty soon I'll be twirling them like batons).

      Got checked into the Cistercian monastery, into my spare but comfortable room, have showered and done laundry and it's 6:00 pm, dinner isn't till 9:00! I'm so hungry I don't know what I'm going to do till then!
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      Traveler

      Windshield wipers for your glasses?

      9/24/22Reply
      Traveler

      Congrats

      9/24/22Reply
      Traveler

      Beautiful red clay hill

      9/24/22Reply
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    • Day12

      Day 12: Nájera

      September 21, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 73 °F

      We left Navarrete before dawn aiming for breakfast in Ventosa, about 7 kilometers away. It was our chilliest morning yet, with a brisk wind that had me wishing I’d remembered to move my gloves to my daypack, as my backpack remained behind for transport to our next lodging.

      After a little more than an hour’s walk, we found that the final kilometer to Ventosa is as an “art walk.” It was fun to read an inspirational passage and admire poster-sized art along this stretch of The Way.

      By the time we reached the Bar Café Buen Camino, we were more than ready to order hearty breakfasts of sliced tortilla (who knew tortilla would vary so much in flavor and consistency from place to place!, toast with jamón ibérico and tomatoes, chocolate filled pastries, freshly squeezed orange juice, and coffees.

      We left Ventosa with an energetic spring to our steps, admiring the vineyards lining much of the Camino to Nájera. Many of the vines were dripping with grapes. A few, had already been harvested.

      A couple of farm tractors and a few farm vans passed by, kicking up clouds of dust each time.

      As we neared Nájera, we chatted with a pilgrim from Brazil who passed us by. It turned out that she was going to Albergue Puerta de Nájera, so we ended up getting to know her a bit more as we waited for the albergue to allow us all in at 1 p.m.

      I took advantage of the wait time to get a haircut around the corner from the albergue. I’d opted for a short “Camino” cut before we left home, but it had grown in enough to need a trim.

      After checking in—while bumping in to three of our dorm mates from yesterday—we were escorted up two flights if stairs to our shared room. Tonight, we’re in a 4-bunk room. Quite cozy compared to last night’s 12-bunk configuration. This albergue is highly rated, and booked full for the night. The Camino is very busy this year, with an extended Holy Year, plus many who are taking deferred-by-Covid trips augmenting the usual numbers of pilgrims.

      So far, we’re having good luck reserving our lodging the night before: a requirement if I’m scheduling my backpack’s transport for the next morning. When we get closer to Sarria, we’ll book those final few nights to Santiago ahead of time. That’s the recommended approach in a “normal” year, given the higher number of pilgrims on the final 100 kilometers, a requirement to receive a Compostela in Santiago.

      That’s still quite a ways off for us, so today, after taking a shower, I headed off for a solo lunch while Allan took a restorative nap. Dinner last night did not sit well with him, and rest was more appealing this afternoon than a meal. I, meanwhile, am loving the Spanish tradition of a big lunch followed by a light to nonexistent dinner.

      Tomorrow, we’ll head to Santiago de la Calzada, 21 kilometers away.
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      Traveler

      Love this

      9/21/22Reply
      Traveler

      I like your short hair.

      9/22/22Reply
      Traveler

      Great shot!

      9/22/22Reply
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    • Day5

      Najera downtown

      July 21, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

      Ending our walk for today, the Dutch and Swedish mix of pilgrims arrived in Najera. It’s hot and the shops and bars are closed for siesta, so we’re chilling in the streets, drinking coke and eating patatas bravas.Read more

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