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    • Day47

      My Camino Family

      October 28 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

      Given you are now all Camino informed individuals, you may have a few outstanding questions about my Camino which I hope to answer over the coming days.

      Firstly I'd like to talk more about Camino families. Many people are inspired to do a Camino, particularly the Camino Frances, as a way to meet and make new friends. A traditional Camino family is a group of people from several different countries that meet early in the walk and end up travelling all the way to Santiago together. Apart from making new friends a Camino family is a group with whom you can share your journey and reminisce for years to come.

      In reality many types of Camino families form. Most common would be groups of people that fluctuate in size where people drop in and out, catch up, stay behind, go faster or slower but generally bump into each other a lot and possibly organise to walk into Santiago together.

      I met quite a lot of groups, usually three or four people, who met each other on the first night at Orisson hostel with the tradition where everyone introduces themselves. I'd highly recommend staying at Orisson if you're fit enough to do 20km a day and a Camino family is something you're looking for.

      I also met quite a few people who had made a Camino family at the start but that had ended somewhere along the Way as some people finished, some got injured and some went their own way.

      I met a group this week who had formed a Camino family just ten days before and were planning the rest of the walk together.

      I have mentioned the term Camino family a few times in these writings. Given the nature of my journey it wasn't something I expected to find nor something I was looking for. Being a bit of an introvert, I'm not sure I could have coped with the intensity of a traditional one anyway. I might have run away screaming for peace and solitude.

      I did swap contact details with a few people and meet and enjoy a good conversation with many more. Some I saw on and off for a few days or a week. That will always be a memorable and important part of the journey.

      But to my surprise I feel I did make an unexpected Camino family, one I can talk to about my journey and share the highs and the lows. And that Camino family is this group. I never expected to have so many people interested in my escapades, this was originally just going to be an update for a few family and a friend or two.

      You've been full of support and encouragement and unlike the solo travels of my youth, I've hardly felt alone and certainly have plenty of opportunity to share. And sharing does make the world a better place.

      Thanks for coming on this journey with me.
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      Your journey had been the highlight of many of your friends and followers, onl


      Including your mum.


      It’s been great to follow along and very inspirational. Well done

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    • Day46


      June 5 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Wir haben unsere Ankunft und die Zeit in Santiago ausgiebig genossen und gefeiert! 2 Tage voller Emotionen und Begegnungen- ein wirklich ganz besonders Erlebnis! Wir sind dankbar für alles, es geschafft zu haben, so tolle Menschen kennenzulernen- ein wirkliches Geschenk! Greetings to Petra🥰, Mark and Marion,und Otto!
      Es ist merkwürdig jetzt nicht weiter zu laufen aber meine Blessuren brauchen noch etwas Zeit und nach dem Camino ist vor dem Camino🤪😄
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    • Day42

      Desayuno numero uno

      June 28 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

      Had to hoof it up for close to 10km before being able to find a place that was open

      Zumas, Empanada Pollo (1st ever for Laurie)
      Tortillas Bravas, coffee con Leche

      Then we came across an ancient bridgeRead more


      Love the history that just pops up! Looks like a beautiful day!


      it sure was


      Are the birds parakeets?


      why, YES, yes they are!!!

    • Day48

      The Way of St James

      October 29 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

      Arriving in the home of the bones of St. James (or technically the "rediscovered" bones - I mean lucky set of bones to get a whole cathedral dedicated to them and just a few pilgrims visiting over a thousand years or more), I was all worn out. Probably because I slept like ... the previous night or had too many "vino tintos" waiting most of the day for the bus, but sure, we'll put it down to the emotional exhaustion at the end of a pilgrimage.

      After a good night's sleep I had two goals, to see historical Santiago and buy some new non-pilgrim clothes. I headed off with my usual optimism, leaving my now fairly stinky rain jacket at the hotel.

      After walking a block it started to drizzle and by the time I reached the cathedral I owned a new umbrella. I took the obligatory "thank god I'm finished" photo in front of the cathedral as shared with you all earlier and at least I wasn't using the phrase inappropriately.

      I was aiming for the pilgrim's mass but was a little early and wandered the narrow ancient streets full of souvenir shops and the ever present pastries.

      I then headed into mass to be quickly reminded, with somewhere between 500-1000 pilgrims a day still arriving in Santiago and only three masses, that made for a very crowded church. After the first ten minutes I came to the conclusion (especially with not a stained glass window in sight - what were they thinking) that my two prior Catholic masses in this lifetime where probably enough and I should give my squished spot at the back to someone more appreciative or at least more indoctrinated. There was a chance my "unprayerlike" thoughts about the achievements of the Catholic church mightn't be adding much power to the pilgrim's blessings, and those pilgrims at least deserve their blessings. I exited quietly by the side door and noted the queue of people still trying to get in. Ticked off the good deed for the day as well.

      My writings today require a special shout out the the Spanish Halloween decorators club. I think they are winning the contest, probably in rebellion against the Inquisition and all the murdered witches. Galacia itself was previously (before the Romans and Christianity and the Moors and Islam) a Celtic culture. Yesterday was Spanish school's Halloween dress up day which was equally impressive.

      Tomorrow I'm heading off to spend a week on the Coast of Death. More on that in the first episode of the new series - Beyond Nic's Camino.
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      Can’t wait for the new series! Well done Nic! What a brave thing to do! [Therese]


      Thank you for sharing your journey 💞


      well now my morning comment doesn't make sense lol.. agree with the church comment though!

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    • Day42

      Etappe 35 Santiago - Negreira

      October 24, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

      Heute haben wir nach 5,5 Stunden und 32 km Negreira erreicht!
      Wir starteten 8.30 Uhr und verliessen ungern unser Apartment.
      Rouven läutete gleich unser Marsch ein, und rannte ungebremst, direkt mit dem Kopf gegen die erste Laterne .
      Ohne zu fragen ob er sich ernsthaft verletzt hat, brachen wir in völliges Gelächter aus!
      Noch schnell einen Kaffee in unser Stammlokal getrunken uns herzlich verabschiedet dann folgten wir den gelben Pfeilen!

      Wir verließen Santiago de Compostela und warfen auf den Berg nochmal einen letzten Blick auf die Kathedrale.
      Unser Weg führt heute über eine mittelalterliche Brücke, von wo wir einen schönen Blick ins Tal hatten bevor der Nebel sich verdichtete und es fürchterlich anfing zu regnen!

      Im Laufe der ersten Etappe, die unsere Männer mit uns liefen, mussten sie auch schon die erste Bewährungsprobe meistern. Nach ungefähr der Hälfte der Etappe begann ein sehr starker Anstieg der nicht enden wollte. Aber Rouven wie auch Chrischti haben diese Herausforderungen gut hinter sich gebracht
      Das Theater fing erst später an!

      Nach 23 km hätten wir eigentlich unser Ziel erreicht, unsere Albergue befand sich allerdings noch 9 km weiter!
      Das fand dann Chrischti nicht mehr so spaßig, denn mittlerweile hatte er seine Grenze erreicht, und die letzten 9 km hatten wir einige Höhenmeter noch zu bestreiten .
      Bevor der Berg kam mussten wir allerdings erst den Abstieg bewältigen.
      So liefen wir erst einmal bergab, ich erschrak als es hinter mir plötzlich polterte, ich dachte an einen umgekippten Baum!
      Aber nein, Janine rutschte auf den nassen Boden aus und landete voll auf ihren Po Po!
      Aufstehen, Krone richten, weiterlaufen!
      Wieder war das Gelächter mega groß!

      Die letzte Strecke versuchten wir alle Blickkontakte mit Chrischti zu vermeiden.
      Denn seine Blicke hätten töten können,gefährlich!
      Auch versuchten wir nicht auf seine angeblichen Abkürzungen einzugehen!Als wir dann endlich am Ziel seiner Träume, der Albergue, angekommen sind bekam er gleich den nächsten Schrecken! Ganze 21 Treppenstufen warteten auf ihn. Nachdem wir dann zwei Bier getunken hatten brachen wir mal wieder in Gelächter aus. Der Grund ist uns allerdings entfallen. Möglicherweise lag es auch einfach an der Erschöpfung!

      Der Lachanfall ging dann in unseren Zimmern direkt weiter, als wir verzweifelt versuchten die Heizungen anzuschalten (das Zimmer hatte bei Ankunft gerade mal 13 Grad)
      Auch über Janine ihre blauen Füße, welche sich immer wieder von den Socken im Regen abfärbten und nicht mehr sauber wurden!
      Diese super Stimmung zog sich bis zum Abend und zum leckeren Essen weiter.

      -810 Höhenmeter
      -861,54 km Gesamtstrecke
      Rouven ist total überfressen,Janine hat Po und Armschmerzen vom Sturz im Wald, Chrischti tut alles weh und bei mir ist alles super.
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      schones time


      Ihr seid so ein tolles Team gratuliere.haltet durch 🥰😃



    • Day33


      August 18 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Right after Santiago the Camino calmed down again. Prices tumbled and tonight I am sleeping in an amazing albergue with bar and garden for 15€. They even have USB outlets in the cots. Yay!!

      The forests are the same as they were in the three days past, but now I have the calm and time to appreciate them.

      And it’ll get warmer the next few days. Just in case, there’s the hoodie.
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    • Day54

      Santiago at Last

      October 8 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

      We did it! Today we knew this was the last day. Bittersweet. The weather was perfect and we entered Santiago in sunshine. Camino friends greet us from doorways as we walk on. Finally we are there and we all burst into tears. We did it!Read more

    • Day35

      New beginning

      August 26 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Today I started the walk to Finisterre with Jan. I reserved an albergue about 30k from Santiago. He didn't book anything - he wanted to go a bit further but didn't want to commit.
      We walked part of the day together and part separately.
      We met Nelly on the way. She's taking buses here and there, not walking all the way. She wasn't feeling very well lately, despite arriving in Santiago with a bunch of French people. She almost flew home, but now wants to walk more and hopefully she will feel better.
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    • Day28

      Santiago to Vilaserio (34.5 km)

      October 5 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Harder day than I remembered. I have decided to walk the same stages as I did the last time I walked to the ocean, which must be at least 6 years ago. I think if I ever go this way again, I’ll add at least a day, but I really have to get going and get home!

      I started a little after 7 am. Sunrise in Santiago today was a little before 8:30. But I had my headlamp, and I knew there would be other people out there walking. I started walking with a group of nine, very lively and friendly. Four from the Canaries, two Basques, two from Alicante, and 1 Italian. They suggested that I join them and extend my walk by a few days so that I could go all the way back to Santiago, but I explained that I would not be welcome in Champaign if I kept walking any longer.

      It’s a very pretty day, goes through one of the most beautiful little villages in Spain, Ponte Maceira, and the medium sized town of Negreira. I always stop at the town’s statue of the emigrant. Galicia lost a huge portion of its male population to emigration after the Civil War, and the statue displays the sad reality in a very poignant way.

      The little hamlet where I am tonight has two albergues and one restaurant. I have stayed in both of the the Albergues. Two months ago one of them opened a little building with private rooms, so I took one of those. The albergue is full and I admit that albergue living has lost some of its glow for me. All of us will have dinner together in the restaurant, so really all I’m missing out on is the snoring and the shared bathrooms.
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      I've never been tempted to walk to the sea from Santiago, but Ponte Maceira could change my mind - and those photos are gorgeous! And what immense Hydrangeas - they like a lot of water, so it says something about the climate. : )


      Gorgeous photo Laurie. You're looking so happy.


      It all looks so familiar Laurie. I hope the knee isn’t too stiff.

    • Day31

      Santiago de Compostela

      July 31 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 79 °F

      We arrived in Santiago de Compostela, and commenced with our daily ceremonial rituals of our arrival to new city: bigs hugs and a toast to the adventure of the day!
      The cathedral was beautiful; a parade of classic cars made it's way through the cobblestone streets, just in time for mass; and a bag pipe band made music in the streets. Throngs of pilgrims made their way to the Compostela office- seeing familiar faces, we stopped along the way to congratulate each other and snap pictures in front of the Cathedral. At the Pilgrim Compostela office- I was issued a certified document stating that: I walked for 31 consecutive days, covering 779 kilometers. Distance traveled is verified by a Pilgrim Credential, where stamps are collected throughout the journey at stops along the way. We also carried our backpacks the entire distance.
      I consider myself a goal driven person and have never really subscribed to the notion that, "It's not about the end result, but all about the journey." My experience of walking the Camino de Santiago was the exception. Arriving in Santiago was a beautiful experience, and, so was our trek: over the Pyrenees Mountains; through Basque country; navigating Castilla and Leon; over long stretches through the Meseta; over the Cantabrian Mountains; and through Galicia. Walking the Camino was ALL about the journey, from beginning to end. And what a journey it was!🏞️ Tomorrow we will take a bus to Finisterre, the Atlantic Ocean- the end of the earth to early Pilgrims. And, Tuesday I'll journey to my favorite place on earth- home! Love to you all!
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      Congrats, what an accomplishment! Cool passport. Funny that you walked all the way to Santiago and there was a classic mustang there.


      So proud of you Amiga! What a big accomplishment.


      Put your feet up and celebrate! Dad and I are just so proud of you! Big hugs and see you soon❤️

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