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Santiago de Compostela

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  • Day31

    Hello from Santiago. Even though I gave up my quest to walk to Santiago, I ended up here anyway as I needed to get here to get to Portugal so it turns out. I walked into the city...not quite the way I intended but walked in just the same. I think the Camino parallels life in many ways...You start out with a plan, work hard at it but in the end, things happen to change those plans and things end up differently. And, one can only hope that the end result still finds you standing and in good shape. As in my case here...it didn’t go as planned but I still managed to walk into the main square and see the Cathedral all in one piece. I completed 275 miles of the Camino. I have unbelievable respect for anyone who walks the whole 500 miles as it is a daunting task and it is very difficult. I left Portomarín this morning via taxi to Lugo because it is Sunday and no buses were running out of Portomarín. I had a 4 hour layover in the city of Lugo which turned out to be a welcomed stopover. The old city of Lugo is completely surrounded by a 3rd century Roman wall that is upwards to 50 feet high. It is the only city in the world that is still completely surrounded by a wall so I read. It has a walking path at the top and is more than a mile around the old city. So, I say goodbye to the Camino with all its good and bad. The good?...the people, the views, the history, the change in the country as you go from east to west, the food, the wine etc. The other positives is that you realize that you might be in a shitty albergue with less than favorable roommates or slogging through the rain wet and miserable but in a few hours or the next day, you maybe having a great time sitting at a cafe and loving life. The bad?...less than desirable bunk mates. I hate to stereotype but I will say that my worst nights in albergues were spent with the French...It was my experience which has been echoed by many others here that they can be the most selfish, self centered people that you can share quarters with and trust me...their needs come first. I know you can’t say that about all of the French but it has been my experience here. The other bad thing?...toilet paper along the path. It seems that a lot of women simply go, wipe and drop the toilet paper and leave it for the rest of us to pass and enjoy. I am not so sure what is so hard about kicking the toilet paper under a rock or some leaves but that doesn’t happen for some reason. But again, on the Camino as in life, you have both respectful people and non-respectful people. I leave via train for Portugal at 6:15 AM. I will arrive in Porto at 10:15 AM. I am shooting for a smaller town 10 miles or so south of Porto. The beach that I am looking at is called...Praia da Aguda. It looks like a pretty cool place. I am not sure what is there as far as accommodations but I guess I will find out tomorrow. Maybe sleep on the beach? Who knows? I have been told that Portugal is cheaper than Spain and the foods better. That sounds great as I found the food and the prices fantastic in Spain. So, that’s it for now, 0500 will come early but only a 10 minute walk to the train station. Goodnight from Santiago!Read more

  • Day36

    Ein paar Tränen gab es bei meiner Emontionellen Ankunft. Berauschend nach dieser Zeit hier anzukommen. Stehe jetzt in der Warteschlange für meinen Ausweis, wird wahrscheindlich 2 stunden dauern. Auszeichnung erhalten. 2200 km von Roggliswil nach Santiago.

  • Day10

    Santiago de Compostela

    May 11 in Spain

    Longest day's walk but it didn't feel bad, knowing it is the last day walking with a heavy pack. Graveyard along the way festooned with flowers.

    Santiago cathedral displaying opulence and a well stocked gift shop.

    Interesting individual shops in the old quarter. Staying in a spacious and comfortable apartment.

  • Day14

    Viva la Santiago de Compostella!

    July 31, 2017 in Spain

    Da vi for i forgårs havde 70 kilometer tilbage, besluttede vi os for at tage de sidste kilometer på 2 dage. Første dag bød på en 28 kilometers tur til byen Arzur. Det var egentlig ikke en særlig slem dag. Benene havde det godt, formen er kommet og fødderne har dannet hård hud de mest udsatte steder. Der værste var i går. Lidt over 40 km, og de sidste 10 kilometers var næsten op ad bakke hele vejen. Det er sjovt som man kan bruge 2 timer på at gå 10-12 kilometer om morgenen, og 2 timer på at gå 2-4 kilometer sidst på dagen når man er helt kvæstet.

    I løbet af de sidste 300 kilometer har vi fundet ud af nogle ting om Spanien.

    1) De kan ikke snakke engelsk. Hvis det ikke er et turisted sted, så er de dårligere til engelsk end dem fra Frankrig. De snakker spansk til en, man forstår lidt igennem fakter og svarer dertil på engelsk. Det forstår de ikke og 'lang historie kort': Man bruger 3 minutter på at bestille en øl og en steak.

    2) man får hvad man bestiller. Står der på menukortet: 'Sandwich with Chorizo' så er det dét man får. Brød og chorizo. Ingen mayo, salat, tomat eller ost eller lignende. Kun brød og chorizo. Det gælder alle steder. Bestiller man en burger, og overser at der IKKE står 'Homemade' - så forvent ikke at det er hjemmelavet.

    3) Maden. Maden er for det meste dårligere end vores danske standarder. Kødet er af og til rådt i midten (også hakkekødet), det meste smager af "opvarmede færdigretter", medmindre man besøger de dyre restauranter og paellaen er kun god de fine steder (ellers smager den færdiglavet eller blot af salt).

    Nu når vi er ankommet i Santiago er det en god tur vi kan se tilbage på. Der har været op og nedture, men i sidste ende har det været det hele værd!!!
    Nu glæder vi os til at imødegå en tid uden vabler (i hvert fald uden flere vabler), i gode hotelsenge og ikke dårlige liggeunderlag, og sidst men ikke mindst - en masse fedtivitas de næste par dage! <3
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  • Day27

    Santiago hospitality

    September 24, 2017 in Spain

    Rainy day today in Santiago de Compostela. Johnnie Walker invited us to noon Mass at St. Agustín where he plays organ and Steve sings. He took us all out for breakfast afterwards. Johnnie, Steve, Sybille, Alex, Dave, myself, and Sister Kathleen from Cork who worked in the Pilgrim Office with Dave and whom I met after walking the Camino Francès in 2015. At 2:00 Alex, Dave and myself explored town and had some wonderful tapas at O Bispo while the rest of the group went to a Camino de Santiago meeting. My back has felt quite a bit better today. Tomorrow I will decide whether to continue walking or rest another day.Read more

  • Day35

    Even a Pilgrim ...

    October 14, 2017 in Spain

    ... needs to rest.

    After 35 days of walking, Coleen and I are content to trade out our hiking boots for sandals for the balance of our time here in Spain. We returned to Santiago de Compostella for a second time this morning. Our total mileage on the 3 Caminos we've hiked is just north of 1,000 kilometers by my calculation.

    But truly as one Camino graffiti author wrote "Smiles, not miles, are what counts" and we've had thousands of those.

    Much like the Galician dirt and manure have insinuated themselves into my Scarpa boots, the call of the Camino has resonated deep in my soul. I expect we will return.

    Hasta luego from this side of the Atlantic and I look forward to catching up with all of you when we return to Canada.

    Scott
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  • Day42

    40 Days

    June 13, 2017 in Spain

    My plan was to reach Santiago on Wednesday. I'd already booked a room a few miles outside town, so I could get to the cathedral early.

    But when I woke up Tuesday-- just 25km left out of 800, and feeling strong-- I knew I'd be blowing past the hotel, and completing my walk in 40 days. Something good about that span.

    I headed out under grey skies, the Camino tossing one more day of rain at me. (Who knew a sweat-laden poncho could get that smelly after a week's confinement?)

    The crowds I'd seen a few days before were gone, and for several hours I had the damp forest paths almost to myself.

    As I passed Santiago's airport, the woods gave way to neighborhoods and the clouds lifted, revealing sunny skies two hours earlier than the dramatic cathedral square entrance I'd scripted

    The temperature rose quickly as I started the climb up Mt. Joy, the site where pilgrims traditionally got their first glimpse of Santiago. The rays remained strong on the downhill, and through the long westward walk across suburbs and new neighborhoods.

    Finally, I reached the Old Town, entering the cool shade of densely packed buildings. I wound through the ancient streets-- one blind corner, one yellow arrow at a time-- knowing that the cathedral square was close by, wondering when it would appear.

    And then, a final archway and I emerged onto a massive plaza, before a giant cathedral swathed in scaffolding, but sitting there confidently, as it had for years

    I smiled, and my eyes watered a little, but it was quiet satisfaction and not exhilaration that filled me. Was this because I was tired? Because the square was uncrowded, and I'd yet to reconnect with the friends I'd made along the way? Was it mixed emotions, knowing that this journey had ended, knowing that I was stepping back into the world without the grand "This is what I'm doing next!" insight I'd hoped for?

    I didn't know. Days later, I still cannot answer it clearly. What I do know is that I accomplished something big, something difficult I'd set my heart on, something that forced me to grow far past earlier boundaries. Maybe the answers will fill that new space, sometime, when I'm not looking for them.

    Thanks for sharing the journey with me!
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  • Day28

    I did it my Way ...

    October 7, 2017 in Spain

    Combine 28 days, 799 kilometers, 3 blisters, one case of shin splints, numerous new friends, three cathedrals and then throw in some octopus, Galician stew, Rioja wine and almond cake and what do you get? An official latin Compostella and congratulations from the Pilgrim Office staff who verifies your credentials. Coleen and I have gone the distance.

    We sleep tonight in Santiago de Compostella at the Last Stamp Albergue under a waning full moon and a warm glow of accomplishment in our hearts.Read more

  • Day27

    Santiago de Compostela

    September 24, 2017 in Spain

    Pretty good day walking until I took a break as we were entering town. My back was a little sore and I stretched it out and heard it pop. I walked the hills into Santiago with no problem and sat down at Pilgrim House welcome center and a little while later I could hardly stand due to the pain in my lower back. I am so thankful I made it to Santiago with no problems. It felt a little better after some Ibuprofen and I slept well. It feels quite a bit better now. I found Sybille at an outdoor Cafe with Alex Walker from Norway whom I have talked with quite a few times over the last couple of years but had never met in person. Sybille called Johnnie Walker who has written a few books about the Camino and somehow manages the local Camino Association. Soon there were 8 of us from the Camino forum sitting together drinking coffee. What a great afternoon and end to walking the Portuguese and Sanabres Caminos.Read more

  • Day38

    Another interesting day today. I started the day thinking it would be a slow day with little to do. I needed to do my laundry and I was going to meet Dave for lunch but that was it. Alameda Park is a large park with walking paths, and is just at the top of the hill with a view of the old city, so that was a great place to start. I was able to get some exercise and say the Rosary before I met Dave. When I got to the side of the park with the view of the old city I could see the spires of the Cathedral and a couple of other churches and also a square tower that I was not familiar with. When it was time to go meet Dave I decided to go the long way and stop by Sybille's house and hang our laundry which then required me to walk across Obidoiro Plaza in front of the Cathedral. As I was hurrying across the plaza I recognized Alfonso who I walked the Inglés Camino with two years ago and who only speaks Spanish as he lives outside of Madrid! When I got to Pilgrim House Gail wanted to interview me and then Dave and have each of us tell a Camino story for a project that they are working on. I told the story about when I walked with Alfonso and there was no coffee. I think you have all heard it. Later Dave and I were walking back to Sybille's house, saw the lights of the Cathedral from the park and spent the next half hour walking back and forth across town finally figuring out that the tower we were seeing from the park was the bell tower of St Agustín where we had been going to church. What a full day.Read more

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