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    • Day 24

      Padrón to Escravitude

      October 5, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      We arrived in Padrón at about 10:00, had some café, took care of some business at an ATM and a Farmacia.

      We visited the church there, dedicated to Santiago. It houses the Roman ‘pedron’ stone, which is said to have moored the stone boat which carried St James to Spain. Also a statue of St James the Moor Killer. As well as the pilgrim history, James was said to appear during a battle to help the Christians overcome the Moors.

      We walked on out of Padrón, along the highway, then turned in past farms and villages. Then found our albergue, which is a beautiful renovated building.
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    • Day 25

      Camino Portuguese Day 15

      October 6, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      For our last night on the Camino we had a true pilgrim experience. There was a shared guest meal, which was fabulous! This included a three course meal, vino and bread, and liqueur following. There was a traditional Galician drink, home brewed by a neighbour, and a coffee and a cream liqueur, which made a tasty café con leche. Yes, I was a bit tipsy.

      This wonderful meal was paired with amazing conversation of the Canadians, the Germans, the Kiwi, and the South Africans; as well as our host - a Mexican who has lived in Canada and Europe before settling in Spain with his Spanish wife.

      To complete the pilgrim experience, the large Portuguese man in the bunk above me snored like a freight train. Even with my ear plugs it was very loud. Somehow I did get enough sleep. 😴

      Many people do this Camino in 12
      days, but I had a couple of short days, a
      rest day, and the Spiritual Variant. So
      on my 15th day, I walk into Santiago.
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    • Day 10


      October 21, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

      Today's the first day my body felt used to the walking, like it was something I did every day for my whole life.
      I sang and danced through the last 6-7km today, it was bliss!

      It threatened to rain all day but I wasn't soaked today so yayyy.

      I'm staying at the most beautiful albergue ever tonight and they're putting on an amazing dinner with great vegan options, bring on the energy food!!

      See you tomorrow, Santiago ❤️
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    • Day 15

      Went to mass in Padron today

      October 8, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

      I was wearing my sweaty walking clothes and I was embarrassed but it was lovely. I participated in mass and took communion but several pilgrims stood off to the side taking pictures and whispering. It must be so weird to be a local here and see that every week 😂 now I’m at a hotel because I did some math wrong yesterday and booked a room way too close to my starting point. Tomorrow I will walk either 16km or 25km, there is nothing in between.Read more

    • Day 13

      Day 11 Caldas De Reis to past Patron

      May 5, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 63 °F

      Great walk this morning in the rain through the countryside. Meeting at Pepe's in Patron. Charismatic restaurant owner that my friend Marion met last year. Lots of Laughs and then a solo walk to Jesus Camp hostel! Lol! This by far is my favorite place. It's a country Spanish hostel that is run by a young husband/wife with their 3 year old daughter. It's the first time I've had a communal pilgrim dinner and it was fun and delicious meal. Not to mention that yet again I met more interesting pilgrims. Tomorrow is Santiago, a 15 kilometer walk. It's bitter sweet as the end of the journey is coming to a close. I am grateful for the teaching of living in the "what is."Read more

    • Day 11

      Caldas de Reis - O Vilar

      July 20, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      10. Etappe

      25,2 km

      Mittlerweile hat sich der Körper an die Strapazen gewöhnt 😅

      Die Etappe hat mir wieder besonders gut gefallen, es ging durch viele kleine Dörfer.
      Der schönste Abschluss war allerdings das sensationelle Hostel 😍 Schon beim Einchecken gab es ein frisch gezapftes eiskaltes Bier und nach dem Bestaunen des tollen Anwesens ging es dann sofort in den Pool 🌊😂

      Privates Hostel:

      Albergue O Lagar de Jesús

      Tolle Herberge mit Pool und Restaurant 😍😍😍
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    • Day 12

      Calda de Reis to Padrón

      September 7, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 66 °F

      Sue and I enjoyed a taxi to Padrón and a few miles up the road to the hotel. Checked in and then headed to town to meet up with the others who were still coming in. Enjoyed a nice lunch of Padron’s finest pimientos. Saw the center of town and then headed to the hotel where I am resting, using Kimberly’s tens unit hoping for a short walk into Santiago de Compostela tomorrow.Read more

    • Day 17

      Nothing like a cozy bed on a rainy day

      September 29, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

      Didn’t want to get out of bed this morning, I was so comfy in my bed in our room with 3 balconies at the Hotel Via XIX in Caldas de Reis. It rained overnight and the clouds were still heavy when we hit the Camino. Stopped for a grandé café con leche and a normal sized chocolate croissant by Spain standards. Still plenty big.

      Within minutes we were out of the city and back on the familiar country lanes and gravel roads, As we entered the woods it started to rain, softly at first, then in earnest. Everyone stopped in their tracks to suit up for the shower. I put on my rain poncho for the first time so now I have officially used every item I packed. Feels like a victory of some sort.

      The rain didn’t really last long, perhaps an hour or so. The route was pretty flat and well drained so the walking felt easy even when shrouded in vinyl. The temperature was in the low 60s so I didn’t feel like I was being poached in my own sweat. Overall I’d give the poncho top marks for keeping me dry and well ventilated. We had one more brief shower a couple hours later and that was that. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny.

      Today’s leg was the longest of our Camino, 25+ kilometers. Most folks were stopping in Padrón (where the famous peppers originated!) but we had a reservation a bit farther along at one of the « casas rurales », the beautiful old stone country houses dotting the hills and valleys of Galicia.
      Since our place, A Casa da Meixida, was also a few kilometers off the Camino we decided that when we reached Padrón we would call a taxi to take us the rest of the way.

      In Padrón we stocked up on food at an Eroski Center supermercado then made a few attempts to call a taxi to pick us up. Ellen did a masterful job speaking Spanish but wasn’t able to close the deal with any of the taxi services she called. We finally just called our hotel and within 15 minutes we were whisked right to their doorstep. Tomorrow morning we will take a taxi back to the spot where we left the Camino so we can answer truthfully that we walked all of the last 100k.

      Today we were happy to meet up again with Lisa, the One Armed Peregrina from Sydney. She’s still bumping along with her shopping cart. As we walked, other pilgrims called out to her saying , « I’ve heard about you! » She’s become a Camino legend.

      Only two short days until we reach Santiago, less than 25k. Many people will walk that distance in one day but I didn’t want to arrive exhausted so we will spend more night in another casa rurale and then dawdle our way into Santiago on Saturday.

      For now I’m warm and snug in another comfy bed in a big stone house listening to the rain on the roof. Bliss.
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    • Day 13

      Last Day to Santiago de Compostella

      January 24, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

      Had an enjoyable day yesterday. Lots of forest to walk through. Met a young Brazilian but no one else. When I finally got to my hotel the receptionist told me that I walk too fast...she had passed me in her car on the way to start her shift and was surprised I turned up so quickly..the other funny incident; I finally arrived in Padron, my destination and I was clapped (like in marathons) buen camino he says and he pointed me to the church. I said no not going there and showed him my voucher for the hotel. He pointed down the road and said 2 kms. I gave a little groan and he grabbed my head and kissed my forehead and pushed me on my way. All in good jest. I got given the local liquor to try last night....bit like lenocello. Could not be rude and decline! It was a day of forests and cemeteries.Read more

    • Day 8


      May 31, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Caldas de Reis to Padron 21 km great day for walking. Last push to Santiago tomorrow 23 km to go. Unfortunately Brian developed shin splints in both legs so unable to complete today or tomorrow, gutted as walked so far 😢. More photos from other days when I get back.Read more

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