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  • Jul6

    Three days to go!

    July 6, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We just finished walking 20 miles!! That leaves us just about 60 kilometers — 37 miles — to go to Santiago. We’ll arrive in three more days, on Tuesday, and the weather looks great — very different from our arrival last year, when it was pouring rain and we lost our way in the last 1-1/2 miles through the city.

    We left the mountains early in the week, misty, drizzly days of walking through forests of eucalyptus, pine and fern. That’s Galicia! But wonderful walking weather in the 60’s. On Thursday we finally saw the sun again, a welcome sight!

    The countryside is rolling green hills with small farms of corn, vegetables and oats. The homes are of stone, stucco or brick, often clustered together in small hamlets. This is dairy and beef country; Galicia accounts for 40% of Spain’s total dairy production.

    Now we see crosses to mark the way of St. James, many of them quite old, with Mary on one side and Jesus on the cross on the other. And mysterious, mossy stone walls lining the paths, walls that would be right at home in Ireland. The local style is to group thin flat stones vertically instead of horizontally, cut so that they reinforce each other.

    We’ve also crossed bridges built hundreds of years ago. It’s a gentle, green countryside of soft paths and not a few pilgrims — more than we expected to see.

    Almost forgot — we also finally saw two storks’ nests!

    Here are pictures from the last few days.
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  • Jul6


    July 6, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Beginning in the 1920s, the Spanish government began buying up historic structures such as military monasteries and palaces and converted them to hotels in order to preserve them and to build up the tourist industry. There are now more than 90 Parador hotels scattered across Spain, offering high quality lodging and cuisine.

    I spent one night in the Parador San Marcos in Leon three years ago, to treat myself after 9 days of walking on my first Camino. The only one we came across this year was in Vilalba, so we treated ourselves on Thursday night. While many Paradors include important historic structures, this one had only one medieval tower, with a very nice hotel adjacent. Funny thing was, we saw at least 5 other pilgrims who were staying at the hotel. So much for the suffering of poor pilgrims!
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  • Day23

    Tag 18 wir haben Zeit

    June 4, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    In der kleinen Herberge werden wir herrlich bekocht und schlüpfen früh in den neuen Schalfsack. Am morgen sitzen wir alle am Frühstückstisch, es gibt Eier, Kaffee und Brot. Ready for another 15 km. Auf geht's. Kai läuft mit uns und der Weg ist kurzweilig, nur kurz verlaufen wir uns und dank einer aufmerksamen Bäuerin, sind wir bald wieder auf dem richtigen Weg. Um 14 Uhr sind wir schon am Ziel. Kai zieht weiter. Buen camino chico.Read more

  • Day36

    Mein bescheidenes Domizil

    October 5, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Das Kloster was der Wahnsinn. Wunderschön. Und wir durften darin schlafen. Toll.

    Der Name: Iglesia de la Asunción im galicischen Barock gehalten.

    Die Katze hat über 8kg gewogen! 😁😁😁 Fast so schwer wie mein Rucksack. Die wird früh aber dafür sehr glücklich in diesem Kloster sterben! 😄Read more

  • Day36

    Weiter nach Sobrado dos Monxes!

    October 5, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Ein wunderschöner Weg führte über 700hn nach Sobrado. Entlang an Weiden, mit tollen Ausblicken. Ich bin nur ganz wenigen Pilgern begegnet. Die Luft war schön frisch und ich musste mich warm anziehen. Es ist die Ruhe vor dem Sturm, die Ruhe vor Santiago!Read more

  • Day42

    A night in an ancient monastery

    June 27, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    So today I am not feeling frightened or nervous, just kind of flat. Five us walked together (4 single women and one guy) into Sobrado dos Monxes, a town with a Cistercian monastery with 13th century origins. What's now standing is mostly from the 16th century onwards, and there is a much improved albergue. When Dana and I slept here 10 years ago, it was a hygienic disaster. Now there are decent and clean beds, clean hot showers, but tons more people than when we were here. This is good preparation for what we will find tomorrow when we get to Arzua and the Camino Frances.

    After a very nice lunch with ten other amigos, the topic turned to tomorrow's lodging. Turns out three of them had had a hard time finding a place, and the rest of us hadn't even started looking. Half an hour and many phone calls later, the rest of us finally found something. Same thing for the next day. I did have a reservation in Santiago but I had to cancel because I am a day behind. So things are unclear but I do have a bed for the next two nights!
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  • Day16

    Sobrado Monastery

    July 14, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    What a treat to stay at the monastery in Sobrado. Peace and quiet. Attended the Vespers service tonight at 7 with the monks. Just magical. Jordan is in our room not feeling well. I am at a sidewalk cafe drinking Vino Tinto and being force fed free food from the waitress.Read more

  • Day20

    Sobrado dos Monxes

    October 9, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Nice 24km walk today, mostly off road. Perfect weather again.

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