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  • Day140

    131. Etappe: Luarca

    November 19 in Spain

    Gut, dass ich ausschlafen konnte, denn die Etappe war nur sehr klein. Und so machte ich einige Zwischenstopps und genoss den schönen Sonnentag und die schönen Waldwege.
    Mein Etappenort Luarca liegt malerisch an einer Flussmündung. Da ich so früh dran war, hatte ich noch genug Zeit einen ausgedehnten Stadtrundgang zu machen und den Friedhof, der auf den Klippen liegt, zu besichtigen.
    Morgen hab ich endlich mal wieder 30 km vor mir. Da freu ich mich schon drauf! Auch wenn es morgen nicht ganz so sonnig werden soll.
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  • Day139

    130. Etappe: Cadavedo

    November 18 in Spain

    Heute bin ich mal konsequent den gelben Pfeilen gefolgt und habe die Ratschläge meiner Pilgerfiebel komplett ignoriert, denn die wollte mich fast nur über Straße schicken. Wieso ist mir ein Rätsel, denn der offizielle Weg war zwar etwas anspruchsvoller, aber genau so wie ich es mir für einen Tag auf dem Camino vorstelle: jede Menge Waldwege, entlang der Küste mit schönem Blick übers Meer, steil bergauf und bergab, Eukalyptusduft überall. Ok, ab und zu wars ein bissl matschig und ich musste heute doch den ein oder anderen Bach durchqueren (nun weiß ich den Camino in Frankreich zu schätzen, wo es über jedes noch so kleine Gewässer eine Mini-Brücke gab), aber meine Füße sagen "Danke", da sie mich fast nur über weiche Wege tragen mussten.
    Kurz vorm Ziel setzte dann leider der Regen ein. Die Hospitaliera nahm mich freundlich in Empfang und schmiss mich sofort wieder raus. Da heut Sonntag ist, hat der örtliche Supermarkt leider nicht offen und das Restaurant hatte nur bis 4 warme Küche. Somit hatte ich gerade Mal eine halbe Stunde Zeit noch eine warme Mahlzeit zu bekommen. Das Restaurant war richtig voll, so dass ich auf der überdachten Terrasse aß, ab und zu erwischte mich zwar noch mal der Regen, aber das Essen war reichlich, leider nicht sehr vitaminreich, dafür aber voller asturischer Spezialitäten: Fabada, Cachopo und zum Abschluss ein schwedisches Möbelhausschmankerl: Daim-Torte 😅
    Heut bin ich wieder allein in der Albergue, aber Dank der netten Gastgeberin hab ichs warm und bin mit Frühstück und Abendsnacks sowie Tipps für die nächsten Pilgertage versorgt. Morgen darf ich sogar bis 10 hier bleiben - das heißt: Ausschlafen 🎉🎉
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  • Day83

    Los Cantiles

    July 30 in Spain

    Nach detn Stop am Strand fahren wir weiter an einem Campingplatz, der uns empfohlen wurde. Und es hat sich gelohnt hier her zu fahren! Der Campingplatz "Los Cantiles" liegt in einem kleinen galizischen Örtchen in dem es einen kleinen Fischerhafen gibt. Außer dem Campingplatz gibt es aber keinen Tourismus, also ist hier kaum was los.
    Wir haben Glück und bekommen einen erste Reihe Platz. Da in der erste Reihe fast nur Deutsche stehen, haben wir das Gefühl das die deutsche Besitzerin uns ein wenig bevorzugt. Glück für uns!
    Das Wetter ist ziemlich bewölkt, aber ab und zu schaut die Sonne raus. Der Strand ist ein schöner Steinstrand an dem kaum Menschen sind. Der Weg dorthin ist zwar relativ anstrengend, aber es lohnt sich.
    Wir bleiben hier zwei Tagen und genießen das "Wellenrauschen", das hier sehr sehr laut ist aufgrund der hohen Wellen und der Klippen.
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  • Day28

    Ein erneuter freier Tag zur Erholung der Füße, was echt mehr als notwendig ist. Sie haben echt schon einiges geleistet und das merkt man jetzt auch.
    Doch nach so vielen Tagen nicht zu laufen ist auch echt komisch. Wie soll das erst Zuhause werden😂
    Auto und Fahrrad brauche ich wohl nicht mehr.
    Doch an diesem Tag merke ich echt deutliche Veränderungen an und in mir. Was ist wirklich wichtig und was nicht. Ich werde definitiv ganz anders wieder heim kommen wie ich gegangen bin❤️
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  • Day26

    Santa Marina - Luraca

    July 20 in Spain

    Es ist mal wieder Zeit zu Ruhen. Nach nunmehr 587 km machen sich meine Füße deutlich bemerkbar. Und genau jetzt bin ich wieder Froh genügend Zeit eingepackt zu haben um so ein We sich ohne anschließenden Stress zu gönnen❤️

  • Day18

    Carpe Diem!

    September 23, 2017 in Spain

    Last night I had a wonderful dinner here in Otur. We were six, a dutch couple, Hugo and Yolanda, who were my sleeping mates in the apartment in Villademoros a day ago, and three french ladies, whom I met on the way to Soto de Luina, during their lunch break. They let me try some of their french cheese, which was actually quite nice, not too old and stinky 😁.

    We had a good time during dinner and dinner was fabulous. We took the menu del dia, which gave the option of ensalada mixta or sopi marisco as a starter. Half of us had the salad and half the soup. All of us were delighted and impressed! Wow it was delicious, and a lot. As a main meal everyone had filete de ternera (yes, even I, the forever aspriring vegetarian) It was a big and thin peace of meat, with the best taste and so mals with home- made patatas fritas, wow, everyone was again delighted. As a postre some of us had home made flan, or arroz con leche, and yes again, super! Then, coffee and then the bill....... 13 euros per person! Wow, you gotta love Spain! Did I mention that wine was also included 😁

    Yesterday's walk was nice, a lot of mud though, which always makes it a challenge...... How do I get through without getting my shoes dirty.... Hey, it keeps you busy 😁.

    On my way, I stopped in the coastal town of Luarca, Beautiful! While walking on the main square, two spanish men I have been meeting on the camino for the past two days, were waving and calling at me and they invited me for a drink. Turns out, one of the men speaks dutch and very well too! He used to have a dutch girlfriend and he works a lot with dutch people. They live in Benidorm! Salvador and Fernando, and according to Fernando they are famous there.... Hmm, I will have to look it up 😁. After my cafe con leche, I said goodbye and walked the last 7 km to Otur, where Yolanda and Hugo were already having a beer at the bar. Last night, I stayed in a hotel room all for myself, just 16 euros! Heerlijk!

    I am a day away of reaching the border of Asturias and Galicia and kind of sad about it.
    I just don't want it all to end, and unfortunately the end is in sight....... Ok..... I still have about 2 weeks to go....so I will keep telling myself to enjoy the moment and make the most of the day! Carpe diem!
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  • Day16

    Villademoros

    September 21, 2017 in Spain

    Super super tired, but I did want to leave a footprint, because I didn't yesterday,
    I am staying at an apartment in Villademoros.
    I have a room all to myself and sharing the apartement with a very nice dutch couple, Hugo and Yolanda.

    I really enjoyed today's walk. It is so surprising how a day can go so different from what you expect. This morning when I woke up in the albergue in Soto de Luina, I was really not looking forward to walking.
    I guess because I didn't really enjoy my walk yesterday from Muros de Nalon to Soto de Luina. I felt hansha yesterday and not at ease. The route wasn't really spectacular either and I felt kind of lonely.

    So with that in mind and the fact that the weather was going to be blah, I wasn't really looking forward to today's stage.
    Yesterday, the hospitalero of the albergue, came to explain today's stage.

    There was a choice to be made, or go through the mountains, or the coastal route.
    Ofcourse I chose the coastal, and wow, what a beautiful route it turned out to be today!!

    Yes, it did rain half of the stage, but I really enjoyed my walk todAy. Very beAutiful setting, nice views, a lot of ups and downs, not a lot of asphalt, it was good!

    And tonight I sleep alone!!!! I have my own bedroom, no one snoring ( last night was the worst everrrrrr)!
    Sweet dreams people 😘
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  • Day19

    Camino Del Norte - Day 18

    June 27, 2017 in Spain

    Aviles to Soto de Luna
    Distance 40km
    Total ascent 670m

    An enjoyable evening in the Albergue. I spent sometime catching up with peregrinos I know and meeting new ones.
    A large group of young and old decided to prepare a huge communal meal. They produced a banquet complete with wine and Sidre. Their antics added to the general chilled out atmosphere in the Albergue. People were helping others understand how the spinning machine worked to ensure that they had a chance of getting their clothes dry in time for tomorrow morning.
    Everyone seemed to be apprehensive about this stage because of the distance involved. There were only a few places to stay. It seemed the race was on for beds.
    The first peregrinos left at 4.30am; the next wave left at 5.30am. One was kind enough to shine his head torch directly into my face. now awake, I lay for a time and eventually got up.
    Nicol (Generalismo), Andreas, Bepe and I left at 6.15am. The sky was black and heavy with rain. We wandered through the city, winding our way into the countryside. The Camino markers were poor and took us onto some busy roads. This made for scary walking. I was glad to be part of this group as we really looked out for each other. Eventually, the heavens opened up with distant thunder. It was a case of waterproofs, ponchos and some even had umbrellas.
    We quickly racked up 20km before we stopped for breakfast. Our plan to stay at an Albergue was dashed late morning as we learnt that Albergue was full. It simply meant that we now had to walk 40km today. Andreas looked shocked when we told me but quickly fell in line like the rest of us and just got on with it.
    In these cases, you try to walk with a rhythm. I was singing Irish folk songs and swinging my walking piles around. The Italian guys must gave thought that I was mad. We also passed the time just chatting.
    The last two hours was torture. We were exhausted. Thankfully, the rain stopped and the sun broke through. The temperature rocketted like someone turned the oven on. Not pleasant, when you are wet, sweaty peregrino.
    Jerry, from Northern Ireland joined us for the last few kilometers into our final destination.
    We had to register at a bar in the village. As I was filling in the required register California Dreaming came on the jukebox. I burst end out laughing and was looking around for my old pal Al Cox.
    We arrived at our still being renovated Albergue. We were obviously first to arrive as we had choice of bottom bunks. This is a very important point that all peregrinos know. It is hard work trying to get up to the top bunk. It is even harder nay life threatening in the middle of the night.
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  • Day20

    Camino Del Norte - Day 19

    June 28, 2017 in Spain

    Camino Del Norte - Day 19

    Soto De Luna to Luarca
    Distance 35.5km (10 hours)
    Total ascent 370m

    Our little band of peregrinos set off from the Albergue at 6.30am. My international band consisted three Italians, one Northern Ireland , a German and me.
    The kind hospilardo gave us a complex briefing the night before on the confusing fechas (yellow arrows) and the best route to take. Unfortunately, some people didn't listen and then got angry because the hospilardo got peeved off repeating himself.
    We quickly set off up into the hills and onto the coastal route. Although, it has rained overnight and there were very dark clouds on the horizon, our first few hours were stunning on the Camino. We chatted away as we made our way up and down ancient sunken lanes, through eucalyptus forests and along lane ways. Locals greeted us with waves, beeping car horns and waving insanely at us.
    We stopped briefly for breakfast around 9.30am. We had already been walking for 3 hours. The weather took a turn. It was either absolutely glorious or lashing with rain.
    En route, we stopped near a cliff top view point called Novellana. It was stunning. Everyone's spirit just lifted. It was incredible. Here we were, a small group of peregrinos who threw themselves into this adventure and we sharing this wonderful experience. Little did we know that this was change......
    We eventually arrived in a town called Cadavedo around midday after walking 20km but descending/ascending into numerous stunning bays and back up to the minor roads. We practically raided a little grocery store for food and drink while we waited for Nicol (Generalismo) to arrive. Unfortunately, he developed a hip pain and could no longer carry on. Gerry from Northern Ireland also decided to call it a day. We said our farewells in the Albergue and carried on. Our little intrepid group now down to four.
    The weather took a real turn for the worse. It was now pocho time as rain storms rushed in from the Bay of Biscay. We had to shelter behind trees because of the driving rain.
    We eventually arrived in a small fishing town called Luarca. It is a stunning location. We were lucky enough to get the few remaining bed in the Albergue. Admin completed, we were out immediately for tea and cake (no medals) and to buy food for the trail tomorrow.

    I hope you enjoy today's pictures. It was probably my best day on the Camino in some many ways. I am only sorry to say goodbye to some great people.
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  • Day33

    Cadavedo

    June 18, 2017 in Spain

    It just doesn't get any better than this. The four of us left the apt at about 7. After a km or two, the split came. Ann opted for the lower route, and the rest of us decided to try the mountain route. About 3000 ft total elevation gain, they told us, so not a trivial undertaking.

    It was so well worth it I can't even begin to explain. What an amazing walk. The hospitalero in Soto de Luina had been kind of discouraging about this alternative, but it is well marked, never extremely steep (except for one short rocky descent) and has unmatched views over the coast.

    We are once again in an apartment for four and all of us are quire happy. Tomorrow onward
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Valdés, Valdes, فالديس, بالدس, バルデス, Вальдес, 巴尔德斯

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