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  • Day7


    January 31 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    As we left our nice spot in the early morning,
    we decided to visit some Spanish cities.
    We can slow down a bit and take all the time we need.
    Nika did her first km on Spanisch soil.
    Sadly she had to start with a "nice" climb.
    Just to get the right feeling..
    We did a nice 250+ km with one stop.
    Now we are on a parking lot in the city of Valladolid and hope to find some diner for tonight.
    And tomorrow.... another day.
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  • Oct2

    Pajares To Bendeunos

    October 2, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    What a day. Today the trail didn’t seem to know if it wanted to go up or down. There were long stretches of both. The scenery was great as usual. This section was rated 5/5 for difficulty and I now see why. It was like 4 hours straight on the stepper at the YMCA. Even tho it was only 15 kilometres today, it seemed like 40.

    When I arrived at the town where I thought the albergue was, all I found was a sign directing me to a road saying it was another 1.5 Kms away. Of course after going down hill into the town, this road was all uphill at a 30 degree angle.

    I came across another group of houses, and still did not see it. I then stopped and took off my pack, and consulted my iPad guide. Just as I was looking up the albergue phone number, a car came down the road and stopped by me. A very sweet woman asked if I was Terry! My fellow perigrinos Juan and Nicholas had arrived before me, and told her that I should arrive shortly. She came out looking for me. The albergue was just another 500 meters away! There she had prepared a fantastic Asturias style soup for us. This is one of the best albergues that I have every been in, and I would suggest that anyone doing this Camino stop over here.

    Anyway here are some pics.
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  • Day27


    October 13, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Nos levantamos y Jesús, siendo local de la ciudad, nos dio un recorrido muy completo de la misma. Incluyendo datos históricos, leyendas o usos cotidianos de épocas anteriores.

    Comenzamos por la escultura de Colón, pues murió en esa ciudad. Luego el Parque Grande donde antiguamente se hacían las ejecuciones de la inquisición española y la plaza de Zorrilla, quién escribió don Juan Tenorio.

    Caminando hacia la plaza mayor, pasamos a un antiguo convento cuyo piso está hecho de piedras y huesos.

    En la plaza mayor misma, nos comentó de los usos de las galerías de comercio, las mismas que nos llamaron la atención en ciudades como Bolonia. Por ejemplo: como en el segundo piso vivía el dueño de la tienda, cualquiera podía pedirle un trabajo a la hora que fuera a través de una ventanilla destinada a eso.

    Pasamos por varias iglesias locales y finalizamos en el viejo coso. Una antigua y pequeña plaza de toros convertida en un edificio residencial con un jardín interior. Como ejemplo de reutilización y mantención de lugares históricos.

    Finalizamos la visita de Valladolid con un vino local, más tapas y pinchos junto a su madre y a sus hijos.
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  • Day8

    7 Peñaflor de Hornija 36/242km

    July 30, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    First nice pinewood, than boring infinite fields. Nice castle in Simancas. Fortunately, because of the wind, it wasn't so hot.
    In Wamba I've got 2 jarras and some olives (first stop after 26km). I arrived at my planned destination (Peñaflot) at 16:30. First I've got a shock seeing a note at the door of the alberque, that it is closed (cerrado) from 30.7. to 13.8.! Next one is about 9km further.
    I went to a bar a asked (after una jarra grande) about the alberque. Fortunately there was a helpful woman who brought me to the mayor, who gave me the key. So, eventually I've got a very nice alberque (3e) for me alone.
    For a "dinner" I went to an another bar (there was at least 2 in the small village) : 2 beer + tappas + a glass of wine = 5.6e! The wine was too good, so I've ordered another glass; it was only 0.7e, incredible! And I've got some chips as well.
    My plan for tomorrow: either 23 or 47 km.
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  • Day8

    Salamanca to Valladolid

    September 17, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    On the way to Valladolid we made a couple of detours, the first to see another castle which we did not expect to be open - but it was. Castillo la Mota was originally built in the 12C by the Moors but remodelled in the 15C by Isabela. It has spectacular walls and tower and looks just like a castle should. The second detour was to a town called Tordesillas which was supposed to have a pretty old Plaza Mayor but it was disappointing and dilapidated. This is the place where the Spanish and Portuguese signed a treaty deciding the world between them, with the boundary being the middle of the Atlantic, but the Portuguese managed to push the "middle" of the Atlantic far enough over that they could take Brazil as theirs!

    An unexpected bonus was another castle when we turned off the motorway to have our picnic lunch. Simancas castle was built in the 15C and became the state archive in the 16C and still is today.
    So far on this trip the countryside has been brown, mainly used for growing wheat, all now harvested. There have been many fields of sunflowers, not like Tim's 10ft ones but close packed 3 ft tall, all drying in the sun - obviously more of a sunflower oil area than olives. Today for the first time we saw cows - only a few grazing in a field, there is not much grass here. Also today for the first time we saw vines and passed the town of Rueda which grows excellent white wines.
    Once we arrived in Valladolid we did a bit of sightseeing. It is a pleasant town to wander around but does not have great 'sights'. They never bothered to finish the cathedral and it butts up against the old one in a jumble of stones. We wanted to eat early but had difficulty finding anywhere open before 8.30 but eventually found somewhere just round the corner from the hotel which was surprisingly good.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Valladolid, Valladolit, بلد الوليد, فايادوليذ, Горад Вальядалід, Валядолид, ڤایادۆلید, Βαγιαδολίδ, Valadolido, Valladolís, وایادولید, ואיאדוליד, VLL, バリャドリッド, ვალიადოლიდი, Вальядолид, 바야돌리드, Valdoletum, Vayadolid, Valjadolidas, Valjadolida, वायादोलिद, Valhadolid, والاڈولڈ, 47001, Ваљадолид, Valladolíd, บายาโดลิด, Lungsod ng Valladolid, Вальядолід, Valyadolid, Vaładołì, 巴利亚多利德

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