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Europe » Spain » Navarre » Pamplona September 16th 2013

So three days of walking with Kelly and Maia: what have we learnt? Well, if I was being trite (and let's face it, that's highly probable), then I'd say that Kelly really doesn't like the hilly stuff, Maia is mostly fantastic (when she's good, she's very good...) and we are all a bit worn. But mostly what I've found out is that you can't trust your memory. Or rather there is a big difference between your experience of something and your later memory of it. Experience is a kind of continuum whereas you memory is a series of snapshots that you can't quite link properly into a whole. Kel and Maia have a running joke about how many hills I've either forgotten about or understated the length and/or height of. In my memory, the two slightly ... read more

Europe » Spain » Navarre » Pamplona July 25th 2013

A day of many colorful memories. It really started last night when, because of a festival today in Santillana, the entire town virtually shut down, including my bus back to Santander this morning. So I had the nice people at my family hotel call up a taxi and arrange a transport back. A leap of faith because I was going off 3 main words: "manana," "aqui," and "ocho." But it must've worked because as I was waiting outside this morning at 8 a taxi pulled up, and out came this older woman named Gloria. She didn't stop talking the entire 30 minutes to Santander, and I think I followed most of what she said, and seemed to respond with something she recognized. But, who knows, she could've been talking to herself for all I know. In ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Navarre » Pamplona July 10th 2013

All, I've missed writing the blog and I've always wanted to give a final blog about what happened with my RVing lifestyle. I haven't written anything since the summer of 2011, so I'll give you a quick update. If you only want to read about the running of the bulls, then skip ahead a couple of sections. Back in the RV Grace and I decided to move to Santa Barbara, so we moved back into the RV while we looked for a house in Santa Barbara. We found a home in March and moved into the RV in May and thought we would only live in the RV for a few months. The house failed the inspection though, so we ended up backing out of the contract and staying in the RV until September 2012. We ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Navarre » Pamplona July 8th 2013

We woke up at 6am, after spending a freezing 3 hours trying to get some sleep in the car at a gas station, and questioned our sanity as we headed like zombies in to try to run with the bulls(I had decided I was too exhausted to attempt it, but Andrew was still game). Well, it was the first day, absolutely crazy, and there was no way we were getting in. We got there an hour early and they were already throwing people out. We couldn't even find a spot to watch, so we stood in the crowd and waited to hopefully see movement or hear something. All we really saw was the crowd of people that could see moving their cameras and that was it. The town was packed to the gills with drunk, vomiting ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Navarre June 26th 2013

The internet here at the community albergue is very bad so this will be very short. Today I went to 8pm mass at the cathedral. It was very nice and after they had a blessing for all the pilgrims and gave us a copy of the pilgrims prayer each in our own language. Pastor Ruud it is almost the same prayer you sent me with! :-) Tomorrow will be my longest stretch so far. Los Arcos to Lograno - 28km. We Will see how that goes. About 4 miles further than I have been walking. The Lord has blessed me with good feet. Not even a blister! The joyof the Lord is my strength and stronghold! Nehemiah 8:10... read more

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Europe » Spain » Navarre » Estella June 25th 2013

(First - thanks all for your messages and comments. Sadly I have been unable to responds to them. I should explain my mode of communication. I am operating thru wireless at the hostels using my smartphone and blue tooth keyboard. The phone limits my ability to open multiple windows and also makes downloading pictures very difficult.) These are just ramblings of this peligrino as she walks: 1 - Yesterday in Puenta la Reina I wonderded about the convenant attached to the albergue I was staying in. It seemed deserted, and I saw no nuns in the town. Now I know sometimes nuns stay sequestered. I just wonder how active these convenants and monestaries are? Although I have my issues with the church (rememember the church always refers to the Roman Catholic Church) I find myself saddened ... read more

Europe » Spain » Navarre » Puente La Reina June 24th 2013

Sorry my pictures aren't downloading. I had a bunch almost done and the wireless signal fritzed for a second and gone.I may just have a pictorial entry when I get home and do a walk thru like that. This was an AMAZING day and sadly I don't have time to share it tonight. I got to walk with God today and see glorious wonders. It ended with mass here and the padre noting pilgrims in the crowd blessed us. I didn't get dinner because of mass being late. But when i returned to the hostel friends had made lots of food and fed me. They even took extras to a beggar outside the church. I walked a number of miles with a Serbian educator today and learned much. I prayed with my German roommate at mass. ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Navarre » Pamplona June 23rd 2013

So much has transpired. To try to share the past two days is overwhelming! I have only just begun, but I understand that each persons Camino is there own, and you have to live it yourslef. So perhaps I cannot tell you so much about the Camino, but I can share some of MYCAMINO and of course share pictures. Pictures are terrribly difficult to download and edit so you will get them scrampled, untitled, and unedited for now. I just have the time and in the evening food and sleep consumer much of my time. This evening I went to 7:30 mass at St. Agustine Cathedral - very near the BIG IMPORTANTE catherdral. It is pretty large and impressive itslef. There were maybe 20 people there - all but maybe one much older than I. I ... read more

Europe » Spain » Navarre » Pamplona June 23rd 2013

So much has transpired. To try to share the past two days is overwhelming! I have only just begun, but I understand that each persons Camino is there own, and you have to live it yourslef. So perhaps I cannot tell you so much about the Camino, but I can share some of MYCAMINO and of course share pictures. Pictures are terrribly difficult to download and edit so you will get them scrampled, untitled, and unedited for now. I just have the time and in the evening food and sleep consumer much of my time. This evening I went to 7:30 mass at St. Agustine Cathedral - very near the BIG IMPORTANTE catherdral. It is pretty large and impressive itslef. There were maybe 20 people there - all but maybe one much older than I. I ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Navarre » Estella June 23rd 2013

Just two neurofen today so progress on the drug rehabilitation for Fiona. Although by the end of the 21km the pain level was getting pretty high so we were very pleased to see Los Arcos appear around the corner. The day started out windy and overcast with a forecast for a sunny afternoon. We left at 7 to try and get as much distance under our belts before the heat arrived. Still the same team of 5 together but around midday tomorrow we say goodbye to Yvette and Mike who have their own timetable they have to meet. Mike heads back to the States after tomorrow and Yvette is doing her best to get to Santiago by 21 July which means sticking to the plan. Tomorrow in the book is nearly 30km but there is the ... read more
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