Keith

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Keith




North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa July 15th 2014

Camino postscript I spent two days in Santiago waiting to catch my train to Madrid. I am on the train to Madrid now- July 6th - it's about a six hour train ride so here I am blogging again - I will have to throw away this iPad when I get home - this writing is addicting - I am actually enjoying it. I promise this is the last blog - I just need to take care of some unfinished business. So where was I? ..... the Friday night I arrived in Santiago I went to the 7:30 mass - over 1,000 people were in attendance - mostly pilgrims - there are three vantage points coming away from the apse forming a T. There are about 15 priests presiding over the service - 8 will be ... read more
Gro and I
Train to Madrid
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Europe » Spain » Galicia July 5th 2014

July 4th - the walk into Santiago I wake up many times during the night - too excited - finally get out of bed - I take a morning shower - the only time I have done so on the trip. Morning showers are not allowed in the Albergues and severely frowned upon in the hostels - we pilgrims shower at night - if at all. Today is different though - I need to be at my best for my final stage - I even comb my beard. I pack up my back pack and get dressed in my quick dry Icebreaker t shirt, quick dry SAXX underwear (the perfect hiking underwear- special compartment stopped chaffing), quick dry North Face shorts and Mund all natural fabric socks. All over overpriced but well worth it - I ... read more
My snail friend
I made it
Outskirts of Santiego

Europe » Spain » Galicia July 3rd 2014

July 3rd - Salceda to Villamaior Had a great nights sleep - slept in til 7:30 - went down to bar and ordered a Spanish omelette ( got it this time) and a side of tomatoes and a cclg - the Spanish can't compete with the French for omelettes - this one has no extras, is far from fluffy and over cooked - I devour anyway - the tomatoes are fresh and flavourful - I add olive oil and vinegar - very good for dipping the great fresh bread. My goal today is to walk to Villamaior - about 20k - this will leave me a short 10k walk into Santiago in the morning - I want to make it in time to get my Compostela and attend the noon Friday mass. The majority of today's ... read more
One of many memorials to fellow pilgrims who died on the path - several every year
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Never get tired of these paths

Europe » Spain » Galicia July 2nd 2014

July 2nd - Castaneda to Salceda I get up at 7 am pack up and head down to the bar - have breakfast with the two American sister- in-laws - a cclg and huge chocolate croissant - very tasty. I walk slowly today - my feet are starting to act up again. The walking weather is perfect - cool, sunny with a nice breeze. We walk today on natural pathways - what else - with nice shade much of which is provided by groves of eucalyptus - their tell-tale acorn like seeds all over the path - their smell permeates the air. There are also periodic steep climbs with three shallow river valleys in between - more cardio and foot work. I stop at a few bars along the way and eat a nectarine and two ... read more
Wild dog sneaking up on Camino security
Wall collapse
Ancient pathway

Europe » Spain » Galicia July 1st 2014

June 30 and July 1st - Potomarin to Palais de Rei then Palais de Rei to Castaneda June 30 As Warned the band played until 2 am - they were a seven piece band with two singers and backup singers. The style wasn't much better than that of a Mariachi band - very fast, very loud and the instruments overpowering the singers to the point that they had to shout - an acquired taste - not mine. After - 1/2 hour of this I left as did most of the other peregrinos. Sean O Kelly jokes it is just one more type of suffering the Camino extracts - no different than the "natural pathways" and torrential rains. The local people were just starting to arrive and very much looked to be in a festive party mood. ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Galicia June 29th 2014

June 29 - Sarria to Portomarin I had my best night sleep yet. I woke up at 7 and pack up and leave. I really like this part of the walk except the crowds are now massive. To get a "Compostela" certificate pilgrims only have to walk the last 100k / people on horse or bike 200 k. Bus loads of people interested in walking the last 100k arrive every day. The paths are now teaming with tour groups, families and other groups fundraising for various charities - the walk is now commercial and very crowded. The backpacks on the newest pilgrims are the size of small school bags, the pilgrims themselves wearing haute couture colour coordinated hiking gear and professionally coifed hair. Some of the younger women look like they could be runway models. Tour ... read more
That ostrich spit at me
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Europe » Spain » Galicia June 28th 2014

June 28 - Triacastela to Sarria I have another lousy sleep last night. There is an industrial sized scent dispenser in the washroom and every 30 minutes it sprays. A loud swishing sound is emitted every time it goes off - between the scent emitted and the noise I am awake most of the night. I go in to the washroom and try to pull it off the wall - it does not budge - the bidet starts making threatening noises too so I give up. I give up trying to sleep and am out of bed at 7 - by eight I am out and ready to go. As I get to the path a young woman approaches and asks if I am taking the mountain route today - I always take the mountain routes ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Galicia June 27th 2014

June 27 - O'Cebreiro to Triacastela I was half right about the girls next door - they partied but only until about midnight. After that I slept well and woke up at 7am. I organized my backpack and headed down to the bar for a cafe con leche grande. Today's stage (wow I am now walking complete stages) is only 21.3km (and I am saying only) and mostly downhill - great views in all directions. It is cold and damp and I am now wearing my fleece until I warm up. I am happy I did not send it back with Tanya - the Atlantic winds are chilly. The mist plays games with my mind - the mountain tops appear to be floating. The descent is tough as always on my feet but manageable. I stop ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Galicia June 26th 2014

June 26 - Trabadelo to O'Cebreiro I woke up at 6:30 - good night's sleep. Today is another steep climb - 550m to 1,300m. As my guide book points out all three possible routes will be demanding - I expect nothing less - the book is correct- I am again rewarded with stunningly scary views. The paths are natural - treacherously rocky and full of horse crap as a number of people opt to take the easy way up. These horses are as brave as the donkeys on Greece's Santorini island taking all us out of shape tourists up the side of volcanic cliffs. I take my chances on my own two feet This time. The slope is relentless and just as I believe I can't take another possible step I arrive at the postcard perfect ... read more
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If wishes were horses than pilgrims would ride
In the background the hill I will climb

Europe » Spain » Galicia June 25th 2014

June 25 - Cacabelos to Trabadelo I had better start writing these blogs quicker. The days are melting together - the stages and venues fading to black - the reality of getting older and the seduction of the Camino itself - complacency in the eye of the familiar. I think I need to clarify something kind reader - I tend to dwell on the challenges and misadventures I face on the walk - it is fodder for and makes for a more interesting story. The fact of the matter is that every day on this Camino is a blessing - challenges and misadventures included. The daily vistas are stunning - each new hamlet and turn a freshly painted canvas just for me. There is a simple peace that can be found each day whilst walking 20 ... read more
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I'm getting the hang of this - just have to work on goofy smile




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