David Weeding

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David Weeding

Walking the Camino Frances in June-July 2012. Better for me (and cheaper) than buying a sportscar...



Europe » Spain » Galicia » Tui May 10th 2015

Very quick post to say that after 500 kilometers both Kelly an I are in the camino 'zone'. We are both walking comfortably and pain free. It's almost a shame there's only 100 to go...... read more

Europe » Portugal » Northern » Ponte de Lima May 7th 2015

Today we walked a lazy 20 kilometers from Barcelos to the tiny village of Lugar do Corgo, where we are staying at a small hostel. Not surprisingly we are the only Australians here: what is surprising is that the other 12 guests are all Germans - well two ar Austrians but that's the same thing isn't it? It feels very much as though we are house guests sitting in a friend's garden than pilgrims at a hostel. This is at once very pleasant and a bit disorienting. One keeps forgetting how we got here. It was the same a couple of days ago when we walked out of Porto along the coast. Most of the route was along boardwalks beside the ocean, and it was very beautiful and felt very different to any camino stage I've ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto May 4th 2015

Here's a post I made on the Camino Forum website. It contains some observations on walking so far: Having now walked Lisbon to Porto, I think it's time for me to pass some judgements on what I've experienced so far.General Observations ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Central » Agueda April 30th 2015

Well today we passed the halfway point of the camino and it feels like we at starting to get into the groove: blisters are becoming callouses, those optional things in our packs have either turned out to be vital or have been ditched. We are a well oiled machine in getting up dressed and packed each morning and out on the road. Today we saw the first two Pilgrims heading in the other direction towards Fatima. The second of these was a grizzled gentleman and as he passed me in the middle of an industrial estate, a strange thing happened: a man raced out of a factory and shouted at us both. At first I thought he was upset with grizzly pilgrim, but in fact he wanted us to go with him into the factory- which, ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Central » Tomar April 26th 2015

It's always the case that the camino will re-teach you what you should already know. Sunday's on the Iberian Peninsula are quiet. Very, very quiet. Kel and I left Tomar this morning and walked on quiet roads passing through quiet hamlets. These would have been quiet in the middle of the week, but on Sunday they were positively funereal. We passed the last cafe on the route at 10 and to survive until we arrived at Alvaiazere this afternoon at 3.00 on a bag of crisps, a can of lemon ice tea and some hideous chocolate in bread thing we bought at a service station. Every cafe in town is closed. The only restaurant opening nearby tonight we thought opened at 6.30. It opens at 7.30. We are re-learning patience - and living with hunger. Cheers ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Central » Santarém April 22nd 2015

Three days, about 100 kilometers, Kel and I are both VERY weary. This afternoon, Kel used the pickup service from the hostel here in Santarem, which was a godsend. The day was 34 kilometers and ended with a steep climb. All the way up I kept picturing how her face would look if I had not suggested the pickup (hint: not real good). This was the first hill of the trip, as we have been walking up the Tagus River across farmland (once out of Lisbon). Some quick observations of the country: Pilgrims are rare enough that everyone stops to wish us "Bom Viaje" or "Dias". Far more English speakers than in Spain Food... GOOOD! The cheese you get given as an appetiser - at this stage if I had to choose between Kel and the ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon April 19th 2015

You all know those cliched rom-com moments? The one where the male lead - think Matthew McCona... I can't be bothered thinking of the spelling of his name, is bewailing his impending marriage to the female lead - think Kate Hudson - who at least has a spell-able name - usually with the phrase 'I'll never know the feeling of meeting another girl. The excitement of getting to know them, of learning all about them etc, etc'? You know those moments? Why does the man he is saying this to never say to him - 'Shut up - whenever you travel, whenever you discover a new city, you can have this feeling all over again, and you can have the joy of sharing it with Kate'. Because that's what happened to me this morning in Lisbon. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Tullamarine April 17th 2015

So Kel and I are at the airport, with the packing and farewelling and work tidying up complete. I was, due to the quantity of travel that I've done lately, a bit under-excited about it, until Kel said that this was our first holiday alone together since our honeymoon. She can always say the right thing.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » Eltham April 6th 2015

Is the third time a charm? Kel and I desert our children (not that they're children), for six weeks to walk northwards through Portugal from Lisbon to Santiago. It's been more than a tough few working months. I calculated that by the middle of the year I'll have spent more than half of the year out of Australia (that's counting this trip, but still). Saudi Arabia, where the work has primarily been, is at once the most exotic and the most boring place to visit. Exotic in the sense of being foreign and boring in the sense that we commonly understand it. The four weeks in Riyadh last month was too long to spend in a city were Fridays resemble Melbourne Sundays in the 1960s. When one is living in a compound with 20 foot high ... read more

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Ponferrada September 23rd 2013

Sorry I´ve been out of range for a bit, and to be honest I´ve been struggling to think about the trip coherently this time around. We were well aware that the camino would be a different experience for Kelly and Maia and I together than it was for me on my own - and as I had already mentioned, my memory is faulty (or at least incomplete). But there are two comparisons that I think are valid: firstly that the camino is MUCH more crowded in September than June, and that secondly there are vastly more women that men walking than I remembered. Last night in the hostel there were twently females and six males. We´ve had to miss a few things this time around. We knew that would be the case. Kelly´s had a bit ... read more




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