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Europe » Spain » Galicia October 27th 2018

How soon we forget. Being woken at 5am by 2 young girls who must have good reasons to be up at this time. Walking into the dark, hoping it won’t rain. It rains. Stopping for someone to check his feet for blisters. Making your bed up with paper pillowcase and sheets, after a long uphill walk. Pulling your t-shirt over a wet back because your towel is too small to dry properly. It sticks to your skin. Just some of the pleasures of a days hiking on the Camino. I don’t remember going downhill today but we must have. One long steep hill challenged a group of cyclists who ground through the cogs, too exhausted to acknowledge our consideration at standing aside while they chose the easiest path. Downhill is their reward. Tim went well for ... read more
Santiago Troubadours
Leaving Santiago With warm Lighting and Cold Cobblestones

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 26th 2018

Everyone has gone home. I woke this morning with no plan for the day. I’m really just waiting to meet Tim and start walking tomorrow. I had breakfast with Maryanne and Margaret Caffyn, the author of a book on the Camino. She spoke of the different routes she has walked, and has been in Santiago for a month. She bought a luxury tour group over. Agnes met us later and we visited the local fresh produce market so she could stock up on cheese and meat to take back to Germany. The markets run off a central square and the enclosed stone corridors are divided into meat, fish, vegetables, and cheeses. It’s an older version of the Victoria Market in Melbourne but more symmetrically arranged. The flower stalls fought a losing battle with smell of the ... read more
Maryanne, Steve, Lisa, and Agnes
A Wider Look At The Cathedral
Late Night Santiago

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 25th 2018

All is not lost. Last night, after an excited band of travellers at the end, or start, of their journey, had the big picture taken, we retired to a bar just off the Plaza, to share stories, say goodbyes, and meet a couple of people I had seen but never met. There were three generations gathered , with one purpose in mind. To celebrate having walked 779kms across Spain. Some will go home, others will pursue the last 117kms to Finisterre and Muxia. Jesper and Anton are the youngest at 19, a few are in their 40’s, and a few of us follow at the rear in our ‘twilight years’. I met an ex New York firefighter who had to retire after suffering a broken neck. Personal relationships dissolved and, at 42, he is walking to ... read more
Breakfast Room, San Martin Pinario
Bar, TV, and Leisure Room, San Martin Pinario
San Martin Cloister

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 24th 2018

I’m suffering sleep deprivation. The night before last, I received a message from booking .com, informing me that my credit card details were invalid, and they may cancel my booking. After informing them I had paid cash for my booking and was currently in bed at that booking, and after the property acknowledged the payment, they cancelled the booking at no cost to me. This all occurred at about 3.15am. Last night in Santiago de Compostela, I received an aborted phone call, that rang just long enough to startle me into lurching back and hitting my head on a stone wall, because I keep my phone under the pillow, at 1.18am. It was like waking up and knocking myself out again, all at once. Number ended in 2089. Please check the time difference before calling again. ... read more
Dave, Darcy, and Janet
Botafumeiro Control Centre

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 23rd 2018

Meet at the Rooster on the corner at 6.30. It’s not code. It’s a statue of a Rooster. The meeting point. Today was very different. First, I woke to an alarm, and second, the destination of Santiago was no longer a goal. We all arrived. O Pedrouzo was chilly at 6.30 am but I didn’t notice. I had a date with Santiago. Leaving in the dark was nothing new, but we were looking at, or I should say, not looking at, no daylight for the first 2 hours of our walk. A full moon providing the first light, we approached Arenal, and Janet and I waited at a breakfast bar for the others. Too long. We wandered back, and found a roughly assembled search party scouring the roadside for Lisa’s phone. Kids, what do you do ... read more
First Light At Lavacola
Putting In The Hard Yards
The Moon And Me

Europe » Spain » Galicia » La Coruña » La Coruña October 22nd 2018

There was no peace on the Camino today. Large groups of jubilant people converged on the Camino, possibly excited by the anticipation of only one day to walk after today. It was a pleasantly warm day, and I started walking with a lady from NZ who asked if she could accompany her while it was dark. This was no noble gesture on my part; I had a light, she did not. We stayed together for an hour or so and she told me about her dream to do the Way. She went to St Jean, but started walking in Pamplona, as planned, because she realised the Pyrenees might be too much for her. In St Jean she had a minor anxiety about why she was here; could she achieve this, and as an independent woman, had ... read more
Sunrise Over Raido
Dave Loving It.
The Camino Conga Line

Europe » Spain » Galicia » La Coruña » La Coruña October 21st 2018

It pays to be as alert to your body on the last days, as if they were the first. After a funny, delicious communal meal with other pilgrims in our Albergue last night, and a quiet nights sleep in a room for 4, set us up for a late start to walk 22kms to Ribadiso. I started off in sandals but soon changed into my boots, as we were up and down, steep gravel tracks all day. The scenery was very calming as we walked through farms, low green valleys, and very Australian looking eucalyptus plantations. We had a rest after about 10 kilometres and I changed my socks and was a little concerned about the feelings in my feet. There are many more people on the Way now, as Melide is the point where the ... read more
Peak Hour In San Xulián
Congestion, San Xulián At Dusk
Stressfree Sunset In San Xulián

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Lugo » Palas de Rei October 20th 2018

There needs to be ‘Active Wear’ police on the Camino. A total ban on women or men over 50 wearing active wear, no exceptions or exemptions. Since Sarria, it has become evident to me that many people, let’s call them women, don’t require the usual cumbersome trekking clothes that come with lugging a pack across the country, and step out dressed for a stroll to buy a coffee on Sunday morning. We all reach an age where gravity and the viscosity of our muscles should dictate how we dress in public. I’m all for freedom, but it takes a long time to pass someone on a path, and active wear , in middle age, displays the entire body as active. In fact, some of it remains active after the person has stopped moving. I don’t need ... read more
Dawn Looking Back Towards Gonzar
The Reward At The Top Of The Hill
Castromayor, The Iron Age Village

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Lugo » Palas de Rei October 19th 2018

Bedtime was 7.45 last night. I had all the symptoms of a virus brewing and wanted to give myself the best chance to avoid it. I woke in the morning very dry, and feeling a little worse. Ah well, some more drugs and away we go. It was a long, at times steep, climb out of Vilei, but we made good time and settled in at Morgade for a coffee at 9am. 7.8kms. I changed my saturated shirts, and felt much fresher before continuing to Portomarín. I hadn’t realised how wet they become and am convinced that this is a major factor in my current state of health. I met up with a Korean girl I hadn’t seen since walking into Burgos, and had a chat about her journey, and the inevitable problems that arise on ... read more
Sunrise From Casal
A Welcome Return To Clear Skies
Lovely, Soft, Quiet Scenery As I Walked Today

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Lugo » Palas de Rei October 18th 2018

“Now is not a good time to talk, thanks for calling.” Origin Energy rang me from an Indian call centre last night, and this is my standard polite response. However, it was 2.39am, so I was a little more to the point. I think I heard, “Have a nice holiday.”, as I ended the call. I ate breakfast in the hotel bar, and had to compete with 13 Spanish cyclists for the attention of the only person serving. I ordered coffee with milk, and toast with jam. I received the coffee, and toast with jamon, spanish ham . It was salty and crunchy, just like my Spanish. I met up with Dave, Darcy, and Janet at the same bar as yesterday, and left Samos in the dark, at 8am. I walked a little ahead, but whenever ... read more
A Hamlet AFew Kilometres From Samos
Quiet Country Lanes

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