Page 5 of sherrys Travel Blog Posts

Europe » Spain » La Rioja » Santo Domingo de la Calzada September 27th 2018

Staying in a ghost town tonight. Cireña is a modern development with many condominiums and houses, nestled around a top class 18 hole golf course. But most of the town is overgrown, unloved, and uninhabited. Big money poured in and seems to have created a lemon. Dinner is being set up around me and the owner has given me the far corner of the table to tap this out. This morning was fresh, and the South American woman below me rose at 5.30 in order to get ready, eat some breakfast and venture into the cool, dark morning to start her walk. I was awake so I followed her lead. I ate some fruit and nuts, had 2 coffees, and I was energised. My walking buddy wasn’t at the meeting point, I gave her 5 minutes ... read more
My Hot Soup Last Night
Early Departure From Navarette
At Nájera

Europe » Spain » La Rioja » Logroño September 26th 2018

Early morning call for Mr. Sherry. If anyone is wondering what goes on on the Camino in the middle of the night, with strangers of all ages, nationalities, genders, and desires, I can only relate my experience. At 3.37am this morning I received a call from the aged care facility in Australia where my mother lives, to advise me of a slight change in her medications. There’s no need for permission, it was just to let me know. So, at that time in an albergue, there is about 20 exhausted people, all in close proximity, snoring and sleeping in the hope to be energetic enough to walk the route the next day. Then came the shrill noise from under my pillow. Drowsy and confused, I grabbed the phone from under my pillow, answered it, said nothing, ... read more
Sunrise Looking Back Towards Sansol
Just A Small Reflection

Europe » Spain » Navarre » Viana September 25th 2018

COMPLETO This is a swear word on the Way, and today I walked 7 extra kilometres because of it. It means full, no beds, go away. That was the hospitality I received in Los Arcos today, and there are no other options. Maybe I could have turn my poncho into a tent, camped out,and hoped that the wild animals of Navarra that eat aged meat don’t mistake my snoring for the last groans of a vulnerable beast. Sansol, a tiny hamlet balancing on the edge of a hill 7 kilometres past Los Arcos, is a place of questionable charm and I suspect most pilgrims stop for a coffee and move on. The Albergue Sansol is a hidden gem located off the main street. The beds have a blanket, so in my mind I don’t need a ... read more
Free Wine Complements Of The Monastery Irache
The Mornings Are The Best
Medieval Castle On A Hill

Europe » Spain » Navarre » Estella September 24th 2018

Today the impact of the 28°c heat was softened by a cool breeze that accompanied me all the way to Estella. It was a varied walk, combining steep hills, lovely villages, long slightly undulating paths and good company. I walked alone most of the time which I enjoyed immensely. I’m back to a good pace and catch up with known accomplices along the Way. It’s a good mix of time to think and time to chat. I spoke to two South African women at a pharmacy today and they were over it. Not quitting, but certainly never recommending the Camino as a good thing to do. I think that approach will change and they are still hurting from the first 2 days. They were there for blister patches, I was there for Cortisone cream. You can ... read more
Puente La Reina Main Eatery Strip
Cirauqui, Navarre

Europe » Spain » Navarre » Puente La Reina September 23rd 2018

Today was HOT. Really hot. After a restless sleep in a hot room with stereo snoring battering me from either side ( it may have been the 3Tenors but obviously I can’t hear myself snore ), I was getting ready at 5.30am. I had organised to walk with a couple of women , so we were finally walking at 6.32. I am probably developing patience here because I don’t feel I can suggest we get moving. It was all good and were joined by Pat, a retired English policewoman, and a young South Korean woman whose name I did not catch. They had no headlights and they are a must for an early morning walk to Alto Del Perdon, a climb on mostly good paths, on the walk to Puente La Reina. Breakfast was at Zariquiegui, ... read more
Donation food stall
Wind Power
The destination in the distance

Europe » Spain » Navarre » Pamplona September 22nd 2018

Last night ended with a recital by a French women’s choir after we had finished our meal. They sang traditional songs, and the harmonies from the 15 or so members was very moving. French people at the meal joined in and added to the emotion that we felt. I automatically thought of someone who would have loved it; sorry Sue, you had to be there. Today we walked through rocky crevices, light filled valleys and oak lined tracks to arrive at Cizor Minor. I walked mainly with John from Colorado and Karema from Brazil. John and I share common views on many things so he was great to walk and talk with. Karema is a delightful young woman with a backpack as heavy as mine, and the shoulder and calf injuries to prove it. She claims ... read more
The oldest church bell in Navarre, 13th Century
The view from St Stephen’s bell tower
Welcome to Pamplona

Europe » Spain » Navarre » Larrasoaña September 21st 2018

THE CAMINO-EAT WALK SLEEP REPEAT. I saw a t-shirt in Roncevalles with this take on a popular novel and film that just skims over a day on the Camino de Santiago. Add talk, help, meet, pain, love, empathy and respect, and you start to appreciate the emotions and feelings that you can expect to encounter, and probably experience, walking the Camino. In a world of ‘fake news’ and false promises espoused by governments and organisations that hide behind contrived values with clever acronyms, the Camino is the real deal. If you expect nothing and accept everything, the Camino can change lives and reset priorities . Cultural diversity, religious and secular differences, coupled with language difficulties encourage us to listen and accept this new community that becomes your family for 5 weeks. I will rely on these ... read more
Never look back.
Orisson, the first stop on the Pyrenees
View from Orisson

Europe » Spain » Navarre » Roncesvalles September 20th 2018

Just a couple of questions first. Is it bad luck if your glasses fall off your head into a communal toilet? Any suggestions on the best way to clean E.coli germs from a pair of multifocals? I wore my sunglasses all day today. If I ever decide to walk across the Pyrenees Mountains again, remind me that today was the most physically demanding day of my life and I never want to repeat it. I won’t be writing much today because my keyboard finger hurts, as does everywhere else. Also I have a pair of glasses to clean. The morning began with fresh croissants and coffee ( sounds good so far) and I walked out of the albergue alone at 7am. Already I’m a better person; no rush, no alarm set. I knew the pack was ... read more
part of the climb

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Saint-Jean September 19th 2018

MELTDOWN. No, not Chenobyl , or a nuclear plant in Japan. This one was all mine. As those of us have the dubious pleasure to know, anxiety attacks come at the most unexpected times. My latest one popped up at 12.58 last night. These are quite irrational fears or reactions to things that usually never happen, but it’s very real at the time. I put mine down to jet lag, airline food, making sure I don’t miss my train , even though I have 2 alarms set at 5 minutes apart, or the vegan meal I ate for dinner last night. The room I had was also very warm with no way of cooling it down. Another thing I hadn’t noticed until I went to close the curtain at bedtime, was that there wasn’t one. Normally ... read more
The Ticket To The Unknown
A Little More France In The Form Of A Crop
A Trainload Of Pilgrims. It was a quiet trip.

Europe » France » Île-de-France September 18th 2018

I’m sitting next to Prince Harry. Oh, hang on, I’m in economy. I’m sitting next to a guy who resembles Harry. And he drinks gin and tonic. Pretty close. We are 12 hours from Abu Dhabi and 11,538 kilometres from Mecca. I just finished my first meal of chicken with mashed potatoes, halal style. Harry liked it, except for the halal part. Hey Harry, we’re on Etihad. Josh, seated across from me, says everything is ‘wicked’. With 12 hours to go after 2 hours already in the air, the intercontinental wicked record could well be broken. I’ve finally become moderately excited about this trip and know I’m the luckiest person in this plane. I have no one seated next to me and Harry and I have a spoken arrangement to share this good fortune. My food ... read more
Sunrise As We Approach Paris
Mr Inconsiderate’s Head
The Patchwork That Is France

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