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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Castrojeriz October 3rd 2018

I’m writing this in the Castrojeriz Camino Santiago Park, sitting with a few other old people who are people watching, and brushing away the remaining flies that have not been attracted to me. It’s shady and peaceful and may just be the place to meet like minded elderly folk. Dinner was interesting. Me, 2 Germans,and a bus load of Spanish ladies. One of the German women translated the questions directed to me by an interested Spanish lady. She had a very interesting view of Australia based on a brief visit and I learnt that Japanese people come to Australia to learn English, it’s difficult to tell Chinese and Japanese people apart, and she wanted me to identify the island she visited near the coral reef, where you can surf and grow sugar cane. The young Germans ... read more

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Castrojeriz October 2nd 2018

What’s blacker than Burgos during a total blackout? Nothing. Within 10 minutes of returning to my room from dinner, the lights went out. A small emergency light flickered, dim light caste shadows in the foyer outside my room, but our power was gone. No TV, no chargers , no wifi , no nuthin’. As luck would have it, the entertainment began on the streets below. The well dressed Spaniards, moments earlier strolling along arm in arm enjoying the evening, went scurrying like rats to avoid being mugged, or worse, by some opportunist. That was enough to amuse me. That, and the sight across the street of the locals resuming their lives by candlelight , unaware of the bored Australian across the way, observing their equally dull lives through the prism of his own blacked out existence. ... read more
Last night’s restaurant
Late Start
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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Burgos » Pedrosa October 1st 2018

Well, I’ve been reduced to buying soap by weight. No snoring, farting or other sweet lullabies last night ( none I could hear anyway ), and I woke at the indulgent hour of 9am; this is the life. The breakfast buffet was opulent by Camino standards and I carb loaded. The fruit was too big to pocket a few pieces, so that budget plan was abandoned. The management here are on to my tricks. I shared a table with Greg from the States, who is about my age and is aiming to reduce his impatience, and go home a calmer man with more tolerance for others. He runs a construction company. Greg has just completed 2x40 kilometre days and 2x30 kilometre days. He knows it’s ridiculous; his feet have been declared a disaster zone, by him, ... read more
Breakfast.
Suburbia
Essentials

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Burgos October 1st 2018

Well have you heard of Frias? We hadn't either . It had never been on our list of to do places. Must sees in Spain. We have been three times and never once come across the name. But then it is not a big city. It is not a Burgos or a Salamanca. Nor is it a Madrid or Santiago. I dont imagine many folks find there way to Frias as it is off the beaten track. Positioned in the Merindades region north of Burgos. The river Ebro flows by. It is the smallest city in Spain. The third smallest in the world . So why have we never heard of it? Well it only has a population of 275. The journey was tortorous but breathtakingly beautiful. Glenn had to wrestle with Gabbys steering wheel as ... read more
Frias castle
The tiny alleys
I just love these water spouts

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Burgos » Pedrosa September 30th 2018

Where can you get an Australian adapter plug in Spain? In the Albergue in Atapuerca, 21kms back from Burgos, that’s where. Last night I left the hotel at A. at 9.45pm and casually unplugged my phone and iPad from the communal powerboard in the dorm. You know how sometimes you have those,” I must do that ...” moments but never follow through. Well I had one a few hours earlier and it went like,” I must tape those 2 sections of my adapter together to stop them coming apart”. I didn’t do it. Tomorrow I will search out the local ‘Chinese’ shops, ( the hotel receptionist’s description, not mine), and hopefully match it up. He pulled out a big bag of chargers left at the hotel and gave me a USB charger. The sticker on it ... read more
Burgos In The Distance
The Cross At The Peak Of The Mountain
An Albergue Alternative

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Burgos » Pedrosa September 29th 2018

Today I could spend the whole post describing our accommodation, if you could call it that, and the charming facilities. If I walk out tomorrow with no bites , or cuts and abrasions from the shower, I’ll consider myself lucky. Lucky might have been if it had been a full house , and I had to find a tree to sleep under. This was once a barn, servicing the hotel attached to it. They have replaced the donkeys, chickens, and pigs with humans. The bunks are about 400mm apart, have rubberised mattresses and pillows, with no paper sheets or pillowcase in sight. I’ll sleep on top of my sleeping bag and use a shirt as a pillowcase. Moving on to the shower room, there are two showers and one toilet for about 30 people. Each shower ... read more
View of Tomorrow’s Walk From Atapuerca
Entering Tosantos Expecting Breakfast
Matt, the media lockdown guy.

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Burgos » Pedrosa September 28th 2018

I never knew opening an envelope could be so liberating. During the night I came to a decision that my Camino was becoming a bit of a group venture. It started out as a private enterprise but I’ve let it slip. The village I was in was terrible and not worth a look around, and now I was booking a bag through, booking an albergue, and therefore making a commitment that I hadn’t been so keen on. I canceled the albergue at 5am, and after preparing 2 backpacks last night, one to send on, one to carry, I combined both and opened the forwarding envelope. It felt very empowering to take the €5 and put it back in my wallet. My group, who are all very nice people, left before breakfast, and I stayed on to ... read more
Dawn, Lookig Back To Ciréna
Entering San Domingode la Calzada
Early Morning Sight Of The Tower, San Domingo

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Zamora August 21st 2018

Tuesday August 21,2018 Today was our last day at the villa for Sally,Jay and I as we were flying from Bilbao at 10:50pm. John was driving down south towards Caceres and Córdoba. The four of us cleaned and organized the villa for awhile. After I was done, I made a “plastic creature” made from recycled plastic bottles. Afterwards-we all had a great and delicious lunch! Then we all relaxed and talked for a bit. About 3pm, Sally, Jay and I left the villa after John had driven away ten minutes earlier. I looked back one last time at our family villa! Sally drove for 2 hours before we stopped for a little break and coffee/water. Then we headed towards the airport and Bilbao. The three of finally dropped off the car and waited to check in ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Zamora August 20th 2018

Monday August 20,2018 Today John and I drove towards the picturesque towns of Bragança and Miranda Del Douro in Portugal. We left around 10:30 am and arrived 12:30 pm-Spanish time. However in Portugal, there was one hour time difference. Then John and I walked up hilly and cobbled streets towards the medieval castle. We both decided to have a delicious lunch nearby and watch people walking by, as the sun was getting hotter by the minute. Then we went to tour the Castle which was amazing! Many military equipment, tools and steps. The view was outstanding! Around 4 pm, we left to drive back and go through the village of Miranda Del Douro. A beautiful and sweet town! Finally it was time to get back home to the villa! We were meeting Sally,Jay and Marcelino at ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Zamora August 19th 2018

Sunday August 19,2018 Today John and I headed south east toward Madrid to visit a medieval castle in Medina Del Campo and then onward to the heritage city of Segovia, Spain. The Castillo De Mota is an amazing example of Mujader style, erected around 1500. On the grounds was a medieval festival of different folks making swords, medical tools, wearing gowns and owls, hawks and ravens ready to fly into battle back in the day. Then we drove through pretty villages as the Sierra Gardarama gets closer and more dramatic. Segovia is an extraordinary, exciting and mysterious city filled with historic and fascinating culture & architecture alike. John and I focused in the 2000 Roman stone aqueduct and the medieval romantic castle remodeled in the 19th century. I really enjoyed walking throughout the city! It was ... read more
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