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Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela March 1st 2017

Este año mi colega y yo, médicos de Palma de Mallorca, hemos hecho el Camino en bici, para ello planificamos primero la ruta en Pilgrim. Sea como sea la motivación (fe, turismo, aventura, meditación, conocer personas diferentes, promesas...), peregrinar a S. de Compostela marcará de forma determinante nuestras vidas, al dejar que nos empapemos de diferentes culturas y hagamos, con toda seguridad, grandes amigos.Esencialmente, en el caso de los cobijes y si quieres ir a los municipales, vas a ir al que te toque” conforme la etapa, si bien si por alguna razón quisieses ir a uno privado en estas guías te especifican todos los existentes en los punto de inci... read more

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela November 3rd 2016

Little to write about today. I had an early breakfast, an early shower, and an earlier last check and pack up. I'd hate to be on the plane and realise that something I wanted was in my pack. On the other hand, I can't fit much in my small pack. Being a master procrastinator, this took some time and a few double checks. After breakfast I went for my usual nice coffee at my usual nice shop. I can't do that tomorrow and the realisation sets in; this is it. It's 9am and I'm on coffee 3 at my wifi cafe where I will be joined by Ken, John,and Mike, Ken's friend. We had dinner last night and Mike is a top guy; very funny with very Scottish views, most of which I agree with. My ... read more
The Cloisters
The Clacker Tower
The Top of The Cathedral

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela November 2nd 2016

Yesterday 569 people arrived in Santiago. Whether it's by foot, bicycle, pulling a trolley, or on a guided walking tour, that's a lot of people. Of course there are also many directions to approach it from as well, but the Francés Camino is by far the more popular way. A pilgrimage is meant to be a way of renewal in a spiritual or religious sense but these days it is much more than that. People often face their 'demons' along the Way, and before your eyebrows yell ' Oh yeah ?!', we do all have some to different degrees; well, maybe not me, right? People spend long periods walking alone, and unless your tuned into music or absorbed by everything around you, you will think and chop and change, and sometimes delve into places that a ... read more
My Comfy Room
The Breakfast Bar
Lunch at SMP

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela November 1st 2016

Another quiet day and the weather has changed to very cool and overcast. I went to an early breakfast and left San Martin in search of better internet. The morning was biting into my skin and I regretted going back to shorts today. The bar near the park was the first I found with internet so I bought a coffee and got connected. After doing what I needed to do I chatted to a couple from Boston for about an hour. They had walked the Portuguese route and were due to go home. It's interesting for me to learn of others experiences and about the different Ways. Elliott and Deb were retired and did a lot of walking, in spite of Elliott's new knee, and completed the Francés last year. When I left the bar it ... read more
An Afternoon In The Park
Our Cloisters
Our Cloister Courtyard

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 31st 2016

Legal breakfast today and had my room number checked off; obviously looked more legit yesterday. I went shopping and bought some jeans and a shirt. Ken and I crossed paths early and had a coffee and a chat. Lauren and George the German came along, and while Lauren admired my purchases, George wanted to find a sports store. He thinks when he sweats his bright green pants look like he urinated in them; sweat, yeah , right George. Ken was going to mass so I visited a few of the tourist shops and saw the same stuff in every one. It's 6pm and I'm back from the park above the old town. As I looked across at the Cathedral and surrounding buildings, I realised this is fast coming to an end. It's so peaceful, so removed ... read more

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 30th 2016

After sleeping pretty well, I was up at 6.20am preparing for the bus. I left the room at 6.45, John was still in bed, so I made sure he was awake and went downstairs to make some calls. When I arrived at the bus stop there was one Canadian guy there, who was also determined not to miss that bus. I went to a bar down the road and bought a coffee and cake for breakfast, and I hope that will be the last time I eat cake for breakfast. A crowd gathered at the stop, all with backpacks or other luggage and the bus was on time, loaded up, and we were gone. I'm not sure when I'll be back at Muxia but I'll never say never. The normal routine for queuing in Spain is ... read more
The Bus Queue
Muxia Harbour, Early Morning.
San Martin's Coffee/Internet Room

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 24th 2016

Today I woke after a pretty restless sleep. I can only put it down to the end of the Way as i had a comfy bed in a nice room. I had breakfast in an empty eating area, ( the receptionist said they rarely have people eating at 7.15am), and made a few calls to family.Missed mum but I tried. After breakfast I wandered through a sleeping Santiago and savoured what is the best time of the day. The light, or lack of it, highlights the many ornate features adorning buildings, statues, light posts , in fact, pretty much everything. The opportunity to visit many sites that are normally busy exists and you have ample time to really take in the town. I couldn't even drop off my backpack, it was so early; I had to ... read more
We Move In On The 29th.
Cathedral At Dawn

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 23rd 2016

Today was a day of contradictions; it was wet, really wet at times, crowded, and very uphill under trying conditions.....and I loved it. I feel like I could go on at the end of each day, treat hills as challenges to conquer, and the wet weather?, well everyone else has to deal with it too. When your body feels good I think it transfers to your overall attitude. Mind you, the body needs constant attention to stay good. I don't know how often I feel a twinge here or a pinch there, and stop for an adjustment or a stretch of some sort. I'm not going back to the painful days, I can assure you ! The day started off with a bang but that was just my head torch hitting the concrete before we even ... read more
Give me a home among the gum trees,.....
After the rain.

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 22nd 2016

Thursday 20th October The sky cleared, the sun shone and the wind blew as I made my way into Santiago. The day started well as I rose in Salceda having made it there yesterday from Melide. It was dark as usual but like a lovely spring day. I walked along the edge of wood, through little villages and the odd farmyard and across flat areas with far reaching views over the green fields dotted with the occasional dwelling. I took photos of hens nesting in trees, sun glinted wood lined tracks and I felt the freshness of the breeze and the beauty of the day. I wasn't sure if I would make it into Santiago and had it in mind to stop in the albergue on Monte Gomez due to dodgy ankle. That would also mean ... read more
Garden at albergue Roots and Boots
View of cathedral from outside Roots and Boots

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 9th 2016

Geo: 42.8756, -8.5444Slept in until 7:45 and after a brief breakfast of yogurt and fruit at The Way, we were on the Camino for our last 25 kilometers. We left at the same time as the only other guest, Roger, from Switzerland. Roger had already hiked 1200 kilometers from central France and planned to hike onto Finisterre. Finisterre is on the Spanish coast about a 100 kilometers beyond Santiago. First coffee and second breakfast was in Amenal, about 10 kilometers. The amazing thing was that Wendy was there. This is a woman who we hiked/matched up with during our first four days and had not seen since. We continued in the shade of chestnut and eucalyptus groves and a steady incline to Lavacolla. Here we had a coffee and banana and bumped into Lisa & Mark. ... read more
Wendy, Where Have You Been?
Really Cool Camino Sign

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