Archive for October, 2015

Day 29, Oct 27: Muxia to Finisterre, 17.5mi

Day 29, Oct 27:  Muxia to Finisterre, 17.5mi

Last night I stayed in a “Pension” (accent on the o), which is basically renting a room in a house.  I think they are usually listed/advertised as such, and have some loose regulations of what they’ll provide, but I have also had people ask me in cities if I’m looking for a room to rent [...]


Day 28, Oct 26: Dumbria to Muxia, 12mi

Day 28, Oct 26:  Dumbria to Muxia, 12mi

Today was a planned shorter day, since I walked longer yesterday in the sunshine.  It rained a lot last night – I heard it – but I awoke to a partly cloudy/sunny morning.  I eased into the morning, no rush needed.  Bacchus, the only other pilgrim who stayed in the albergue last night, was getting [...]


Day 27, Oct 25: Negreira to Dumbria, 27.5mi

Day 27, Oct 25:  Negreira to Dumbria, 27.5mi

The time changed here in Spain last night!  Unexpectedly, to me.  My watch was an hour off when I awoke  (the time on my phone read correctly).  I changed my watch and didn’t think much of it.  It was lighter, though, which made getting up and going out much easier.  There was some fog, but [...]


Day 26, Oct 24: Santiago to Negreira, 13mi

Day 26, Oct 24:  Santiago to Negreira, 13mi

It was strangely hard for me to leave today.  I let myself sleep in because of 2 nights in a row staying up so late (experiencing the late-night food scene!), and today I don’t have that far to walk to my first destination on the way to the coast.  But, I really felt like I [...]


Day 25, Oct 23: A day in Santiago!

Day 25, Oct 23:  A day in Santiago!

I slept in today after going to bed around 1am.  It was so nice to have my comfy hotel room.  I went downstairs to the cafe attached to the hotel and purchased a big slab of pumpkin break (er, cake; let’s be honest), brought it back up to my room and made tea.  (Please can I [...]


Day 24, Oct 22: Pedrouzo Arca to Santiago de Compostela, 12mi

Day 24, Oct 22:  Pedrouzo Arca to Santiago de Compostela, 12mi

I had lots of dreams last night; starting to think about re-entry to my real life.  Ahhh, not yet!! Took my time this morning, going to get breakfast and read a little before heading out. Only 12 miles and will be in Santiago.  I am excited to see this big destination, but kind of want [...]


Day 23, Oct 21: Ribadiso to Pedrouzo Arca, 14mi

Day 23, Oct 21:  Ribadiso to Pedrouzo Arca, 14mi

Walked about 30 minutes from my albergue that was on the outskirts of a slightly bigger town called Pedrouzo Arca, or Arca, and found a cafe where I could order a real breakfast and do some journalling.  Not in a  hurry, and it feels nice to take this time, especiallly as I get closer and [...]


Day 22, Oct 20: Palas de Rei to Ribadiso, 15.3mi

Day 22, Oct 20:  Palas de Rei to Ribadiso, 15.3mi

Today dawned chilly with some wind, but sunny.  Anything was better than the incessent rain of yesterday; I felt very glad to have that behind me and the forecast is clear and sunny for the next several days.  I was also thankful to have had that tough experience.  We always grow more when we are [...]


Day 21, Oct 19: Portomarin to Palas de Rei, 15mi

Day 21, Oct 19:  Portomarin to Palas de Rei, 15mi

Humble Pie Day.  I shared with you  my thoughts of “Come what may, I will be.”  And how much peace that brought me, especially regarding trying to control my weather circumstances. Today it rained.  ALL day.  I woke up in my cozy albergue, having slept pretty well on a top bunk with about 15 other [...]


Day 20, Oct 18: Calvor to Portomarin, 16.3mi

Day 20, Oct 18:  Calvor to Portomarin, 16.3mi

This morning I began my walk with a 27-year-old gal from China named Yow Yow who lives and works in Portugal.  I met her yesterday; we both were walking into the late afternoon to get to Calvor.  We didn’t really walk together yesterday, but this morning we did.  She speaks pretty good English, which is [...]


Day 19, Oct 17: La Faba to Calvor, 23mi

Day 19, Oct 17:  La Faba to Calvor, 23mi

I left La Faba in some light rain, and it became harder and windier as we climbed up through the hills to the next tiny, quaint town called O’Cebreiro (prounounced:  Oh-thay-bray-AIR-oh).  The Iglesia (church) de Santa Maria Real is one of the earliest surviving buildings on the Camino de Santiago, dating from the 9th century. [...]


Day 18, Oct 16: Cacabelos to La Faba, 19mi

Day 18, Oct 16:  Cacabelos to La Faba, 19mi

Today I started slowly due to a sore right foot where my arch tightened up yesterday evening.  I wasnt too concerned, but needed to warm it up this morning so I didn’t do my usual “morning pace” which is pretty quick.   It was a gorgeous, peaceful vineyard walk with hilly views.  It was quite chilly [...]


Day 17, Oct 15: Foncebadon to Cacabelos, 25.75mi

Day 17, Oct 15:  Foncebadon to Cacabelos, 25.75mi

No one was in a rush to leave this small Foncebadon albergue today, so I got up about 7:30.  For the first time I didn’t really sleep that well.  My bed was right by the door which led out to the bathrooms.  Any time anyone got up to use it, the automatic hall light would go [...]


Day 16, Oct 14: Astorga to Foncebadon, 15.5mi

Day 16, Oct 14:  Astorga to Foncebadon, 15.5mi

I was so glad there was a large, nice albergue near the beginning of the city last night when I trudged in at 6:45pm.  I was assigned to a room with 4 beds, but was the only person in there and no one else arrived after me.  Though I had just had 2 nights to myself [...]


Day 15, Oct 13: Leon to Astorga, 29mi

Day 15, Oct 13:  Leon to Astorga, 29mi

I was so refreshed from my stay in Leon and day off from walking, that I truly was excited to get back out on the Camino today.  I still took my time getting up and re-packing, and again having breakfast in the hotel cafe because yesterday it was so enjoyable and convenient.  Today I had [...]


Day 14, Oct 12: A Day in Leon

Day 14, Oct 12:  A Day in Leon

I awoke to light rain after a long deep sleep in my bed with extra pillows; it was alomst 9am!  I felt slightly ashamed for one second, thinking about all the Peregrinos (Spanish for pilgrims) who had been out walking for at least 2 hours.  I shrugged that off immediately, practicing my mental pathways of [...]


Day 13, Oct 11: Bercianos to Leon, 26.8mi

Day 13, Oct 11:  Bercianos to Leon, 26.8mi

It began to rain yesterday evening, a soft pattering outside that made the lively group dinner all the more cozy.  I liked the sound outside the window as I put my earplugs in to go to sleep (kind of common practice now; don’t wait to hear the snoring, just put the earplugs in!)  I knew, [...]


Day 12, Oct 10: Carrion de los Condes to Bercianos, 30mi

Day 12, Oct 10:  Carrion de los Condes to Bercianos, 30mi

The forecast is calling for rain on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, and it remains clear and warm today, Saturday, so I walk on.  I would love to make it to Leon, the next big city, by Monday so I can have an off-day, especially if it’s raining. The man I met yesterday, Jose Antonio, told [...]


Day 11, Oct 9: San Nicolas to Carrion de los Condes, 21mi

Day 11, Oct 9:  San Nicolas to Carrion de los Condes, 21mi

My  heart was full of joy and gratitude as I left San Nicolas! It’s Lucas’ birthday today, so he was on my heart.  I got a later start this morning; Lino and Elba were relaxed about our departure; it wasn’t the fairly-strict 8am-departure time that most albergues have, so this morning I had 2 cups [...]


Day 10, Oct 8: Burgos to San Nicolas, 30mi

Day 10, Oct 8:  Burgos to San Nicolas, 30mi

Yes, 30 miles, which is about 50k.  Wasn’t I just talking a couple days ago about less expectation and making new physical and mental pathways?  I want to speak to this.  It’s one of the main topics of my thinking, pondering, praying during my Camino journey.  I have always been a go-getter, do-er, and I [...]


Day 9, Oct 7: San Juan de Ortega to Burgos, 15.6mi

Day 9, Oct 7:  San Juan de Ortega to Burgos, 15.6mi

Because I walked long yesterday, I was able to do a more reasonable-length walk today and get into Burgos in the early afternoon.  Burgos has a population of 180,000, and in my estimation is a beautiful and welcoming bigger city.  I found some intesting info in my guidebook by John Brierly, about Burgos.  It is [...]


Day 8, Oct 6: Santo Domingo to San Juan de Ortega, 29mi

Day 8, Oct 6:  Santo Domingo to San Juan de Ortega, 29mi

My friend Christy Graham, who I have mentioned before because she and her husband Cary walked the Camino two springs ago, sent me this quote in an email yesterday: “As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.  To make [...]


Day 7, Oct 5: Azofra to Santo Domingo, 9mi

Day 7, Oct 5:  Azofra to Santo Domingo, 9mi

Short day!  I had planned to walk just a couple hours this morning to the next city of Santo Domingo, which is a small-medium city of 6,600.  There is a nice square, cathedral with museum, tower, and cafes to peruse.  My Camino-predacessors and advice-givers Christy and Cary Graham told me they had stayed in this [...]


Day 6, Oct 4: Logrono to Azofra, 21mi

Day 6, Oct 4:  Logrono to Azofra, 21mi

So fortunately, I have been sleeping pretty well each night.  Earplugs help a lot, as snoring and rustling of sleeping bags and whatnot is really distracting.  I’m so tired each night that I think that just takes over and I become comotose for 7-8 hours (more sleep hours than I usually get at home!).  Lights [...]