Day 19 – León – Rest Day

Day 19 – León – Rest Day

It was a cool morning with grey clouds and some light drizzle that made the cobblestone streets slick. Keith and I started with breakfast in a nice café by the Cathedral. We sat in the warmth of the café by…

Day 20 – Hosptial de Orbigo

Day 20 – Hosptial de Orbigo

I did 29 km today. My ankle swelled up a bit a but I found that if I changed my stride a bit the pain diminished quite a bit. I left León a bit before Keith. But he, of course,…

Day 21 – Murais de Rechivaldo

Day 21 – Murais de Rechivaldo

I had a decent sleep last night. However, when I went to the bathroom this morning I forgot to take my satchel with me. Someone took the opportunity to steal 50 euros, my photos, and some papers from me. Bastard….

Day 22 – Foncebedon

Day 22 – Foncebedon

Had breakfast in the albergue, which was nice enough with plenty of toast and preserves, but the cafe con leche was barely average. Ah well. I left Murais de Rechivaldo in the rain with Keith, Peter, and Morag. Shortly after…

Day 23 – Ponferrada

Day 23 – Ponferrada

It was a very cold, 1-degree-Celsius morning in Foncebadon. The sky was stained a dark navy blue and it was raining lightly, while a thick fog flowed through the hills. I joined Peter, Morag, and Keith for a morning coffee…

Day 24 - Pereje

Day 24 – Pereje

I woke this morning amazed that I didn’t fall to the concrete below. Sleep didn’t come easy as I was really concerned that I would move more than a few inches and tumble down. The bunks really are narrow in…

Day 25 - O Cebreiro

Day 25 – O Cebreiro

I slept well last night but I woke up with a bit of a head cold. Thankfully, I was able to shake it off through the day. We had a simple breakfast in the albergue that consisted of the standard…

O Cebreiro

O Cebreiro

Michael called me today from O Cebreiro – he walked over and up the hills without a twinge to his knees. There’s very few phones or internet sources. The last couple calls have been made over his companions’ phones –…

Day 26 - Samos

Day 26 – Samos

We left O Cebreiro in the mist, lots of it. It was very difficult to see. But I have to admit, I like mist so I thought it was lovely evocative walk. The long winding trails lead up and down…

Samos

Samos

Michael called yesterday to say there’s no internet. Apparently every town he’s been in for the last few stops, the internet has been down – karma’s so much fun… He’s stayed at a medieval monastery – I could hear the…

Day 27 - Portomarin

Day 27 – Portomarin

We are hoping to put in 30 or so km today and end up in Portomarin. Today Keith, Morag, Peter, and I set out at bit late at 7 am. We stopped for café con leche and croissants and then…

Spanish Notes

Spanish Notes

A few notes about Spain. Bathrooms in public places often do not have toilet paper, nor soap in the dispenser, nor towels (or the dryer does not work). The lights are on timers so they can turn off at inconvenient…

Day 28 - Palas de Rei

Day 28 – Palas de Rei

The walk today, although not spectacular visually was pleasant. After yesterday’s never-ending walk, the 25 km we did today was refreshing. We even made it to the albergue before the rain started! Bonus! The walk itself leads through a series…

The Embroiderer

The Embroiderer

While walking to Hontanas, I looked back to see a figure walking towards me wrapped from head to toe. The only thing showing were the eyes. It was a strange sight but I had walking to do of my own, so…

Day 29 - Arzua

Day 29 – Arzua

Morag, Peter, Keith, and I had breakfast in the albergue hall as it is Sunday and most places are closed. Then we headed off and were out the door before 7 am. The walking was fine, and mist once again…

Day 30 - Arca

Day 30 – Arca

I am sitting in cold rainy Arca now… The day started a little bit later than normal, as we had only to complete 20 km today. So, we slept in until 6:30, packed up, and stayed in a café drinking…

Day 31 - Santiago de Compestella

Day 31 – Santiago de Compestella

I did it. We left Arca late this morning (late for the Camino that is) at about 7:30 or so. Things started badly as after about a kilometre on the road I noticed that I had left my satchel somewhere….

The Couple in Belorado

The Couple in Belorado

I thought people might be interested in this story. Keith and Kim both walk at a fast pace, they can´t seem to help it. This placed them in towns before most other walkers. When they arrived at Belorado, they were…

Day 32 - Bittersweet

Day 32 – Bittersweet

I attended noon mass today. It was an exhausting event. I´m not sure why exactly, but fellow pilgrims have reported the same feeling. We went our own ways for the afternoon and I walked the streets of Santiago, looking at…

Day 33 - Finisterre

Day 33 – Finisterre

I have just arrived back in Santiago from Finisterre. I took the early bus to Finisterre. The bus wove up and down along the route up the coast to Cee. It then moved across the little mini-peninsula to Finisterre. The…