Day 30: Santiago de Compostela

The Dutch girls were the first we met on track

Cemented friends once we had smashed our wine,

Another Dutch, she rarely saw our back

We wished, with her, that we had spent more time.

The Belgian couple, young and full of life

Dismayed her troubled foot caused endless pain,

And then there was the bargeman and his wife

These Dutch had paused to chat between the rain.

Another pearl, she was our final host

Mi-la was so much fun beyond belief,

That she was […]

By |May 3rd, 2019|4 Comments

Day 29: Faramello to Santiago de Compostela

Not a good start to our last day … but they say the camino is about learning, about our reactions, how we could have behaved differently. In the pilgrim places where the cost is very low, the attention given to the walker is very high. At the high end of the market the cost is very high but regard to the walker, in our experience, has been very low.

Last night we had little choice other […]

By |May 2nd, 2019|9 Comments

Day 28: Padron to Faramello

The penultimate day of our walk and it had a different feel about it. We have been so used to a regular routine that requires little thinking or planning, that to then have to use our thought processes seems alien. In a strange way we are leaving ‘the corners’ and are starting to think about the road stretching out ahead.

So back on track – this time a very windy one, the first of our trip. […]

By |May 1st, 2019|6 Comments

Day 27: Caldas de Reis to Padron

Looking down on two deep river valleys, we could just hear the waters echoing their different sounds as they made their never pausing way through this, our first major rainforest. A very long gentle slope took us to Cortinas’ hilltop followed by a large drop into the Valga Valley, where we met up with the echoing waters. Similar topography took us through more beautiful and moss gathering trees.

A glimpse of our Polish friends was the […]

By |April 30th, 2019|4 Comments

Day 26: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis

Started early today but being Monday, the cafe bars open late but fortunately we found an old original one on the outskirts. As Corrie was ordering breakfast happily in Spanish now, I looked out to see a huge hedge surrounding an area the size of a small plaza. It called me to it so I went and found a Parador. For those who don’t know, a Parador is usually a former palace or monastery converted […]

By |April 29th, 2019|4 Comments

Day 25: Cesantes to Pontevedra

Dinner with our Dutch friends was fun as we told stories, shared ‘life parts’, and amused ourselves with the local live entertainment. The first part was an older family member who seemed to have a homemade obstacle course leading through our tables to ‘her’ chair. Each time a dinner guest moved an obstacle she would put it back and push her wheelie through it. Sometimes the guest was also as persistent.

The performance of the night […]

By |April 28th, 2019|2 Comments

Day 24: Porrino to Cesantes

Darker when we leave now because of the time change in Spain. I like this because for me it is such a special time of day. That feeling of aloneness, the explorer, seeing things before others, and personally when I’m feeling ‘off’, it works better for me when I’m in my own company and/or Corrie’s. Then there’s the rare possibility of seeing the sun roll round in this very cloudy part of the world.

We walk […]

By |April 27th, 2019|2 Comments

Day 23: Valenca to Porrino

We dressed for rain because, after all, it is Portugal, well this morning it is but after about 10 it will be Spain but it will be 11 because of the time difference which means we’ll arrive late, but no, there will be an extra hour of daylight…I think. Phew! but we still might need our rain gear in Spain, because it is, after all Galicia, and it always rains. 

It was only ‘dodging puddles day’ […]

By |April 26th, 2019|Comments Off on Day 23: Valenca to Porrino

Day 22: Sao Roque to Valenca

We awoke to a misty window with small piles of ice made up of tiny rice-sized balls, which we were later to feel as light hail. Breakfast with a busload of German tourists and 4 pilgrims, 2 Dutch women and a young Belgian couple (she had the blister), started our day. Fully rain geared up except for my New Balance shoes that never seem to get wet anyway, we headed out on our familiar cobbled […]

By |April 25th, 2019|Comments Off on Day 22: Sao Roque to Valenca

Day 21: Ponte de Lima to Sao Roque

Today is the first time the rain isn’t having a break so we won’t be having one either, so it’s off over a very long medieval bridge, pristine because it seems the weather has everyone remaining cosy inside. It’s a day where you become creative with your path-taking choices, edging round puddles, making a new track or just dancing on protruding rocks.

Lots of younger people today mostly from Germany, Holland and Belgium, with a few […]

By |April 24th, 2019|6 Comments