Camino

Astorga to Santiago de Compostela

N and K's go at pilgrimage. Northern Spain. Sep - Oct 2014

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Camino 1 – 18 October 2014

18 October 2014 Yesterday, I took a small, sharp pair of scissors and cut off a flap of skin from under my foot. The scissors were curved so that I...
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Camino 10

Somewhere on the road between Sarria and Palas de Rei we encountered an Englishman in his early-to-mid sixties. He was slight and mild-mannered,...
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Camino 11a – 29 September 2014

Sarria to Portomarin Part 1 N’s alarm woke us at around six. Living in hope, we checked the time just in case it had gone off an hour early and we...
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Camino 11b – 29 September 2014

Sarria to Portomarin – Part 2 We walked on into the afternoon, counting down the half-kilometre markers to Santiago. It could be a dispiriting...
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Camino 2 - 21 September 2014

The rucksacks turned out to fit the cabin-baggage gauge, which was a relief. We shoved them in the lockers and strapped ourselves in. Expectation was...

Camino 3 - 3 November 2014

Monday 3 November and the Camino is falling back into the weeks and months behind me. I visualise the stages of Apollo's Saturn V rocket falling...
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Camino 3a – 22 September 2014

Camino 3a – 22 September 2014, 09:15 We met a man outside Oviedo railway station. He was wearing shorts and walking shoes and carrying a rucksack...
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Camino 4 – 23 September 2014

Camino 4 – 23 September 2014 Astorga to Rabanal del Camino My ongoing cold was making me snore more loudly than usual, filling the night with tension...

Camino 6 – 25 September 2014 Pt 1

Riego de Ambros (via Molinaseca) - Ponferrada We slept pretty well in the wooden cubicles of the albergue. But at some point in the middle of the...
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Camino 6 – 25 September 2014 Pt 2

Ponferrada - Villafranca del Bierzo We walked up into the plaza mayor, with the Basilica de la Encina in one corner, and out through a short street...

Camino 7 - 26 September 2014

Villafranca del Bierzo to O’ Cebreiro N’s alarm woke us from a deep sleep. It was still dark. It was the first decent rest for almost a week and we...

Camino 8a – 27 September 2014

La Faba to O’ Cebreiro I first started writing these notes up in October 2014. People, places and events and so many conversations were still very...
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Camino 8b – 27 September 2014

O' Cebreiro to Triacastela We headed out of Cebreiro and down a cobbled track to the main road. Helpfully, a signpost pointed left to Triacastela and...

Camino 9a – 28 September 2014

Triacastela to Sarria We passed a fairly restful night in our opposite corners of the room at the O Peregrino. In the morning, from our window we...

Camino 9b – 28 September 2014

Triacastela to Sarria (continued) The rain hit us sideways from across the fields as we walked the last kilometre into Sarria. We tried to protect...
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Camino 12 – 30 September

Portomarin to Palas de Rei N and I paused by the albergue in the half-light for our morning selfie. We ate breakfast at a café opposite the Iglesia...
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Camino 13a – 1 October 2014

Palas de Rei to Arzua, via Ribadiso - Part 1 1st of October. A new month. A few days from now we’d be in Santiago. We rose early. There were no other...
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Camino 13b – 1 October 2014

Palas de Rei to Arzua, via Ribadiso - Part 2 The heat intensified as the afternoon wore on. Where the route followed the road, there was little cover...
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Camino 14 – 2 October 2014

Arzua to Pedrouzo I woke from a heavy sleep in our tiny room in Arzua. It was pitch-black. The alarm on N’s mobile seemed like an intrusion from...
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Camino 15a – 3 October 2014

Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela N’s alarm sounded in the darkness. I should have been feeling a little hung-over after the previous night’s...
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Camino 15b – 3 October 2014

Pedrouzo to Santiago – Part 2 Gradually, we came into the suburbs of Santiago. Swinging left at the foot of Monte del Gozo brought us alongside the...
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Camino 16a – 3 October 2014

Santiago: Botafumeiro We’d been promising ourselves a meal in Santiago if and when we made it. The thought had kept us going for days – echoes of...

Pilgrimage

I lay in my sleeping-bag one night knowing that the stars were filling the sky outside, and I pictured another pilgrim many thousands of years in the future talking to a friend.
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Camino 16b – 3 October 2014

Santiago: Farewell Nobody seemed sure what to do next. People said their goodbyes outside the cathedral as the crowd dispersed into the evening...
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Camino 17 – 4 October 2014 (Fin)

Epilogue N’s alarm woke us at around half six in the morning. We needed to catch a bus to the airport. The flight was around ten. We pulled on fresh...