Archive for The Pilgrimage

A Great Sense of Accomplishment: Conradum Koontz

I woke up early and full of energy. I left Albergue Edreira in the dark with lots of rain. The rain drizzled or poured throughout the day. While factually soaked, it was the farthest thing from my mind. I would have been oblivious to a…

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I truly feel like I’ve won the lottery

Woke up in my one star hotel and took a nice warm shower. Filled the tub with hot water and soaked my feet while eating some bread, banana, and apple. I walked without effort in a relaxed manner for the entire day. If you are…

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42.3 miles left

Here is a day in the life of a Peregrino. I usually wake up around 5:30-6:30 in a room full of people that snore. With so much participation, there is actually a harmony. Ear plugs treat me well during the sleeping hours. I am lucky….

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There is never a sense of loneliness

Had a big dinner with Alberto (Spain), Zenira (Brazil), Lou (Vermont), Courtney (Australia), Melinda/Annette (South Africa), and Mikkel (Denmark). There is a tremendous sense of community throughout the Camino. Everyone is always welcome at any table. Each person has some form of nagging pain, yet…

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Top of the World!!

Had a nice dinner with a nineteen year old young man from Denmark named Mikkel. He quit his job helping handicapped children because they would only allow four weeks of vacation. He requires seven weeks for his Camino. Prior to my experience, I would have…

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Holy Soled – RIP

I spent the night in a quiet hotel that respected the size of my body. While comfort was present, the thoughts of breaking in the extra-large Patagonia’s interrupted my dreams. After a restless night, the new day began around 7:30 with a nice hot shower,…

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Pablo Picasso’s Dreams

Stayed in a tiny town last night and had a bit of an unpleasant experience. I stayed in a parish Albergue which means there is a shared dinner and the night is free (donation optional). There were 16 bunks in a very small room. Because…

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I hope there is no video

During yesterday’s marathon, friends and family of the runners were in small groups to cheer on their loved ones. With some gratuitous solicitation, I extracted a few claps for myself. Breakfast at the Spa Hotel was divine. I ate tomatoes, cheese, eggs, toast, pan dolce,…

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I walked alone

Today was just a nice relaxing Sunday. I left Albergue Jesus at 6:00 AM under clear skies, a bright full moon, and crisp cool fall weather. It was 40 degrees at best. My new gloves almost took the edge off the chill. Walking in the…

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I only have 340,145 steps left

Last night, some fellow walkers asked me to go hear the nuns sing at a night service. The pews were perpendicular to the rows of nuns. 16 nuns sat in unique chairs and were separated by an aisle. They looked like motionless mannequins until the…

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