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Month: July 2015

Camino Day 2: Roncesvalles to Zubiri – The Land of Forests

Camino Day 2: Roncesvalles to Zubiri – The Land of Forests

After a second sleepless night,  I woke up today imagining that my legs would feel completely destroyed, that I’d instantly regret not training adequately for this camino. And while my pack is lighter than anyone I’ve met so far (I’m a minimalist packer to the extreme), that doesn’t mean my body didn’t feel the effects of walking 26 km through the Pyrenees. I was happy, motivated, and thankful when I awoke this morning feeling relatively great, despite tossing and turning…

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Camino Day 1: SJPP to Roncesvalles – The Challenge of the Pyrenees

Camino Day 1: SJPP to Roncesvalles – The Challenge of the Pyrenees

To Santiago de Compostela: 764 km I arrived in Saint Jean Pied de Port Wednesday night and didn’t do much besides check into my pilgrim’s hostel and walk around a bit. I loved the train ride here from Toulouse. The landscape was lush and green, a complete contrast to the arid climate in Provence I’m accustomed to. The only unfortunate experience was that on my train from Toulouse to Bayonne, where I had a correspondence, there were a group of…

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Morocco: Easy Breezy Essaouira

Morocco: Easy Breezy Essaouira

After a wonderful few days in the desert, I spent the night in Marrakech before taking a bus the next afternoon to Essaouira. I grabbed dinner with my new desert friends (the Slovaks plus the Mexicans) and I planned on meeting the Slovaks and the Kiwi in Essaouira the next day. Unfortunately, the Mexicans were heading to Agadir, but the Slovaks extended their trip so they could go to Essaouira since most of the people on our excursion were heading…

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Morocco: Slumber Party in the Sahara Part II

Morocco: Slumber Party in the Sahara Part II

We had another early rising day and a delicious breakfast before piling once again into the van and continuing our way to the Sahara Desert. Since the first ride, everyone sits in the same seats, and I’m lucky that I’m sitting in the back row with some awesome people. We are definitely the cool row of the van. We continued our long drive through the hot Moroccan desert. Our day’s activities were focused around Berber culture. We toured some agricultural fields,…

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Morocco: Slumber Party in the Sahara Desert Part I

Morocco: Slumber Party in the Sahara Desert Part I

If there was on thing I wanted to do during my trip to Morocco it was spend the night in the desert. Not only is it on my bucket list, but the Sahara is one of the iconic images that pops into my head when I think of Morocco. I was not going to let the intense summer heat stop me from visiting the desert, even if my mother and host parents insisted that I was crazy. I did some…

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Morocco: The Mayhem of Marrakech

Morocco: The Mayhem of Marrakech

In my previous post I mentioned how I’m frantically working to update my blog from my mobile phone before starting the Camino de Santiago. Well, I can safely say that I didn’t have a chance of updating my blog! But, in order not to confuse my readers (or myself if I ever choose to read this thing), I decided to back-date the post and insert it chronologically, as if I had super-human blogging capabilities and the best mobile phone known…

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Topsy Turvy Tuesday in Toulouse

Topsy Turvy Tuesday in Toulouse

Greetings from Toulouse, everyone! I officially love this city, which should be no surprise. I’ve been here two and a half days and I have already met amazing people. My Camino de Santiago de Compostela is off to a great start. I arrived in Toulouse Sunday night at around 19h, after traveling first class on the train. No, I’m not fancy, but there was a sale on tickets and the first class ones were cheaper than second class. Instead of…

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Final Days

Final Days

While I’m working on updating my blog (I’m still convinced I can finish updating it in the next two days from my cellphone), I thought I’d at least keep you up to date on what’s been going on since I returned from Morocco. Clark Kent picked me up from the airport and we headed to a calanque by my house. It is one of my favorite local spots, and I was surprised to see other people there. I’m almost always…

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Lac d’Esparron

Lac d’Esparron

My last two weekends have been pretty spectacular. In fact, they were my last two full weekends in France (the end is near my dear friends)! Here’s a summary of the last weekend in June: 27 June Beautiful Water I started off my day by going to the beach at Sausset le Pins. I go to the beach every single day so it is really hard to keep them straight and remember which beach I went to on which day,…

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T Minus 3

T Minus 3

My time in France is winding down. Actually, I only have three days left! It’s pretty crazy but I have so much left to do and so little time! Especially since I spent all of last week in Morocco. I’m almost done with my photos and I am determined to get this thing up to date before leaving. I can hardly believe how quickly the last 11 months have flown by; it feels like a flash in my book of…

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