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Camino Day 31: Salceda to Santiago de Compostela – The Gateway to Heaven

Camino Day 31: Salceda to Santiago de Compostela – The Gateway to Heaven

My feet were swollen, I was tired, yet I knew that by the end of the day we would be in Santiago. My journey was coming to its final days (I decided that I would continue on to Fisterra and Muxia). Triple P and I considered waking up early to start as soon as possible and therefore enjoy our day in Santiago. However, I simply could not find the motivation to get up. The room was moldy, stinky, and cold….

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Camino Day 30: Palas de Rei to Salceda – The Second to Last

Camino Day 30: Palas de Rei to Salceda – The Second to Last

Since Triple P and I were the only pilgrims in our room, we decided to sleep in (for once). Plus, we didn’t have to be out of the hostel until 9h. We took our time waking up, getting ready, eating breakfast, and repacking our sacks to carry all of our leftover groceries. Considering we had planned to walk 45 km, getting a late start may not have been the wisest decision. We finally made out way out the door at…

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Camino Day 29: Ferreiros to Palas de Rei – The Galician Trail

Camino Day 29: Ferreiros to Palas de Rei – The Galician Trail

Today has been one of my favorite days thus far. Triple P and I hit the road probably at around 7h45 after eating the breakfast of champions (I mean Chocapics, of course). We made it to Portomarin early and didn’t wait for the church to open so we could visit. We snapped some photos and went on our way. Unfortunately, we made a wrong turn somewhere and probably walked close to 45 minutes on the wrong path (including the time…

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Camino Day 28: Samos to Ferrieros – The Seductive Meseta “Plateau” of Lugo

Camino Day 28: Samos to Ferrieros – The Seductive Meseta “Plateau” of Lugo

We left Samos around our usual time, and early in the morning Triple P and I ran into the Italian Violinist, Hungarian Dancer, and Lentil Man that we were with the day before. We walked together for a few hours, essentially until we arrived in Sarria. We were planning to avoid sleeping in Sarria because it is a popular spot for pilgrims to start, well those who only plan to walk the minimum 100 km required to obtain a compostela….

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Camino Day 27: O Cebreiro to Samos – The Land of Gagellos

Camino Day 27: O Cebreiro to Samos – The Land of Gagellos

I must start this post off with bad news. I have zero pictures from today. I couldn’t charge my phone last night and while thought I had enough charge for the day, my phone acted crazy and shut off while there was plenty of battery left. You’ll have to simply trust me when I tell you how beautiful it all was. We left O Cebreiro maybe at around 7h15. Everyone was out the door quite early, but it was cold…

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Camino Day 26: Villafranca to O Cebreiro – A Land of Two Cultures

Camino Day 26: Villafranca to O Cebreiro – A Land of Two Cultures

Triple P and I started the day somewhere between 7h15 and 7h30. Leaving Villafranca I saw how beautiful the village was and wishes I did more than just nap and stay out of the rain the day before. Last night before bed, I read my guidebook (Cycling Spaniard lent it to me) and compared it to Triple P’s. His guidebook built up an alternative route out of the city that climbed through the mountains and avoided what would be the…

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Camino Day 25: Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo – The Land of Earthly Pleasures

Camino Day 25: Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo – The Land of Earthly Pleasures

Triple P and I started our hike today somewhere ar around 7h20 (I don’t quite remember). We had breakfast with the French cyclist before finally heading on our way. I informed Triple P that I was taking it easy today, walking only 24 km. I didn’t want to force him to stick to my itinerary for I knew he had other plans. He started his Camino a full week after I did! I can’t believe we are in the same…

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Camino Day 24: Manajrin to Ponferrada – El Monte Irago

Camino Day 24: Manajrin to Ponferrada – El Monte Irago

Last night there was an electrical storm; I’m not sure at what time, but it woke everyone up. The roof started leaking on Count Chocula, the 18 year old German kid, and he asked if someone would move and make space for him because he was getting wet and could no longer sleep. Now, he’s a nice kid, albeit a bit of a know it all, but I’m confident the Italians didn’t like him much. It was pretty evident when…

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Camino Day 23: Astorga to Manajrin – In the Mountains’ Shadow

Camino Day 23: Astorga to Manajrin – In the Mountains’ Shadow

As usual, I didn’t plan on leaving Astorga until daylight. I set my alarm for 6h30, but I was awake quite some time before that by others in my room (there were 4 of us). By 6h15, every one was gone and I was able to enjoy my last 15-20 minutes of rest before getting up and starting my day. I left Astorga right before 7h and happen to run into an Italian and German I knew. They’ve become an…

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Camino Day 22: San Martin del Camino to Astorga – The Knight’s Bridge

Camino Day 22: San Martin del Camino to Astorga – The Knight’s Bridge

I set my alarm today for 6h, knowing that I’d be leaving alone and at around 6h30. I expected to be one of the last to leave, as I’ve become use to the ever growing earlt risers. However, I was shocked when my alarm went off and everyone else was still asleep. The beds next to me were cleared (early risers), but I seemed to be in a room filled with newbie pilgrims. What choice did I have but to…

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