Video Clips from the Camino

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in The Camino, Travel Update | No Comments

We’ve been hiking 20+ km days for 13 days now since our break in Pamplona. Our feet might be sore but we are both developing callouses  and not blisters. Today we got a private room in an Albergue in Fromista and are dining in–bread, Spanish ham, cheese, and wine in our room. In two days […]

Sleepless in Spain

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in The Camino, Travel Update | No Comments

Monday, April 25 Castrojeriz, Spain “…I thought I was in the woods surrounded by growling animals” New York Expatriate, now living in England Most peregrinos on the Camino spend each night in what’s called an Albergue (pronounced Al-burr-gay) or pilgrims hostel. The normal rate for a bed is about 10 euros, roughly $11 US dollars. […]

Pilgrims First, Tourists When we Can

Posted by on Apr 23, 2016 in Tall Tales, The Camino, Travel Update | No Comments

Friday, April 22 Belorado, Spain There is no bad weather, only bad clothing Danish Proverb Today is one of those days where we’re grateful we tested our clothing in rainy conditions. We started off in the predawn darkness in an effort to beat the rain forecasted for the early afternoon. We were rewarded with a […]

If This is Tuesday, it Must be Navarrete

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in The Camino, Travel Tips, Travel Update | No Comments

Tuesday we arrived in Naverrete after 22+ km of hiking. We started with Maria, Beth & Jerry and crossed very pretty countryside under overcast skies. During the morning part of our trek we left Basque Country and arrived in the Rioja region of Spain, noted for great wine. So far, we haven’t been disappointed. Mid-morning […]

New Friends, New Scenery

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in The Camino, Travel Update | No Comments

Saturday, April 18. Viana, Spain I sensed that he was following us. We had walked out of our Hostal (hotel) room in Pamplona after a day off. We had all our gear on for our 21+km hike to the charming little hamlet of Obanos. As we crossed a square heading toward the point where we […]

No Bulls Needed

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in The Camino, Travel Update | No Comments

Thursday, April 14. Pamplona, Spain “Pamplona is calling.” Yoost in the movie, “The Way” We walked here on Wednesday under blue Basque skies that rival those of our native Seattle. It wound up being about 22 km; two more than planned due to detours—one planned, one unplanned. Yes, I missed a turn. We (especially me) […]

The Camino is Getting Crowded

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in The Camino, Travel Update | No Comments

Tuesday, April 12. Zibiri, Spain Laurie continues to improve and we put in an 18 km day over terrain both beautiful, and rough. Our paths included paved road, concrete pathways, mud dotted with cow flop, and rocky paths that reminded us of Mount Rainier National Park. Unlike backpacking in Mount Rainier where we worried about […]

In the Footsteps of Hemingway

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in The Camino, Travel Update | No Comments

Monday, April 11. Burguete, Spain. (Known as Auritz here in Basque Country) I’m writing this in a salon on the second story of Hostal Burguete, a hotel favored by Ernest Hemingway when he visited this village. In Spain he’s most associated with Pamplona, which is two days walk from here. But he did spend time […]

So it Begins

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 in The Camino, Travel Tips, Travel Update | No Comments

Saturday, April 9. Valcarlos Spain Laurie has recovered enough from her cold to put in a half day of hiking. We started our trek this morning out of the medieval village of St Jean Pied de Port. It was cool and overcast, and soon enough we were putting our rain gear to the test. If […]

Detour Ahead

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in The Camino, Travel Tips, Travel Update | No Comments

Friday, April 5 2016. St Jean Pied de Port, France TRAVEL UPDATE: By now we expected to be hiking the Napoleonic route out of St Jean to Santiago de Compostela. It’s a 25 km route with a climb of almost 1400 meters over the Pyrenees into Spain. It’s the most strenuous part of the Camino […]

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