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Last day in Spain (being sent out a couple of days later)

And tomorrow we’re off. We’ve called the cab driver who’s a fan of Catalan independence, and have arranged to walk to the market with Peg and Tom for breakfast. Then they will head for Montserrat, and we will go to … Continue reading

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Santiago to Barcelona

[This is out of order; sorry!] We showed up this morning at the Santiago airport well before dawn, along with dozens of other peregrinos. Everyone still wore backpacks with shells, carried walking sticks, hefted backpacks. By the time we left … Continue reading

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Barcelona on a sunny October 1

Hard to imagine that it’s October 1 and has been snowing in Anchorage when we are wandering along sunny streets with breezes in the palm trees. We did a fair amount of that today, Peg and Tom’s first full day … Continue reading

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Melide to Arzua — another rainy day

Rain discourages photography. Luckily it only rained much of the day, not the whole time, so we got a few photos. Early on, we walked through a forest of eucalyptus and pine trees. Someone was cutting the eucalyptus, using the … Continue reading

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A day in Sarria

A pleasant day — not too hot. Regina and Anthea enjoyed sleeping in. Peg and Tom, Teri and Jim went off to explore, starting at the monastery where Jim, Anthea and I got new credencials. Those are the forms on … Continue reading

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Villafranca del Bierzo to Herrerias

The route from Villafranca del Bierzo to Vega del Valcarce has been one of the most frequently described in the books I’ve read about the Camino, and most characterizations have ranged from “harrowing” to “terrible.” But much must have changed … Continue reading

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Ponferrada to Villafranca de Bierzo

There are several Villafrancas along the Camino Frances — it means “Town of the Franks” and referred to all of the people coming from France to get to Santiago. Tonight’s town is ¬†Villfranca of the Bierzo region, which is hilly … Continue reading

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El Acebo to Ponferrada

Another awkward night for the Internet — we’ll see what we can get finished before the hotel bar closes or the whole thing cuts out entirely. No wi-fi in the rooms, despite assurances that there was (but even hotels in … Continue reading

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Astorga to Rabanal del Camino

Short notes tonight — our Internet is limited to what comes with dinner, and runs out in about 20 minutes. We put in about 14 1/2 miles walking uphill (but relatively gentle slopes, mostly) from Astorga to Rabanal — a … Continue reading

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A quiet day in Astorga

I have taken everyone’s excellent advice, and am taking it easy for another day — really easy. It’s 4:30 p.m., and I’ve only accumulated about 1 3/4 miles. But here’s how great Astorga is — we had the cab drop … Continue reading

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