Albergues and not Quite Arguments on the Camino de Santiago

Finally got a sunny day on the rock yesterday (Sunday).  Should have been Wasdale and the joys of Scafell Crag, but never mind, it was sunny and the rock was dry.   Not quite as dry and sunny as northern Spain as Heather prepares to slip over the top of some hilly bits into Galicia.  It would seem her patience is being tested again!  Albergues and “not quite arguments” aren’t really what you’d  expect on the trek for spiritual peace that presumably motivated St James. Impatience – have I learned ANYTHING?? ´Why are you sleeping on the floor with the Italian scout troup, Heather´ Well, it´s like this…… Cherryll would understand – these things happen to her as well! Long story, let´s start at my arrival in Ponferrada...

Is That Camino de Santiago with Two Breakfasts?

Is That Camino de Santiago with Two Breakfasts?

I haven’t quite worked out where the 2 breakfasts of Heather’s title fit in but I’m sure they’re bound to appear tomorrow.  She’s obviously got carried away with the writer thing!!  Go to it. Hallo Everyone! The gentle art of two breakfasts. Hope you are all enjoying a great Summer.  Me?  Never been so stress-free in all my life.  Magic!  I hope you´re all considering doing this. Anyway, firstly, tomorrow soon after sunrise (don´t worry, it doesn´t happen very early) I will be at the Cruz de Ferro (Iron Cross) which is near the highest point of the whole walk and where pilgrims are meant to place stones which they have brought all the way from home.  I didn´t find out about this till yesterday but I found a stone that I thought Brent...

Catching up With Heather on the Camino

Catching up With Heather on the Camino

It’s been a few days since I’ve been able to get to the computer – been down at my Dad’s after dropping the kids off at Stanstead airport with their mum, for their holiday in Germany, with our old friends Roland and Renzi. Heather’s adventures have continued apace! I’m going to have to pack a couple of emails into one bumper post today; something for you to get your teeth into.  We’ve even got the very select set of photos that DON’T make Heather look like a granny. I’ll let Heather pick up the story: I´ve got pics downloaded onto a memory stick.  Good stuff!   I´m not going to even try and download Picasa on a coin-in-the-slot pc and I´m not on Facebook but I promise I´ll do it when I get home.  Now you know...

Camino: The Empty Quarter!

More worries about feet and then sudden relief.  Drifting unprepared through the bit with no bars – and the Heat! Feet So, as I said, I crawled into Bercianos, one of these villages that goes on for a mile and the albergue´s at the other end.  The heat was blistering, someone said 40 degrees. The hospitaleros tell you what to buy from the one shop at this albergue and they cook a gigantic meal.  It was a fine meal and crowded albergue – people sleeping everywhere.  I did avoid the sing-song with guitars but couldn´t avoid the blessing under the setting sun.  The setting sun was really something as you could see for ever.  On my little card I received it said ´conocerte, superar, acceptar´ (sorry, Yoana, the spelling and grammar might be wrong.) ...

Misery on the Camino de Santiago

It’s only a short post from Heather today as she’s been suffering a bit today. Pride cometh before a fall Part 2 and the bra again…. Hola chicos! Oh. sorry, Roanne´ll kill me for mentioning this, but mi sujetador especial from Spain – well, I´ve left it in Bercianos.  So it´s back to finding a lingerie shop in Leon tomorrow……. Anyway, there am I feeling all strong and fit and young – you know – just like last time.  I left the albergue at Terradillos, walked 10 cm and ouch!!  Double ouch!!  Little toe of left foot AND middle toe of right foot.  Left – blister plus crack between toes.  Right, my old corn.  None of my toenails look anything like toenails but there again, they haven´t for years. I have not been...

The Halfway Point of the Camino: Infinities, Mirages and Miso

After 17 days (I think) Heather has passed the halfway mark on her “little” pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago.  She’s having a few frustrations with the computer kit in the albergues, but I’ve left the odd bits in because they add a certain something to the post! Carrion de Los Condes to Terradillos Hola amigos, and the first thing I have to say is that the exclamation mark isn´t working.  In order to keep the right idea, I´ll insert an asterisk at the appropriate places.  The whole piggin´key isn´t working so I don´t have a number ONE either, but I´ll do a capital Í´for that. The difference between this beautiful, wonderful country and England is that here, when you see a field glowing yellow, it´s sunflowers.  They make you feel...