ARRIVING IN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Galicia marks the final lap of our journey, only a mere 150 km separate us from Santiago now. Walking the high peaks of Galicia, surrounded by endless mists, my mind traces back every step and I wonder how far I have come and how much further could I go yet? The Camino opens your mind to a deeper understanding of the self and of everything that surrounds it. But if…

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ONWARD INTO GALICIA

With Galicia waiting just round the corner and Santiago now closer than ever, the time to leave Matavenero had finally come. Living here for nearly a week is a moment in my life that I will always cherish. Along the Camino you learn to appreciate the value of the simple things in life, and here more than anywhere we lived these experiences. A part of us wished to remain behind…

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AN UNUSUAL DETOUR

23rd June 2014 Walking the Camino is like playing a game; you’re always looking out for the next shell or yellow arrow to lead you along the right path to Santiago. We left the monastery we had been staying in and returned to following the signs – shells engraved in the streets of the city. The Camino leads us on a final tour of Leon, through the market square, up…

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CASTILLA Y LEON

18th June 2014   Rua El Cid As we stepped into the streets of Leon we felt a heavy weight lifted off our shoulders. Soon we would be leaving the region of Castilla and Leon behind us, moving on from these monotonous stretches of farmland and heading for the more exiting scenery of Galicia. Known as the Mesetas or Tierra de Campos, this plateau region 800m above sea level is…

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THE ESSENCE OF EL CAMINO

4th June 2014   The Camino is as much a physical challenge as it is a mental one. That evening we went to bed in Estella tired, aching and drained. We woke hardly feeling any better. Even more disheartening was the empty dormitory we woke to at 7,30. Everyone had already set off and we were still there complaining. With some effort we managed to get going driven only by…

ONWARD TO ESTELLA

1st June 2014 Most pilgrims usually set off early in the morning: we never managed to get going until at least 9. After our night out in Pamplona, at 11 we were still in the albergue. All night the bars and streets had been heaving with people eating pinxos and drinking wine and at only 2 euros each it is a quick and slippery slope. With our ever-improving Spanish we…