Camino de Santiago 2011

Compostella’s


When the camino is completed, and arrival in Santiago de Compostella is achieved, the task at hand is  to visit the Pilgrim office.  There you will complete some paperwork and receive your Compostella, provided that you were motivated by religious or spiritual reasons.

2011 Compostella

If you continue on to Finisterra, you will receive a special document.

2011 Finisterra Compostella

If you continue on to Muxia, you will receive an additional special document.

2011 Muxia Compostella

 

Buen Camino!

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Prolog to the Camino de Santiago


I can tell you that having walked the Camino de Santiago has changed my life… Mostly in the sense that I met people that have become and will be life-long friends despite the fact that we live in different countries all over the globe. We shared an experience together and developed a comraderie that we will continue to carry…

The map shows all of the WAYS of the Camino. I walked both the Frances and Finisterra Ways!

As a prolog and organizational tool, I have created the following table of information to assist anyone planning on walking the Camino de Santiago during March or April… I hope it gives you an idea of how to prepare and what you may expect along your WAY. Your experience will be yours… likely different than mine, but we will have shared with each other…

Day

When to Start the Camino

Contents of my backback

Waiting for Weather:

            Waiting to Start the Camino

            Update Saturday March 12

Soul Moments

Day

Start

End

Link

March 20

St Jean Pied de Port

Roncesvalles

***

March 21

Roncesvalles

Zubiri

***

March 22

Zubiri

Pamplona

***

March 23

Pamplona

Puente la Reina

***

March 24

Puente la Reina

Estella

***

March 25

Estella

Los Arcos

***

March 26

Los Arcos

Logrono

***

March 27

Logrono

Najera

***

March 28

Najera

Santo Domingo de la Calzada

***

March 29

Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Belorado

***

March 30

Belorado

Arapuerca

***

March 31

Arapuerca

Burgos

***

April 1

Burgos

Hontanas

***

April 2

Hontanas

Fromista

***

April 3

Fromista

Carrion de los Condes

***

April 4

Carrion de los Condes

Terradillos de Templarios

***

April 5

Terradillos de Templarios

El Burgo Ranero

***

April 6

El Burgo Ranero

Arcahueja

***

April 7

Arcahueja

Leon

***

April 8

Leon

Mazarife

***

April 9

Mazarife

Astorga

***

April 10

Astorga

Foncebadon

***

April 11

Foncebadon

Molinaseca

***

April 12

Molinaseca

Villafranca

***

April 13

Villafranca

La Faba

***

April 14

La Faba

Triacastela

***

April 15

Triacastela

Sarria

***

April 16

Sarria

Gonzar

***

April 17

Gonzar

Melide

***

April 18

Melide

Santa Irene

***

April 19

Santa Irene

Santiago de Compostella

***

April 20

Santiago de Compostella

Negreira

***

April 21

Negreira

Olveiroa

***

April 22

Olveiroa

Cee

***

April 23

Cee

Finisterra

***

April 24

Finisterra

Muxia

***

ALL

Friends

 

If you can learn, in several languages

the phrase: “What is your name?

 My favorite and one I used on occasion:

JE T’Aime…

Despite the fact that I left to walk the Camino de Santiago with the idea that I would consider taking days for a break, I did not take any breaks and continued walking each day.  After I finished walking the Camino de Santiago, I went to the Spainish town Ourense to take advantage of the public thermal hot springs.  It was well worth the trip.  I spent several days in Ourense, two at the Auberge at the top of the hill above the town with my friend Charles, the operator of the facility.

Once I left Ourense, I took the train to Vigo… and returned to Portugal … one of the love’s of my life…

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Friends from the Camino


I made many friends on the Camino de Santiago!

 

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Walk from Finisterra to Muxia


April 24th, 2011 – 30.1 KM … cloudy windy and dry… the day’s terrain included one climb of 200 meters spread over 5 KM… a mere bump in comparison to the MOUNTAIN over the Pyrenees on the first day!

This day was solomn for me… It would be my last day walking… and, as I started alone, I would finish the camino alone… It was reflective… I recall all the friends and people that I have met… all wonderful… and I suspect some will become life long friends! So, today, more than other days, I took notice of the natural beauty and the springtime wildflowers!

In all, walking the camino has been one of the most significant adventures of my lifetime! This will undoubtedly not be the only camino that I undertake! I miss my friends of the camino, the connections that we have made, the common search for greater meaning, and the common desire for resolution in searching for a balance between our inner and outer lives… the search for “what we may do next”… It has been a journey that we did together, in some way, but the journey was for each of us uniquely our own… in our thoughts, our circumstances, our histories…

Tomorrow, I will return to Santiago for a brief stay… Afterwards, I will go to Ourense, Spain to soak my muscles and bones in the eternal hot springs located there…

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Walk from Cee to Finisterra


April 23rd, 2011 – a mere 12.7 KM… overcast… some drizzle… mostly pleasant!

After paying for our great accommodations, (hey! the laundry was done for no charge, just donativo to the women.) Dominic, Simone, Danielle, and I began our walk to Finisterra.

Church in Corcubion!

We all decided to stop for a group photo on the path to Finisterra! This would be our last day together!

Group photo!

At Praia do Langosteira, we walked along the beach… Armin caught up to us on the beach… and we all looked for the CAMINO SHELLS in the sand… We found many!!!

Searching for Camino Shells!

Boats in Finisterra harbor...

The top of the Cruce in Finisterra...

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Walk from Olveiroa to Cee


April 22nd, 2011 – 16.5 KM… RAIN…

Rain for most of the morning!

Beautiful!

The rain stopped for a brief period as I walked down the mountain into CEE. I met up with Roberto and Ruth, from Madrid, to take this photo!

With Roberto & Ruth (from Madrid)

After getting to the edge of the town, I met up with Kristoff & Phillip at a corner bar-cafe for a short break.

Phillip & I

Meeting up with Dominic, Simone, & Danielle, we headed into CEE to find the only private Auberge – only to discover that they had completely reserved all spaces for taxi camino tourists… arg… By not, it started to rain again… heavily… and it didn’t seem to want to stop… I suggested that we inquire about rooms at the pensions! We found rooms at a very reasonable rate at Pension Beiramar, where they dried all our wet rain gear and rain covers, dried our boots, washed and dried our laundry, and taxied us to a restaurant and back… AWESOME!

Pension Beiramar 220 Avda Finisterra, CEE

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Walk from Negreira to Olveiroa


April 21st, 2011 – 33.1 KM – This was a long day… It started out fairly dry… but there was a “RAIN” DUMP… Fortunately, we were near a bus stop enclosure and were able to avoid getting too wet!

About halfway through the day, several of us took a break! In this photo, Danielle, me, Greg (?), and Dominic are resting our butts on benches! LOL

Break! Butts on Benches!

After climbing over/around Monte Aro, it started to drizzle… we had gotten to this bus stop enclosure and were in the process of putting on rain covers over our backpacks and putting on rain pants, when it just DUMPPED… We stayed in the enclosure for 30-45 minutes, staying dry and enjoying some snacks…

Can you see the rain?

The rain did stop, though…

End of day quiet country lane!

Olveiroa is a sleepy place… there are no real services there, except one public auberge and one private hotel/restaurant… A new auberge/cafe/bar is being constucted, but was not open yet… We had dinner at the restaurant!

Pilgrim Dinner Gang!

Left to right in the photo: Antonio, Kristen, Danielle, Kristoff, Greg (?), me, Dominic, Armin, Simone, (???)

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Walk from Santiago to Negreira


April 20th, 2011 – 22.4 KM – cloudy and cool weather, but no rain today!

This was a pleasant day! The walk started by going out of Santiago, and once the way marking was found, quite nice. The views of Santiago, looking back into the city were magnificant!

View back into Santiago!

This was a solo day for me… very few of the friends I’ve made started this walk today… of the friends that did walk to Negreira, our starting times were so varied that we did not cross paths, but rather met later in the day… As it went, walking today solo was a good time for reflecting on the meaning of the camino… It has also been good for contemplation and some reconciliation of my inner and outer life experiences… discovery and affirmation of the importance of the people involved in my life… and the direction that I must undertake for greater fulfillment in life…

Statue in Negreira

Statue in Negreira

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Walk from Santa Irene to Santiago


April 19th, 2011 – 23.7 KM… relatively flat… rained for the first few hours…

Some people just camp out!

At long last, Santiago de Compostela – 800 KM… though not the end of my journey, it is a major milestone! I walked the first 3 or so KM alone… In Pedrouzo Do Pino (Arca), I met Antonio… Antonio and Lina had stayed the night before in Pedrouzo… and Lina was lagging, being a bit smitten with Rodri, I understand… I walked with Antonio until Monte de Gozo, which supposedly overlooks Santiago… Antonio would wait for Lina there, and I walked the last 5 or so KM into Santiago alone…

Antoino & I...

Monument at Monte do Gozo

It seemed fitting to enter the santuary of Santiago alone, to contemplate and reflect on the 31 days that I had been walking the Camino… change is certain in life… the camino has opened possibilities and has created many questions for me…

The Cathedral in Santiago de Compostella

I had been walking about trying to find the oficina do perigrinos – a chance running into Ron set me in the right direction!

Ron, the Canadian, and I

Paul and I started this camino on the same day! Over the past 31 days, we’ve become quite good friends! Kristoff was a great addition to our celebration! Later in the evening, we had a group dinner with many of our friends: brother/sister Kristoff & Carol, Dominic, Simone, Danielle, Maryanne, Kristoff, Paul, Phillip, and I…

Kristoff, Paul (Pocoloco), and I - celebrating pre-dinner!

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Walk from Melide to Santa Irene


April 18th, 2011 – 30.2 KM – Mostly flat today… the weather changed! It was cool most of the day and rain was expected! We were lucky, though, as it didn’t rain until the last hour (about 4 KM)… Then, it DUMPPED!!!

Candidly, I would have felt cheated out of the typical rain of Galicia if I had completed the camino with NO rain… So, I ended this day wet and happy!

Farmer with his cows!

We took this break along the way! could have been in the town of either Salceda, Oxen, or Brea!

A break with Lina and Antonio!

Wisteria before the rain!

With some amount of forethought, the group – Dominic, Simone, Danielle, Kristoff, Carol, Maryanne, another Kristoff, and I – was able to snag a reservation at the private auberge in Santa Irene. Many thanks to Maryanne for using her cellphone to get it lined up… especially after having it DUMP RAIN!!! The Auberge was very comfortable…

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