This is my first post of 2022, a first of many, I hope. I hope you all had a good break and enjoyed the New Year. To be quite honest, I have never been fond of New Year’s Eve. Are we celebrating the passage of time or are we looking forward to something unknown? TS Elliot once said, “Every moment is a fresh beginning”. We shouldn’t put so much energy into one night but try to better ourselves each day. Regardless, we are in 2022 and I can’t but feel hopeful.
Camino Francés 2021 – Day 5 – Carrion de los Condés to Ledigos
September 5th 2021 - Day 5 Carrion de los Condés to LedigosDistance: 25.4 kmAlbergue: Albergue La Morena I had one of my best sleeps yet in Carrion and I was refreshed for another day's walking. I left early on my own before 7 am to avoid the upcoming heat. The walk from Carrion de los... Continue Reading →
Camino Francés 2021 – Day 4 – Boadilla to Carrion de los Condés
September 4th 2021 - Day 4 Boadilla to Carrion de los CondésDistance: 24.5 kmAlbergue: Hostel Santiago From Boadilla to Carrion de los Condés, the Camino is relatively straight and flat however we are introduced to the monotone Senda del Peregrino - the walkway beside the main road. The temperatures were predicted to be close to... Continue Reading →
Happy New Year! Feliz Ano Santo!
First of all, I want to wish you all the best of wishes for the year ahead. While covid-19 is by no means in the past, the future looks promising. I can see myself walking in Spain this year and life can get back to normal now that vaccines have been approved. On Thursday evening,... Continue Reading →
Solas an Camino Éireannaigh – The Light of the Irish Way
The 25th of July was the feast of Saint James. Saint James is the patron saint of Spain, and for many, his remains are in Santiago de Compostela. Many pilgrims spend this day together, gathering and remembering good times from Caminos-past. Many societies arrange events celebrating the occasion. In Santiago, the festivities usually start with a firework... Continue Reading →
Back to the Camino Portugués de la Costa
Boy, did I plan this in advance? I usually leave the flights or whatever until after Christmas but if you read my last post I had been doing a little bit of planning for next Camino. I have decided to walk from Porto along the Coastal Path and hopefully arrive in Santiago within 2 weeks.... Continue Reading →
Pre-Camino Thoughts #5 – 21 days to go
As I sit and type this evening, I look at the calendar. The days are dropping away. Just 21 days left, 3 weeks. Any organised pilgrim would be packed and ready to go! I've a little more to do! This day 3 weeks from now, I will be sitting in my hostel in Lisbon waiting... Continue Reading →
Pre-Camino Thoughts #2 – 37 days to go
Buenos días peregrinas y peregrinos! I hope you are keeping well wherever you are reading this. Here in Ireland, it is a Bank Holiday weekend and the sun has made an appearance. Typically on days like this, I would be taking in as many walks as possible. But not this weekend. Today, I ventured north... Continue Reading →
Weekend Watch #51 – Saint James’ Day 2019
Santiago puts on the best celebrations. Lucky pilgrims! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhHFtnNVcxo If you enjoyed this post let me know by hitting the ★Like button, and sharing the love on your socials!… And if you want to hang out with me between posts then follow me on Instagram and on Facebook for daily and more personal updates!
Trailhead – City of the Saint
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTolOrdLKxM Trailhead or Tobias Panwitz is a singer-songwriter from Germany. He has recorded three albums and has toured throughout Germany, Europe, and Canada. One of his more recent collection of songs, Keep Walking, was born out of walking in Spain. Tracks 4, 5 and the title track are favorites of mine. https://open.spotify.com/album/0vlEUDDPODzRuAHVpU4D9S?si=E4m0dAv8QN6K0GnDQcmFfg A number of... Continue Reading →