travel tales

Camino Portugués – memories

A couple of my friends are about to begin their own pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. They're even following the same route I did, the Camino Portugués. My walk from northern Portugal to Galicia was, without doubt, one of the best experiences of my life. So many great memories, and such lovely people (some of… Continue reading Camino Portugués – memories

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Still in Arles

I spent a little part of this morning on the Camino again. I visited les Alyscamps - as painted by Vincent Van Gogh - and discovered it was once a "necessary stage on the Saint Jacques of Compostelle pilgrimage"! I was aware of a Camino route beginning in Arles but didn't expect to come across… Continue reading Still in Arles

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Back to reality

What a day! My clock, unbeknownst to me, was still on Spanish time. I have, therefore, been at work since 7.50am and must have woken up at 5.20! Happily my lovely boss allowed me to leave early this afternoon. The day was otherwise pretty great though. Everyone was asking "How was your trip?" and "Did… Continue reading Back to reality

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Be careful what you wish for…

I'm stuck in Palma de Mallorca! The flight from Santiago was over an hour late and the gate for my connecting flight was miles away so I missed it. It seems I will have to set up home on this island... Later: Hurrah! I contacted my fine insurers who told me to "Do what [I] need… Continue reading Be careful what you wish for…

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Going home…

I've been having great day! After breakfast I attended mass at the cathedral. I sat through nearly 2 hours but it was worth it when they swung the Botafumeiro - a gigantic incense burner - in a most exciting fashion! They really got it moving. It took about 5 men to control the thing as… Continue reading Going home…