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Almost to Santiago!

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in Camino | 6 comments


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A Pilgrim´s Daily Schedule

Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Camino | 1 comment

I´m still walking the Camino de Santiago, and it´s been a really intensive experience. I’ve been challenged on many fronts, mostly my feet! I´m on my third generation of blisters. But with plenty of time to think (what else does one do when walking 15-20 miles/day?!?), I thought I would share my daily routine. 4:30 am Silently curse whichever dorm mate set their %&$!%&$!%!! alarm for this godawful hour and roll over and try to fall back asleep 5:00...

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One Week on the Camino

Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Azores | 2 comments

Well, the blisters upon blister have finally healed, and walking is pretty good. 25 kms per day are easy now, which is about 15 miles. I got my backpack down to about 10-12 lbs I think and life is good. I shipped almost 4 kilos (8 lbs) ahead to Santiago–my large camera and all my electronics and wool hat and socks, which I now miss since it´s been raining cats and dogs for two days straight and muddy as...

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Suffering like a true pilgrim

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Camino | 1 comment

Ha! Yeap, unlike my first Camino I·m plagued with blisters this time. My feet are killing me and every step of the way I am reminded of exactly how much crap I am carrying in my bacpack. Such is the life of a pilgrim, and yes, I am loving every minute of it. Where else, in a day, can I (literally) walk my ass off while speaking German, Spansh and English, at times all in the same sentence? Where...

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Posh boats in the harbor

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Azores | Comments Off on Posh boats in the harbor

All sorts of ships sail/motor into the Horta harbor because of the location of the archipelago – 1000 miles off the coast of Europe (Portugal). It’s an ideal stopping-off point for ships transiting from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean or from Europe to the Med or from the Caribbean to the Med. Some ships are obviously from seasoned travelers (as evidenced by the variety of wharf paintings) and others are exceedingly posh. Here are a few of the posh...

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Last walk on the Wharf

Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Azores | Comments Off on Last walk on the Wharf

Here’s my last stroll along the wharf (docks) in the Horta Harbor. It’s my walk to the Physeter every day–just another day at the office 🙂 I’ll miss it.            ...

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A trip to Faial’s Botanical Garden

Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Azores | Comments Off on A trip to Faial’s Botanical Garden

In between groups I took a walk up the hill to the Faial Botanical garden. It was a loveley place to spend an afternoon, and I got to see many of the species endmic to Faial before the settlers came and started importing all the plants. The coolest part by far was the wisteria-covered trellis leading to the dreamy water fountain. I could have stayed there forever! Another cool feature was the replica-caldera, like the one on Faial, displaying...

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