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It was getting late in the afternoon in the Basque town of Guernica and I had to make a decision. The main albergue was full and I had to choose if I wanted to stay at another that was “packed” with just a bed or two available, or climb the hill to another over 10 kilometers away. There was an albergue in the rural village of Pepiena, but if that was full, I could be in some trouble with a lack of daylight and energy. I’ll make a decision soon, but wait! Our visit to Guernica is not over yet!

I left my last post, On and Off the Camino del Norte in Guernica, Spain, at the Church of Santa Maria after a very touching and inspiring walk around this modern, historically important town. Here is one of the lesser know churches, the Iglesia y Convento de Santa Clara. I can’t seem to find any information online.

Guernica Church iglesia Santa Clara Gernika Bizkaia Basque Spain

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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We walked together, and at first, I enjoyed having someone to talk with. Michael was friendly and spoke English well, but he had a tendency to ask very personal questions, considering we had only met a few minutes earlier. He wanted to know about my job, my finances, my girlfriend, among other things. He asked for details, which I thought was inappropriate, so I managed to switch the topic of conversation to the Camino. He asked where and when I had started and how far I walked every day. I told him I averaged about forty kilometers a day which he replied was easy; he said he wouldn’t have a problem. Yes, it was easy for him to say considering it was his first day on the Camino and he was carrying a backpack about the same size as someone would find on a Labradoodle…  From Page 179, Camino De Santiago In 20 Days.

Now, I’ll continue my journey on the Camino de Santiago as I left Portomarín, Galicia. Even if you don’t have my book, you can still enjoy this post, and learn more about walking the French Way or Camino Francés (map from Wikipedia Commons).

If you arrive to Portomarín late in the day and tired, you may want to consider staying there. A good climb is ahead with no albergues for 5 kilometers. On my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Portomarín, Spain, I climbed up the ancient staircase into the “new” town of Portomarín. Although it was still morning, I felt sluggish after my two breaks. I continued and crossed the arm over the Río Miño and back up another hill. Here I sweated profusely and was glad to reach the highway and a gentler climb. This is where I walked with the pilgrim in the aforementioned passage. According to the Codex Calixtinus, the first Camino guidebook dating to the 12th century, a brothel was once in this area.

Senda Portomarin, Fabrica, Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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After a break that seemed to last longer than the fifteen minutes it really was, I mailed my postcard and tried to get my body moving again. Instead of being energized, I felt lazy, which was surprising because I had felt better before my two morning breaks. Along the Camino, Portomarín was clean, with many shops and cafés. One grocery store advertised bottles of wine that cost €.61 each. Amazing price, but amazing wine? Maybe I could use it later to rocket me up the hill. More likely, I would pass out under a giant chestnut tree and wake up the next day… From Page 179, Camino De Santiago In 20 Days. It was for that very reason, I didn’t drink alcohol during the day while I walked the Camino.

Now, I’ll continue my journey on the Camino de Santiago in Portomarín, Galicia. Even if you don’t have my book, you can still enjoy this post, and learn more about walking the French Way or Camino Francés (map from Wikipedia Commons).

On my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Mercadoiro to Portomarín, I gave a brief recent history of Portomarín, regarding the damming of the Río Miño, and creating the reservoir, Embalse de Belesar. I also showed these first two photos but now, let’s take a closer look at the structure across the bridge. As you can tell from this point, it only looks like stairs in front of you.

Rio Mino Bridge Portomarin, Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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The landscape was very peaceful though. A grove of giant chestnut trees in a field of purple flowers made me stop for a moment and marvel. The pastureland was thick and bright green. There was one word to summarize this part of Galicia. Lush… From Page 171, Camino De Santiago In 20 Days. Thus, the name of the corresponding chapter of my book: Lush.

Now, I’ll continue with my journey on the Camino de Santiago in Gorolfe, Galicia. Even if you don’t have my book, you can still enjoy this post, and learn more about walking the French Way or Camino Francés (map from Wikipedia Commons).

I left my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Samos to Gorolfe, as I was walking through a huge patch of mud on a classic Galician path. Thankfully, walking with much better as I got closer to the farming community of Gorolfe. Almost every community had a church. This is overlooking the one in Gorolfe. I wondered how many people still attended these small churches.

Gorolfe Farmland, church, clouds, Camino Frances

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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Even on a dull day, the landscape was vibrant, with numerous shades of green. For some reason, there were few pilgrims on this stretch. A man and woman ahead were slowed by the hill, and I easily passed them. Farther up, a sign directed walkers on a trail while cyclists were to stay on the road. A walker who obviously remembered the previous mountain decided the road was a better choice. Cheater? Wimp? Smart? Maybe this man was a bit of all three… From Page 162, Camino De Santiago In 20 Days. For certain, that pilgrim arrived in Galicia before I did, as I had a rough, muddy trail ahead.

On my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Vega de Valcarce to Hospital Inglés, I had a scenic walk through of a valley, rich with agriculture and various trees and shrubs. It was evident that this area had ample rainfall. In fact, that’s what it did all morning. The hamlet of Hospital Inglés was peaceful and an easy walk, but once I passed, the Camino began to climb steeply.

These ruins of a home were on the edge of Hospital Inglés. From this angle, you can see the steepness of the roof. I’m sure this was designed for the snowfall at the higher elevations.

 

Ruins, stone, grass, roof, Hospital Ingles, camino frances

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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I stood for a moment in front of the old stone church, which looked so spooky on such a gloomy day, and wondered what it would be like at night. I’ve said that before and need to somehow plan some of my next Camino either at night or before sunrise. I’m sure the near-ghost town of Manjarín must be even more haunting at night, especially during a storm… From Page 161, Camino De Santiago In 20 Days. Yes, the churches were simple and rustic as the Camino approached Galicia. We’ll get to the little church in the village of Ruitelán soon.

Now, I’ll continue with my journey on the Camino de Santiago as I left Vega de Valcarce, Castilla y León. Even if you don’t have my book, you can still enjoy this post, and learn more about walking the French Way or Camino Francés (map from Wikipedia Commons).

I left my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Villafranca Del Bierzo to Vega de Valcarce, facing the Iglesia de Santa Magdalena. The finish, with peach coloured stone and white grout along with the square bell tower, distinguished it from the churches along the Camino in this area, and many of the villages and hamlets in Galicia.

iglesa de Santa Magdalena, Vega de Valcarce, Camino frances, clouds, village

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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