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Oh Christmas tree, oh…

I’m enjoying Christmas these years with no young children around the house. That means I can do as much or as little (usually the latter) as I feel like in the third week of December. Any earlier would be rushing things. My sister once said, in response to my poor attitude, that she was surprised…

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Forever Young

The walk from Carrion de Los Condes to Terradillos de Templarios is a long one. The first 17 km are without villages, food or water supply, following an excellent wide path through fields and gentle hills. No people except the occasional farmer or pilgrim in the distance. The day was glorious – bright and brisk.…

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Elastic band of pilgrims

One of the Canadian Clan likened the stream of pilgrims to a slinky toy – that coil of metal wire that can “walk” across the floor and even go down stairs as it expands and contracts. In the morning people head out the door singly, in pairs or groups, some having had breakfast and others…

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Week 3. Pilgrims are getting silly now

The mood is changing. I don’t know if it is the current group of personalities or the time walking, but I’m encountering a bit of silliness while the pilgrims relax with each other and their routines. Although walking alone, I’ve been eating and drinking with a lively group including several Spaniards plus an assortment of…

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Week 3. November on the meseta

After an unusually warm and sunny October, we are into November, and I am on the long stretches of the meseta where there are endless fields with little shade in the summer. These days are heavily overcast, very windy (headwinds, of course) and threatening to rain, so I had a good test of my more…

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Camino – How to enter Burgos

Brierley’s guide shows three routes into Burgos but the signage is not good. It certainly wasn’t good on the “green” river route I took. I followed instructions provided on the Camino forum. I’m going to rephrase them below based on my walk a couple of days ago. 1. Follow the yellow arrows on leaving Orbaneja…