el camino, part 5: the end of the road. Or just the beginning?

Many people arrive in beautiful Santiago de Compostela every day, having slowly walked or ridden for hundreds of miles across Spain.  Some have travelled from much further away, covering thousands of miles on an ancient network of paths that lead here from the farthest reaches of Europe.  Many complete the journey for religious reasons; but […]

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el camino, part 4: buen camino!

In an attempt to catch up with last year’s trip and actually be able to focus on current plans, this is a bit of a long one.  So grab a nice cup of tea, you may be here for some time… Over the next few days the trail becomes much busier as I join the more popular […]

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el camino, part 3: along the camino aragones

The municipal Albergue in Jaca shuts its doors at 10pm and kicks all visitors out by 8am. This feels at odds with the Spanish way of eating and drinking late into the evening but I guess those pilgrims are not meant to be enjoying themselves. I manage to squeeze in a beautiful Argentinian steak in […]

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el camino, part 2: mud, sweat and gears

“Please remove all the bags, sir.” “Sorry, what?” “You need to remove all the bags from your bike, sir. We can’t take it like that.” Damn. Not what you want to hear when you’re checking in, late, for the Eurostar. And when the bags concerned are awkward shapes strapped in a complicated manner to your […]

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el camino, part 1: an introduction

The Camino de Santiago de Compostela forms a web of ancient footpaths crossing Europe towards Santiago de Compostela, in north-western Spain. Originally started as a Roman trade route that took people from all over the empire to what was then the end of the known world, since the Middle Ages pilgrims have  walked these paths in […]

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