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The End of the Earth

The End of the Earth

Fisterra as it is called in the local language (Finisterre in Spanish), translates directly as the End of the Earth. It is found on the Costa da Morte – the Coast of Death. Doesn’t really sound like a very promising tourist destination, huh? Fortunately for us that meant that one of the most beautiful ocean … Continue reading

The Final Stretch – Sarria to Santiago

The Final Stretch – Sarria to Santiago

Galicia reminded me a lot of New Zealand, apart from the slate and stone houses of course. It was so green (Galicia is well known in Spain for it’s rain which we were fortunate enough to avoid), there were lots of ferns in the bush and it was never ever flat, we had ventured far … Continue reading

Layover in León

Layover in León

After 9 days walking though tiny villages, we were excited to arrive in a ‘big city’ again. León is a typical Castilian town – lacking the vibrant colours that the south is famous for, but equally enthralling through the shadowy narrow lanes of the historic centre which windtheir way towards the imposing gothic Cathedral. Unlike … Continue reading

Rain on the Plains in Spain

Rain on the Plains in Spain

Before we had even left Burgos and begun our walk across the plains to León, we were wearing our newly purchased ponchos to protect us from the rain! Little did we know that rain wouldn’t be the only thing to afflict us on the plains in Spain. As we began our walk out of Burgos … Continue reading

Beguiling Burgos

Beguiling Burgos

Before we had even arrived in the centre of Burgos, we knew where it was. The spires of the gothic cathedral marking the centre of town tower high above all the other buildings in the city. It draws you in and amazes you when you finally arrive beside it. It is so grand, yet the … Continue reading

The Routine of Walking

The Routine of Walking

I woke up on my third morning of the Camino at 6am thinking what the f*&% am I doing?! This is my life now! Cold showers, lights off at 10pm, lights on at 6am, sleeping in rooms of up to 100 people, old men snoring, old women snoring even worse and to top it off … Continue reading

One Step Ahead of the Volcanic Ash

One Step Ahead of the Volcanic Ash

We managed to fluke our trip to Spain, catching a flight on the last afternoon that planes were allowed to fly in Europe due to the volcanic ash. We were completely oblivious to this for a few days because we weren’t reading newspapers or hearing stories from people who got held up by it yet. We … Continue reading