Friday, June 15, 2012
A big thanks to Francis for these photos. I believe this was taken after Miraz, a cold morning. We took our jackets off only after about 2 hours of walking.
You can see that both backpacks are on 2 opposite ends. Jonathan's backpack is 17 kg, with a 2 person tent, cooker, and that giant umbrella while mine is more of the norm at half that weight.
Carrying that much weight one risks injury especially on a long journey. I guess the age (younger) helps. :)
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Cheapest way to access the internet on your phone. Available at most Carrefour or Alcampo supermarket, here's more info on Yoigo.
When I got mine when I arrived in Spain, the price was 30 Euro including the SIM card plus 800MB per month, enough to check emails, facebook, and upload the photos onto the blog without needing to find a wifi hotspot. I did of course ran out of the data limit it tells me that an additional 300MB I need to pay another 5 Euro. Not an issue as I don't make local calls and have enough balance to deduct for the additional data.
With this, I am more relax during this camino as I don't have to hunt down for the library/casa de cultura or bars with wifi. If there are free wifi at the bar that is fine, at least I don't need to search for it this time.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The wind noise can't be helped as I don't have any special microphone with me there.
What a great way to end the last of walking at Land's end in Fisterra, at sunset, and the sweet voice of Miya playing the guitar.
Miya is a musician. You can check out more about her and her music from her website and also her Facebook page.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The singer at the lighthouse in Fisterra and her companion John from San Francisco was on the red eye bus from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid with me. They will be here for a couple more days to enjoy the city.
Her name Miya Autumn is a pseudonym. She speaks mandarin, spend a year and a half in Beijing. Miya is actually 米雅 (elegant rice).
That's it. Unless I bumped into someone else on the flight home.
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The botafumeiro unfortunately was for the mass at noon which missed. Ah well, as least I have seen it before and there is a video of it in the blog.
Hope you enjoy the journey with me.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The botafumeiro at the Cathedral is hung. Not sure if it was for the noon Mass or for this evening at 7 pm. Will check, maybe I will get lucky this time again and see it swinging.
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Tomorrow a bus back to Santiago for a last look and some shopping before a midnight bus to Madrid for my flight home on Wednesday afternoon. By the time I get back home on Thursday afternoon I will be plastered. On the bright side, I have 3 days to recover.
I have walked over 900 km in the last 36 days. My Camino battery have been recharged, for a while anyway. You bet that there is going to be more Caminos as long as I am able to walk.
Many people asked me of all the 4 Caminos that I have done, which is my favorite? All the Caminos are different. The Camino Frances is cultural and varied, and best for the first time even though it is crowded. The Camino Primitivo is rural and mountainous and lots of time for reflection. The Camino Via de la Plata is wide, long and flat, and you can really empty your mind. And this Camino del Norte is hard and technical, but with so many places of intense beauty.
And whichever route one walks, the 3 or 4 days from Santiago to land's end (Fisterra and/or Muxia) is a good way to end the journey.
It's past 12 am now. Good night.
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That said, there are a few Fisterra along the western coast, and I believe Portugal has the honor of having the geographical Fisterra. But this is the one that pilgrims go for after Santiago before heading back home. Don't have to get too technical on that. :)
There is also a story that a Galican has told me in the past. When God made the earth he rested his right hand on Galicia (he is left handed?). That is why Galicia has five prominent peninsula from A Coruña to Vigo. Fisterra is probably his third finger.
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Monday, June 4, 2012
My walking is over. Only walking left for me is the 3 km to the lighthouse this evening and back (without backpack) for the last sunset on the coast.
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This bar the only one in between Fisterra and Muxia is also the one that we need a stamp on our credential to prove that we walk/bike instead of taking a bus in between. Also for the first coffee and a sandwich.
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Tomorrow will be my last day walking down to Fisterra. :(
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In the albergue there are also children's paintings on the Camino, and this one depict this.
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Of course you can get this anywhere in Spain, not just Galicia, thanks to Caroline for introducing it to me.
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Around this area is what they called Costa da Morte (Coast of death). The sea here is no longer the Cantabria (Bay of Biscay) but the Altantic.
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Sunday, June 3, 2012
Very different from the restaurant hostal down the road that kept saying that there is no menu, only the menu of the day, despite the fact that my local seems to be have different food than the menu.
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