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  1. John Crawford Howell

    Walking the CF for the Second Time?

    Your experience, Debora, mirrors my own. After letting people know I was doing the CF in May of 2017, fear of failure became my daily companion. Consequently, I was focused on the objective. I had to make it. I just had to. Only during the last five days before Santiago did I slow down my pace...
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    Hendaye

    I was thinking about Hendaye yesterday as I was hiking in our local forest lands. I finished my Camino (Frances) in June of 2017, then relaxed for four days in Santiago before boarding the train to Paris with an overnight stay in Hendaye. I am an Ernest Hemingway fan, and he spent time writing...
  3. John Crawford Howell

    A Valentine's message from the Camino for those longing to return

    Thank you, David. That was kind of you to share.
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    Which route from SJP?

    I am not, myself, but some people are affected by altitude sickness even at elevations where we would not think that possible. My middle son is an example of this I was day hiking in The Pyrenees several years ago in the Parque Nacional Ordesa y Monte Perdido and it was snowing. It was July...
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    Not a blog but a book

    Cuckoo Me is the working title of my Camino Frances journey in 2017. I wove into its fabric several of the adventures I've had in Spain from 50 years of travel in the country. I've completed the first draft. Now revising.
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    Can anyone relate!

    Lucky you! We are snowed in at the moment in Anacortes, but making road trip in a week or so down I-5 to see youngest son near Santa Monica. My early Christmas present to myself was a new Osprey Kestral 48 Liter Dragon Red backpack for my next CF when I turn 80 purchased from, where else? Ummmm...
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    Can anyone relate!

    I love going in person to REI, and I'm glad the closest one is over an hour from my home...🆒
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    Which route from SJP?

    In 2017, I pre-planned my first night on the Camino to be at Orrison. Why? To assess my pack, pace, and feet. Even though I trained in the Cascades, it seemed prudent to make this my first stop. I reminded myself this was not a race, and I had plenty of time. I started on April 22nd from SJPdP...
  9. John Crawford Howell

    Manila

    Ahhh, yes. A fine Spanish brandy. I have a bottle in my cabinet. It is a memory link to an old Barbara Streisand song about doing in Rome as the Romans do...
  10. John Crawford Howell

    Manila

    Ice cold San Mig is the best! But, that accolade applies only to the San Mig brewed in the Philippines, not to the other places in the world where it is brewed. Mag beer munatayo!
  11. John Crawford Howell

    Manila

    And thank you, Jim, for sharing the video of St. James. One of my closest friends lives to this day in Alabang. I was the "best man" in his wedding which was held in the Manila Cathedral (#3 in the list of churches above).
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    Manila

    Magellan (Magalhães), although Portuguese, sailed under the flag of Spain when he undertook his famous journey (almost) around the world. He encountered the chieftan, Lapu Lapu, in the Central Visayas, on the island of Mactan. Lapu Lapu was in no mood to kneel to the Spaniards and accept...
  13. John Crawford Howell

    Manila

    The sword he is wielding is a stylized longer version of a Kris knife (Kalis, in this case), the weapon indigenous to Malaysia, Indonesia, and the southern (Muslim) Philippines. Interesting that a Spanish touch has been added with the (hand) guard. I possess one that was "given" to my...
  14. John Crawford Howell

    Happy 200th Birthday, Museo del Prado!

    And after the Prado, 3 minutes walk up the broad boulevard is the Museo Naval, one of the finest maritime museums in the world. If you like ships, and Spanish exploration, you will not be disappointed. I visit it every time I am in Madrid, and always discover new things to appreciate.

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