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  1. simply B

    "RICE" therapy for walking (and other sport injuries) - - a myth?

    So, yes, I am not supposed to be here right now...too much soil, rock, and timber to move... But, as a card-carrying "elder"...and a really stubborn one...I am sidelined for the rest of the day by aches-and-pains from my chores. After a hot shower and downing of some Arnica montana, it seems...
  2. simply B

    On this date in March...

    12 March 2016: Perusing Porto, Part 2 My sore knee was improved today so the constant ups-and-downs of walking the town yesterday must have been therapeutic. The day was spent exploring the locale of the river and I had been emphatically commended to have a grilled sardine lunch. Random photos...
  3. simply B

    On this date in March...

    11 March 2016: Perusing Porto Photo 1. A nice market about 300m south of Rotunda de Boavista. I found a second breakfast here in the morning and a second beer on the way back to lodgings at “Oporto7” (4-star, imho). Yes, I know one can get beer anywhere but a young man had set up shop here and...
  4. simply B

    Do yo know UNTO?

    Even with my considerable array of regional cookbooks, I have nothing to offer in the way of a process...BUT I do have (to my mind, from experience) a reasonably easy substitute. Here goes: 1) Save bacon grease in your refrigerator until you have about a pint or so. 2) Warm that pint of bacon...
  5. simply B

    On this date in March...

    9 March 2016: Santiago – Rest Day 2 The solitude afforded by a winter Camino is delightful… though there is a drawback. There is no crowd in the breakfast room at San Martin in which to hide the fact that one is making a pig of themselves. This did not, however, slow me down. Engaged in the...
  6. simply B

    On this date in March...

    8 March 2016: Santiago – Rest Day After making complete use of the breakfast buffet at San Martin, there were chores to be done. The first on the list was to find a knee brace. After that, my inaugural visit to Pilgrim House to meet the staff (finest kind!) and get laundry done. While laundry...
  7. simply B

    On this date in March...

    7 March 2016: Salceda to Santiago I had told my hosts last night that I would not be needing breakfast. This close to Santiago there would be plenty of places to grab coffee and a bite. Their hospitality had already exceeded the top level of “gracious”. Though the weather was drizzly upon a...
  8. simply B

    On this date in March...

    6 March 2016: Melide to Salceda The day started with drenching rain as I left the albergue so I sought refuge in a small café just up the street. A few other pilgs shuffled in, perhaps sharing the idea that a full load of caffeine and calories might brighten what was promising to be a dark and...
  9. simply B

    On this date in March...

    5 March 2016: Airexe to Melide The weather menu today was rain. Not a frog-strangler like Day 1 of this outing but one that just made one keep the head down and plod on. It was still heavy enough that on uphill paths my boots had “bow waves” at the toes. Slick mud made footing treacherous...
  10. simply B

    On this date in March...

    4 March 2016: Ferreiros to Airexe Grabbed a coffee and croissant at O Mirallos heading down the hill out of town. My new Belgian acquaintance joined me. A bit uncomfortable at me picking up his breakfast, he had to be reminded that we chowed down on his groceries last night. “We’re not close...
  11. simply B

    On this date in March...

    3 March 2016: Samos to Ferreiros Good breakfast, clean clothes, and dry gear provided a lift to the spirits as I hit the Camino once again. The sun was shy most of the day but the cloaking clouds were thin and carried little rain. In other words, perfect weather for walking. The only other...
  12. simply B

    On this date in March...

    2 March 2016: Hospital de la Condesa to Samos Came down into the common room to see - - well, nothing but an expansive wall of white snug against the expansive windows where the vista looking back toward Cebreiro should have been. To leave the albergue in Hospital was a slow careful slide with...
  13. simply B

    On this date in March...

    1 March 2016: Las Herrerias to Hospital de la Condesa After a standard meson breakfast, an easy walk under clear skies up to Le Faba where it was time for coffee and second breakfast at CaminArte with an American couple who were exploring the region by car. They had heard of the Camino but I...
  14. simply B

    For non-drinkers...Until!

    "Patxaran" - suggested to me at a small group dinner in Navarrette on Camino#1. Never had heard of it before despite travels in Spain a couple decades before. Liked it! "Orujo" - the clear version, offered as a coffee "additive" (cafe con leche mas fuerte) somewhere outside of Portomarin, I...
  15. simply B

    Entertainment... How to look at a painting of ... Velazquez again.

    I only know three things: a) I like it. b) The amount of "seeing" ability on display in this thread is impressive. c) I see a date "1619" as a weak inscription on the step just under Mary's foot. B
  16. simply B

    On this date in February...

    29 February 2016 (yep…”Leap Year”): Villafranca del Bierzo to Las Herrerias After a better than usual albergue breakfast, a few of us stragglers helped the hospis put things away. Feet still needing a bit of care, I straggled a bit longer than the rest and was last out the door. A hunt for...
  17. simply B

    On this date in February...

    28 February 2016: Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo It was not a completely uninterrupted sleep. The plaza erupted with people sometime after I went to bed which was a surprise (to me anyway) on a Saturday night in February. I drifted off again almost immediately and felt pretty “old” about...
  18. simply B

    On this date in February...

    27 February 2016: Ponferrada Redux Last night’s host was going right past the castle and so it made for an opportune drop-off point. After a brief argument about “gas money” (he did not want any), I dropped 30 euro on the driver’s console while retrieving my pack and was rewarded with a bark...
  19. simply B

    On this date in February...

    26 February 2016: Ponferrada to Las Medulas Up, refreshed, and ready to go about 06:30. Time to go out and check the weather! Here’s what the plaza looked like after a cleansing rain. Hmmm. Okay, time to go back in for breakfast. While enjoying a sumptuous meal, I reviewed Laurie Reynolds...
  20. simply B

    Entertainment... How to look at a painting of ... again?

    If you have to step away? Then you must, and require forgiveness from no person. (But I will miss your contribution as will most here.) Your plan of action in the interim matches my own. Additions to garden and pantry continue apace! I do not know how much help I can be on the tax issue. That...
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