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JohnLloyd

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We're about 2 weeks ahead of you and still the yummiest Pilgrim's meal was the trout and potatoes at the monastery at Roncesvalles.

Great photos of the walk up and over the Pyrenees!
 
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JohnLloyd

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Francés again - ASAP
We're about 2 weeks ahead of you and still the yummiest Pilgrim's meal was the trout and potatoes at the monastery at Roncesvalles.

Great photos of the walk up and over the Pyrenees!

I had a spinach omelette this morning at Zuriain that made me go into ecstasy.

I don’t normally eat spinach.

Miracles.
 
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Marbe2

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2015-2019 walked all or more than half of CF 7 times... CP recently cancelled by Covid 19!
John’s blog: “The cowbells prompted a Proustian recollection of Franz Klammer – I wonder how he is…”


Grüß gott John!;)
Read your blog! Well Done! Interesting that the cow bell triggered the memory of Franz Klammer...LOL.....Franz won the downhill in the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck on the Patscherkopl in 1:45.73. (which I have been fortunate to be able to hike up many times) Certainly can hear the cows on the Patscherkofel in summer but none there when Franz was skiing...though I understand the association.
Love hiking in the Innsbruck region and Stubaital.
Looking forward to more pictures and your comments! Have fun and Prost!

https://m.facebook.com/Franz-Klammer-73105665413/[/QUOTE]
 
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Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019

Teej41

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April/May 2018
I had a spinach omelette this morning at Zuriain that made me go into ecstasy.

I don’t normally eat spinach.

Miracles.

If Popeye had have ever done the Camino they'd have never got him out of this place where you had the spinach omelette.
I'll be starting in 4 weeks time. Do you remember what the place was called where you encountered the spinach omelette?
 

JohnLloyd

Author of "Go Your Own Way"
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It’s about an hour or so on from Zubiri!
 

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Teej41

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Many Thanks for your reply John. I'll most definitely look out for it in the not too distant future, as I'm partial to omelettes of any description. It'll make a bit of a change from tortilla espanola.

I hope your Camino continues to be problem free.
 

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la tierra encantada
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C. Frances SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia (May 2016)
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Camino Portugues (June 2019)
Wonderfully written blog! And I love the interspersed pictures.

The unexpected song I couldn't stop singing on the Camino was "So Happy Together" by the Turtles.
WHY did I sing this forgettable song and, more amazingly, how do I remember ALL the lyrics??

The subtle one-upsmanship I remember several times on the Camino was "where did start from?" Then, they would calculate how many days and say, "Oh, so you are taking it easy."
 
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Camino Frances, 2013
Camino del Norte a Chimayó (USA), 2015
Camino Portugues, 2017
@JohnLloyd, I agree 100% with your comments about Grañon -- it was one of our favorite towns and favorite albergue experiences. The communal dinner and the evening reflections in the church choir loft were memorable moments and Cristina, the local pharmacist, and her husband, Gustavo, were special Camino angels for my wife and me. Re: music in the local venues, I recall that the owner of the little tienda next to the plaza (I think his name was David) was a jazz aficionado and was playing a lot of Brubeck when we were having lunch there.
 
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Roncesvalles-SdC Apr-Jun 2015
Roncesvalles-Sarria Sep-Oct 2017
C. Frances sections Apr-Jun 2019
Really enjoying your blog, John! And well done for the help and comfort you gave to Martin - that must have been a scary time for him.

Buen onward Camino!
 
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JohnLloyd

Author of "Go Your Own Way"
Year of past OR future Camino
Francés - SJPDP to SdC - Autumn 2018
Portugués - Porto to SdC - Spring 2019
Francés again - ASAP
Thanks all.

Janet has just told me that David was actually called Martin.

I hope that’s the only inaccurate detail!
 

J Willhaus

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Year of past OR future Camino
2016 CF;
Hospitalera, Zamora 2017, Hospitalera Grañón 2018, Hospitalera Estella 2019
Lovely blog, John. Phil and I will be hospitalerios at Granon this winter Dec 16-31. We also have happy memories of our own stay pilgrim stay there in 2016. Glad you were there when Martin happened to have his emergency.
 

JennyH94

Pilgrim in progress
Year of past OR future Camino
CF - sections and whole (2012-2019) and part VF (2017)
Good on you and all the others who helped Martin - true pilgrim spirit shown in such a profoundly sad place.

'Love Albergue San Anton Abad John. It's my favourite albergue on that part of the Camino Frances. Did you meet the owners' dogs? So friendly and loving the attention of the pilgrims who were there at the time I stayed recently. The albergue had every facility that any pilgrim would hope for and to pay €10 for a place in the large dorm with single beds, chest-high partitions and your own locker, was excellent value. Also, the €13 pilgrim dinner was absolutely delicious. Five star albergue in every way IMO.

Buen Camino and take joy in every step on those ancient, sacred and magical paths.

Cheers from Oz -
Jenny
 
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I confess, the poster tribute to a beloved icon and fellow Canadian Leonard Cohen brought a tear to my eye. Had I come across that in person on the Camino, I’d be a blubbering mess. He was a truth teller indeed. That IS how the light gets in.

Also, I really MUST know more about the muffin oven.
 

JohnLloyd

Author of "Go Your Own Way"
Year of past OR future Camino
Francés - SJPDP to SdC - Autumn 2018
Portugués - Porto to SdC - Spring 2019
Francés again - ASAP
I confess, the poster tribute to a beloved icon and fellow Canadian Leonard Cohen brought a tear to my eye. Had I come across that in person on the Camino, I’d be a blubbering mess. He was a truth teller indeed. That IS how the light gets in.

Also, I really MUST know more about the muffin oven.

It’s solar powered, he brings the mix and throws in local ingredients and GoSun Community Kitchen is the Facebook group to join
 
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I’m sorry to admit that I didn’t see any dogs there!
 

JohnLloyd

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Year of past OR future Camino
Francés - SJPDP to SdC - Autumn 2018
Portugués - Porto to SdC - Spring 2019
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But I will confirm that the food was brilliant
 
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Rebekah Scott

Camino Busybody
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Many, various, and continuing.
If you would like to post something on the forum, please post it on the forum. It may be a wonderful observation, but I feel like someone's just trying to drive traffic to his site, and I don't want to be manipulated that way. Crabby old me lacks the ambition required to leave Ivar's place to go to yours.
 

C clearly

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Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Many members have blogs and we want the forum to be more than a set of links to them. You can put a link to your blog in the signature to your post. That way you contribute first to the forum, and add your blog reference as secondary.

Another tip: "Live" on the Camino works well if you start one thread and then update on the same thread, rather than starting a new thread every day.
 
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JohnLloyd

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I’m sorry if I’ve done something wrong - I’ll not post again.
 
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Last time I walked in I was the only customer. The owner was wearing a surgical mask as I entered. Before I could say anything he handed me a beer and a cigarette then shouted at me to get out! So i did. I could hear a strange spraying sound coming from inside. Two minutes later he comes outside, still wearing his mask, carrying a baby bird and a bottle of wine. Locks the bar and sits down. Said he was spraying for flies as he poured me a wine. Then tries to light a cigarette with problems, as he forgot about the mask on his face. Then pulls out lumps of raw meat from his pocket and starts feeding the baby bird. The bird was loose but didn't want to leave him.

Just another day at bar Elvis!

Davey
 
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I’m sorry if I’ve done something wrong - I’ll not post again.

As @Davey Boyd says - please don't stop! Loving your blog, and personally these posts are a useful prompt to check (yes I know I could "follow" the blog). You could progressively post all the links in one thread that you add to as you go along, as others have suggested, but I really don't see it as a problem. I've been looking out for each new post on the "New posts" list, and they are proving a real highlight! And you're not exactly forcing anyone to read your blog - this isn't some commercial site, people - it's just a blog! A very well-written and entertaining one, with some lovely pictures. Keep it up, I say!

Buen Camino!
 

trecile

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Year of past OR future Camino
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
As @Davey Boyd says - please don't stop! Loving your blog, and personally these posts are a useful prompt to check (yes I know I could "follow" the blog). You could progressively post all the links in one thread that you add to as you go along, as others have suggested, but I really don't see it as a problem. I've been looking out for each new post on the "New posts" list, and they are proving a real highlight! And you're not exactly forcing anyone to read your blog - this isn't some commercial site, people - it's just a blog! A very well-written and entertaining one, with some lovely pictures. Keep it up, I say!

Buen Camino!
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Purky

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I discovered your blog about two weeks ago, and I've been silently enjoying it ever since. The easiest thing would be to keep enjoying it silently, but I've decided not to. I want to compliment you on your blog, which is hilarious and thought-provoking in equal measure, and extremely well written to boot. Thanks for that, John.
 

JohnLloyd

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I discovered your blog about two weeks ago, and I've been silently enjoying it ever since. The easiest thing would be to keep enjoying it silently, but I've decided not to. I want to compliment you on your blog, which is hilarious and thought-provoking in equal measure, and extremely well written to boot. Thanks for that, John.

You’re too kind - but thanks!
 

JohnLloyd

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Portugués - Porto to SdC - Spring 2019
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An update - the woman in question is in a safe place and arrangements have been made to create a buffer between her and the other party.

Fingers crossed.
 
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I can't believe you post at breakfast. I'm a zombie until at least 5km and second my breakfast!
 

JohnLloyd

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It’s a good time to do it - quiet, no distractions, more time to think about the day before.
 
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Marbe2

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John, I have been following your journey description and photos! Very engaging!
 
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Anamya

Keeping it simple
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances (2015)
Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (2019)
Ooohhh, I recognized so many photos today, thanks for posting! :)
 

Kanga

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Year of past OR future Camino
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
Enjoying your blog @JohnLloyd. And I love your attitude to those joining at different stages (particularly at Sarria) - I'm with you. Enjoy the party.
 
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Peregrina without a skateboard
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 2016 & 2018, planning for Le Puy 2019/2020ish and for some shorter Caminos stacked
Have just read through your whole blog so far and just love it! Despite vowing I'd never walk the CF again, I'm back back to CAmino Dreaming. I may just tack it onto the end of my Le Puy trip. *Sigh* I'm so wishing to be on the road again!
 
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JohnLloyd

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Hi John

Did I miss your last post into Santiago?
No, it’s coming soon.

As you might understand, it’s been quite a couple of days celebrating with 20/30 other friends and my mind hasn’t been ready to compose a post yet.

An afternoon on the beach at Finisterre will help.
 
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I’m on a ten hour train journey to San Sebastián right now, so its a good time to try to write about the final arrival into Santiago.

Part One here:-

https://johnelsewhere.blog/2018/09/27/to-santiago/
I still remember the beauty of the scenery as the train we took from Santiago approached Bilbao... worth the long journey. Also, a really good way to make the transition...
 
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