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Mera

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Hello, finally after 2 years of waiting, I will be walking the Norte. Flying into Madrid on 10/12. I will keep you posted. Please pray for me. BTY, I purchased a new app called Guthook. I like its hybrid map that gives me a 3-dimential areal views. If this map is accurate, I will never get lost. I called several of the lodgings I liked in 2019, but sadly quite a few of them were no longer in business.
 
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I purchased a new app called Guthook. I like its hybrid map that gives me a 3-dimential areal views. If this map is accurate, I will never get lost.

I have used Guthook in the past and have found them to always be accurate.
 

Mera

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We start the 17th from Irún, go get em. I’ll be on the lookout for a goat with a plurality of colors.
Oh hello, I am slow as a turtle, or more like a snail. Once I met naked snails on the Camino, and was very concerned about their wellbeing because I knew a bunch of French were on their way. I prayed very hard for those snails, whom I feel kinship to, would cross the road before the French group encountered them and viewed them as a good lunch. Anyway, because I am so slow, our paths might cross somewhere. BTY, getting a QR code from QR-SpTH was cumbersome. Entering a local address was difficult because they did not list all the autonomous region-Basque was missing. I ended up listing Oviedo instead of San Sebastian. The friendly goat wishes you a Buen Camino!
 
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Oh hello, I am slow as a turtle, or more like a snail. Once I met naked snails on the Camino, and was very concerned about their wellbeing because I knew a bunch of French were on their way. I prayed very hard for those snails, whom I feel kinship to, would cross the road before the French group encountered them and viewed them as a good lunch. Anyway, because I am so slow, our paths might cross somewhere. BTY, getting a QR code from QR-SpTH was cumbersome. Entering a local address was difficult because they did not list all the autonomous region-Basque was missing. I ended up listing Oviedo instead of San Sebastian. The friendly goat wishes you a Buen Camino!
As we are 2 and I am hairy, we will be easy to espy.
 
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Oh hello, I am slow as a turtle, or more like a snail. Once I met naked snails on the Camino, and was very concerned about their wellbeing because I knew a bunch of French were on their way. I prayed very hard for those snails, whom I feel kinship to, would cross the road before the French group encountered them and viewed them as a good lunch. Anyway, because I am so slow, our paths might cross somewhere. BTY, getting a QR code from QR-SpTH was cumbersome. Entering a local address was difficult because they did not list all the autonomous region-Basque was missing. I ended up listing Oviedo instead of San Sebastian. The friendly goat wishes you a Buen Camino!
Mera,
Many of us who have walked in the past are, indeed, snails !
You must be very excited now that you are setting off. Please do report on the conditions along the way.
Carpe diem and Buen camino!
 
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Mera

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Mera,
Many of us who have walked in the past are, indeed, snails !
You must be very excited now that you are setting off. Please do report on the conditions along the way.
Carpe diem and Buen camino!
Thank you for your encouragement. I will post as much as I can. Although I am not really sure how to do that correctly. I am not sure if I am doing it right. I am heading out to get COVID test because vaccinated people don't need it to enter Spain but need negative test result to fly domestically. I plan on taking an ALSA at T4 terminal but wanted to have that option open.
Mera
 

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Mera,
Thanks for your update.
I agree it is best to be prepared. One never knows exactly what proof will be needed and when.
I hope that you were bemused/amused by the snail tale hot link above.

Margaret

PS. The snails we eat here in France are not the same as you see on pavements.
 

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Margaret,
Once, while walking along the river Seine, decided to order some food, escargots of course. I love them here in the States. I got greedy and ordered 2 dozens, thinking they were going to be tiny and would be in butter and cheese like how they serve in the United States. To my very big surprise, they all came in their own shells and each one was so HUGE that I could actually make out their eyes, mouth, especially two long antennas. Not wanting to lose my face, I mustered enough courage to eat them all but felt a bit queasy afterwards. Soon after returning home I started seeing them in my dreams occasionally. In my dream they were all alive, chasing after me. It was good thing that I could run a bit faster than the snails. I stopped ordering them for a while, about 2 years, but now I am completely recovered. I enjoy them occasionally.

COVID test was painless because I made a reservation yesterday. They wanted to push 30-minute-result rapid PCR test but I asked for a regular PCR-takes 24 hours to get the result on my phone. Heading out to the airport. I was somewhat apprehensive due to COVID situation; however, as it gets closer I remembered all the joy on the Camino, now I recovered my usual enthusiasm. Mera
 

Mera

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Arrived in Madrid around 8 am. I knew there was a bus to San Sebastian leaving around 9 am but did not buy a ticket in advance because I didn't want to worry about missing it due to a flight delay. It turned out that I had a plenty time to catch it except it was sold out. The next bus was at 1:30 pm. Instead of hanging around for 5 hours at the airport I took a taxi to Chamartin train station only to find out the best possible option was departing from Principe Pio train station. Of course I took another taxi there. It left at 12:25 pm. Just before San Sebastian, all the passingers had to get off and continue the trip by a bus due to track repairs. Took another taxi to a lodging, which was on the Camino. After a plane, taxi, train, and bus, I am on the Camino. Except it occured to me that I had not eaten anything the whole day. It just so happened that the hotel I checked in does not serve dinner Moreover, the nearest restaurant was 30-minute-walk away. I begged for anything edible. They kindly came up with some bread, butter, ham and a bottle of local wine. I asked them a glass, but they said they only sell by a bottle , honest! The bread came frozen, fresh out of a freezer but eventually thowed enough to cut through with my teeth. Whew!
 
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Mera

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I am up at 5 am all refreshed, no hangover.

Something like last night happened once on the CF. My daughter can stay up late but can't waka up early. I still don't know how she managed to finish her degree. She always started late and arrived late. I forget where it was but there was a place with just one bar/restaurant in town. When she finally showed up late I told her just take a shower and do the laundry later. If any of you out there think that she listened to me, you have better children than I, ones with more common sense. By the time we made it to the restaurant, everything edible was gone, not even a piece of bread was left. The bar was filled with happy and content people with full tummy now even happier with more drinking. I learned what it was like to go to bed hungry after walking 20 miles. My daughter not only learned what it was like to go to bed hungry but also realized that her mother could kill when hungry. BTY, did I mention that the COVID procedure at the Madrid airport was super simple? They just scanned my QR code, no fever check unless they were scanning some other way. Yesterday on the train there were only two people that looked like peregrinos.

This friendly drinking goat is off to start the Camino with a heart filled with joy. Hope you all have a great day. A lovely clock at the hotel.
 

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mspath

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Mera,
Hope you have good weather for your first day of walking. Looking forward to reading your next posted update.
Eat well and Carpe diem.
 
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Hello Peregrinos, as if to be compensated for last night's poor dinner, I was treated to a lovely breakfast with a view. It was simple but good quality food and excellent coffee. I usually don't find cafe con leche very good, and Cafe Americano isn't much better either but the coffee this morning was super. And the views, which was the reason for choosing this place, were just lovely.
 

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Mera

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So, having had taken a taxi last night, I took a bus back to San Sebastian old town, farther end of la Playa de la Concha, which the city is known for. I intended to visit Museo de San Telmo and San Vicente churche, then start my Camino. When I did el Norte, in 2019, I just walked through the city hurridly thinking the city was just a tourist attraction. I was much more interested in visiting the Altamira Cave. However, once I started seeing the exibits, I got into it so much that I didn't get out until the afternoon. Usually I get easily overwhelmed by museums in big cities like Paris, London, Madrid, Amsterdam etc., probably because I don't know much about fine arts. This one was different. Small enough yet interesting enough. Those who are interested in can download STM app or visit their website and digitally explore it. I could very easily understand and relate to the exibits about Basque way of life and history. Especially the exibit about Masellan's voyage: truly brave people who endured unthinkables. Compare to this Shaklton's failed expolration didn't seem so bad. At least they had penguins and fish to eat. Most advantageous of all, Shaklton's crew had unlimited supply of water.
 

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Mera

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After the museum I continued to walk all over. Do you see the Christ Statue on top of far righthand and a castle-like structure on the far left? Well if you don't see them, just Google the city please. I climed to see both, walking one end to the other. I enjoyed today's outing.
 

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Mera

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I got tired. I just came back to the same hotel. I wanted to check out so I can leave early tomorrow. I told them no breakfast for me tomorrow, but when I found out that 40 Euros for each night included that lovely breakfast, I changed to "yes breakfast." I figured Getaria can wait. I will get there eventually.
 
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My first full day of Camino: from San Sebastian to Getaria. The weather is around lower 70's, just a wonderful temperature. After walking only about 30 minutes,I could feel that my lungs were getting filled with oxgeon. Sense of wellbeing and joy of being alive were also abundantly clear. The difficult part was being re-introduced to my backpack. After neglecting it for two years, it wasn't making things easy for me. I used to just swing it to my back and then literally just pulled the right strings to get the best possible posture and the weigh distribution. This morning I struggled quite a bit to make it work. Nevertheless I am so fortunate to be able to do this. Everything else is just a minor glitch. I am sincerely thankful to my husband who is watering our plants in addition to feeding a spider who just showed up from nowhere and decided to build a web in my orchid pot. The web is usually empty as we live in a highrise. I started finding a dead gnats, which I also don't know how or why come to our condo and die, and put it in it's web.
 

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Mera

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BTY from my point of view,, the reasons that nobody ever try to take anything from the peregrinos are: we stink too much to come near; unstrapping a peregrino/a from his or her backpack is a near impossible task: even if the backpack is detached it is too unpleasant to go through the poorly washed stinky clothes.
 

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Mera

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Near Zaraus, just when the Camino starting to decend, across the camping ground I followed a good smell and found a delighful lunch. A first decent meal since my arrival. First they wanted to chase me away saying that they don't have a "pilgrim lunch". I had to do some serious convincing talk to pursuade them that I will order from their menu. The wonderful food came with free views.
 

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Mera

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The people at the next table were having something that looked even more tastier than mine. I asked a permission to take photos. And here they are. They said I could take a bite if I wanted to. How nice!
 

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Mera

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Made it to Getaria and checked into the same pension where I stayed before. I was so looking forward to seeing the kind elderly owner again only to find out that she passed away last year. Her daughter took it over. The place looked the same from the outside but the impeccable cleaness was no more.
 

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Do you mind sharing the name of the pension? It looks lovely!
 

Mera

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Pension Iribar. Perhaps because the previous owner has passed away and the new owner is busy with her restaurant, I don't feel this place is special any longer. The bathroom tiles were moldy. I was rather disappointed. However the restaurants here are serving good foods.

I stop here partially because I am not keen to hectic atmospher of Zaraus and mainly because of town's historic significance in seafaring. Getaria is one of the oldest towns in the province, forned second half of the 12th century. The following is from the Wikipedia:
"Getaria is known for being Juan Sebastián Elcano’s hometown, a seaman well-known for being the first man to circumnavigate the earth. He was captain of the Nao Victoria, the one ship in Magellan's ill-fated fleet which completed the voyage. Today, Getaria is also famous for its restaurants serving grilled fish and a white wine with a protected designation of origin which is cultivated in the surroundings of this coastal town and takes the name of Getariako Txakolina. Moreover, the Cristobal Balenciaga Museum is also located in this village.
its most famous sons are Juan Sebastián Elcano, captain of the Nao Victoria, Admiral Miguel de Oquendo,[citation needed] who commanded the Guipúzcoa Squadron of the Spanish Armada, the explorer Domingo de Bonechea, and the couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga Eizaguirre.

In May 2012, a two-man team from Getaria won Google's "Model Your Town" competition by creating a complete 3D representation of their hometown.[2]"


Ok, let me be more honest. Those grilled fish and other sea foods they serve here are to die for. Every restaurant has BBQ grill outside. Starting at 8 pm, the whole town is filled with irrigistable good smell.

 

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Mera

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Yesterday a lot happened and I hope to post it someday. Today, I had a 9-hour day and just got in about half an hour ago. Staying in a small pension with a lovely view. Nothing was available in Markina-Xemein so I ended walking another 3 miles for a room outside the Camino route..

The upside is that I got in so late, I can now go to a restaurant and eat in😋. The downside is that the hotel I stayed last night was really lively and I miss it, although also Camino route.
 

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The gatherer: I thought that I would be checking in at an odd hour for dinner so I gathered some food along the way. A cookey and a pastry from the breakfast table that I shamelessly took, and chestnuts along the way. I tasted one and found out that they were sweet and juicy, in addition to being totally organic. So perhaps there are local squerrels going to bed hungry tonight. My bad.
 

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Mera

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Some updates on my equipment. The chest strap which releases a lot of pressure off of my shoulder, broke yesterday. Lucky I had an extra strap, which I use to strap my hiking umbrella to my backpack. I hand-knotted it hoping that it will do the job for now but it keep getting loose😭. When I arrive in Bilbao, i will have to find an outdoor store to see if there is something that can fix it. My new liner soxes are working great. The ones I had before contained cotton, which gave me some sore spots. I had to use compeed to those spots every morning to prevent blisters. The new ones are made from some kind of fast- drying synthetic materials. They are soft, keep my toes dry so I don't have to air my feet out often. I love them. Of course the cool temperature is making everything easier.
 

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Got up early this morning to find a place in advance. Since Guernika is a good-size city there should be a room but wanted to do some research to find a quiet one. Also there will be other ethnic restaurants other than Spanish. Hooray!🤩
 

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Some parts were stckey thanks to a tractor. Some gate appeared completely shut scaring me.
 

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Some photos from the day before yesterday taken from the Playa de Xagoneta where not only I got lost but also fell off the cliff. It was still worth detouring (since I eventually made it back alive) to see such a wonderous slight. I was awe struck. 20211015_093956.jpg
 

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Bob from L.A. !

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You stayed at Txomin? I have also. Very clean little place with a really nice couple who run it.
 

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Markina Xemein to Guernika was rather difficult with not much beauty to talk about. Wanted to avoid crowded Guernika on Sunday so found a country lodging about 2 Kilometers away from the center: a lovely place.
 

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After walking around the farm I realized the place was not what a passing outsider might quickly conclude. The fields were messy crops were dying, the dog was lethegic and seemed depressed, perhaps the dirty water bowl is an indication of his busy owner and the capasity of attention giving. If I just drove by this house, I would have thought the farm was an ideal place. In actuality the young couple with two kids appeared to be tired and overworked. He said he gets help only occasionally. They don't live in the lovely building. They live in a tiny place right next to it.
 

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Oh by the way in my previous posting did I say that I fell off the cliff?? So sorry I meant to say that I "almost fell off the cliff". After la Playa de Xakoneta, there were no way markers to make it back to the Camino. Well it's not a place usually visited by peregrinos. I headed toward the general direction of the Camino, hoping that I will eventually meet someone or something. The narrow path seemed well traveled so I was confidenr that it will lead to somewhere. It kept going up and toward the cliff and the ocean. I though may be if I just make it up to the top of the mountain, there will be a road or at least I can figure something out. I should have suspected something when I saw a lot of sheep/goat droppings on that very narrow path. I am an orientation challanged person. Whether I drive or walk I tent to just keep on going straight: usually to the wrong way. The path eventually ended at the cliff thinly veiled by some bush. Literally one more step would have been a dive or more like a tumbling down to the sea. This path was made by sheep, perfectly fine for them but not to be traveled by a human especially someone like me with a big backpack. I will attach the Xakoneta map here for you to see so you can get an idea. I started from S14 and got lost after S2. One good thing out of it is a good areal photo from the top.
 

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Mera

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Thank you. I am just glad and thank God nothing happened . It was worth visiting though. Not only to see the Flysch but also the park itself was pictureque. Just don't follow any narrow path with animal droppings. For F.Y.I., please Google or do something similar.
 

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. It was worth visiting though. Not only to see the Flysch but also the park itself was pictureque.
Beautiful pictures!

For anyone who is tempted to go see this beautiful section of coast — the ruta del Flysch is a trail that connects Zumaia with Deba. So you can skip the official camino and still get from Zumaia to Deba. Every local in Zumaia can point you to the start of the route and there are many good tracks on wikiloc.com.

The “coastal alternatives to the Norte’s asphalt” thread has more info and other ways to get off the asphalt and enjoy the coastline. The camino so often tracks alongside the highway while the coast with its gorgeous paths is just a few km away.
 

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So far yesterday, I saw only 6 pilgrims: 2 Brazilians, and 4 Spaniyards. One of them told me there is one young Korean guy but I've never seen him. Probably at leasr 20 miles ahead somewhere
 
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Today, Guernika to Bilbao had too many whenever I saw a dirt road. I was going to find a lunch in Lezama. At the enterance of the village I saw a lady and two men talking to each other. I asked them if there was a good restaurant, and please recommend me one. They started discussing amongst themselves and soon it turned into a heated discussion. I could see that the lady was clearly in control. Finally the two men obediently nodded their heads and the lady solumely announced with a straight face: "Such and such have good foods but you can't eat there." I was totally confused but mustered up enough courage to meekly ask the reason why. All three said in unison that all the restaurants in Lezama are closed on Mondays. Yes, today is Monday! I had no choice but to walk another 3 miles to Zamudio. I found some berries on the way to tie me over. I saw relatives of those goats who made that misleading trail in la Playa de Xakoneta. Goats are stronger suspect than ship because only goats will go so close to the narrow edgy.
 

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I met a Croatian pilgrim at a laundromat this morning in Guernika. She is traveling with her partner who injured his or her foot. Together we figured out how to operate her washer and my drier. Mine was washed yesterday but still damp. BTY, wearing the completely dry clothes out of the drier was heavely. I brought 3 pairs of socks but only two pairs of everything. More often than not, I end up wearing something damp in the morning, sort of becoming a walking drier. I think I will hug and kiss my washer and drier first before anyone else when I return. Adriana the Croatian pilgrim was torn between going to a pharmacy and staying and watching her clothes. I assured her that nobody would want our clothes. She readily agreed.
 

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I see you found a meal of fruit (kiwi fruit vine & blackberries.. yum) on monday - the day all the restaurants were close in Lezama ..
… it would have been hard not to show disappointment when they were choosing best recommendations for a place to eat — and to be followed by the msg that : oh but they are closed on Monday. 😢🥲
Enjoying your posts.
Buen camino.
 
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Today, Guernika to Bilbao had too many whenever I saw a dirt road. I was going to find a lunch in Lezama. At the enterance of the village I saw a lady and two men talking to each other. I asked them if there was a good restaurant, and please recommend me one. They started discussing amongst themselves and soon it turned into a heated discussion. I could see that the lady was clearly in control. Finally the two men obediently nodded their heads and the lady solumely announced with a straight face: "Such and such have good foods but you can't eat there." I was totally confused but mustered up enough courage to meekly ask the reason why. All three said in unison that all the restaurants in Lezama are closed on Mondays. Yes, today is Monday! I had no choice but to walk another 3 miles to Zamudio. I found some berries on the way to tie me over. I saw relatives of those goats who made that misleading trail in la Playa de Xakoneta. Goats are stronger suspect than ship because only goats will go so close to the narrow edgy.
Hi Mera
I must admit that I think you have the making of a very interesting and hilarious book about your csmino. Each story makes me smile.
Regarding your story about Mondays restaurants being closed, I brought a large jug of peanut butter for those days when food is limited. It saved me on my than one occasion and many other pilgrims were very interested to share sone with me. It was a good conversation starter for sure. I was doingvthe Norte at the time and oddly I had a hard time finding more peanut butter when I ran out.
Please keep posting and buen camino
 

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Hi Mera
I must admit that I think you have the making of a very interesting and hilarious book about your csmino. Each story makes me smile.
Regarding your story about Mondays restaurants being closed, I brought a large jug of peanut butter for those days when food is limited. It saved me on my than one occasion and many other pilgrims were very interested to share sone with me. It was a good conversation starter for sure. I was doingvthe Norte at the time and oddly I had a hard time finding more peanut butter when I ran out.
Please keep posting and

I see you found a meal of fruit (kiwi fruit vine & blackberries.. yum) on monday - the day all the restaurants were close in Lezama ..
… it would have been hard not to show disappointment when they were choosing best recommendations for a place to eat — and to be followed by the msg that : oh but they are closed on Monday. 😢🥲
Enjoying your posts.
Buen camino.
Hi OzAnnie, yes I was surprised to see kiwi growing in Spain. I always thought that kiwis (fruits) were grown by Kiwis(the ever so lovely New Zelanders) who live with kiwis(the birds). I was lucky to see live kiwis for the first time when I visited the National Kiwi Hatchery at the Rainbow Springs. They showed a movie about their concervation efforts They train dogs to find eggs, hatch them, and release them when sufficiently grown. They are so cute in their very own and unique ways. Thanks for reading my post.
P.S. I ate the berries but didn't touch kiwis. I once read somewhere that you can eat if fruits are on the ground but never to touch anything still hanging on the trees or vines

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Hi Mera
I must admit that I think you have the making of a very interesting and hilarious book about your csmino. Each story makes me smile.
Regarding your story about Mondays restaurants being closed, I brought a large jug of peanut butter for those days when food is limited. It saved me on my than one occasion and many other pilgrims were very interested to share sone with me. It was a good conversation starter for sure. I was doingvthe Norte at the time and oddly I had a hard time finding more peanut butter when I ran out.
Please keep posting and buen camino
You carried a jar of penut butter? That is amazing, Yummy.
 

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Today supposed to be a short and easy day to Portugalete. Instead of taking the traditional way, I decided to just walk along the river all the way. Still only half awake, I went into a cafe and ordered chorizos and hot chocolate. The waiter was incredulous and looked quite confused. I didn't understand why but not easily detered, I patiently (please note that Koreans are not known for this virtue and I am a pure Korean born and raised there ) explained to him, with my broken Spanish and very lively hand gestures, that I wanted to deep chorizos in the hot cholate and eat them. The waiter had even more confused and pained look, like the first photo here. Finally he turned to a young man who spoke English but looked reluctant to get involved in any conversation with this pilgrim who is either weired or lost her mind somewhere on the Camino. It turned out what I wanted to order was churros. I admit that I tend to get these two words mixed up. It's not my fault. They both starts with the same sound. Nevertheless the waiter probally felt like telling this pilgrim to go and do the photo number 2.
 

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Checked into a hotel with lovely views. Put up my beloved REI clothe line and sun drying.
 

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None of us was around when this was used. Right?
 

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Perhaps this night view remind you of that famous painting?
 

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