So far, so good - Camino Ingles with 16 yo son


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Purky

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#1
Since I always plan with Murphy's Law on my mind, I was pleasantly surprised yesterday. Everything went smooth, and we ended up from Holland arriving in Ferrol more than an hour before my most optimistic schedule (no bus-strike on a monday yet...)

A good enough reason to splurge on hotel El Suizo and have a nice meal at the very hip and stylish Bla Bla Café. My son, being the strong and mostly silent type, did not object.

Today we walked from Ferrol to Pontedeume. We arrived at Neda around noon and had too much steam left to stick around. Drawback was that the albergue in Pontedeume was full at arrival (15:30).

But again Johnny's guide came through: within 10 minutes we were in a very decent room at Bar Luis. A bit of a splurge as well, budget-wise, but my son still doesn't mind. Johnny's Ingles guide also saved us from two false yellow arrow situations today, so an invaluable asset.

Sonny boy is walking like a trooper. I was sort of expecting he would (total sport-nut), but it is still nice to see he does so well. And he likes being here, which is even better.

I hope we can end up in albergues at Betanzos and onwards, or it will be bread and water for the rest of the week. We'll see, it will probably work out.
 
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Since I always plan with Murphy's Law on my mind, I was pleasantly surprised yesterday. Everything went smooth, and we ended up from Holland arriving in Ferrol more than an hour before my most optimistic schedule (no bus-strike on a monday yet...)
A good enough reason to splurge on hotel El Suizo and have a nice meal at the very hip and stylish Bla Bla Café. My son, being the strong and mostly silent type, did not object.
Today we walked from Ferrol to Pontedeume. We arrived at Neda around noon and had too much steam left to stick around. Drawback was that the albergue in Pontedeume was full at arrival (15:30).
But again Johnny's guide came through: within 10 minutes we were in a very decent room at Bar Luis. A bit of a splurge as well, budget-wise, but my son still doesn't mind.
Johnny's Ingles guide also saved us from two false yellow arrow situations today, so an invaluable asset.
Sonny boy is walking like a trooper. I was sort of expecting he would (total sport-nut), but it is still nice to see he does so well. And he likes being here, which is even better.
I hope we can end up in albergues at Betanzos and onwards, or it will be bread and water for the rest of the week. We'll see, it will probably work out.
Yeah Purky! You are on your way. Say hi to your son.
Bar Luis is fab and the food is very good.
Enjoy!!
 

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Purky

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Pontedeume to Betanzos today. I'm afraid I created a monster. My son is shredding the Ingles, especially the nasty bits uphill. I'm keeping up, but it takes effort.

We were late getting out of Pontedeume because of a little mistake I made yesterday (just getting my bearings, don't worry). I didn't pay up front at Bar Luis, for which we paid this morning by waiting for the boss to arrive. 8:30 when we left.

The route was nicer than yesterday. A lot less urban sprawl, a lot more forrest and nice vistas. And, thanks largely to the speed of my son, we were at the Betanzos albergue at 13:30, where we secured the last two bunks.

Showered, fresh clothes and out for a bite to eat. My son is 16, so eats like a dock worker. Gotta keep him fed to keep him moving. After that I dropped him off at the albergue at his own request, so he could chill and do his own thing while I went out to discover Betanzos.

Got a map and wandered around. I like that, just breathing in a city, absorbing it. During which I caught a glimpse of myself in a shop window. I looked like a complete dork, with my shorts and crocs and slighty reddish face, and that silly grin.

Not at all the fashion conscious type I can be at home. But it didn't bother me one bit. I'm walking a camino again. I'm back! Big as life and twice as ugly.
 

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We're a day ahead of schedule, so I'm thinking Presedo. That will also give us an extra edge for the albergue in Bruma the day after tomorrow...
Presedo albergue is small but nice. Also a small kitchen. Large bathrooms and lawn at the back. You can't buy anything there but you can eat in a Meson some 100+mts down the main street. Enjoy!
 

Purky

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Presedo albergue it is for today. An easy and very pleasant walk, about 12 km. Before Betanzos my son had never stayed in an albergue before, so that came as a bit of a shock. Apparently he didn't sleep a wink.

His comments this morning covered the complete range of topics that usually come up in albergue threads on this forum. Bag-rustlers, snorers, people shining lights all over the place including your face and the loud 5 o'clock risers.

He was merciless in his judgement, as a teen can be, and it was highly entertaining. That, and he made a lot of good points. I'm very proud of him. I hope he'll be able to sleep tonight and tomorrow.

So, a very short stage today. Just finished washing a lot of clothes (I'm sparing him a bit, so did his as well) and planning lunch. Not difficult, because I like the Meson-Museo where we had coffee earlier.

Tomorrow onwards to Bruma, curious about the stretch between Bar Julia and Vizoño I hear so much about. I very much doubt I can beat my son to the top. He's a machine...
 

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Presedo albergue it is for today. An easy and very pleasant walk, about 12 km. Before Betanzos my son had never stayed in an albergue before, so that came as a bit of a shock. Apparently he didn't sleep a wink.

His comments this morning covered the complete range of topics that usually come up in albergue threads on this forum. Bag-rustlers, snorers, people shining lights all over the place including your face and the loud 5 o'clock risers.

He was merciless in his judgement, as a teen can be, and it was highly entertaining. That, and he made a lot of good points. I'm very proud of him. I hope he'll be able to sleep tonight and tomorrow.

So, a very short stage today. Just finished washing a lot of clothes (I'm sparing him a bit, so did his as well) and planning lunch. Not difficult, because I like the Meson-Museo where we had coffee earlier.

Tomorrow onwards to Bruma, curious about the stretch between Bar Julia and Vizoño I hear so much about. I very much doubt I can beat my son to the top. He's a machine...
It's obvious that you have a great time and also your son is entertaining you :D

I walked the same stretch from Presedo to Bruma last year and didn't find the uphill after Bar Julia really difficult. The incline is quite steep on two parts but nothing really scary. And most of it is in the shade. You also don't need to carry a lot of water because after the uphill and 3 km before Bruma there is this water pump with fuente in form of big white rock.
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Buen Camino!
 

Purky

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#14
I hope that ear plugs came up. They are a good lesson on how one can control his own behavior when it is not possible to control the behavior of others!;)
Earplugs not only came up: they went in! But when you're on the top bunk and someone who snores is on the bottom, sound is not the only challenge. Vibrations can be disturbing too.
But he takes it all in his stride. A bit of early morning complaining is the least of my worries.
 

Purky

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The weather is changing for the better, not that it was bad before. But instead of a cloudy and somewhat clammy start of the day, the sun showed itself more often. Afternoons have been bright since the start.

An easy few hours from Presedo to Bruma today. We were halfway up the hill to Vizoño before it hit me we were on the hard bit. I hadn't noticed we passed Bar Julia because it was closed; in hindsight I just had a "Bummer, no coffee"-moment. I wasn't very observant today.

On the way we passed two Italian pilgrims, the same ones we shared a dinner table with yesterday at Meson-Museo. One of them was a first-timer, the other older one already had 7 (different) Camino's under his belt.

It was great fun eating with them. By speaking French we could communicate enough to make sense, and the twinkling eyes of the older gentlemen spoke volumes. With those humorous eyes he even avoided a scolding by our waitress, because he was feeding the housecat behind her back.

In As Travesas I screwed up navigating. Too wrapped up in conversation, I guess, but we ended up in Bar Casa Avelina. Took directions from the lady behind the bar, had to do a bit of road walking and got back on track. It might have been a shortcut too, because soon after we arrived in Bruma.

Incidently: an Australian couple we met in Betanzos and ran into again today, told us that they saw concrete way markers in this area being removed and replaced with wooden markers with a yellow arrow painted on. Replacement or maintenance, they couldn't tell me, unfortunately.
 

Purky

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The most straightforward day today, Bruma to Sigüeiro. The signage matched the guide perfectly (I payed very close attention this time) and coffee and lunch were a no-brainer. Coffee at Bar Novo and a bocadillo to go at Café-bar O Cruceiro. Sellos at both, perfect logistics.

I really had a blast so far: the weather was perfect, we met some great people and didn’t have a care in the world. The directional challenges we had yesterday only added to the fun. My son however, is less impressed.

He likes the walking alright, and is adapting quickly to albergue life, but is not as enthusiastic as I am. A good thing I wasn't aiming for that. I just wanted him to have a good whiff of this thing called Camino, and I think that is a mission very well accomplished.

Also worth mentioning, I think, is that in a situation like this, it is important to leave the role of dad/mom at the airport. Sure, you carry the money and do most of the planning and decision-making, but you walk as equals. It adds to the experience if you plunge in together. But enough of this, we're not even done yet.

In Sigüeiro Albergue de Delia is temporarely closed due to personal issues. Delia herself was gracious enough to direct us to Albergue Camiño Real. You can't miss it if you walk up Rúa Camiño Real. A private albergue, and we're both happy.

Tomorrow the last leg to Santiago. A meet-up with SYates is already arranged, so I can probably also look forward to some good restaurant tips in SdC. It will be strange to walk onto Praza do Obradoiro with my boy, a year after my solo camino. Time flies.
 

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Yes time does fly and it will be over much too soon. Fortunately this is a time you will both remember and treasure the rest of your lives.

Don't you just love that feeling of not having a care in the world!

Buen Camino!
 
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Congrats, @Purky ! I just made it into town today. Sounds like you met an Australian couple - were they Jol and Maggie? I walked with them a few times and knew they were a day behind me after I left Betanzos and they stayed on an extra day.

Have a wonderful last day tomorrow!
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Purky

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Just arrived in Santiago! At this very moment we are standing in a long line at the Pilgrim Office. Already inside though, so should be done in about an hour. All part of the voyage.

EDIT: Dang, they work fast! From just outside in the courtyard by the door "before the corner" to the head of the queue in under 40 minutes...
 
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Purky

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Epilogue

Back home. I just wanted to add one more thing to this account of hiking the Ingles with my son. It took a while to register, but last week I met a side of my son that I hadn't really seen before.

In everyday life things have a tendency to almost move by themself. Autopilot. Relationships can have this flow as well. Assumptions, routine, a bit of inattention, all these things can hide a lot.

Untill you walk with each other, and (in my case) find out that your 16 year old son is way more adult, autonomous and responsible than you thought he was. What a pleasant surprise!

Also unexpected, because until I figured this out, I was thinking I was doing him a favor. I thought I was educating him. Silly me... So there you have it: the Camino struck again.
 
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Congratulations @Purky and son on your Camino, and on continuing this journey of discovery back home. Thank you so much for your wonderfully insightful and uplifting posts. This thread is such a joy!
 

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@Purky, do you have a blog or such? I'd enjoy reading more of your writings and sensibilities! Thanks so much for sharing - especially the most recent lesson... :)
 

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