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Traveling around the world as far as I can go.

More about Ventosa, Azofra, Granon, and Belorado and on to Villafranka Montes de Oca


Memories, thoughts just keep flooding me.

The small towns like Ventosa and Granon seem almost empty of people. The church in Ventosa is only open on Sunday when the priest comes and then only people over 50 attend. Sometimes there are more peregrinos than townspeople.
I forgot to write that Clemente talked me into sending my pack via van from Azofra to Granon. I was feeling both the freedom and naked. By the time I reached Granon in the heat of the day, it was nice not to have it. But, I decided to put it back on to Belorado and today ton Villafranka Montes de Oca. I spent so much time picking the right pack. So back to “Esta cominondo poco e poco.”

Most importantly I forgot to write about the absolutely magical, inspiring meditation ceremony we had in the church Albergue in Granon after dinner. After we cleaned up from dinner , we were invited into the church choir loft by the hospitalier. They had lit candles all around the loft. Robin played music on her use. We were invited to hold one of the candles and pass it around the room as we each had the opportunity to say something about our Camino. Again I was struck by the wonder of all the foreign languages. Again I was overwhelmed by how the Camino is not the walking, but the people. People from so many countries sharing an experience, each with their own life stories, feelings, goals, and perspectives on the same path; step by step.

I had a great time yesterday walking around in Belorado. I came across a small group of locals who were drinking wine and, of course, sat down with them for a bit. Yes, I had a sip of wine. I can only do small amounts at a time and still love my water.

I joined with locals in Belorado.
Then I heard a small band and followed them down the street through the town to where a party was going to happen.

A young boy played in the parade in Belorado.
I loved sitting in the court-yard before dinner trying to understand the conversations in so many languages.

Sharing conversations in many languages .
I had dinner with two new friends, Rosa and Elodia.

I had dinner with Rosa and Elodia.
In Belorado Clemente got permission for us to return to the Albergue at 10:30 instead of 10 so we went to the festival to hear the concert and play bingo in the contest. It is still the “gracias” festival, but not for grapes and wine because there are no grapes growing here. The festival went on all night again and ended with a band going through the streets at 5:30 am.

Today’s hike to Villafranca Montes de Oca was pretty easy this morning (11.9 km). We stopped for breakfast in Villambista and I saw Lydie (the woman with the dog) again. I have crossed paths with her several times and love seeing her.

We met friends at breakfast in Villambista,
I had a great lunch with in the San Anton Abad Hotel restaurant which is attached to the Albergue with Clemente and a friend of his who rode his bike here to see Clemente. The story about the Albergue is that the man who owns the hotel walked the Camino and wanted to give something back to the pelt rims so he built an Albergue.

We at lunch at San Anton Abad
Clemente thinks I should send my pack tomorrow to go over the “mountain” but it is really only a couple of hills with 600 meters of elevation, back down, and up about 100 meters in about 12 km and then 3.6 km more.

This map shoed us the hills.

The sunflowers along the road we so much fun.  People had touched them and made pictures on them.  Some had faces or arrows.

These sunflowers have faces on them.

This sunflower has an arrow on it. Many of the churches we passed had stork nests on them.  We would have to be here in spring to see the storks.

There were stork nests on the churches.

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

4 thoughts on “More about Ventosa, Azofra, Granon, and Belorado and on to Villafranka Montes de Oca

  1. You are having the best camino ever!



  2. Thank you for the picture of such a charming little band! Their beautiful socks might be hand knit or in that tradition. Good luck with that pack! XO


  3. What an amazing adventure!!


  4. Spaniards love to party. In most places no one even arrives until 11 pm or later. Many times people walked by where I was staying singing, playing guitars, and clapping. How I loved it, but then I was in my early 50’s, and not hiking every day .


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