Traveling Nancy

Traveling around the world as far as I can go.


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Cee to Finisterre

We started today without rain, just wind. I thought this was a Monkey Puzzle Tree, but I have never seen one with the branches going up from the wind. So it must be something different.

Norfork Island Pine is blowing in the wind.
We had a few views of the water and it almost felt balmy (18 Celcius).

View of sea on windy day going to Cee.
I wish I could show upload the video of the trees as the wind was getting stronger and stronger.

The trees were blowing on the way to Cee
Maureen and Mary are being blown around quite a bit here, but again, no video.

Maureen and Mary were blown around in the wind on the way to Finisterre.

Our views now reminded me of the Oregon coast.

View of Atlantic Ocean on the way to Cee
By the time we began to get close to Finisterre the rain had started again and the gusts of wind made it hard to walk in a straight line. I think our packs helped give us more weight so we weren’t blown off the path. Mary and I were loving it. I think the wind gusts were up to between 40 and 50 mph. How much more exciting than walking on a calm sunny day. Rose and I had reservations at the Hotel Naturaleza Mar da Adorable which had been recommended by a Laura from Portland who we both knew . Every room had a view of the sea. But it was raining and blowing so hard and we had no idea where it was. So we phoned them and they picked us up. Mary and Maureen went to find another Albergue. By the time we got settled in our room, the weather began to clear. This is the view from our room.

View of Atlantic from our room in Finisterre.
By 4:00 it was all clear and we walked to town to get our Finisterre Compostela. Then I went walking on the beach, collecting shells and walking in the water.  I collected shells to bring home to my grandchildren.  I had this great idea of putting one for each of them into a shadow-box with a note from me about getting them in Finisterre – the end of the world.

Nancy putting her feet into the Atlantic in Finisterre.
Right after watching the sunset from our room Rose and I had our complementary tapas at the hotel. How delicious.

Tomatoes for dinner at Hotel Naturaleza in Finisterre.

 

 

Gazpacho for dinner at Hotel Naturaleza in Finisterre.

 

Peppers for dinner at Hotel Naturaleza in Finisterre

We hope the weather in the morning is clear for our walk to the lighthouse.


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Day in Santiago and on to Augapesada

I slept in late in the Albergue Azabache. Then rose and I took our packs over to the San Martin Hotel where they keep the to floors for Pilgrims (23 euros including breakfast) and were able to check into our single rooms. They are pretty sparse. I think they may have been the nun’s rooms when it was a monastery. I wandered around town watching Pilgrims. When it was time to go to lunch, we decided to go for good food so we were headed back to Malak, the fabulous restaurant from last night. We ran into Jan, Ellie, & Kate who still had to get their Compostela so we waited for them. Great lunch.

We had lunch at Malak in Santiago.

I realized that I had to put more Euros on my SIM card. None of the ATMs would work for that. Yikes! So I went to the tourist office. They told me there was an Orange Store in town, but when I found it, it was closed for siesta. I realized that I may have trouble explaining what I wanted to them. So I went to the Pilgrim House ( the one that young man from yesterday told me visit –  a non-profit place to help pilgrims). At 5:00 one of the volunteers who spoke Spanish went with me. I now have enough wifi time for the rest of my trip.

There are many places in town to eat, but we were a bit (maybe more than a bit) tired of pilgrim meals, so Rose and I went back to Malak – again. The waiter/cook is so much fun and the food is great. Then, of course, we went out for ice-cream cones.

I spent time the past couple of days trying to figure out what I was going to do for the last days of my vacation after I finished walking. I was looking at other places in Spain or even in Portugal. Then I realized I wasn’t going to go anywhere. After I walk to Finisterre and Muxia, I will want to go home. I can’t imagine going from walking the Camino to being a tourist. It just doesn’t feel right. So I worked on getting my plane ticket changed. It was not an easy task because Skype was not working and I was ‘t sure if it was going to be possible. At about midnight I gave up.

During our breakfast at San Martin I use the Internet to get a flight out of Santiago de Compostela to Madrid to go home after we return from Muxia. Actually the cost turned out to be less than what I had seen last night.
Ellie, Jan, and Kate rented a car and are going to Paradores.
Some people have written to me to ask me why I want to continue walking to Finisterre and also to Muxia. What can I say?  They are there and part of the Camino for both Rose and me. We have planned a slow walk (6days to Finnisterre; 2 nights there; 2 days to Muxia; overnight; and the 6:45 am bus back to Santiago). So off we went this morning. I was all ready for rain, but there wasn’t much.

I am on my way to Finisterre.
We had a view of the top of the Cathedral in Finisterre as we walked out of Santiago.

A view back on Cathedrial in Santiago
It was a lovely walk through eucalyptus forest. We seemed to be walking for a long time before we finally found a bar for lunch. I thought we had reached Augapesada and asked the waitress where the Albergue Casa Riamonte, the one we wanted, was located. She didn’t quite understand us and was sending us back up the road. We stopped a car on the back roads to ask. He said he would give us a ride. I really thought he was taking us to the wrong place, but he was right. Turns out we were actually in Ventosa.

The Albergue was a lot of fun. As soon as we arrived there, it started to rain. Javiar, the owner, was a stitch. We met Claudia and her 11year old daughter, Mary Louisa, from Germany who were on a short vacation so walking back to Santiago from Muxia/Finisterre. We also met Fernard, a man from Germany. Then Mary and Maureen arrived and they needed to take a private room because we only had one bed left in the 6 people Albergue. When the sun came out, we were able to sit outside for tea.

Rose having tea at Casa Riamonte in Augapesada.
We had great soup for dinner. After all this time, it still seems strange to eat dinner at 7:30 or 8:00 and then, basically, go right to sleep.