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DAY 30: Mirma and the Cathedrals of the Sea

The scarlet red weals on my brother’s feet that had manifested overnight from the ice bath his feet had taken, made our course of action clear enough. There was no way we would be able to continue on today, tackling a whole 30 kilometres (18 Miles). Our Camino de SantiagoRead More

DAY 29: Bridge to Ribadeo

The tangy scent of the sea coming from the stunning coastline rides the cool breeze of the morning and provides an invigorating refreshment to the senses. The lush green mountains that dot the hilly landscape tie the breathtaking painting together in a remarkable way. I am tingly with excitement atRead More

DAY 28: Cat Up a Tree

My alarm went off at 5:30am in a harmonious melody of strumming harps. Too bad I slept through it. The sweet song played for about 2 minutes before it went silent and our tent was plunged into darkness once again with me not even stirring in the slightest. Our familyRead More

DAY 27: In the Heart of the Asturias

The robotic clicking sound of the camera taking another photo echoed in my ears. My vision refocused and I found myself leaning over the edge of a wooden fence, staring down at a mesmerising ocean, the waves swelling in the sparkling sun. I was standing at Regalina’s Hermitage, (Ermita deRead More

DAY 26: Mud, Mayonnaise and a Majestic Sunset

I stepped into an oozing marshy mud puddle for the 100th time in the past hour. I lifted my once hot-pink hiking shoes out of the squelching swamp prison with a sigh. You could no longer tell what the original colour was. Behind me, I heard the indignant cries fromRead More

DAY 25: Sunshine, Rainshine

A crackling strike of lightning lit up the campground BBQ area, highlighting the same wooden picnic tables where last night’s boisterous partying must have taken place. Embers of a failing flame warmed my shaking hands that were soaked to the bone from trying to pack up the tents at topRead More

Day 24: A Walk to The Twilight Zone

“Bring Ring!”  The musical chime of bicycles made us all look up from the breakfast we were eating under the coveted shade of a regal oak tree and wave. In front of us, four figures waved enthusiastically back, and we called out goodbyes in our best Spanish and then watchedRead More

DAY 23: Industrial Nature

With the rising sun starting to assert its dominance over the coastal city below, we started our walk heading down the hill from the campgrounds and made our passage through the outer eastern suburbs of Gijon, on what was a lazy Sunday morning. By the time we had made ourRead More

DAY 22: Slowly I turned… step by step – inch by inch!

The Saturday morning sunlight was just peaking its way atop the hills overlooking Villaviciosa as we left our hostel. We started out early today, deciding to take the more direct route of this section of the Camino del Norte. This would follow the N-632, and cut an arduous 8 km offRead More