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Barb's New Adventure - The Camino!

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Well it’s finally going to happen. After lots of dreaming about it and then asking myself can I really do it, I am going to walk a portion of the Camino de Santiago. Initially I was going to do this solo, but when my family heard what I was planning, my son’s wife, asked if she could join me. She thought it was a wonderful thing to do. At first I was a little apprehensive, hmm this was to be a bit of a soul searching, spiritual adventure for me and to also figure out how to accept and welcome the next phase of my life (retirement), so I thought that was best to do alone. DIL are very close and I love her dearly, so after giving it a good thought, I said of course I would love for her to join me. My son and her mother very kindly agreed to be Mom to their two little ones while she is gone.

Then came deciding when exactly to do it and where we would start our walk. Because she only has a limited amount of time to be away, it was agreed to start in Sarria and do it, hopefully in 6 days. Actually, I’m not sure my legs and feet would allow me to go much further than that. So that decided, we then thought about albergues v. hotels. Hotels won out, although we both think it might be fun to stay one night in a albergue. I was able to reserve ahead of time, which I thought would be wise given how many pilgrims are now walking the Camino from Sarria to Santiago. So here is our itinerary:

Oct 1:
Fly from SEA to LHR to Madrid to Santiago (arriving in Santiago at 7:45 pm) on Oct. 2. We will spend that night at Hotel Costa Vella. We will be staying there at the end of our walk as well, so they will keep my suitcase there for me while we are walking.

Oct 3:
Bus from Santiago via Lugo to Sarria where we will be staying at Hotel Mar de Plata, 55€. We will spend the day there getting our credentials and relaxing a bit before our walk the next morning.

Oct 4: Sarria to Portomarin (Hotel Villajardin, 60€, breakf. incl ) 23 km
Oct 5: Portomarine to Lestedo (Casa Rectoral de Lestedo 85€) 21 km
Oct 6: Lestedo to Melide (Hotel Carlos 96, 40€) 19 km
Oct 7: Melide to Arzua (Hotel Casa Theodora, 45€) 15 km
Oct 8: Arzua to Rua (Casa do Acivro, 46€) 19 km
Oct 9: Rua to Santiago (Hotel Costa Vella, 88€) 19 km

We will stay in Santiago for three nights. We plan on taking the bus to Finisterre to complete our pilgrimage. DIL will fly home the same route, very early on the 12th and I will hop on the bus to Porto, Portugal at 11:00 a.m. I will be in Porto for two nights staying at InPatio Guest House, 68€ nt, including breakfast.

I’m then taking the train down to Lisboa, where I will again stay at Hotel Residencial Florescente. Stayed there last year and LOVED it. 43.50 € nt, including a huge buffet breakfast. I will be there until Oct. 24th

Fellow Fodorite Jeff will be in Santiago for a few days, so we will meet up and he will also be in Porto when I’m there. Also, Julia-t will be joining me in Lisboa for four days. Last year she managed a very quick trip to come see me while I was there, so this time we will really be able to enjoy our time together in this wonderful city.

I’ll post my preparations for the Camino and what I’m planning on taking with me so far in the next day or two.

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