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One year ago today 10/1 - Porto!

Today we are walking into Porto, over dinner Andre mentioned maybe taking a bus for part of the way to avoid the industrial outlyings of a bigger city. I wish he had never mentioned it. It put the thought into my head and this was going to be a long, long day. We rose early, and ate breakfast in the pensione we were staying at. Then we began our walk out of town.Church

We saw this church was covered with lilac covered tiles just as the sun was rising. Today many of the miles we walked were on cobblestones. If you have been following my journey, you know by now I hate cobblestones because they really hurt your feet; going up, going down, on the flat, there is not a good section of cobblestones. After cobblestones, I hate asphalt roads, they soak up the heat, and today was a hot day. After asphalt it is going downhill on any type of path, I found going downhill harder than up, even using a hiking pole.

This was a long plodding day, we ended up walking almost 28 miles today. I was ready to physically harm Andre when he said "no, no bus I know you want to walk the whole Camino."

My feet hurt, I was tired, it was hot, and I was feeling miserable, lacking energy. It was a day I took relatively few photos, industrial areas leave little to photograph. 

ViewThis was still relatively early in the day and the mist hung heavy.

ViewPorto is somewhere over there. I still thought we were taking a bus at some stage. Lots of up and down sections today.

ViewA brief portion walking alongside fields.

Those who are observant may have noticed I have not shaved. My sons all encouraged me to grow a Forest Gump beard. But I have come to realize on this journey I need to discover my self afresh, get back to who I am underneath. So, I have decided the beard goes, it is not me, it is someone else's desire not mine. Plus it makes me feel hot.

WashingEvery village has one of these covered washing locations. The women come together to wash their clothes, scrubbing and rinsing them in the water located there. Most homes do not have washing machines, and clothes are hung to dry rather than use a dryer. Why not with the hot dry weather.

So far I have not encountered rain. Just heat. Andre had told me how in March he had postponed this section of his Camino because of how wet it was. I had another friend from this Camino who walked in 2019 in March and it rained almost the whole time. I have been very lucky, walking in the rain is miserable, and I am in enough of a bad mood today I don't need any rain.

Corn CribThis is a corn crib, the first one I have seen, they are very common as I move north towards Santiago de Compostella. Corn for the animals is stored in them to dry. Some are very ornate, this one is pretty plain.

Walking into a large city it is a good idea to book a hotel/pensione ahead. Andre has said there is no need. We really have not seen a lot of people on our hike, so I trust him. But, Porto is different, it is swarming with people and I feel overwhelmed, on top of being cranky and tired.

PortoThis is the bridge we cross into Porto, using the upper level. You can just see Porto Cathedral in the distance. We end up frantically trying to find a room. Big cities are more expensive than small towns and villages. We end up taking rooms in different places. I end up above a bar, in a dive of a room. There is mold on the ceiling of the bathroom, but I am simply too tired to care at this stage. Andre leaves tomorrow, so we arrange to meet for our last meal together. I am ready to have some time for myself.

You may have heard of Porto as being where Port is made and the other side of the river, that we crossed from is where all the Port houses are. Here is a photo looking down on to that area, all the big names are there, Sandeman etc. Tomorrow I get to rest. I have walked 271 miles so far, an average of 22.59 miles a day. But today was hard and I know I will sleep well, even above a noisy bar.


Till tomorrow, when we will explore Porto.

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Comment balloon 12 commentsNick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • October 01 2019 02:36PM


Hello Nick - I enjoyed my visits to Porto but obviously had a very different experience.  Looking forward to reading more...

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 22 days ago

it is always great to have memories thanks for sharing yours. Have a great afternoon.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) 22 days ago

Hello Nick,  You never know what could of happen for the day, it could of been great or what you had that day!


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 22 days ago

Those are amazing photos, Nick.  I have been fascinated with The Camino since watching the Martin Sheen movie, "The Way."

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 22 days ago

CONGRATULATIONS Nick, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 22 days ago


I am enjoying the Travelogue.  I have not been to Porto, although I have been to Lisbon briefly as a child.  Portugal is on the list.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 22 days ago

Michael Jacobs tomorrow I got to enjoy Porto. Today was behind me and I lived in the moment.

Pat Champion it is sometimes useful to look back and reflect on what you acheived.

That is true, Will Hamm overall most days were fine, it was the cobblestones that got to me most....

Myrl Jeffcoat thanks for the feature, and watch out, that was how I started, saw The Way, then got interested and read and explored other sources. It slowly pulled me in and next thing I know I was walking a Camino. Not all routes are so long, I had several friends who started in Porto.

Ron and Alexandra Seigel Porto is beautiful, we tour tomorrow. Well worth a visit.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 22 days ago

Morning Nick.

I admire you for staying with the plan.  By now, I would be headed home, or driving around.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 21 days ago

Loved that church, Nick. As I follow your posts each day, I'm more and more impressed with your tenaciousness in doing this walk.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 21 days ago

James Dray it was never an option to stop. But taking a bus was very tempting at the time. But I am glad he made me walk the whole way.

Nina Hollander it was simple, put one foot in front of the other.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 21 days ago

That was a brutal day of walking!  I don't think I could keep up that pace for long.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) 19 days ago

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 it was, I went through almost every emotion I know, anger, sadness, hatred, you name it. But you do get stronger, and this was an unusual day too, not every day was like this. I walked almost as far on 10/3, but it did not feel the same because the views were different and I did not have the idea in my head I was going to get a bus.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 19 days ago

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