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One year ago today 10/5

Early morningAn early start walking in the dark, watching the sun rise, smelling the manure, hay and earth upon the damp morning air heavy with water.

Beautiful views today, walking roads, lanes and trails. Lots of cyclists, it is a national holiday, so plenty of people taking advantage to take a short vacation.


Mid morning snackBreakfast snack. Very tasty. My beloved pastel de nata and a lemon and almond croissant

LaneThe route today was more rolling hills than actual steep hills to walk. It was also pretty shaded. 

Starting so early we were pretty much done by lunch time, only needing to walk about 19 miles today.

We came into Ponte de Lima along the river, there was a market and lots of people because of the holiday. The albergue is on the other side of the river and like yesterday, it is not open when we arrive. Nearly everyone, dumps their backpacks and walks back across the bridge into town.

Great views todayI love walking under these blue skies. 

Mid morning snackThis was a stop at a cafe in a garage along the route at late morning, there was no real rush. I love these layered almond cakes


Camino signWecome across this lovely Camino sign, you can just read along the bottom Camino de Santiago.


Ponte de LimaThe albergue is on the other side of the bridge, I am walking along the river here in town.

Head of a pilgrimThis statue is on the bridge, an image possibly of Saint James as a pilgrim with the wishes for a Good Camino below.

Albergue This is the albergue, you can see how every one just left their backpacks in line to hold their place. This is a large albergue, but there are a lot of people, and the hotels are probably full due to the holiday. I walk back to the town and have lunch, what I try to order is finished, but a young couple next to me have the last order and they share it with me, very kind and it was delicious. I return to the albergue and one of the rules of many albergues is you must remove your boots when you enter. Everyone carries flip flops or some other lighter shoe to wear at the end of the day. This albergue had a large boot rack, and it was full when every one had checked in. It was nice as there were no bunks, all individual metal cots, and all co-ed. 

Boot rack

After a short rest we walked back into town again for an early dinner. I eat with an Italian woman, and young Italian man, Kirsten and Ulricha. After dinner we explore a little and discover an ince cream shop, so we all indulge. Then on making our way back to the albergue we came across this statue of a bull and I decided to practice my Portuguese bull fighting skills.

Bull statue The portuguese finish a bull fight by a group of men, running at the bull and bringing him to a standstill. The leader must make sure he lands between the horns. Of course the bull is also running at them at the same time.

As I said, I walked about 19 miles today, so my total walked so far is 334 miles. Tomorrow, the guidebook says we will encounter hills.

We have decided to set off together in the morning and walk as a group.

Our Korean friends also turned up at the Albergue and one of them a silver haired gentleman entertained everyone waiting by doing push ups. You meet some crazy people walking the Camino.

Till tomorrow.


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Comment balloon 11 commentsNick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • October 05 2019 04:45PM


Hello Nick,  great that you had a good journal to keep track of your daily experiences. What a great experience.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 18 days ago

Hello Nick - I imagine a lot of miles were put on those boots before that impressive push up activity took place...

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 18 days ago

Will Hamm as I look back over my notes, journal and the photos I can see the day and the places I don't have photos of as well. It was an amazing experience. I have a friend comeing this evening for dinner who just walked the coastal route, I want to pick his brains.

I think you are right Michael Jacobs and it was impressive considering he was late 70's as well. The youngest of those Koreans was 76, a couple were 82 and the rest were in between.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 18 days ago

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - You had quite an experience and education. Your eyes saw a lot and you met amazing people from all over the world. It was a chance in a lifetime and you took it - you even took the bull by the horns! Good for you. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 18 days ago

Well I have to admire your taste in delicious treats you posted here.

Posted by Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) 17 days ago

I am enjoying being able to travel along with you through these pictures and words, Nick.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 17 days ago

Good morning, Nick... I think you "had me" at lemon and almond croissant!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 17 days ago

Morning Nick.

Only 19 miles, I bet it felt like a walk around the block, from what I read earlier.  

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 17 days ago

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP that is very true in more ways than one.

Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900! they were delicious and with the distances I walked non fattening as well.

Myrl Jeffcoat if you want to do the Camino one day, following along is just the beginning.

Nina Hollander it was fabulous. But, then everything on that plate was good.

James Dray you are right, it was a very easy day although that sounds crazy when I think about it.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 17 days ago

You definitely highlight your journey well and I am glad you captured so many photos!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 17 days ago

Thank you Brian England it has been fun to look back over my notes and photos, brought back lots of memories.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 16 days ago

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