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26th of May – Cruz de Ferro

26th of May – Cruz de Ferro

Rob The Traveller

After a very pleasant walk up from Foncebadón in chill morning air, I reached the Cruz de Ferro before the main crowds, which was nice. There were a few people there but it wasn’t too noisy. I was already prepared for the fact that the atmosphere around the cross would not be quite like that of a church. When visiting the Cruz de Ferro, you really need to shut out what others are doing around you and perhaps some of the noise.

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26th of May – Cruz de Ferro and Beyond | Foncebadón to Molinaseca

26th of May – Cruz de Ferro and Beyond | Foncebadón to Molinaseca

Rob The Traveller

I wanted to make sure that I got to the Cross before big crowds of pilgrims got there. So as breakfast started at 6:30 at the hostel, I was on my way by 6:50. The walk up to the cross from Foncebadon was only about two and a half kilometers and it was a glorious walk in the early morning, with the crisp air, and great views looking back across the way we had come.

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24th of May – House of the Gods | David Vidal

24th of May – House of the Gods | David Vidal

Rob The Traveller

Today on the way to Astorga, I took the long way round to meet David at the House of the Gods. I’d heard a lot about David who has been living on the Camino for many years purely to provide food and drink and a place to rest for weary pilgrims. With the number of pilgrims on the track today, I thought I might not get a chance to chat with him, but at least to sit in his open air cantina and soak up some of the energy and generosity that I expected to find, would be a unique experience.

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23rd of May – Modern Living |  Staying in Hospital de Órbigo

23rd of May – Modern Living | Staying in Hospital de Órbigo

Rob The Traveller

As I sit in the dining room of the Hostal Don Suero in Hospital de Órbigo, I look over the ancient bridge where Don Suero conducted his battles in 1434. A number of kids from the town are gathering in the old jousting area. Whilst eating, I glanced up out of curiosity to see what they were up to. It soon becomes apparent that this is a rehearsal for some sort of festival.

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23rd of May – My Mojo is back!

23rd of May – My Mojo is back!

Rob The Traveller

I’ve tried to take it easy today to give my legs a bit of a break so it’s been slow and easy. And of course more chances to reflect. At lunch yesterday in Leon, I was sharing some Camino stories with three other guys that I have met off and on over the last couple of weeks. And we all came to the conclusion that sharing these stories with someone who hasn’t walked the Camino, who hasn’t gone through the physical, emotional and spiritual journey, is sometimes very difficult.

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22nd of May – Another Day Off | Recuperating in León

22nd of May – Another Day Off | Recuperating in León

Rob The Traveller

Today was a day of relaxation and recuperation. I slept in, had a leisurely breakfast, and then went in search of a good physio. A very helpful receptionist at my hotel managed to arranged a physio at the other side of town, so I caught a taxi over there. The physio center was obviously of a very high quality, as depicted around the walls with all the newspaper cuttings of the famous sports people who used the facility.

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