I was looking at the calender on Friday and noticed how much of the year had been eaten away. Is it really 2 months to 2023? I remember wishing in the New Year with the tones of Carlos Nuñez in the background. But that was January and today is October 30th. Got to keep on... Continue Reading →
Camino Portugués 2022 – Day 6 – Oia to Baiona
It is now 6 weeks since I arrived home from Santiago de Compostela. Many other pilgrims have arrived there since I arrived home whether it be on the Camino Francés, Camino Portugués or the many various routes. I keep in touch with the Camino on almost a daily basis and wish I could return again... Continue Reading →
Camino Portugués 2022 – Day 4 – Anha to Vila Praia de Ancora
May 10th 2022 – Day 4 Anha to Vila Praia de AncoraDistance: 23.6km on Gronze.com / 30.59km according to FitbitAlbergue: Albergue D'Avenida Another morning on the Camino Portugués. The sun is breaking through as we woke up. There is another pilgrim in the kitchen availing of some of the buffet breakfast left by our kind hosts. I leave... Continue Reading →
Camino Portugués 2022 – Day 1 – Porto to Vila do Conde
May 7th 2022 - Day 1 Porto to Vila do CondeDistance: 25km from Foz do DouroAlbergue: Balada dos Mares Vila Day One starts...Getting up was the easy part. I was awake at 3am with excitement. My pack was ready on the ground below me as I lay on the top bunk. My pilgrim companions were... Continue Reading →
Camino Portugués Coastal 2022 – Porto to Santiago
May 6th 2022 - Day 0Dublin to Porto I have arrived home from the Camino de Santiago. With compostela in hand, I have many more memories to take with me. The Camino Portugués from Porto is a beautiful Camino and one I walked with great company. However, it would be remiss of me to say... Continue Reading →
Checking my packing list..
With a month left before I go, I have been mostly checking my packing list ensuring I have the right kit. I have kept many items from last September's travels on the meseta but there are a few things that needed replacing. After inspecting my gear, I bought a few items online and I am... Continue Reading →
A month to Porto..
Ok, so it's just after 11pm here on a Saturday night in Dublin and I realised that I haven't written in a while. While I am awake, I may as well put finger to keyboard and update you on how my preparation is going. Practice Walks With the days and weeks flying by, it has... Continue Reading →
Weekend Watch #82 – A Beautiful Camino Portugués Video
Watch Joe as he walks the Camino Portugués Route to Santiago de Compostela. You can find more just like this by searching for #weekendwatch!
Every Moment is a Fresh Beginning
This is my first post of 2022, a first of many, I hope. I hope you all had a good break and enjoyed the New Year. To be quite honest, I have never been fond of New Year’s Eve. Are we celebrating the passage of time or are we looking forward to something unknown? TS Elliot once said, “Every moment is a fresh beginning”. We shouldn’t put so much energy into one night but try to better ourselves each day. Regardless, we are in 2022 and I can’t but feel hopeful.
Camino Francés 2021 – Day 5 – Carrion de los Condés to Ledigos
September 5th 2021 - Day 5 Carrion de los Condés to LedigosDistance: 25.4 kmAlbergue: Albergue La Morena I had one of my best sleeps yet in Carrion and I was refreshed for another day's walking. I left early on my own before 7 am to avoid the upcoming heat. The walk from Carrion de los... Continue Reading →