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Sacrilige On The Camino:

First let me provide a definition of “sacrilige”: Pretty bad stuff right. Well here is what happened a few nights back on the Camino in Pimbo, France about 138K from St. Jean Pied-de-Port. I was staying at the communal Gite there but found out they surprisingly did not include wine with the evening meal. So …

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Top 10 Onsen (natural Hot spring) Hotels on Shikoku, Japan:

I listed these 10 favorite onsens by order as we walked the 88 Temple Pilgrimage. We were on our honeymoon so did some splurging versus our first Shikoku Pilgrimage back in 2019. The final 2 were off the Pilgrimage in Iya Valley but worth the travel and the perfect place to relax after 36 days …

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How The Kumano Kodo Is Different From The Camino de Santiago:

After walking the Camino de Santiago many times via multiple routes I walked the Kumano Kodo.  They are the only two UNESCO World Heritage Pilgrimages on the planet. Many pilgrims aim for a Dual Pilgrim Certificate which can be earned after walking both pilgrimages. Both have religious significance as well as spiritual and healing powers …

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How The Camino Portuguese Is Different From the Camino Frances:

The Camino Portuguese is a 620 km. pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela beginning from the Cathedral in Lisbon. Of course you can start wherever you choose. Most begin in Porto making it a 240 km. journey. 100 km.ers have the option of starting in Tui or the more accessible Vigo. One can also start south …

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Which Nepal Trek is Best?

And other advice; When to go, what to pack, solo or with porter or group, books to read. Everybody is different and this may be a once in a lifetime trip so choosing wisely is important. Some trekkers have their hearts set on walking to Everest Base Camp in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary …

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Learning The Art of Cutting Turf (Peat) In Ireland:

Learning To Cut Turf (Peat) The Old Fashioned Way: A few weeks into a 3,000 kilometer pilgrimage from County Clare, Ireland to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, I was in the middle of a 30K walk in Cork, from Millstreet to Bweeng, on a sunny day with scattered clouds across the deep blue sky.  As the …

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Resuming our 1200K camino Levante in Toledo

Resuming our Camino Levante Pilgrimage. Last August with temperatures soaring to 111F/44C we decided to stop in Toledo and bus to Ponferrada and continue to Santiago. It was my 15th Camino and first time ending before Santiago. Though I know many that do their Caminos in stages, so Mika and I vowed to return and …

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Starting The Camino in Lourdes Instead of St. Jean-Pied-de-Port

Yesterday was the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes. For anyone considering a Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage here are 9 reasons why it is a wonderful starting point. While a high majority of pilgrims wanting to do the Camino de Santiago for a month or longer choose St. Jean Pied-de-Port (SJPP) as a starting …

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Camino Invierno Day 6 Monforte to Chantada

CAMINO INVIERNO Day 6 Monforte to Chantada: Another memorable day on this most delightful Camino. Beautiful scenery, wonderful encounters, and delicious food and wine. We left the new and very comfortable Albergue Santiago 15 at 6 while it was still dark, enduring a long tough walk with 2 tough ascents through the lush forests and steep river …

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The Galapagos Seymour Island

Last morning on The Galapagos. A beautiful sunrise viewed from top of our boat, San Jacinto. Then a walk on Seymour Island with scores of birds including blue footed Boobies and mating Frigate Birds with the males exhibiting their desires via their blown up red sacks. And of course just before boarding our Zodiac for …

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Camino Invierno-Days 3-4; O Barco to A Rua

One of most humbling stays on this or any Camino: Following the serene River Sil and its wonderful wineries. This is my second Camino Invierno and a highlight of my first pilgrimage on The Winter Way was a stay in A Rua in the home of Asun. I prayed she was still around and servicing …

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Camino Invierno Day 2 Las Medulas to O Barco

Pleasant walk today as we reached the River Sil which we would be following for a few days. August 18, 2021. In Saldeado, we stopped at the Municipal Social Center Cafe for a huge tortilla de queso. Surprisingly, we met 3 pilgrims from Italy. First time I ever saw more than 2 walking Invierno. One …

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The Amazon Jungle; Preparing and cooking yucca bread

After a hearty breakfast we canoed 2 hours down river to Puente Bolivar to visit the village and experience a bit of jungle life. First a yucca bread making experience. Everything was done by hand, including; We pulled some yucca from the garden. Removed the outer shell with our hands. 2. Grated the yucca. 3. …

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An African Sunset

Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe    A 4 month overland journey  from Nairobi, Kenya to Cape Town, South Africa. ————- A couple days in the heart of Africa. Cruising Lake Kariba for two days on a large houseboat in northern Zimbabwe.     There is nothing quite like an African sunset I thought over the grasslands of …

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