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Trip Start May 11, 2005
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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The Route!!!!
Sooooo (said like a german) The first couple of days the hike was very pretty. The trail wound around rolling hills and through quaint little Spanish villages. We reached Pamplona on our third day of walking (city of running of the bulls) and one of the members of team Vagina (Fleur) met an Irish lad working in a bar because she stopped in for a quick pee. Well one thing led to another in 5 hours...and the trail tail had begun. She went back to see him during San Fermin and they have not stopped talking on the phone since. She is actally quite skilled and keeps a good walking pace while texting on her phone.
The little towns and and the big cities we stayed in were always just soo darn cute. Since the trail has been around for so long the Albergues were always located in the heart of the old town where you would want to stay anyway. So it was always such a treat to be staying in the most perfect spots. There were random places that smelled like shit and had nothing, but overall the location of every place was awesome. After the first week and a half of hiking we started to get into the flatter less picturesque places. There was more road-side walking and flat gravel roads (that hurt to walk on) that streched for miles through wheat and corn fields. Not a lot of shade so when the sun came out it was no joke! I guess the french portion of the Camino is more rural (Pyrenees is supposed to be beautiful) whereas the Spanish portion is more of what I just mentioned and tons of little villages (better known as hamlets).
The last week of the Camino is really beautiful beacause you go back into some hilly forested areas with amazing views and shade whenever you please. The little villages get more and more numerous providing more and more places to stop and get a coffee and watch the cows walk throught the streets!
The final day we stopped 5 km before Santiago so that we could arrive there in the morning. Well... Team Vagaina decided to get up a 4.20 AM so they could watch the sun rise on the Catherdral...
Flaws of Team Vaginas Plan
1. We had hiked 37 k that day and drank alot that night, we needed to sleep in!
2. We got there 90 minutes before the sun even rose!
3. The Santiago cathedral does not even face east!
4. It was a cloudy day... the sun did not even rise!
5. There was nothing open until 8 AM (no cofee no food) and nothing to bloody do.
6. The stones were wet everywhere we could not even sit down while we waited.
But Im not bitter at all...... just sleep deprived.
The next day we took off to Finisterra which use to be the end of the known world (you would know this if you would have read the history!)
That was a bitter-sweet walk, the 1st day was beautiful, the 2nd day was long, boring and the albergue was covered in flies of African proportions and smelt like shit, and the 3rd day we arrived!!!!!
Once we were there we had a reuinon with some others we had met from all over the trail and the drinking began!!! The best part is that we did not have to get up early so we stayed out as long as we wanted. This was a great place because every one that arrives here is done with their hike (for the most part) and is ready to throw down and party. We did get woken up at 8am for breakfast unfortunately. Our 2nd night there we stayed in a guesthouse as we were no longer pilgrims and wern´t allowed in the albergues. Everyone worked on their tans and at sunset we walked up to the lighhouse at the end of the world and watched the sun disappear. Then we had a little ceremony - just the 4 of us - where we burnt our clothes. It was quite lovely and slightly emotional because we knew we were almost at the end and soon would be saying goodbye.
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