Camino de Santiago – we did it!
On Sunday 29th September myself and Den reached the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela – having set out 6 days earlier and walked the final 72 miles /117km of the Camino de Santiago to get there. To get there was not just the culmination of 6 days walking, but also a year of slowly building up strength and endurance, after my spinal operation.
Over the course of 6 days we walked 78 miles (which included some detours to visit monuments), with a cumulative ascent of 7,871 ft (2399 m) and 8,201 ft (2499m) descent. We clocked up 193,099 steps!
So we got there but how did it go?
Day 1: We set out from Sarria on 24th September with an early start in the dark and wet, which made it a bit slippery in places. Slowly it dried up and the sun came out. There was an ‘evil’ staircase at the end to take us up to the ‘Chapel in the Clouds’ at Portomarin. We walked 14.6 miles / 23.5km and it was hard going in places and our feet were sighing with relief by the end.Read More »
After Edinburgh Marathon we decided to ‘let the train take the strain’ and take the West Highland Line Scotrail journey from Glasgow to Fort William. We had read the accolades and knew this had won the Wanderlust Travel Awards 2009 for the top train journey in the world . Our plan was to break the journey in Fort William overnight and then take the Jacobite (famous from the Harry Potter films) to Maillag and return to Glasgow.Read More »
Well I did it, my first proper marathon -and in a respectable 4 hours and 46 minutes – really pleased.
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Just back from a lovely little short break in Paris, mostly courtesy of Airmiles, which made it all the better! It was nice to board the plane on 4 January, the day most people were heading back to work after the New Year.Read More »
So my birthday was looming and what did I want to do to celebrate the occasion? Easy… spend the day with my lovely husband and fabulous daughters lounging around and being pampered … just like the Roman’s did.
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We arrived in Beijing on 7 September tired, excited and wondering what to expect! After a night flight and 2 hours sleep we were greeted at the airport by John Wen – who was to be our tour manager for the next 3 weeks. Headed for the hotel and time to grab a quick snooze before meeting the rest of the group with whom we would spend the next few weeks.Read More »