Camino de Santiago – yes!

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.

Day 2: 18.2 miles / 29.3 km today, which included a little 4.6km detour we added on to visit a 13th century monastery! Getting the hang of this today. Good pace plus made sure we took on enough but not too much fuel and ‘listened’ when our feet told us to take a break. Arrived feeling better than yesterday even though there was much more elevation climb (over 2000 ft!). Said ‘Hola’ and ‘Buen Camino’ to most people we passed! Loved it! Read More »

View from a train -wowed by the West highland Line

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 »

Three weeks in China…

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 »