Mexico City

Yesterday I was up at 5:30 and took a taxi to Dulles for my 9am flight to Mexico City. I arrived about 1:30 pm and since my flight to Guatemala wasn’t until almost 9pm I decided to go downtown. First I had to make my way through Immigration and customs which despite the long line went relatively quick. I paid about $10 to store my bag for the day and then spent about 15 minutes searching for the bus to Terminal 1 where the metro was located.
The metro was about what I expected. Nothing spectacular but cheap and efficient. Three lines and two changes brought me to the central historic district. First stop was the Cathedral on the main plaza. The plaza was all set up for the New Year’s celebration. Bleachers surrounded the entire space and it was obvious that a big party was in the making.
Nearby was Temple Mayor and its museum. The temple was once the center of the Aztec universe but was destroyed when the Spanish conquered Mexico. All that remains of the one great complex are the foundations but they were still impressive. The museum contained some incredible treasures from the Aztecs although I did little more than wander through and let the experience wash over me. I spent the next hour or two exploring first the market stalks northeast of the Temple Mayor and then the more upscale pedestrian mall east of the Cathedral. The Museo de Belles Artes was beautiful but I didn’t go in, but instead wandered through the Alameda, a very nice urban park before finally making my way back to the metro and the airport.
My flight was on time and Guatemala customs went fairly quick. I was at my hotel by 11

Continue reading

Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Santiago at 50

Casey and I arrived in Santiago today. It was a memorable way to celebrate my 50th birthday. I have already been serenaded with “Happy Birthday” sung to me at both the albergue this morning and at the cafe this afternoon. Tonight we are joining several friends we have met along the way for dinner. At this point I am glad to be here, but feel totally drained. Casey struggled with her feet again today and the last few kilometers were taken one painful step at a time. I hurt for her, and was proud of her at the same time, as we made our way into the city and up to the cathedral. Luckily churros, hot chocolate and a beer have somewhat revived her.
Our plan now is to spend tomorrow in Santiago. We will take a sleeper train to Madrid tomorrow night where we spend a couple of days before flying home on Sunday.

Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

iPod broke

Not sure when I may post again.

Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Cacabelos to Villafranca

Casey and I were showered in fruit during the afternoon at Cacabelos. First Kathleen from New Zealand gave us strawberries. Later Jola from Holland brought us cherries. In between we took a nap and went down to the park by the river where we soaked our feet as we soaked in the sun.
We had dinner with George from Brisbane, Peter from Holland and Alberto from Costa Rica. I had paella while Casey had pizza. Conversation was great as we discussed south and Central American cultures, cooking and casket paintings. Dropped and shattered my iPod in Villafranca. This may be last post for awhile.

20130603-173928.jpg

20130603-173944.jpg

20130603-173856.jpg

20130603-173959.jpg

20130603-174012.jpg

Comments

Filed under Spain

Molinaseca to Cacabelos

Last night we had a nice dinner with Judy from Adelaide, Australia and Hans from Cologne, Germany. We headed to bed about 9pm, but it was a horrible night. We shared a room with 14 others, most of whom snored, talked in their sleep, or passed gas all night. Casey slept only an hour or two and I got none at all. Finally at 4am we decided to get up and start walking since we weren’t sleeping anyway. We made good time and were in Ponferada before dawn where we passed the impressive Templar castle. We stopped for our ritual cafe con leche and slice of tortilla in Columbrianos about 8am. Our goal was Cacabelos for lunch and then on to Villafranca. Unfortunately Casey has developed blisters so we have decided to stop in Cacabelos – still 23k or 14 miles isn’t too bad.

20130603-131051.jpg

20130603-131215.jpg

20130603-131244.jpg

20130603-131234.jpg

20130603-131256.jpg

20130603-131306.jpg

20130603-131315.jpg

20130603-131324.jpg

20130603-131525.jpg

Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Molinaseca to Cacabelos

Last night we had a nice dinner with Judy from Adelaide, Australia and Hans from Cologne, Germany. We headed to bed about 9pm, but it was a horrible night. We shared a room with 14 others, most of whom snored, talked in their sleep, or passed gas all night. Casey slept only an hour or two and I got none at all. Finally at 4am we decided to get up and start walking since we weren’t sleeping anyway. We made good time and were in Ponferada before dawn where we passed the impressive Templar castle. We stopped for our ritual cafe con leche and slice of tortilla in Columbrianos about 8am. Our goal was Cacabelos for lunch and then on to Villafranca. Unfortunately Casey has developed blisters so we have decided to stop in Cacabelos – still 23k or 14 miles isn’t too bad.

20130603-131051.jpg

20130603-131215.jpg

20130603-131244.jpg

20130603-131234.jpg

20130603-131256.jpg

20130603-131306.jpg

20130603-131315.jpg

20130603-131324.jpg

20130603-131525.jpg

Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Molinaseca to Cacabelos

Last night we had a nice dinner with Judy from Adelaide, Australia and Hans from Cologne, Germany. We headed to bed about 9pm, but it was a horrible night. We shared a room with 14 others, most of whom snored, talked in their sleep, or passed gas all night. Casey slept only an hour or two and I got none at all. Finally at 4am we decided to get up and start walking since we weren’t sleeping anyway. We made good time and were in Ponferada before dawn where we passed the impressive Templar castle. We stopped for our ritual cafe con leche and slice of tortilla in Columbrianos about 8am. Our goal was Cacabelos for lunch and then on to Villafranca. Unfortunately Casey has developed blisters so we have decided to stop in Cacabelos – still 23k or 14 miles isn’t too bad.

20130603-131051.jpg

20130603-131215.jpg

20130603-131244.jpg

20130603-131234.jpg

20130603-131256.jpg

20130603-131306.jpg

20130603-131315.jpg

20130603-131324.jpg

20130603-131525.jpg

Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Light and Fear

I came across the following passage in my reading tonight. Nelson Mandela used the words in his freedom speech but they were written by Marianne Williamson. Something to ponder as I walk.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.

Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Acebo to Molinaseca

It was a beautiful but steep walk downhill from Acebo to Molinaseca. Along the way we met George, a retired chef from Brisbane, Australia and his friend Michael from Germany. We considered going on to Ponferrada, but we were both feeling drained so we decided to stop here for the night. We went into town and bought a few sundries including a couple of beers which we enjoyed in the shade of the albergue’s porch. 20130602-171313.jpg20130602-171251.jpg20130602-171321.jpg20130602-171303.jpg20130602-171331.jpg

Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Astorga to Foncebadon

We had a relatively restful sleep last night in the albergue. We shared a room with 12 other pilgrims. Luckily there were no major snorers. We got up this morning about 6:30 and were walking by 7:15. About 8:30 we made our first stop for cafe con leche and a slice of tortilla (warm potato pie).Yum!
In the morning we passed throght the small Maragato villages of San Catalina de Somoza and El Ganso where we stopped at the Cowboy Bar to split another tortilla and got some ice cream.
We got to Rabanal about 1:30 and thought about calling it a day, but after resting for half an hour we decided to push on to Foncebadon where we are spending the night.
The last few miles were all up hill as we climbed Mt Iago. We were two tired pellegrinos when we staggered into town. The albergues in town were full so Casey and I are sharing a regular motel room. It is a bit more money but we get a room to ourselves and a great shower so no complaints. Amazingly though, neither of us could figure out how to turn on the shower and had to ask for help. I’m not sure if that is a comment on how tired we were or how stupid we are.

20130602-112540.jpg

20130602-112557.jpg

20130602-112624.jpg

20130602-112636.jpg

20130602-112651.jpg

20130602-112702.jpg

20130602-112727.jpg

20130602-112739.jpg

Comments

Filed under Uncategorized