16 thoughts on “Post Camino #3 – Some pics from north Portugal

  1. hehehehehe I love the before and after photos of the pastries.

    Lovely seeing photos of Portugal…that’s where I will be heading after Muxia.

    Bill……Im sorry to hear that your knee is really still bothering you….and to hear about your feet. Its amazing what we can endure isn’t it.

    And also, just wanted to say….THANK YOU, for the wonderful comments you return after my and other people’s posts on here. Yesterdays one made me cry…I had a bad day…and coming home to such a positive response was a wonderful tonic.

    BIG HUG!!!!!!

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    • Dear Abbey, yes, it is amazing what you can endure. I said to myself whilst walking the Camino that I didn’t care if I caused myself permanent damage, I just wanted to FINISH.

      I actually feel the same way now! I’m glad I finished, and soon I’ll deal with the consequences of that.

      Sorry to hear that you had a bad day, but pleased that my response cheered you up somewhat!

      Only 2 days left in Europe now before I return to Sydney. I’ll miss the Portugese “natas.”

      Bill

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  2. Agree with Abbey, the pics of the pastries before and after bring a big smile :). Making airfare reservations on Tuesday for August – Oct. Getting very excited. My feet, knees and hips are not good but hopefully all the walking we’re doing now will help. I know I’ll be able to manage the pain as I will be in a beautiful and historic part of our world. What treatment or medication helped you with the pain along The Way?
    Lynda and Dale

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    • Hi Lynda, what helped me were three things –

      A knee bandage. Get a chemist to fit it properly. And get a good one. (Or a bandage for any other limb or joint that you think might give you problems.)

      Then Ibuprofen. You can buy it very cheap in Spain. Less than €2 for a packet of 40 tablets, 600mg. This is the strongest over the counter dose. I took it three times a day for about 28 days straight. Not very good for the system, but it helped me finish the Camino.

      Lastly, Voltaren cream. This was amazing stuff. Took pain away almost immediately. I applied it to my knee twice a day.

      Remember though, pain is your body’s way of telling you that something’s wrong – so be aware that you’re masking that inbuilt warning mechanism by using painkillers.

      Bill

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  3. We leave Brisbane on Sept 1/13 flying first into Paris then onto Lisbon for a couple of days sightseeing before a bus to Porto and the start of our Camino to Santiago de Compostela. So thank you for the great pics of this region. I have been following your daily posts during your walk and happy to see you are continuing, as now our walk is getting closer they inspire me more.
    Julie

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  4. Bill,
    It seems that you can’t stop walking. Your Camino is finished, yet it’s not yet finished. It seems that the winding down from the Camino Francés takes a while, doesn’t it? What a profound experience this must have been for you!
    Take care,
    Laura

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    • Hi Laura, the experience has been profound, yes. The beauty really – of the country, and of the people.

      And also knowing that I did it. That’s now starting to kick in too.

      If you haven’t already, you should walk the Camino too!

      Bill

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      • Bill,
        My Camino starts in September, in Montserrat. I’ll walk the Camino Catalan, the Camino Aragonés, up and down the Pyrenees (just for bragging rights), and then onwards, as far as my feet will take me in 2 and a half months. I may get to Santiago, but I may not. It’s the journey I’m looking forward to. The destination is incidental. I have no doubt that I’ll be fine, and that I’ll have the time of my life.
        Wish me luck.

        Laura

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        • Wow Laura, those are DEFINITELY bragging rights!

          What a fabulous trip you’ll have. In ten weeks, you should do about 1200 – 1500 kms? Doesn’t really matter, does it. It will be a fantastic experience irrespective of the distance you travel.

          Please let me know how you go. And if you do a blog, please send me the link.

          Bill

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  5. Hey Bill….

    Wonder if I could ask a question. I have been learning Spanish for the past few months. Its going Okish….
    But I haven’t even given much thought to learning Portuguese.(which is where I will spend 10 days after my Camino)….my brain is confuddled with Spanish as it is :o)

    Just wondering how you have gotten on in Portugal….did you have some basic knowledge? or are you finding its similar to Spanish?

    Abbey

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  6. Congratulations on starting your Camino, I am looking forward to reading your blog as you travel along. May not be what you want to hear but I don’t think anyone said it would be easy (I sound like my mum). I am hoping that the bad days make the good days even better- it is the adventure called life. Enjoy, Buen Camino. Carla

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    • Hi Carla,

      not sure if this is referencing me, or someone else.

      I started my Camino in St. Jean Pied de Port April 10, and finished in Santiago May 10.

      Had some issues along the way

      Bill

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      • Sorry Bill, somehow on the wrong blog. I did follow you and am amazed at your pics and interesting thoughts, made me want to get to Spain sooner, but without blisters. 15 weeks to go. Thanks Carla

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