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Camino de Santiago: Days 37 and 38

Santiago—Negreira       12 miles     4 November 2017 My last look at Santiago as I began my final …
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Camino de Santiago: Day 36

Pedrouzo—Santiago         12.3 miles 3 November 2017 I was awakened in the middle of the night by a …
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Camino de Santiago: Days 34 and 35

Day 34: Melide—Azura           8 miles 1 November 2017 Arriving in Melide yesterday meant that I was …
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Camino de Santiago Primitivo: Day 33

Castrelo—Melide         17.4 miles 31 October 2017—Dia de los Muertos I ended up walking a lot farther than …
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Camino de Santiago Primitivo: Day 32

Lugo—Castrelo         11 miles 30 October 2017 It was very close to Halloween and pumkins were ready for …
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Camino de Santiago Primitivo: Day 31

Cadavo—Lugo 18 miles 27 October 2017 It was still pitch dark when we had to leave the albergue this morning …
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Camino de Santiago Primitivo: Day 30

A Fonsagrada—Cadavo         15 miles 23 October 2017 I stayed three nights in A Fonsagrada. The last several …
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The Edge of the Planet is a Lovely Place to Be

This hike took place back on April 5th and this is a long overdue post. But the landscape was so …
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Camino de Santiago Primitivo: Day 29

Day 29: Grandes de Salime—La Fonsagrada    16 miles 23 October 2017 I awoke to a cold day 5◦C (41◦F) and …
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Camino de Santiago Primitivo: Day 28

 Note: This is a camino of gratitude for me. Each day, I choose something I am grateful for in my …
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A Winter Walk in the West Highlands

Or, how to travel ON the “beaten track” and not encounter anyone! I’m taking another segue from my series on the …
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Camino de Santiago Primitivo: Days 26—27

Day 26: Tineo—Campiello     7.5 miles 19 October 2017  I was glad to put Tineo behind me and be on …
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Camino de Santiago Primitivo: Day 25

Bodenaya—Tineo     7 miles 18 October 2017 After breakfast, but before some of us left, David told us more about Bondenaya …
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Day 24: A Little Bit of Heaven—Part Two: Bodenaya

Day 24: Cornellana—Bodenaya 10.2 miles 17 October 2017 As I mentioned in my previous post, today was magical in so …
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Camino de Santiago Primitivo: A Little Bit of Heaven—Ruminations

Day 24: Cornellana—Bodenaya 10.2 miles 17 October 2017 Today turned out to be magical in so many ways. It was …
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Camino de Santiago Primitivo: Days 21–23

Day 21: Oviedo—Escamplero 7.4 miles 14 October 2017 It was a bit of a walk just to get out of …
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Under the Douro Fog

I’m taking a little segue from my series on the El Camino. Yesterday I experienced one of those days that made …
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Camino de Santiago Primitivo: Day 20

La Vega de Sariego—Oviedo     16.8 miles 11 October 2017 This would turn out to be mostly a long, uninspiring day …
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Camino de Santiago del Norte: Day 19

 Note: This is a camino of gratitude for me. Each day, I choose something I am grateful for in my …
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Camino de Santiago del Norte: Day 18

 Note: This is a camino of gratitude for me. Each day, I choose something I am grateful for in my …
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Camino de Santiago del Norte: Day 17

Note: This is a camino of gratitude for me. Each day, I choose something I am grateful for in my …
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Camino del Santiago del Norte: Day 16

Note: This is a camino of gratitude for me. Each day, I choose something I am grateful for in my …
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Camino de Santiago del Norte: Days 14–15

 Note: This is a camino of gratitude for me. Each day, I choose something I am grateful for in my …
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Camino de Santiago del Norte: Days 12–13

Note: This is a camino of gratitude for me. Each day, I choose something I am grateful for in my …
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Camino de Santiago del Norte – Day 11

Cóbreces to San Vicente Not quite 20 miles 30 September 2017This is a rather lengthy post, but it has an …
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Camino de Santiago del Norte: Days 8–10

Note: This is a camino of gratitude for me. Each day, I choose something I am grateful for in my …
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Camino de Santiago del Norte: Days 5–7

Note: This is a camino of gratitude for me. Each day, I choose something I am grateful for in my …
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Camino de Santiago del Norte: Day 4 and First Rest/Work Day

Note: This is a camino of gratitude for me. Each day, I choose something I am grateful for in my …
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Camino de Santiago del Norte: Days 1—3

Note: This is a camino of gratitude for me. Each day, I choose something I am grateful for in my …
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The Ups and Downs of Offa’s Dyke: Days One and Two

My friend Annie Sparkes, who I met while living in Peru, is an avid walker who lives in Bristol—very close …
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Quest for Fiber: Chapter 10: A New Tradition in Herding Sheep

 I guess this falls into the “Quest for Fiber” category… I was certainly following behind a bunch of  fiber on …
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Quest for Fiber Chapter 9: The New Lanark Cotton Mill

I am backing up a bit to write about some of the spectacular places I have visited up until now …
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Quest for Fiber Chapter 8: Picky about my Hentilagets on Bressay

I had a day on Tuesday so overwhelmingly wonderful, that I had to take time to get a blog post …
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Chinchero to Urquillos: All downhill…

When Yiqian and I were ready to leave Chinchero, we asked directions for the path that would take us down …
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Quest for Fiber Chapter 8: Chinchero Textiles

I had been wanting to visit the Centro de Textiles in Chinchero for quite a while and finally had a …
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Huchuy Qosqo: Hiking up…up…up

…and then down…down…down.   Since I moved here to Calca, I have been eyeing some zig-zag trails on the mountain …
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Shopping…Cooking…Eating: Chapter 2: Causa

Panchita’s Causa Last year when Rebecca (my daughter) and I visited Lima, I had the opportunity to have Causa a …
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From Coca to Coffee and Cacao: Part 1

This blog post has been archived at: http://travelblog.cathleenshands.com/2015/04/from-coca-to-coffee-and-cacao-part-1.html\ Sorry for the inconvenience …
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Growing Salt: The Salineras

Last year, when I was visiting near the Sacred Valley with my daughter Rebecca, we were able to visit the …
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Shopping…Cooking…Eating: Chapter 1

A few years ago, I had a romantic notion of going to Mexico for a few weeks, renting an apartment …
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The Cheese Shop

I have now arrived in Huarocondo, a small village 37 km northwest of Cusco. It is really out of the …
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Shopping…Cooking…Eating: Tamales! En Peru!

One day a couple weeks ago I asked my host, Adela if she knew how to make tamales. “Claro!”—of course …
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Yendo a Comprar en los Tiendas y el Mercado

*Going Shopping in the Shops and Market I went shopping one day this week and here is what I bought:  …
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How to Get your Hair Washed and NOT go to the Movies in Peru!

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Choquequirao Part III: Down and Up—Again!

This blog post has been archived at: http://travelblog.cathleenshands.com/2014/05/choquequirao-part-i-getting-there.html Sorry for the inconvenience …
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Choquequirao Part II: Images of the Past

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Choquequirao Part I: Getting There

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Celebracion de 60 Compleanos en el arriba de Pachamama

(Or How I Spent My 60thBirthday)For the weekend of my 60th birthday (March 22), I decided to take a little …
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Islas! Islas!*

* Islands! Islands! For the weekend of my 60th birthday (March 22), I decided to take a little tourist jaunt …
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The Arches of Chucuito and a Hike at 4100 m!

The tiny pueblo of Chucuito (about a 30 minute combi ride south of Puno) is well known for the arches …
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Fiber: Chapter 3: Sometimes You Just Have to ASK!

I have been needing a simple shoulder bag that is more practical than my daypack for going about town or …
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Revisiting Candelaria–This Time on the Shores of Lake Titicaca

I never seem to get tired of listening to Andean music. Today, I finally processed many videos and images from …
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I am in Love: Posada Santa Barbara

Warning: This is probably my longest blog so far…but you may be enchanted. I am in love. Cue romantic Italian …
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Estoy en Puno!

I am spending the week in the Puno area to scout out a place to live for the month of …
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Courage?

This blog entry is especially for all those people who have commented to me about how brave I am for …
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