The Flying Bus

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Europe, Ireland, Travel Tips, Travel Update | No Comments
The Flying Bus

In the US we complain about the lack of amenities on low cost airlines like Southwest and Jet Blue—and yet, line up to buy tickets. But you haven’t seen lack of amenities until you’ve flown Ryanair. On Wednesday, we boarded a Ryanair 737-800 in Porto, Portugal bound for our new home near Dublin, Ireland. But before that […]

If This is Tuesday, it Must be Navarrete

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in The Camino, Travel Tips, Travel Update | No Comments

Tuesday we arrived in Naverrete after 22+ km of hiking. We started with Maria, Beth & Jerry and crossed very pretty countryside under overcast skies. During the morning part of our trek we left Basque Country and arrived in the Rioja region of Spain, noted for great wine. So far, we haven’t been disappointed. Mid-morning […]

So it Begins

Saturday, April 9. Valcarlos Spain Laurie has recovered enough from her cold to put in a half day of hiking. We started our trek this morning out of the medieval village of St Jean Pied de Port. It was cool and overcast, and soon enough we were putting our rain gear to the test. If […]

Detour Ahead

Friday, April 5 2016. St Jean Pied de Port, France TRAVEL UPDATE: By now we expected to be hiking the Napoleonic route out of St Jean to Santiago de Compostela. It’s a 25 km route with a climb of almost 1400 meters over the Pyrenees into Spain. It’s the most strenuous part of the Camino […]

Are You Teenagers?

I was standing in line at the Starbucks in our former neighborhood talking to a barista friend, and explainIng that Laurie and I were kicking off our retired life with a hike across Spain. The young mom next to me asked, “Are you teenagers?” Of course, my grey hair proves I’m not, but it is […]

Willing to be Weird

“Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” – Vince Lombardi To do something unique or daring sometimes requires being labeled—weird. That’s certainly happened to Laurie and I in our preparations to hike the Camino de Santiago across Spain. We’re big believers in trying to replicate real conditions during training. That means wearing […]

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