Author Archives: Lorna

Sleeping quandaries

Sleeping bags and I just don’t get on! I’ve used the summer solstice weekend (juhannus=midsummer is an important holiday here in Finland, though not really my favourite as yes it means the longest day is already here … but I … Continue reading

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Today I did this This is the rucksack which will accompany me on my pilgrimage. I’ve had it for about a year, so we are already good friends though it’s mostly come with me on bus journeys to other cities … Continue reading

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Peregrina Preparations (of a different kind)

In twelve week’s time I will already be on my way to Santiago de Compostella – I’m both insanely excited and a bit anxious, and very much looking forward to it! Preparations are going well. I’ve been walking every day … Continue reading

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Peregrina Preparatio 7: Pargas- Åbo (Parainen-Turku)k

Distance 24km Time 6 h 15 mins Weather: Sunny, cooler in Parainen, and hot in Turku Clothing: long trousers (cotton), T shirt, hiking boots Companion: Tinka, my faithful companion Problems: one small “blister” like rubbing formed on the side of … Continue reading

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Yes it’s a bit of a pun. I’m spending the night on my friend’s’ boat, and tomorrow will walk him (about 22km) with Tinka, our bonus dog, a gorgeous golden retriever as my companion. Before coming on board we sat … Continue reading

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Peregrina Preparatio 6 : Unst

I walked almost 30km today, yet without the kindness of an older couple from Unst I might well not have have managed to get to Hermaness national nature reserve! There’s a lesson to be learned from that – don’t be … Continue reading

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Shetland and Orkney preparing for the Camino

In Orkney I stayed with my friend in an eco pod on an organic farm. We travelled there in her car on the small ferry from Gills in Caithness to St Margaret Hope, from where it was a short drive. … Continue reading

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