Category Archives: urban

On the Otherside of the Dark Side …

That’s one way of approaching November. It’s always dark, but this year darker than ever as it’s drizzled or rained non stop since I got back and it’s been terribly grey. Today, however, the sun tried to break through and … Continue reading

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Learning to see colour in the dark

November is dark in Finland. I knew this, I hadn’t forgotten it, but I had forgotten how grey that can make everything. It’s as if the darkness bleaches out all the colour. That’s what depression does too, even if it’s … Continue reading

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Awesome Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a vibrant city. Yesterday I walked 17km – far more exhausting that 17 Camino km!- but lovely nonetheless. Whereas the Camino was almost a cash only environment – Amsterdam is the complete opposite – the supermarket didn’t take … Continue reading

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Meanwhile Amsterdam

It’s full of people, hectic, noisy but incredibly beautiful … made more so by being here with my beautiful daughter. We arrived at the busy airport within 30 minutes of each other (and I had to wait for my bag … Continue reading

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First night on the Camino

I’m waiting for dinner (13€) at Gita Antton … * and very hungry I must say! (The food was excellent, veggie soup, basque pork mince sauce with spaghetti, local cherry tart (reminded me of Bakewell pudding (and copious amounts of … 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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Peregrina Preparatio 3

Pilgrimage 3: Monday May 14th 2018 Route: Turku to Naantali (via Raisio Bay,), bus back to town (I slept!) Weather: Hot and Sunny, 20 C early morning, rising to 27 C later in the day I wore cotton shorts, needed … Continue reading

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