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After getting my first passport in 2006 and traveling to climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania my life changed. I began the process of getting rid of all my possessions and traveling the world. Traveling to over 110 countries and all 7 continents, hostels have been my home. This "new life" has taught me what is important and it was NOT accumulating money or possessions. Traveling is the best education. I hope my blog will encourage others to travel. My World Tattoo was a way for me to express my PASSION FOR TRAVEL.

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SPAIN, CAMINO DE SANTIAGO (Day 8) (Ciruena to Belodaro) 27.9 kilometers or 16miles

August 31st

Left about 6:30 again and it is always beautiful walking for about 30 minutes with mostly moonlight and ocasional flashlight to make sure I am on the right trail. The paths are really well marked and "almost" impossible to get lost. The locals are always willing to help if you need it. I arrived at my destination around 1:30 pm today and found a nice hostel BUT sit outside for a few minutes deliberating on whether to walk a couple extra miles. It was cloudy but there was chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Decided it was enough, checked in and showered, then watched the torrential downpour outside. Hot shower, cold beer and being dry outweigh soaking wet anytime. Did I mention the cold beer is only $1 always. Figured out a few days ago that really good wine at $3 a bottle was not a good thing for someone hiking a lot.

SPAIN, CAMINO DE SANTIAGO (Day 7) (Navarette to Ciruena) 28.9 k or 18 miles

August 30, 2015

Did not plan walking 30 K again but at 1 pm, there was still life in my legs and a horizon calling my name. Now I actually think it was saying " hey dumbass come on and walk some more" instead of my name. Lol  it was so hot after 12:00 pm and a little funny there was shower 15 minutes after arriving at the hostel. I seiously plan on slowing down now. Seriously.

SPAIN, CAMINO DE SANTIAGO (Day 6) (Estella to Navarette) 30 Kilometers or 18miles


Left early at 6:15 am, 30 minutes before 1st light, to avoid as much afternoon heat as possible. Walked until 2:45 pm and no clouds to help with the sun. Since I have no cap, I realized my zip off pants work well as a strange "elephant trunk looking" cap. Hey it works. Lol  problem with internet at hostel so no pics until better internet.

I DID reward myself for 3 amazing hiking days of 95 kilometers by upgrading from a dorm to a private room with shared toilet. Only $8 more. 4 girls in dorm this morning got up at 5 am to get ready. Need 1 good night of sleep.

SPAIN, CAMINO DE SANTIAGO (Day 5) (Esthella to Torres del Rio) 29 km or 18miles

August 28th

Leave a little earlier this morning (6:30 am). The day was not as hard as anticipated but it was hot at noon with no clouds and 92 degrees. No shade on the path made it a little tougher. Fortunately I kept going with only a few 5 minute breaks and arrived in Torres del Rio about 1:30 pm. My legs have almost adjusted to the rigorous daily workout I have put them through. I hope to settle in around 25 kilometers (15 miles) within the next week and will be able to cruise then. Lol  There are MANY who have done this trek several times. Seems there is something addicting to the hike. Also many, not me unfortunately, have their bags sent to the next hostel. I can't even imagine hiking without this 16 pound backpack tugging on my shoulders. Tugging is actually too kind a word, more like hammering on my shoulders. My backpack is less than most. SOME even take buses to next town after taking a rest day. Just doesn't seem right to me but everyone has their own journey, I guess. 

SPAIN, CAMINO DE SANTIAGO (Day 4) (Zariquiegui to Estella) (35.5 km or over 21 miles)


Did not plan it but set a new personal best with over 21 miles in about 9 hours. Was going to quit at 2 pm but clouds appeared and I got got reinvigorated. I have to make up 2 complete days on the Camino to catch my cheap flight and made up 1 day over the past 4. Yeah. Really good day. Will post pics if I don't fall asleep. Hiking straight up tomorrow.