Tagged: backpacking

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When Saudade Surprises You

For months, I’d been reading travel blogs and I’d been envying all those people who quit their jobs to travel. For months, I’d spent evenings watching travel movies and entire week-ends reading travel books....

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Carnival in the Highlands

There is one festivity that we Italians know how to celebrate: Carnival. Whether we are talking about the elegant masks in Venice or the satirical floats in Viareggio, Carnival in Italy is COOL. Even though...

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Chachapoyas and Around: a First Taste of the Selva

The colectivo from Cajamarca to Chachapoyas plays a movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, “The Bucket List”. Sitting next to me, Chris asks what I have in my bucket list. I couldn’t think of...

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To the End

DAY 31: July 3rd, 2014. Monte do Gozo – Santiago de Compostela, 5 km José woke me up at 6 AM telling me that our clothes are locked in the laundry, that would only open at...

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Buen Camino

DAY 29, July 1st, 2014. Palas de Rei– Arzúa, 28.8 km It was time to go back to walking, and especially to say goodbye to Houliane. “I will become the best doctor”, she told...

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Turigrinos

DAY 27, June 29th, 2014. Triacastela – Portomarín, 40.9 km Today we are doubling the distance: we are going to pass through Sarria (which is where we actually wanted to arrive yesterday) and end...

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Why the easy way?

DAY 25: June 27th, 2014. Villafranca del Bierzo – O Cebreiro, 28.4 km Today was the day everybody talked about, the toughest of the whole Camino: the hike to O Cebreiro. We are walking...

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La Cruz de Hierro

DAY 22: June 24th, 2014. Astorga – Foncebadón, 25.9 km Today was a perfect day. Today was walking painless, it was walking lonely and smiling under the rain. It was the smell of the...