Travel blog – an introduction

Between September and December 2016, I took a sabbatical from my work as a Shiatsu practitioner, and traveled in Spain, offering my acupressure massage in return for board and lodging. I walked in the north, notably the Camino Frances/Santiago de Compostella; the end of the Via de la Plata from Santiago to Vila de Bario, and south (Sierra Calderona).

In May 2017 I returned to Spain to start the Via de la Plata, the longest Spanish Camino of 1000 km.

And in July 2017 I was back north of Valencia, house-sitting in the village of Olocau.

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Spain

Walking without a donkey – Travels in Spain

I wrote some of these blogs when I was away, and added to them on my return. Each one covers a place (or more than one) I visited, and are numbered according to the order I visited them.

‘But we are all …too, travellers with a donkey; and the best that we find in our travels is an honest friend. He is a fortunate voyager who finds many.’ RLS *

* Travels With a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson (incidentally a son of Scotland).  https://www.awesomestories.com/asset/view/Robert-Louis-Stevenson-and-His-Walk-with-a-Donkey

Walking without a dog – travels in Scotland

I was not been able to stop walking when I first returned to Scotland, and so set about exploring my home city and further afield with ‘a new eye’, and have given this group of blogs a slightly different name, in recognition of the fact that most people I meet are walking because they have a canine friend to do it with. Me – I’m just crazy about walking and need no excuse.

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Taken from Aberdour, Fife

Scotland is as spectacular as Spain, although I admit that the sun does shines a little less.

I have always enjoyed conversation, and now discovered a joy of writing – inspired by the places I have been and the wonderful people I have met.

The words simply tumbled out of him and he listened to them in astonishment as they lined up, seemingly of their own accord, to create a meaning that became apparent to him with surprising clarity only after he had spoken them.‘ p 31-32 A Whole Life, Robert Seethaler.

Walking without a donkey – Travels in France

Happily, I was happily to teach Shiatsu in Paris in May 2017, and as I was already on the continent, I thought I would walk in Normandy. Another lucky co-incidence then occurred: I had been working on a Shiatsu mobile application, Tsubook, and invited to visit it’s creators who live in Normandy. When I searched on the map, they lived on the coast a few days walk from Mont Saint-Michel where I immediately knew I needed to go. So, another walking project was born and subsequently realised in May 2017.

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One of the ‘randonnée’ way markers along the Normandy coast, France

I walked from Agon-Coutainville to Mont Saint-Michel along the randonée GR223 and then inland to Pontorson,  plus a beautiful day on the Brittany coast, and here are my blogs telling you all about it.

Read travels in Spain

Read travels in Scotland

Read travels in France

 

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