Steps of Love 2017

To sum it up a bit. Emelie and I met for the first time in the Swedish mountains during a trail running event. We liked each other and decided to meet again in the near future. We talked over phone and decided to spend an evening together in Gothenburg. In the end I spent all weekend with her and also the beginning of the following week. I flew down shortly thereafter to walk from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela and Emelie decided to pay me a visit in Porto for a few days when I passed by. It went very well and that autumn we took the decision to live together. A couple of years later we got engaged in Porto and walked north to Santiago de Compostela hand in hand. It became a luxurious pilgrimage with hotels, laughter, good food and wine.

Notes from my field journal

“We decided from the beginning to spend extra money on this adventure. Along the coast from Porto to Caminha we stayed in hotels with pool bars and wonderful breakfasts.”

“2Pac in my headphones. Travelmode, flightmode, airport coffee… Flying home from my third camino today.”

“Arrived to Santiago yesterday. We really hit the breaks on our last day out and reached the square with a lot of camino love late in the afternoon. Emelie is open for another Camino and so am I. ”

“Soul food! Walking along the beach and letting the waves touch your legs. Small packback, sunglasses and in the horizon a coffeeshop.”

“We had a great walk! Spent 24hours a day togheter and we were still holding hands after 300km. That’s love.”

“We bought a lot of stawberries today on our walk from Arcade to Caldas de Reis. Oh sunny day!”

“Today we walked along the beach almost all the way. Didn’t see any yellow arrows but a lot of ocean and sand. Great days so far!”

“Scandinavian couple and a sun above. Sunblock is a must!”

Route

Stages

  • 1, Porto, stayed at Lindo Vale Guest House
  • 2, Porto to Vila do Conde, stayed at Santana Hotel & Spa
  • 3, Vila do Conde to Esposende, stayed at Suave Mar Hotel
  • 4, Esposende to Viana Do Castelo, stayed at Pousada de Viana do Castelo
  • 5, Viana Do Castelo to Caminha, stayed at Muralha de Caminha
  • 6, Caminha to Tui, stayed at Hotel A Torre do Xudeu
  • 7, Tui to Arcade, stayed at Balneario Acuña
  • 8, Arcade to Caldas de Reis, stayed at Albergue Lameiriñas
  • 9, Caldas de Reis to Padrón, stayed at Albergue Corredoiras
  • 10, Padrón to Santiago de Compostela stayed at A Casa Do Peregrino
  • 11, Sightseeing in Santiago de Compostela
  • 12, Sightseeing in Santiago de Compostela
  • 13, Flying home from Santiago de Compostela

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