One year ago today 9/21

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 PA License - AB067198

As I think about this journey, I know there were four things that stood out for me on my second day walking to Santiago de Compostella.  I loved this mural behind a bench alongside the river.

I was taken back by how they decorated their stations with these blue and white tiles, truly beautiful, I think if we did something similar it might change the car culture in America

Train station PortugalSignage for the path today was a little sketchy, but mostly I was walking alongside the train line, I will do another post about signage on its own. But overall it was a good day. I walked just over 20 miles, and mostly itr was on asphalt which as it was a pretty hot day made the walk tiring.


HostelThis was my first experience of a hostel along the route. Hostels were co-ed, and this one had twelve beds, plus some extra mattresses if you wanted to sleep on the floor. There was a sink outside to do your washing and a line to hang your clothes to dry. I got here at around 3.40 pm so had plenty of time. There were two large bathrooms to share between the pilgrims and the hostel was busy with about eight people staying. I had a woman sleeping next to me, and two other older ladies across the room as well, the rest were men of varying ages and nationalities. And ladies snore as loudly as the men.

Most towns along the route had hostels to stay in and often hotels as well. I found the local restaurant that provided a Pilgrim discounted meal as described in yesterdays post, tonight it was delicious fresh bread, olives, wine if you wanted, water, vegetable soup, and a choice of main course braised pork, fish or chicken. I went with the pork and the serving size was very generous, served with rice, french fried and some salad. It was very common to be given rice and fries, they knew you needed calories because of how far you walk each day. Dessert cost a little extra here and I loved the Flan that was served in most places. I ate plenty of bread too and had no problem losing weight along the way.

Here was our table of pilgrims, from Holland, America, Australia although she lived in France, Scotland and England.


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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Isn't it wonderful, Nick, to be able to look back on wonderful experiences in our lives? Of course, yours was, in this case, a bit more "roughing it" than I like to do! 

Sep 21, 2019 06:40 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Nick - I like the details you share.  Down to the menu and the snoring habits.  Excellent storytelling.  

Sep 21, 2019 07:05 AM #2
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Women snore? Lol.   I'm not sure I'd be able to sleep in that group configuration...I need quiet to sleep well.  With that said, what an experience and you have wonderful memories and photos of your adventure.   

Sep 21, 2019 07:48 AM #3
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such an incredible journey that was and I have always enjoyed hearing about it.

Sep 21, 2019 07:53 AM #4
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow Nick, what a experience to enjoy and remember for a long time.  You did good.


Sep 21, 2019 08:46 AM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Nick- I am loving reading about your journey last year. I love the food you mentioned...simple, which is what I like. Not sure about the sleeping accommodations, though. Maybe if I did it 50 years ago!!! LOL 

Sep 21, 2019 02:42 PM #6
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 ,

Wow..quite the adventure. Your story telling skills are admirable and photos really tell the story. The smiles are warming telling us everyone was enjoying the bonding experience, making memories never to be forgotten.

Sep 21, 2019 02:58 PM #7
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Nina Hollander I had no idea what to expect,so it was all new, I also stayed in some hotels along the way, not five star but enough luxury to make it worthwhile.

Michael Jacobs thank you, there has been plenty of time to ponder those days.

So many memories Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD and it is wonderful to look back and consider it all.

Brian England I think I have thought about it a lot this past year, it really was transformational, I had no idea what it was going to be...and it was so much more.

Will Hamm thank you so much.

Sep 21, 2019 06:56 PM #8
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Kathy Streib I would have told you I could not sleep like that, but you are so tired you do, is it perfect, no and when someone turns on a flashlight at 4.30 in the morning well your day begins...

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR I just wish I had been more aware to get contact details for everyone, some people I saw again, others I lost touch with as I walked.

Sep 21, 2019 06:58 PM #9
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I am really liking all of these! Love and light and great writing combined into a really interesting person . :)

Sep 21, 2019 10:44 PM #10
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Nick.

I can attest to women snoring.  At time it rattles the walls...  LOL

Sep 22, 2019 12:39 AM #11
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Laura Cerrano thank you again.

James Dray very true. But men are no saints, there were many nights I was very thankful for ear plugs.

Sep 22, 2019 04:29 AM #12
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Such wonderful memories and stories and all those people you meet along the way....

Sep 25, 2019 07:20 PM #13
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 I wish I hadbeen better at getting everyone's email addresses. I have a few but not enough.

Sep 26, 2019 04:51 AM #14
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