One year ago today 10/9 Arcade

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I leave early in the morning to walk out of Porrino, not sure how far I will walk today depending on my leg. Come across this statue on my way out of town.

I love walking early in the morning and seeing the sun come up, it is so peaceful. I am walking on my own, and have some hills to walk today. But it is exciting to watch the sun rise on the hills in the distance and slowly make its way across the land to where you are. Very eerie.

I am walking alone this morning and arrive at a cafe opposite an albergue where many of my friends stayed last night. An older gentleman comes in and orders a drink, the sun is barely up. But he enjoys it and then goes on his way.

I come across this walking sculpture/maze alongside the trail. I realize the large Portuguese group are ahead of me and I walk faster to put them behind me.

My guidebook speaks today about how steep the incline is walking down this hill. I am glad I have my hiking pole, but at least it is mainly on road or track.

It is not yet mid morning as I am half way down and I decide to stop at a cafe for a coffee. Cafe They have these wonderful empanada pies on the counter and I forgo my pastel de nata and order a slice of a meat one, there is also fish. They are made by the owners mother on site. It is delicious and although I try to take my time it does not last long. 

I walk past this wall of pilgrim shells tied to a fence. I do not have a shell, and have decided I will purchase one when I can, which ends up being Santiago de Compostella

It is a lovely day, I walk through Rendondelo and decide to push on to Arcade which is on the water.

It is a day with lots of pondering. I had spent time yesterday with another German woman who was a psychologist. We had had a long conversation about sin, she did not believe in sin, having come out of the Catholic Church. So, today I am thinking about God a lot, the balance between good and evil. Is God greater? If not - why? Is God outside of good and evil? Are all gods, Allah, Jehovah etc. the same? Is love separate from good and evil? Why is my prayer more important than anyone else's, if it is? Why should I get an answer? Is prayer really about submission to life? To acceptance of what is? If so, what - who - is God? What use is God? I don't mean to be blasphemous to any believers but I spent the day walking on my own and thinking these things over and over. I do not have any good answer, but I do have some questions for my German psychologist when I see her next.

I arrive in Arcade early, it is only just past noon and decide to take a hotel room, this is the view from the window. And I have a bath, I can soak and hopefully my leg will feel better. I walk down to have lunch on the patio outside, beneath the awning you see to the left.

I can see from my room two sisters I know, both are Dutch, but one lives in Belgium. They are very nice. There is also a Brazilian woman we have met in the background, and several others are eating here.

There are two albergues in town as well. Lunch is very good, this was just the starter, grilled fresh fish. And priced so well as it falls under a pilgrim menu. I think my main course was grilled meat. All excellent.

As I am sitting here Kirsten and a Canadian woman walk in for lunch as well. They are all staying at one orother of the albergues.

I walk into town to eat dinner that evening, having had a rest during the afternoon. Grilled octopus with crusty bread, potatoes and lots of garlic and oil. Food along the camino is generally very good.

After dinner I walk down to the port and beach to watch the sun go down.

This is a statue of one of the local women digging for shellfish, possibly clams.



The port has plenty of fishing boats, all small, Arcade is quite a large town, definitely not a village. It is a beautiful view, with a large bridge in the background, which I will cross by bus on my way back to Lisbon after I finish my hike.

There is a large statue on the beach of Christ, similar to the one in Rio de Janiero in Brazil.


On my way back to the hotel, I come across this yard filled with chickens and turkeys. They are all sitting by the fence.

At the hotel I have a post dinner drink and some dessert. I have walked 17 miles today, and feel good. So far I have covered a total of 390 miles, tomorrow I head to Barros.

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Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
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It looks like a lovely walk indeed. Thanks for sharing it with us. 

Oct 09, 2019 09:50 AM #1
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a journey you undertook, and I admire your tenacity in getting there.  Bravo.  A

Oct 09, 2019 10:00 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Nick - I think there is something very special about walking and/or being out and about in the early morning as the sun rises or the morning establishes itself for the day ahead.  

Oct 09, 2019 10:07 AM #3
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes-- it was wonderful.

Ron and Alexandra Seigel it was definitely interesting and challenging.

Michael Jacobs I agree totaly with you. I got to see both ends of the day but I am having problems posting the blog again today. Only half of the writing is showing up.

Oct 09, 2019 10:23 AM #4
Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

Hi Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 You had quite of morning! Walking and enjoying fresh air and those views. To add a deep thinking conversation about God, good and evil wow that's very interesting. 

Oct 09, 2019 12:08 PM #5
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nick, my feet ache just reading your post!   Cannot imagine walking that far, but what an experience to never forget.

Oct 09, 2019 01:49 PM #6
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Abby Stiller one of the things I liked most about the camino was how open people were in discussions. Everybody listened without judgment. We had some really deep conversations without any arguments. And we had lots of varying opinions. It made you consider if you really knew what you thought you knew and made you step back and think about things.

It sounds far worse than it was Joan Cox you got used to it, these were actually far less than I walked in the opening days of the journey. However it was more up and down. Before I started I would have thought any of these distances was crazy, now it seems normal to me to walk 5 or 6 miles without a second thought. You just have to allow the time to do it.

Oct 09, 2019 02:48 PM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

The food sounds wonderful, Nick.  So many things to tickle the senses on that journey!

Oct 09, 2019 07:10 PM #8
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Nick... nothing quite like starting the day with a peaceful sunrise and ending it with a peaceful sunset.

Oct 10, 2019 12:12 AM #9
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Nick.

That food looks great, I hope your leg is doing better.

Oct 10, 2019 12:45 AM #10
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Myrl Jeffcoat the octopus was delicious, and the fish at lunch tasted good but very bony for me.

Nina Hollander and they were peaceful.

James Dray very good food, only one meal was disappointing so far.

Oct 10, 2019 09:53 AM #11
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I had to check out this day too. Gorgeous photos. 

Oct 10, 2019 12:08 PM #12
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