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On Foot in Spain
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Walking and exploring the Camino de Santiago since 1993.
Walking and exploring the Camino de Santiago since 1993.

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We have published our 2018 On Foot in Spain Calendar. We hope to see you on the trails this year. Happy walking! https://www.onfootinspain.com/tours/calendar/calendar-2018
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New Tour in 2018! Tenerife Island: Lava, Sea & Stars
Do you feel like a winter getaway? Jose and Nancy have enjoyed traveling to Tenerife, part of the Canary Island archipelago, over the years as a family and a couple. We would love to share this spectacular island with you. We have created a unique tour designed to bring you into contact with the remarkable variety of landscapes on this special island that once was an essential stepping stone for all New World journeys and exploration of the Americas and beyond. Located 100km off the coast of Morocco, Tenerife enjoys a privileged climate making hiking and walking a pleasurable year round activity.
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FLASH: After years and years of waiting, Jose's salad cookbook is almost ready! It's temporary title is On Foot in Spain Picnic Salads. If anyone has any suggestions for the title, we would love to hear them! We are very happy to finally be able to share this with you. We are self-publishing it through Blurb and you will be able to order it direct through them. Next week it will be ready and we will send the info.
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In August Jose and I picked crates of fruit at his mother’s ancestral home in Melón, Ourense, Galicia. We decided to make jam. I looked on-line for a pectin-free recipe and came across a great site called Northwest Edible Life (www.nwedible.com) where we found exactly what we looking for. We made a delicious jam following her basic jam recipe that we’d like to share with you.
We’ve included before, during and after shots of the jam. We used 1kg each of Stanley prune plums and Dr Jules Guyot or Limonera pears. The Stanley plums are an European variety with a much funnier and descriptive name in Spanish - Cojones de Obispo (Bishop’s Balls) due to their shape and color (Roman Catholic bishops wear purple robes). Who Stanley was or what his nether parts looked like, I don’t know! The sweet and juicy Limonera is ideal when ripe.
We macerated the fruit with sugar for 18 hours and then slowly simmered until soft. For extra flavor and a bit of “zing,” as the recipe author suggests, right at the end we added Tawny Port wine we picked up in Porto, Portugal on our Camino in Portugal tour last July. And, for our dry zing we used peppermint from my herb garden where I grow both medicinal and culinary herbs. The zings are subtle yet add noticeable and delicious undertones that allow the plum and pear to shine and resonate. Enjoy this idea!
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2015-09-15
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On our website we just published "Ginnie's Scallop Shell" an article by the very inspirational Ginnie Havens, who traveled with us 12 years ago when she was 78 years young. Here's the link:
https://www.onfootinspain.com/tours/learning/client-articles/virginia-havens-camino-walker
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This signs says it all: Don't stop walking!
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One of my favorite objects on display in Santiago de Compostela's Museo de las Peregrinaciones (Pilgrimages Museum) is this scallop shell dated to before 1120. Identified as "Vieira de peregrino (Pectem maximus) " (Pilgrim's Scallop) the room text tells us it: "was found in a burial place in a plot that was later occupied by the north central nave of the Romanesque cathedral of Santiago. Therefore, it is prior to 1120. The scallop shell is the symbol of the pilgrimage to Santiago, taken by pilgrims on their way back home to the most remote places in Europe." We are looking at the oldest known scallop shell used by a pilgrim to the shrine of St James in Santiago de Compostela.
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April on the Camino in Galicia provides visual splendour with a vast spectrum of greens, blooming white hawthorn, vibrant purple wisteria, yellow fields of dandelions and many, many more wildflowers. We were fortunate to be walking with a group dynamic women hailing from different parts of the globe each bringing her special self to the collective whole. Ultreya!
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2015-05-04
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Keeping the Camino Flame Alive in your Heart
To those of you who are missing the Camino, here’s one way to keep the Camino fire burning in your heart in your daily life. Remember: the Camino is now within you. The Camino is a literal space you go to but once you are there, it starts to grow and imprint itself upon your inner being. It becomes a landscape within. On your inner Camino there’s a rich storehouse of memories, smells, sensations, hardships, triumphs, disappointments, joys, insights….You can return to this Camino anytime you like and draw on the power of those memories and experiences to give you strength in the here and now. No one can take that away from you.
How do you access your inner Camino in your daily life? Make time to take a walk, preferably in nature. Go with intention and keep yourself attuned to your surroundings (ie, take out the ear buds and disconnect your phone). Before you start, visualize a Camino memory or place that you particularly like and start walking, keeping that memory in mind. Give yourself at least 30 minutes. The Camino will come back to you. Let go and allow your mind to do what it does naturally: as you walk memory will flow and you will be on the Camino again. If your mind starts to wander off your inner Camino you can gently redirect it back to the initial memory/place. You may be surprised where your inner Camino will take you. Sometimes those inner miles that you walk will take you the furthest.
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2015-03-03
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