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Via Francigena

Did the Via Francigena Break the Bank? A Pilgrim Budget and How we Plan Pilgrimage

October 4th, 2022
All Blogs, Camino de Santiago, Tips and Travel Adventures, Via Francigena

A budget for any vacation/holiday is a personal topic. It’s scary to allow others to see how we chose to spend our money. We risk judgment and ridicule. However, the benefits of sharing go back to the theme of all my blogs which is to share all parts of our Camino experiences despite what others […]

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Lifestyle

VF Day 21-24: What is Living a Balanced Life?

June 25th, 2022
All Blogs, Lifestyle, Via Francigena

Since you heard from me last we have walked 47.6 km, took a train for 31.5 km, and enjoyed a bit of rejuvenation. See our stats at the end of the blog. Can you feel the zen of a balanced life? Brian and I have lived by the school calendar our entire lives. We don’t […]

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Tips and Travel Adventures

Did the Via Francigena Break the Bank? A Pilgrim Budget and How we Plan Pilgrimage

October 4th, 2022
All Blogs, Camino de Santiago, Tips and Travel Adventures, Via Francigena

A budget for any vacation/holiday is a personal topic. It’s scary to allow others to see how we chose to spend our money. We risk judgment and ridicule. However, the benefits of sharing go back to the theme of all my blogs which is to share all parts of our Camino experiences despite what others […]

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Recipes

The 21 Pound Turkey... How to Handle Dreaded Holiday Leftovers!

December 20th, 2020
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In the midst of the COVID virus pandemic, we purchased a 21-pound turkey for two and it’s a good thing we love turkey leftovers! Now don’t get me wrong, I can only eat Thanksgiving (or Christmas) dinner with all of the trimmings twice at most but take that holiday turkey and divide it into dinner-sized […]

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RV’ing

RV Slideout

RV Slideout Upgrade

November 19th, 2019
All Blogs, RV'ing

Making modifications to our CC (the name of our travel trailer is Casa del Camino or CC) can take away from the adventure, relaxation, and wine time of RV living, however, the payoff is huge. The more we have modified CC, personalized her, the more we love her. I remember wanting to sell, upgrade, and […]

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Camino de Santiago

Did the Via Francigena Break the Bank? A Pilgrim Budget and How we Plan Pilgrimage

October 4th, 2022
All Blogs, Camino de Santiago, Tips and Travel Adventures, Via Francigena

A budget for any vacation/holiday is a personal topic. It’s scary to allow others to see how we chose to spend our money. We risk judgment and ridicule. However, the benefits of sharing go back to the theme of all my blogs which is to share all parts of our Camino experiences despite what others […]

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Did the Via Francigena Break the Bank? A Pilgrim Budget and How we Plan Pilgrimage

By on October 4, 2022

A budget for any vacation/holiday is a personal topic. It’s scary to allow others to see how we chose to spend our money. We risk judgment and ridicule. However, the benefits of sharing go back to the theme of all my blogs which is to share all parts of our Camino experiences despite what others […]

VF Day 49-50: Religion & Pilgrimage

By on August 7, 2022

I’m not a religious person. I am a God-fearing woman who was raised with religion. I respect it. I respect the impact it has on the lives of many. I raised my son to love God but respect the differences in others. Religion has torn apart families, it has brought families together. It has destroyed […]

VF Day 37-38: The Routine, Rest Days, & Tourists

By on July 12, 2022

The routine is natural to us, it’s both easy and uncomplicated. We wake up between 5:30-6 a.m. and are walking just as soon as we get out the door. Ideally there’s a bar/caffé between 5-8 km into the walk for a breakfast stop. If I have to wait until 10km, I’m cranky and if there’s […]

VF Day 31-33: A Pilgrimage of Exceptions

By on July 5, 2022

Besides the incessant heat, our greatest struggle is decided if we should rest on a rest day or seeing what’s all around us in whatever city/village we are in. We have to decide, is it important to have a rest day in a small village with nothing to see or stay in a medium village […]

The VF Day 11 & 12: Slow Down, Happiness is Trying to Catch You

By on June 11, 2022

This photo came up on my Facebook memories today. It’s ironic and funny because without seeing that picture I asked Brian to take the picture below. I’m always exhausted after a day of hiking in the heat and sun. Despite the exhaustion, I am called back to the trail all the time. I don’t know […]

VF Day 6: I’m Hungry and I Don’t Want to Talk About It

By on June 7, 2022

Right now my biggest struggle is food. There never seems to be enough of it. The Hospice we stayed at last night included breakfast. Unfortunately that breakfast was a few day old piece of bread with butter/jelly and tea. Neither one of us could finish our bread because it wasn’t sitting right. We planned to […]

The Via Francigena Day 2: A Typical Day

By on June 1, 2022

The day started with breakfast with the abbot at the Abbey of Saint Maurice. I mean, a private breakfast, how cool is that? We shared stories, asked each other a lot of questions with a few language limitations. He tried to talk politics, we steered the conversation away and he left it alone. We received […]

It was Supposed to be an Easy Flight…

By on May 30, 2022

Have you ever heard of such a thing? Apparently, it’s nonexistent. We’re walking the Via Francigena this summer and we spent much of our 2021-2022 planning this upcoming adventure. In planning for our flight, we did all the right things. We monitored flights on Hopper, snatched them up when they were exactly what we wanted, […]

Ohio Camino Day 1

By on March 26, 2022

It’s cold, snowing, and the wind attempted to knock us off our feet most of the day. Fortunately on this bike trail we were a bit protected from the wind because the reality of how windy it actually was illustrated at every street crossing. 😩 Have I set the scene? We’re ridiculous, but we’re even […]

Our Top 10 Reflections from our 2019 Camino – Part 2

By on September 18, 2019

Last week I began reflecting on our 2019 Camino, sharing five of our top ten reflections from our Camino. You can find that blog by clicking here. In June and July of 2019, we biked and hiked about 550 miles or 882 kilometers on the Camino. We walked from León, Spain to Santiago de Compostela. […]

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