Camino Primitivo, Day 9



On day nine, I left Asturia and entered Galicia, a place known for the abundance of rain. But only the morning dew and the mist covering the meadows were signs of the wetness of this area and they soon dissolved.











Ermita de San Lázaro de Padrairon, part of a former hospital for leprosy
Ermita de San Lázaro de Padrairon, part of a former hospital for leprosy






The actual border between Asturia and Galicia is the mountain pass Alto del Acebo (3000feet). Because of the strong wind blowing there all the time, many windmills were lined up at the top. In Galicia, the shell points with the yellow rays to Santiago – very important for the orientation.








Overgrown path with windmills at the top
Overgrown path with windmills at the top





Most of the dogs in Galicia were friendly and trusting. This was often not the case in Asturia, where many dogs were chained and looked aggressive and dangerous.



Andreja stopping to touch a dog
Andreja stopping to touch a dog


After hours of walking in the heat, the cold well Fonfria became a meeting point for the pilgrims.



Gabriel changing shoes and drinking water
Gabriel changing shoes and drinking water









Buen Camino
Buen Camino



Resting in the shade
Resting in the shade


Nearly at the end of the day’s 18 miles hike, the statue of the pilgrim was indicating another resting place.










Born and raised in a village along the Danube in Austria, Traude Wild soon ventured out into the world. After a two-year program for tourism in Klesheim/Salzburg, she spent nearly a year in South Africa and Namibia. By returning back to Austria, she acquired a Master of Economics at the University of Vienna. After moving to the United States with her four children, she studied Art History at Arizona State University and stayed in the United States for fourteen years. Here, she was teaching Art History in several Universities like Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Now, she lives partially in Arizona and Vienna and works together with her husband for the University of South-Carolina, Moore School of business as Adjunct Professor organising and leading Study tours in Central Europe. She also teaches at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. Since 1999, she is practicing Zen meditation in the lineage of Katagiri Roshi. She loves to hike and to write and is a student of Natalie Goldberg. During her often many weeks long hikes she brings her awareness into the Here and Now, describing her experiences in an authentic way. She loves to walk pilgrimages. The longest hike so far was the 1,400 km long 88 Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan in 2016.

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