My time in Barcelona before the Camino was brief, way too brief. However, I made the most of it by finding Els Amics dels Pelegrins to mark the beginning of my Camino in Spain with a Barcelona stamp (sello) for my credencial, like I did in Dublin a few months earlier.
I recently visited New Brunswick’s Acadian Peninsula for the annual National Acadian Day holiday on August 15. While in the seaside town of Caraquet, I took a short trip out to the nearby community of Petit-Paquetville to sample some spirits that racking up the awards and earning Distillerie Fils du Roy international acclaim and attention.
A distillery AND brewery
Owned and operated by the endlessly creative Sébastien Roy, the distillery is unique in that it produces top-quality craft spirits and a unique selection of craft beers, also brewed on site. I visited on a searing hot Friday morning, and was warmly greeted (in French and English) by the distiller’s family, who were running the show that day.
On the Camino de Santiago, pilgrims walk through all kinds of conditions, and often unpredictable weather. Believe me, after a long day on your feet, you want nice, dry clothes to change into, as well as dry sleeping bag. I used the following system and can report it kept all of my gear dry every day on the Camino.
The downside to being a carry-on only traveler is that I can never bring beer home from my travels. It is really, truly a bummer when you visit Montreal, home of one of the finest craft beer scenes in Canada. In addition to eating all the delicious food, craft beer figured heavily in my recent trip to Montreal, where I got to mix it up at beer bars, microbreweries, and in the comfort of my temporary home for the weekend.
When my friends and I got tickets to the 2014 Monty Python reunion in London, we seized upon them without worrying about “details” like where else we would go and how we would get there.
When travel forces of the universe conspired to send us to Dublin first, again, we figured the details would work themselves out. Research suggested flying between Dublin and London on low-cost carriers would be sorta cheap, but really painful. Then, one of my friends found the SailRail combination of ferry and train between Ireland and the United Kingdom, and, with it, the details were all figured out.
SailRail proved to be an economical way to depart Dublin for London – via Holyhead, Wales – while getting to enjoy a bit of the Irish Sea, and the Welsh and English countrysides. It’s not fast travel, not even a little, but a delightful adventure to add on top of our already delightful adventure.