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Meeting Els Amics dels Pelegrins on the Camino de Santiago in Barcelona

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.

Finding Camino sellos in Barcelona turned out to be much, much easier than I thought. I found a website database of almost any conceivable sello on the Camino, Los Sellos del Camino, and searching “Barcelona” generated a lot of interesting options close to where I was staying, but I was struck by Els Amics dels Pelegrins.
Amics del Pelegrins Barcelona Camino de Santiago
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Starting my Camino de Santiago on the Trenhotel from Barcelona to Leon

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I took the overnight Trenhotel between Barcelona and Granada when I travelled in Spain in 2011. I knew starting the Camino de Santiago in Leon, approximately 300 km from Santiago de Compostela, would require a bus or train from Madrid or Barcelona, so once I booked a flight to Barcelona, taking Trenhotel to Leon became an option.

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My 2014 Travel Year in Review

2014 Year in Review

Short version: 2014 was an amazing year of travel for me.

I went to four different places I’ve wanted to visit for a long time and managed a return to New York while I was at it.

New York (hello, old friend)

2014 was remarkable because I only made it to NYC once this year (not a real problem, I know). Even though I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve visited NYC, this was my first trip taking public transit to and from Laguardia, thanks to a late-2013 change to the Q70 routing. It’s now an airport limited service, connecting Laguardia to the E/F/M/R/7 trains into Manhattan.

I visited in May, when spring was in full force and it was simply splendid. However, we did have a cracker of a storm one night, which yielded this unforgettable image captured by a lucky fellow over in Brooklyn:

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Beer travel in Spain (no, really!)

When I traveled in Spain in 2011, the beer was … fine. A number of the large commercial brands I drank reminded me of the large commercial brands I avoid in North America. For Spain, lighter beers are well-suited for the climate in some areas, particularly in the heat of Andalucia. Again, they were … fine, but I wasn’t longing for them when I got home.

When I returned to Spain in 2014, it was a whole new world. A world of cerveza artesanal. And it was good.

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Barcelona, 11S and Independence in Catalunya

I’ve been to Barcelona twice, and each visit coincided with important Catalan cultural celebrations. As a Canadian who has watched a couple of significant efforts toward independence for Quebec in my lifetime, I thought I had a decent understanding of what to expect when I visited Barcelona on September 11, 2014. It turned out to be so much more than any one thing – it was a  solemn celebration, a raging party and a plan for the future.

Sidebar: September 11 is La Diada Nacional de Catalunya, an important commemoration of the defeat of Catalunya during the war of Spanish succession  in 1714.

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