Training for the Camino Portugues

Several  months ago my husband and I watched the movie The Way, starring Martin Sheen and directed by Emilio Estevez. My husband commented “ that looks like fun…we should do that.” And since he really doesn’t like anything involving exercise or the outdoors, I immediately agreed.  Now the route in the movie is the Camino Francés…500 miles which takes most people about 5 weeks.  At present, it’s rather difficult for me to get that much time off….so we are going to walk the Camino Portuguese.  Only 150 miles, but ends at the same place, Santiago de Compostela.

The Camino is actually a series of routes taken by pilgrims to the cathedral in Santiago which is believed to house the bones of St. James. Many walk for religious or spiritual reasons.  Others walk for the physical challenge.

In May will will begin our walk in Porto, Portugal and if all goes as planned will finish about 20 day’s later in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Today, we bought the hiking shoes we will use of the trek.  It takes about six months to break in hiking shoes properly and we want to make sure they fit properly to avoid blisters. Tonight we donned our backpacks and new shoes want went for walk, about 5 miles.  Other than the heat and humidity, the packs and shoes felt fine.  Training will continue until May. Stay tuned for updates.  Buen Camino.

 

 

 

My quest for the Holy Grail

Much as been written about the quest for the holy grail.  One theory is that the cup used at the last supper was removed from Rome and hidden in the Cathedral of Valencia.  Researchers have confirmed that the agate cup dates from the Roman period at the time of Christ. Whether real or not, it is an impressive sight, hidden in an alcove of the cathedral.ImageImageImageImageImageImage

Team Bilbao

As you may know, I love sports and you probably remember what happened between me and a youth futball team in Turkey last year. Well…today team Bilbao checked into my hotel. Of course, my camera died just as they arrived, but I returned from dinner just in time to see them leave for their match against Valencia tonight. I have opted not to attend the match tonight; need to rest before my presentation tomorrow afternoon, but I was able to get a pic with one of the players (apparently one of the most popular since the locals were mobbing him).
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Busy year ahead.

Welcome 2014 and welcome to a new chapter of The Professor and Her Passport.
This should prove to be an exciting year of travel. Next month, a quick trip to Green Bay, Wisconsin, is booked (no passport needed). But in March, I travel to Valencia, Spain to present some of my research at the INTED 2014 conference. Very excited. Never been to Spain, but am very open to new adventures and making new friends.
In May I will be leading a group of college students on a study abroad trip to Tuscany where we will spend six days on bikes learning about cultural fluency and immersing ourselves in the sites and flavors of Italy.
Look for lots of photos!