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Finding magic under the stars of the Camino Santiago de Compostela

Sunday, April 17, 2016


Sunday 17 April. Zero sleep last night. I stayed awake all night. By 3 am I was afraid to go to sleep and miss my train so I stayed up. 

Made it onto the train. Wow! Spain has USA's Amtrak looking like we are a third world country. Beautiful clean waiting rooms. Beautiful clean train. Checked in using my iPhone. Good security. Just a very positive experience.

The trip from Madrid to Malaga took under three hours and I must have dozed because what felt like 10 minutes later, we were in Córdoba. That was good to know because if all goes well, I will finish this stretch in Córdoba. Then I can train to Madrid, hop to the airport and jump a bus to Pamplona where I need to be by the 6th or 7th.

Malaga is beautiful. It was too early to check into my apartment so I spent the morning attending Mass at the Cathredal.

Gorgeous center altar.

Next, I visited the Alcazaba. Entrance to the Alcazaba is free after 2 pm on Sunday's but I paid a pensioner fare of €,60 because I got there early. 

I really needed a restful night so I requested a tiny apartment in the interior of Apartamentos Marques de la Merced. It's a pretty and well stocked apartment in the Old District for €34. Has a stove, fridge, washing machine, hot showers, tv, and a big double bed (matrimonial). I could be happy living here!  Photos on next blog.

Tomorrow I may meet up with Maggie then need to find a bus to Junta de Los Caminos where I have rented a room, across the street from the trail, for €25

Malaga weather is beautiful today but showing thunderstorms the first two days I walk. I'll have to check with Maggie about how the trail will be affected. I don't mind a little rain, but lightening scares me so I may hold off that day depending on what it looks like.

Ok. That's it for today. Breakfast was €3 in Plaza de la Merced and consisted of toast, jam, orange juice and coffee. my plan was to cook tonight but I'm fried after no sleep do I may grab a Donar Kabab for €4 and call it good.



  1. Beautiful pictures, looking forward to following your journey. Walked Frances September 2015 and have the Camino bug! Portuguese hopefully in the near future. Buen Camino!

  2. I am really enjoying your most recent adventure. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I just commented the same thing yesterday to family about Amtrak vs Renfe. I am holed up at Hostal Triana with a blown knee. No playing tourist. I fly home Wednesday. Malaga looks great!

    1. Oh I am so sorry ! How far did you get? Take care and heal quickly.

  4. Dr says tendonitis. I was just able to buy crutches just off Sol so I am a lot better! I walked Burgos to Leon as planned plus a day trip to Astorga so my 2016 Camino goal was fulfilled. Buen Camino!!!

  5. Loving your blog as always, especially the photos! Doubt I'll ever get to walk this route so it's great to see it through your photos! What camera are you using this time? I have a little Sony camera and my iPhone, both take great photos and plan to take them on the Camino Frances in September. But just lately am starting to think I'll miss my big Nikon DSLR! Too big and heavy to carry I know, just needing some reassurance that I DON'T need to take it!


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