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Hello dear reader that enjoyed our Camino.

I’m here today to talk about the latest trip. We’re just back from another holidays, this time we didn’t walk. This post will be especially interesting for people living in Ireland, or in the UK. (I promise to edit with pictures later!)

We live in the midlands, in Ireland, and we got a good deal for ferry and accommodation a campsite in the North of France. We have already used the ferry to cross to Scotland, so we know how expensive it can be. The ferry to Scotland is only 2h, to France it takes the whole night. But it has restaurants, cinema, kids play area, lounges, cafés, and cabins to sleep. The deal we got was REALLY good, if we think about all those attractions.

And it was my idea this time. I thought that after  a whole winter cooped up with sick kids, and after the adventure in the Camino, and after another adventure that we had recently (in an Island, close to the Atlantic, in a wind storm!), we deserved to have a more calm trip, relaxing trip.

There were actually no guarantee that we wouldn’t have unpredicted events. We actually had a number of them, like the two younger kids having chickenpox 2 days before we take the ferry But we were able to enjoy the trip.

The itinerary: driving from home to Rosslare, in the South of Ireland (3h); take the ferry to cross to the north of France (overnight); drive to our destination, which was around a town called Bénodet, in the Northwest coast of France (1.5h).

The destination was a campsite, where people can go with their own tents, or rent a tent there, or rent a mobile home (like we did). There are all sizes and types of mobile homes, ours had 2 bedrooms, a kitchen with sitting room, and a bathroom with shower and all. This campsite had also a complex with swimming pools, water slides, a wet playground and a schedule with kids clubs. So from Andrea (10 months old) to Evelyn (4 years and 9 months) there would be stuff to do.

This time we didn’t have to be so picky with what to bring, because we were not going to carry anything on our backs. We had our car (it’s big!) this time. But even having the car, after having 3 changes of clothes for 3 weeks in the Camino, I just couldn’t pack a lot of clothes… I think we took more food than clothes ;)

So I packed a bag for the 4 girls (me included) and Esdras packed his backpack. I also separated a handbag to take in the ferry (because we can’t be coming back to the car all the time while sailing, unless it’s something super important or an emergency) with a pajama, a change of clothes for each, and some food. And when I’m packing this type of stuff that breastfeeding makes my life a lot easier: I don’t have to pack bottles, formula, sterilizer and all that stuff! My milk is enough :)

In the ferry, Evelyn went to play in the kids area, she had a ice cream with daddy, then we had some food together in the cabin. I had to keep Melissa and Andrea in the cabin because of the chickenpox. When we come into the cabin, all you see is a couch, a table, and the door to the bathroom. Then you realize the beds are folded on the wall. So we pulled them down and they are like bunkbeds. We didn’t sleep much going to France, because Melissa and Andrea woke a lot with the itching, but on the way back it was kinda ok, even thou the sea was rough and it was waving a lot.

The first 2 days we were a bit stuck at home because the girls still had lots of fresh spots (we had to wait until they dried so they were not contagious.) Evelyn has had it before (during the storm trip) but the other two were still fresh. So Esdras and I were taking turns in going with Evelyn to the swimming pool and the playground, while the other stayed in the mobile home with the two littlings.

We had trouble in the mobile home as well. The fridge didn’t work, they changed it for another that didn’t work as well. The problem was the electric cables. The technician could only come next day. That night we had an infestation of ants (both with and without wings) probably because of all the fridge movement. Well, both problems were solved at once. Apparently the electric plug wasn’t working due to the ants in (yes! IN!) the cables.

Honestly, it was really cool! The girls loved everything! The ferry boat, the swimming pools, the water slides, the kids clubs, the playground, the bike lessons, and having an ice cream watching the sunset. (Sun sets at 10pm in Ireland right now, so they never get to see it!) It was nice for us too, even with all the overtired tantrums from the kids, and the chickenpox, and the baby sleeping (kicking us) in our bed. It was great to see the girls having loads of fun, and Esdras could even sneak in some snorkeling! (Praise the Lord for the kids club! :D )

The only thing I regret is not staying longer. I mean, it is a long trip to get there, and we “lost” some days with sickness. But if we could have extended for another week, it’d have been great! (it was a package, we couldn’t just decide to stay longer)

So, if you’re in Ireland, or UK, this type of trip is possible and really nice to do with kids. Just pay attention where is the campsite. Some are further down into France. Ours was only 1.5h drive from Rosslare, but a friend of mine had to drive 4h to get to hers (from the same company, but in a different place). And it’s worth staying longer than 1 week!

Next trip is already booked: we’ll be in Iceland in October! Another adventure.

Keep an eye on this space! :)

We praise the Lord for His creation, the sea, the sky, and for all the people who we met there.

Camino – Why Did We Do It With the Kids?

Everyone was saying: It’s crazy to take the girls! Three small kids! Are you sure?

Today’s post is based on comments of this type, if you didn’t follow us during the trip, go back and read it from Day 1 (Not all posts are available in English yet, sorry for that!). I’m gonna list here some reasons why we took the kids to the Camino, but I start saying that the question shouldn’t be “Why taking the kids to the Camino?”, but indeed “WHY NOT?”

  • We like to travel

Before having kids, Esdras and I used to make the most of bankholidays and longer work holidays to travel and visit new places. When we moved to Ireland we did the same as well. And we’re not the type of people who like museums, we love to see landscapes and natural phenomena. We prefer to see God’s creation, or some place with a meaning (like visiting friends or family, or where our families came from.) And we want our daughters to share in our passion. This wasn’t the same trip that we did. Esdraseven goes camping with the two older since Melissa was 2. I don’t fancy camping so much, because I have trouble sleeping in my own bed,imagine in a tent! But the girls LOVE it!

  • Children are not an obstacle for what we like to do (they are more flexible than adults!)

Won’t parents who enjoy football/soccer take their kids to a stadium? Or “teach” them to support their team? So we are teaching our girls to enjoy travelling in the best way: travelling! Of course that when we plan a family trip we have to consider the interests and limitations of everyone, not just the adults’. We don’t expect them to be able to do everything we do, and that’s why we avoided the mountain parts in the Camino (it’s not wise to push a double buggy up the moutain, and they wouldn’t walk the whole way.) But it is possibly to travel and have fun! Each trip we learn how to deal better, which activities to choose, where to stay etc. The more we travel, the less stressful it i, because we’re better prepared and our expectations are more realistic. Honestly, doing the Camino with 3 small kids was less stressful than our trip to Iceland in 2014 with 2 small kids, staying in one place and having a car to go around. And in this type of trip that we like (nature rather than museums) there’s loads of room for the kids to use their imagination. Kids don’t need a resort with a water park to have fun, my girls had tons of fun picking dandelions along the Camino.

  • Family time

Hey, time is a very precious thing nowadays. We are expected to do so much! I don’t work outside the house but I’m never idle. And even when Esdras is working from home, we only sit and have lunch all together on rare ocasions. So holidays are this precious family time that we try to spend together, the 5 of us. Before we went to the Camino we prepared the kids. At home we sleep in our own rooms and beds, and eat in different times, and each do a different activity. But we told them that in the Camino we would sleep together, eat together, walk together, and would talk to others about Jesus together. That was great to strengthen our bond, to have time to listen to each other and talk, and play together. That also strengthen the trust the kids have in us. Not that they didn’t trust before, but they learned seeing that we were trying to protect them and prevent obvius accidents along the road, they understood that we wanted the best for them, They also learned to trust that we would meet their needs (food, bathroom, water, sleep) as we could and as it was best for all f us. Those things had an impact in our relationship at home too.

  • Learning to adapt to the circumstances

As I said, we are not the type of family who travel to Resorts, or expensive trips to closed places. We do “budget” trips, with some comfort, to enjoy beautiful landscapes. In the beginning of the trip we heard “oh, I don’t want to eat that.” Of course we hear that at home, but we have some flexibility when we have access to our own fridge (parents know this well.) But we didn’t have much option there, we’d either eat what was available, or wait for the next meal, and we’d very likely have to walk a lot in between. So they quickly learned to be content with whatever was on the table (most bars don’t really have a lot of options (and of course we respected Evelyn’s allergy limitations) Each had to mind their backpacks, and they had the priviledge to nap while we walked sometimes, but we knew that the time for rest would be mostly in the hotel. If the hotel had 3 beds, fine, they could sleep each in their own bed. If it had only 2, they shared the bed. If there was a cot, the baby slept in the cot, if there wasn’t, we arranged a place for the baby to sleep. If the heating was on, great! If it wasn’t on, we put more clothes on to sleep. If there was soy milk to drink before bed, nice! If there wasn’t, they drank juice, or water. And on we went, they adapted better than I did.

  • Why the Camino, and not another trip?
In fact, it could have been any other trip, but we decided to do the Camino. And, again, the question should be the opposite: Why not the Camino? There is a lot of mysticism surrounding the Camino, but the original idea was to seek God. The Camino started with people seeking as a pilgrimage, as penitence, people seeking God’s forgiveness for sins. We, the Alves Passos, believe in what the Bible says, therefore we don’t believe that walking the Camino will make us worthy of forgiveness or Salvation. The only thing we have to do to receive Salvation (forgiveness of our sins) is to believe that Jesus died to pay for all our sins (Acts 2:38 / 1 Peter 3:18). We also don’t believe that Saint James can bless, protect or forgive us. When we arrived in Ligonde, an old lady told us “Are you walking the Camino with three kids? That’s a lot of love for Saint James!” But no, our love is for Jesus (as we told her), because the Bible says that only Jesus can mediate the relationship between men and God, that has been broken by sin (1 Timothy 2:5,6).
Jesus paid our ransom, and as it happened in this conversation with this lady, we took every opportunity to share the truth with the people we met along the Camino. That’s the other passion we have: to share the message of Salvation in Jesus Christ with people, anywhere, everywhere.  We wanour daughters to learn to love that too, so we’re giving them the example. I wrote a bit more about the other passion in the preparation post.

No trip with children will be worry and stress free. There’s always some. But, honestly, if this is not your type of trip, don’t do it, even without the kids. But if that’s what you like, and you want to share it with your family, put the little ones in your plan!

Do you have questions? Maybe we can answer something more directly based on our experience. Leave a comment! If the comments on this post have already been closed, look for the newest post and get in touch! We want to share what we’ve learned with people who are planning to do the same :)

On the next post about trips, I’ll share some practical stuff for the Camino with kids.

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“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God..” 1 Peter 3:18

“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.” 1 Timothy 2:5,6

Happy Birthday Melissa!

Today I’m taking time off the Camino posts to thank God for this precious girl that He gave us.
She always has a hug and kisses, she’s smiley and also very determined. Melissa just turned 3!

Happy bday

Camino – Mission Accomplished

Dear English speaking reader,
I promise all the texts about the Camino will be available in English soon, but today I wrote in Portuguese again.
Hope you come back to reaad them when they’re done!
God bless

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Olá! Estou escrevendo do conforto do meu sofá.
Desculpem não ter atualizado o blog, mas depois que chegamos em Santiago foi tudo uma grande correria. Pra vocês terem uma ideia, chegamos na Irlanda na sexta feira, e ainda hoje estávamos correndo (a Evelyn nem voltou pra escola ainda!)

Bom, no dia 7 de abril, saímos de Lavacolla (na verdade, a acomodação era 4km depois de Lacavolla) encaramos mais umas subidas, tomamos um lanche em Monte do Gozo e depois de uma descida enoooorme podíamos já ver a cidade de Santiago de Compostela. Que surpresa, ver uma escadaria para chegar na cidade… Tínhamos uma decisão a fazer: ou pegar o caminho das bicicletas (pés doendo, desta vez não enviamos a mochila então tínhamos mais peso para carregar) ou carregar o carrinho escada abaixo.

Decidimos tirar as crianças do carrinho e carregá-lo pela escada. Nessa hora apareceu um homem que tínhamos encontrado na saída de León! Ele se ofereceu para ajudar e carregou com o Esdras o carrinho até lá embaixo. Que alegria ver rostos conhecidos! E pensar que esse cara fez a pé todo o caminho que nós “pulamos” com trem, taxi, e ônibus, e ainda assim chegamos ao mesmo tempo!

E dessa escadaria até chegar na catedral, creio que andamos uns outros 4km! Se não é tudo isso, é o que pareceu. Meus pés e costas doíam tanto (cansaço acumulado, bebê no canguru, mais mochila = argh!) que foi um alívio chegar ao centro histórico de Santiago de Compostela. Ah! Uma dica importante que muitas pessoas esquecem: é proibido entrar na catedral com mochila! Sim, existem procedimentos de segurança, e os guardas dentro da catedral mandam você sair se você entrar com ela.
Mas se você chega em Santiago e vai pegar o carimbo de chegada e a Compostela (certificado de conclusão da peregrinação), você tem que ir à Oficina do Peregrino, e lá existe um serviço que guarda a sua mochila.

Eu me arrependo de não ter passado mais tempo em Santiago. Que lugar lindo! Eu gostaria de ter ido a museus e exposições sobre Tiago, o discípulo de Jesus. Mas com crianças fica difícil. E nós tínhamos que pegar o trem para ir a Portugal (de onde saiu o nosso vôo de volta pra casa).

Quando cheguei, as perguntas mais frequentes foram:
Você gostou da viagem?
Sim, apesar de que eu acho que gosto mais dela agora que meus pés não estão mais doendo! Mas foi interessante, nós aprendemos muito sobre como lidar com muitas coisas em família, vimos paisagens maravilhosas, conversamos com pessoas de lugares diferentes e tivemos oportunidades de compartilhar o nosso Jesus com outros. Não foi fácil, meu pé ainda não está 100% recuperado, mas eu gostei sim.

E as crianças? Como elas viram essa viagem louca?
Elas curtiram MUITO! Elas gostavam de andar, andavam cantando, fingindo que eram princesas e que todas aquelas terras eram o reino delas, cantavam no carrinho, dormiam enquanto nós empurrávamos o carrinho delas, acharam o maior barato pedir carimbo nos lugares e procurar as setas do caminho.

Então se você gosta de passeios com caminhadas, e quer envolver a sua família, saiba que é possível fazer. É difícil para os pais, que tem que “carregar” as crianças, e aguentar as manhas de cansaço (sim, tivemos muitas), mas não é impossível. Mas o meu conselho é: faça uma trilha mais fácil, ou mais curta com eles primeiro.
Se nós formos novamente fazer algo desse tipo, a Evelyn com certeza não estará mais no carrinho, então termos que andar no passo dela, e andar somente o que ela aguentar. No carrinho a gente simplesmente empurra e vai no nosso ritmo, mas se eles são grandes demais pra pegar uma carona, as coisas mudam um pouco.

Nós fomos com 3, se você tem 2 com certeza vai ser menos trabalho (e menos peso!). Planejar bem as paradas pra descanso (ou pra deixar que eles corram um pouco, se ficaram muito tempo no carrinho) é sempre uma boa pedida, e seja flexível: os imprevistos virão.

Nos próximos posts eu vou colocar algumas coisas pontuais que nós aprendemos, desde a nossa motivação para ir, bagagem, equipamentos, medicamentos, até acomodação pro Camino com crianças pequenas. Se você começou a ler só hoje, dê uma espiada em como foi o Camino desde o 1o. dia!

Que a Paz do Senhor Jesus seja com você!

Camino – Day 12

We’re here!
You can’t see it in the picture but our pilgrim’s passport is all full of stamos. We didn’t get the certificate (called Compostela), I’ll explain why in another post.

We took pictures, visited the Cathedral but they didn’t use the incense this time. I’ll write another post later talking about the last day and giving some useful tips.
For the kids, the “reward” for walking was what they called the best playground in the world!

Thank you Jesus for bringing us safely to our destination, and for everything we learned on the way.

Camino – Day 11

Tomorrow is the last day of our walk in the Camino.

After stopping to rest yesterday, our feet and legs were good enough to walk again until our next accommodation. We sent the bigger backpack again and proceeded to walk from Brea (o Pino) to Lavacolla. Most of our way for today wasn’t difficult,  there were not as many hills as the days before and most of the day we walked under the cool shadow of the woods. We stopped in a bar to eat and I found this sign there:

It’s written “we don’t have wi-fi. (Talk to each other)” I thought it was worth the picture :) you really find a lot of people sitting at the same table in the bars, each one looking at their own phones. Even at my house things are like this. It kinds reinforced my desire to put a box in the entrance of my house with the sign “Leave your phone/tablet here.”

More than half of our Camino today was smooth, then came the long and steep hills. There’s a big one right before we reach the airport of Santiago de Compostela (the Camino goes around the airport. ) we stopped again to rest and have some ice lollies and I’m glad we did because after that came hill after hill. Endless steep hills until we’ve reached our destination.

We knew our accommodation was in Lavacolla, and a pilgrim we met today told us that this was the place where the pilgrims used to wash themselves before arriving in Santiago,  so they were not so stinky. And the incense in Santiago’s Cathedral was lit with the purpose of masking the pilgrims smell, otherwise nobody would bear to stay in the church to attend the mass. (Now someone has to pay for the incense to be lit.)

Before we left this morning I asked Esdras what type of accomodation we had today and he said it was a pension. I think we only didn’t stay in public albergues in this trip. We stayed in private albergue, hostal, pension, apartment (in Madrid), and in hotels.

When he told me it was a pension, I thought it was like the other pensions we had during the trip: a room with shared bathroom and we’d have to est out because they didn’t have license to serve food.

But I got a surprise! It is a hotel and there’s even a kitchen inside the room! We ended up eating here because we didn’t want to walk (no more hills today, please!) Surprise again! It was the best dinner we had so far! Yummy home made food!

We found here as well a lot of coins on the stone walls, like we’ve seen in many accomodations and restaurants on the way, so we decided to ask why they were there.

The girls already learned that they can’t touch those coins. The owner of the hotel told us that it’s like people are leaving part of them behind, like a memory or a charm to give the place good luck. He also told us that the luck part doesn’t work lol!

We’re going to bed. See you tomorrow at Santiago de Compostela!


Near Vilamaior in Lavacolla: “The only way to God is through Jesus. Make this way!” (We didn’t write it on the wall, but that’s exactly our message :D )

Camino – Day 10

Another post in Portuguese.
Feel free to try to translate it in machine translation tools while i don’t have the time to translate my posts.
Happy Easter, or Passover :) Jesus is risen!

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Hoje seria o décimo dia de caminhada mas, como eu escrevi ontem, decidimos descansar. Dormimos em Melide, cidadezinha linda e bem agitada (domingo de Páscoa, muita gentr na rua, parquinho cheio de crianças na praça). A nossa próxima acomodação era só em Brea, 27,5km de Melide. Era muito pra andar com pés e pernas doendo demais.
Deixamos as crianças brincarem um pouco no parquinho, comemos churros e pegamos jm ônibus de Melide a Arzúa.

Andamos um pouco, achamos setas amarelas, passamos pela rua das Dores e achamos apropriado tirar uma foto! Depois achamos um parquinho legal pras meninas gastarem maia energia (já que hoje não iriam caminhar). Encontramos um lugar legal pra comer e o Esdras decidiu experimentar o tal do polvo. Em todo lugar da Galícia encontramos as tais “pulperias”. Ontem mesmo em melide nós entramos em uma pensando em comer mas o cheiro do lugar não agradou. Hoje, como o lugar não tinha aquele cheiro do caldeirão de polvo, ele resolveu encarar.

E não era ruim não, eu também experimentei!
Resumo da ópera, não caminhamos, não posso te contar sobre o caminho de Melide a Brea, mas valeu muito a pena parar um pouco e descansar as pernas. O Esdras está sem dor agora à noite e o meu pé está bem melhor.
Creio que essa seria uma das vantagens de não ter acomodação marcada: você vai no seu passo, anda o quanto consegue, para pelo tempo que precisa. Nós tínhamos que vir pra Brea hoje porque a acomodação estava marcada, mas foi muito bom termos vindo de ônibus e deixado nossas perninhas (e braços!) descansarem.

Acabamos não encontrando igreja pra celebrar a Páscoa, mas não esquecemos entre nós que hoje nós comemoramos que Jesus ressuscitou! Ele venceu a morte e está vivo, como Ele disse que faria.
Glória a Deus, o túmulo está vazio, Jesus está vivo!

Camino – Day 9

English version coming soon

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Hoje pela manha, deixamos a cidade de Palas de Rei. Saímos bem tarde. As noites têm sido difíceis com bebê acordando muitas vezes, Melissa se mexendo muito e caindo da cama e as tosses todas, então decidimos não correr de manhã.

É o nono dia de caminhada e dona da pensão onde ficamos nos disse que o caminho era plano e bem pavimentado ate Melide, nosso destino de hoje. Beleza, 14,5km plano e pavimentado,  até sonhamos em terminar a caminhada do dia em menos de 3h.

Claro que pela rodovia o caminho é bem mais plano e pavimentado, essa mulher com ccerteza só foi até Melide de carro… o caminho dos pperegrinos é sempre cheio de subidas e descidas. Realmente o terreno não era dos piores, mas novamente tinha pedras, um alagamento que tem uma travessia pelas pedras (onde o carrinho não cabe) e a dona lama.

Não teria sido difícil se as minhas pernas e pés não estivessem tão moídos. Nossa primeira parada de manhã foi na farmácia comprar uns band-aids especiais pea bolhas e o Esdras sugeriu que eu comprasse uma palmilha,  já que o meu tênis é daqueles bem baratinhos. Comprei logo uma de gel, fez diferença! Coloquei também os band-aids nas bolhas dos dois dedinhos e a dor também melhorou muito! Mas junta do meu dedão do pé dói com qualquer movimento do dedão, e essa não melhorou com as palmilhas,  então eu ando torta e sobrecarrega as minhas pernas.

Valeu a pena ter comprado esse aparato (aliás eu deveria ter comprado antes!) mas depois de 1h de caminhada eu já não processava mais nada de tanta dor. Mas andei os 14,5km de hoje. Chegamos em Melide e ainda saímos pra jantar.

Amanhã seria o dia em que andaríamos mais, mas estamos os dois quebrados então decidimos não andar. Vamos procurar uma igreja pra celebrar a Páscoa e descansar os pés pra andar os últimos dois dias.

Camino – Day 8

Today was day 8 of our journey. The third or forth in a row that I had close to 4h of sleep. Melissa nearly falling off her bed, Andrea waking up and taking a long time to doze off, indigestion, blocked noses, coughs,  you name it.

Esdras offered me to take a taxi with the baby, to rest and wait for him in the next town but I didn’t come to this trip to just leave him behind with the 2 older girls… my legs hurt, my feet hurt, I’m not having enough sleep but I decided to walk… we did 22.5km yesterday, so I thought we could do at least close to the 24,5km we had planned for today. So we had breakfast in the hotel and left.

Soon after we left the town, there’s a steep road going down, then we crossed the bridge and a long, I mean at least 1km long, steep climb. We “skipped” the mountains in the Camino but there are enough mountains between Sarria and Santiago… legs and feet started to hurt very early. I was already tired when I started to walk because of the bad nights, oh how I regretted not taking that taxi in the morning.

I decided I didn’t want to do the whole 24ish km today. I know Esdras would really enjoy if we did but I wasn’t enjoying it anymore.

So I sat down on a stone to feed Andrea and, of course, everyone stopped to notice we had 3 kids on the Camino. An older lady stuck with us and offered to help pushing the buggy, or carry anything for us, she told me she volunteers in an albergue and that her life was to make other pilgrims walk easier.

I soon learned she was a Christian and she told me about the albergue she volunteers for. They offer free refreshments, they have a shower and they can find people a place to sleep of the “albergue municipal” is full. And more than offering just practical help, they offer the hope in Jesus that they know.

Wow! That has made me forget about the taxi in the morning and want to go there and see it. So I told Esdras that YES! I wanted to get a taxi, but I needed to see this place first. This woman ended up going ahead of us, as she had to serve in the albergue and we stopped to eat. I am in so much pain, both my little toes have blisters since day 2 and now the joint of my big toes hurt a lot too, besides the legs, or course… but when we finally arrived in Ligonde (after a lot of other ups and downs, pain and nausea) and we sat down at La Fuente del Peregrino, it made it all worth it for me.

How great it is to see God’s people mobilised to share His love in such a practical manner!

We took a taxi from there to our next pension in Palas de Rei. That’s where I am now, writing as the owner speaks loudly in the corridor and the noise of the other guests having a shower seems to be inside my bedroom. Bad choice…

Pray for those guys in Ligonde,  pray for the pilgrims that stop by for a chat. Oh those conversations make day!

Praise be to God for the divine appointments we had today and how blessed I was by them!

Camino – Day 7

Hi guys. Another post in Portuguese.
I promise I’ll put the English version at some point.
Meanwhile please feel free to use Machine translation to try to understand it.
Buy most importantly pray for the people we met along the way.
God bless.

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Hoje o plano era andar de Sarria a Portomarín. Lembra que nós evitamos o trecho montanhoso porque seria difícil subir com o carrinho? Pois é, nós achamos que o trecho de Sarria em diante seria mais tranquilo… segura aí.

Antes de virmos, estávamos na dúvida se deveríamos comprar outro carrinho ou não. Nós temos um duplo, mas as rodas são pequenas e de plástico,  então pensamos que seria difícil empurrar fora de terreno plano e pavimentado. Estávamos certos! Compramos um daqueles que se usa para fazer cooper mas que pode ser também puxado por bicicleta (desculpem a falta de fotos como exemplo, estou postando pelo celular).

Aquele era bem pesado e também era muito largo! Não passava nem na porta da nossa casa, fiquei imaginando entrar nas “tiendas” ou até nos hotéis com ele… desistimos (até porque eu não queria ter que desmontar o tal carrinho toda vez que fosse entrar ou sair da minha propria casa depois da viagem). Vendemos esse e compramos o atual: Jane Twin Jogging Buggy. É esse azul que você vê nas fotos.

Tínhamos pouco tempo pra comprar. Esse era usado, estava barato,  mas compramos principalmente por ter pneus e ter rodas maiores que as do nosso. Ah, e pra viajar de RyanAir ele tem que ser uma peça só,  não pode ser aqueles com 2 ou 3 peças que se encaixam. Esse cabia nos nossos requisitos. Mas ATENÇÃO, se você está pensando em trazer um carrinho pra crianças para O Camino,  certifiqu-se de que ele é leve o suficiente para você poder levantá-lo e carregá-lo. Isso VAI ser necessário.

Retomando o dia de hoje, eu pessoalmente curti muito pouco. A paisagem era linda, as meninas gostaram, mas eu comecei a sentir dor nas pernas e nas bolhas (companheiras desde o 2° dia) logo cedo… encontramos muitos oobstáculos no trajeto. Mais de uma vez passamos por trechos como o da foto abaixo.

De um lado água,  do outro água no meio pedras. Uma distante da outra e numa largura que não cabe o carrinho… graças a Deus tinha gente por perto nessa hora, e nos ajudaram. A Evelyn achou o maior barato ir pulando as pedras (nós pedimos pra ela descer do carrinho pra ficar mais leve, ela pesa 17kg!) e a Melissa curtiu mais ainda o carrinho voador! Que bom que elas se divertiram, pra mim não foi divertido…

Foram dois ou três episódios com água assim, além das subidas e descidas íngremes. Aí encontramos a lama… Não uma poça, uns 200m do trajeto de lama que dava pra atolar até a canela! Novamente pedimos pra Evelyn descer, orientamos para que andasse só pelos cantos onde não havia lama e levantamos o carrinho de novo. Meus tênis e meias ficaram pesados de tanta lama. E quando saímos do lamaçal,  onde estava a Evelyn? Com os dois pés enfiados na lama… as mamães que me lêem podem imaginar a minha cara de frustração.

Foi o dia mais puxado até agora. Subidas e descidas intermináveis e muito íngremes Ter que carregar o carrinho, terreno cheio de pedras, a dor nas pernas e pés desde o começo do dia.

O que fez valer a pena, de verdade, foram as conversas que tivemos. Eu não acredito em coincidências,  acredito que Deus tinha um propósito para cada pessoas que encontramos. Esses encontros fizeram o meu dia valer a pena. Fico feliz que o Esdras está se sentindo realizado por termos conseguido andar os 22,5km propostos pra hoje, fico feliz que as minhas filhas se divertiram, a parte da caminhada não foi o que completou o meu dia…

Eu não vim só pra caminhar. Caminhar foi a parte amarga de hoje. Mas as conversas fizeram valer a pena.

Orem por essas pessoas com que conversamos. Orem para que o Espírito Santo abra o entendimento e elas vejam que só existe salvação em Jesus! Eu creio pela salvação dessas pessoas! É por isso que eu vim.