Magisch Maastricht

Can’t get enough of Christmas Markets? What about Maastricht in the Netherlands? We loved it.

Magic in Maastricht in December. Christmas Markets, lights and a Ferris Wheel. We went in and saw the amazing view over the city. Glühwein is our thing when we’re at this kind of markets. But did you know that Maastricht is just a beautiful city to be in, shop, food, and all? You should try!

Barbara (29) loves to hike, yoga and dance. Teaching is what I do with all love and passion. Would love to meet you some day!

Christmas market Oldenburg

We love to go to Christmas markets. We have been to Oldenburg, Germany. Kale, christmas and some kind of German poffertjes.

In the North of Germany you’ll find Oldenburg. It’s not so far and you can use the Flixbus to go there. In the city centre you’ll find the Lambertikerk. On the three squares you’ll see the Christmas market connected to each other. Light everywhere and it even smells like Christmas. Glühwein and Feuerzangenbowle (more sweet) and Schmalzkuchen, kind of fried poffertjes.

The small stalls all look different and unique. The normal shops are recommendable as well.

Er staan zo’n 125 kraampjes en er is echt voor ieder wat wils. Het en hele rij dezelfde huisjes.Shoppen is sowieso heel fijn hier. Een overdekt winkelcentrum en leuke straatjes om doorheen te lopen. Wees niet bang om zo nu en dan een zijweg in te gaan. Daar zijn vaak de leukste winkeltjes te vinden. The shopping mall is great too.

We also went in to the Lambertikerk, all the way in top of the tower. Beautiful views!

We slept in Hotel Sprenz, close to the centre. You can walk to it.

Barbara (29) loves to hike, yoga and dance. Teaching is what I do with all love and passion. Would love to meet you some day!

Oldenburg: Kale Capital

We went to Oldenburg (Germany) for a weekend of Kale. Crazy but fun!

As Dutchies, we thought: Kale is Dutch, right. But no. Oldenburg is a city with a lot of Kale. Years and years they organize ‘Kohltours’. We come together at the space for Tourisme. We got a car full of food and drinks. We got a small cup around our neck to keep us warm with… SCHNAPPS! And: kale tea. Pretty good, actually. Through the city we went throwing a ball as a competition. A healthy lunch, a sandwich with kale, goat cheese and sun dried tomatoes. You can find more information at www.kohltourhauptstadt.de.

In the afternoon we had a beer tasting and yes, there was kale beer, at OL’s Brauhaus. We tasted a lot and it was amazing. The atmosphere, the beer, the people we were with.

In the night we went to Glut & Wasser. Ofcourse we had kale, but not in the Dutch way. It’s a secret how they made it. But it was delicious. The dessert was ‘Rote Grütze’, a sauce of red fruits with on top vanille sauce.

The next day we had a tour around the Botanical garden of Carl von Ossietzky Universität. They are doing research for kale. In the garden there were a lot of different type of kale from German to Italian. Our tour man Christopher told about the health benefits of kale, well, that was a lot! More info, you’ll find here.

After the tour we had kale pesto, kale spread, kale bread and even chocolate with kale.

Have you ever been to Oldenburg?

Barbara (29) loves to hike, yoga and dance. Teaching is what I do with all love and passion. Would love to meet you some day!

Day 12: Finisterre (the end of the world)

Jumped in to a bus and went to the end of the world!

Went we came to Finisterre or Fisterre, the weather wasn’t that great. But we walked around and went to the Fishers Museum. Super small but cute.

Went to a super cute pink coffee and plant shop for breakfast. The elderly people that run this are amazing and nice.

You can walk from Santiago to Fisterre but we tooked the bus because of time issues. Here, they say, is the end point and the end of the world. So we hiked to the 0,0 km stone! Here it felt like I really made it to the end.

The day after we walked through the mountains. But it was different then the weeks before, haha. We couldn’t see a hand for eyes and we couldn’t even see the holy stones. At one point we went back, because the wind was too hard.

Thank God for stores with special Rain suits, haha. We were glad we went this way, because it felt amazing and we found some friends we’ve made in Ibiza. Crazy how the Universe works.

Barbara (29) loves to hike, yoga and dance. Teaching is what I do with all love and passion. Would love to meet you some day!

Day 11: Teo – Santiago (14km)

The end of the journey. It feels crazy that I don’t have to get up at 5 tomorrow. I feel so lucky that I could have done this.

I wanted to sleep in because it’s not so far for me anymore. But around 5 I heard everyone doing some stuff and when I looked everyone was already gone, haha. So I got up and went walking as well.

My first stop was to drink coffee. There I saw on Instagram that there was this big line in front of the Pilgrims Office. So I contacted Yuri and Shy. The took a ticket for me as well, because when they arrived yesterday they couldn’t even get their certificate anymore.

When I arrived in Santiago, someone told me: look up, there it is already. I walked to the cathedral and I started to film and then I started to cry… I went looking for my friends and found them. This feeling is with no words to describe. I never thought my body would adjust so easily. My backpack wasn’t even heavy anymore.

We had some drinks and some foods and then there was my surprise: Youri came. We had an appartment out of town. It was only 18 euro, but we had almost a whole small house for ourselves. We loved it. And it felt good to see each other again.

Barbara (29) loves to hike, yoga and dance. Teaching is what I do with all love and passion. Would love to meet you some day!

Day 10: Monastery to Teo (20km)

Stairs, fog and magic. I’m almost there!

I slept amazing in my super cool bedstee. We had breakfast together with the volunteers and then we went to Padron. There we waited for the church to open to get a stamp. If you had a stamp here and went to the tourisme shop, you’ll get a Padronia as well. It only opened at 10, so I said goodbye to Daria who wanted to walk all the way to Santiago today. But I had an extra day, because I would get a surprise on Thursday.

I waited in Padron. Went to the Convention of Carmen and then went all the way op to Santiaguino do Monte. That was a lot of stairs! I saw Padron in the fog while the sun was coming up. Amazing!

After the visit to the Tourism I got my Padronia and went to Teo. On the way I found this cute little puppy and gave him some cookies. He was scared of the other people but loved the cookies.

The albergue was almost full when I arrived at 12. The shower here was tiny and with the other ladies. The sun was shining and I went to the Mambo Chill Out with smoothies and gazpacho and nachos. It was more expensive then the local food. But the vibe was amazing and the food as well.

After this I had a beer with a lot of Germans but after a while I got to tired to understand the language. I went to the albergue and had a talk with a couple from South Africa, they gave me a nice red wine. A strange feeling to know that tomorrow it’s all done…

Barbara (29) loves to hike, yoga and dance. Teaching is what I do with all love and passion. Would love to meet you some day!

Day 9: Caldais del Rei – Monastery close to Padron (20km)

The Monastery close to Padron is amazing, although we were there 5 hours to early!

We wanted to start at 7, but someone’s alarm got off at 5, so we got up and we went. We wanted to go to the Monastery close to Padron. Some extra km but that’s okay. I was bitten by a wasp on the way.

We came there at 11, within an hours all 30 beds are full. It opened at 16. We waited in the sun. Luckily a little bakery came and we could by some bread. We had a pilgrim line with our bags, but once it opened, people ignored it and went in. We were a bit upset, because we were the first to arrive. So we grabbed our bags and just went to the front of the line.

We have a kind of bedstee for two persons. It looks really amazing. You can close the curtain as well. At 18 we had a tour around the building and environment. At 20 we had a special mass for pilgrims. At the end of the mass of every country one person had to read a poem. I was the only one from the Netherlands, so I had to read mine. It was beautiful.

At 21 we had diner. This was amazing, even with wine and all. It felt really amazing having all these pilgrims and volunteers together spreading love and stories.

Everything was donation based. Absolutely amazing!

Barbara (29) loves to hike, yoga and dance. Teaching is what I do with all love and passion. Would love to meet you some day!

Day 8: Ponte Vedra – Caldais de Rei (23km)

Today we were not the only crazy ones awake so early. Let’s go and see where this day brings us.

Daria and I saw that a lot of people woke up. So we went as fast as we can, so we could walk normal. During our first stop we met the Russian Yuri. He walked with us for the rest of the time. This day took us to Caldais de Rei, a cute small town with a market when we arrive. Another pilgrim gave us a magnum while we waited. So kind. A French lady was singing all the time.

After our shower and clothing was time, we went to look for the hot water sources. We thought that we couldn’t find it, but we did. There was only no water, hahaha…. So we took a bottle of wine and drink that.

Barbara (29) loves to hike, yoga and dance. Teaching is what I do with all love and passion. Would love to meet you some day!

Day 7: Mos – Ponte Vedra (28,7km)

Full Moon is gone and I feel great again. No pain, no people who snore. 5 o’clock I’m awake and up and running!

Today I had an encounter with a crazy dog that growled at me. For a while I couldn’t go because he didn’t want to let me pass…

In Rondela I took some time for coffee and cake. I saw so many pilgrims, it was crazy. Before my stop there as a split. A man told me straight on was only over the road and left was through the woods. I took the woods. But it felt like a lot longer than the other one. Daria was already at the albergue and sent me the location. There was already a line! From the outside it looked really beautiful. But on the inside… It was 40 people in 1 room. The bath rooms were getting dirtier by the minute. When we started to cook, we saw a mouse!

We went to the village to do some shopping. BUT. It was sunday and catholics don’t open on Sunday.

Barbara (29) loves to hike, yoga and dance. Teaching is what I do with all love and passion. Would love to meet you some day!

Day 6: Valenca – Mos (25,7km)

Today I’ve crossed the border with Spain. An amazing feeling!

Daria and I were both awake before the alarm went of. I slept super bad. The blister on my foot hurts as hell, I can’t even put it on the matras anymore. It was burning hot and a lot of people in the same room.

The first part of walking was super easy and relax. We stopped at a cafe for a coffee. After we made an other stop but I felt I couldn’t go where we wanted to. I decided to stay in Mos for my feet. But my energy was still high, so I really was dissapointed in myself. It was also full moon and I just started crying. It felt like I failed. Daria went to a village further.

I was here with a small festival and music. I bought myself ‘Jesus sandals’ and a necklace. I took a pilgrim’s menu with a beer.

After that I broke my blister and felt better afterwards.

Barbara (29) loves to hike, yoga and dance. Teaching is what I do with all love and passion. Would love to meet you some day!