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Brianle - Camino De Santiago Journal - 2017

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Brian "Gadget" Lewis
City: Bellevue
State: WA
Country: USA
Begins: Sep 14, 2017
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Sep 12th, 2017
Start: Madrid
End: Madrid
Daily Distance: 0

Journal Stats
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Journal Visits: 2,757
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Napoleonic French Naval Eagle

Just One Museum

I just read over my blog for yesterday with some alarm - - - having a physical keyboard is great in a way, but perilous too: easy to err on the too-verbose side. I will try to restrain myself, but once I get hiking I expect that the days will be sufficiently full that I won't tend to write a novella per day.

I went to the Naval Museum in Madrid "first" today, as it has more limited hours. Turns out that jetlag left me with only enough energy for one museum. This as an "okay" one, interesting from a historic perspective. I don't have any meaningful knowledge of naval architecture or rigging or the like, so was painfully aware of how much was lost on me in this museum. It was fun to see the very first map that depicts the Americas, as well as a fragment of a banner carried by Hernan Cortez, a French naval 'eagle' of a ship (the Atlas) that was in the battle of Trafalgar, and a model of a late 19th century electric powered submarine. The very weapons that I found so compellingly cool as a younger man are at once still that for me, but also something that makes me sad at the continuous history of violence in our various human cultures over the millenia, if not inherent in our species.

Anyway, cool to walk around Madrid for a while too, I took a modest detour to pass through the Retiro park and enjoyed a generally sunny day, but then took a 3-hour nap in the afternoon. I don't know if it takes a full 9 days to get over 9 hours of time difference, but it does take a good while to fully shift over. One reason that I'm glad I'm here for over 5 weeks is just the pain (and cost) of travel and time zone shifting is too much to consider for shorter trips IMO!

Looking forward to connecting with Milky tomorrow in Lisbon.

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The Camino de Santiago is the name of any of the pilgrimage routes to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many take up this route as a form of spiritual path or retreat, for their spiritual growth.


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