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We Got Kicked Out Of The Camping! | First Day Of Camino Del Norte

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    Hello, everyone! We are a young couple who dedicates themselve to creating photo and video content, as well as our own music. Our content is related to travelling and adventures. We are passionate walkers who love hiking, trekking and camping. Our goal is to promote the healthy lifestyle, to motivate people to walk more and care for nature around.

    Our first official day started at 9 am when we were woken up by the people and cars moving around in the camping that we found the night before. We slept only for 5 hours, still tired from the yesterday nightmare, but we had nothing to do but start walking and walk at least several kms. Because even though we didn't have a plan to rush we still wanted to be moving everyday and getting closer to our goal. So we got up and tried to pack everything up very quick and went to find a place to cook breakfast and eat it. Finally it was time to eat smth for us! Cause yesterday we didn't have time nor powers to make it happen. So we started walking and saw the ocean for the first time cause yesterday night we just heard it and it was even scary for us being dark and noisy. It was a beautiful moment and it's obviously very hard to evaluate it's extents and measures but we could feel that it was different, different from any sea that we've ever seen before. You could tell it just from the look and the sound of it, it's huge massive waves and tasty smell. What appeared to be scary yesterday today was very attractive. Later in the day we realized that on the map it says Cantabrian Sea to this part of ocean but to us it will always stay Atlantic ocean and our first meet with it. We saw lots of people on the beach swimming so we assumed it was very warm and we thought we may do it as well one day. Also we realized that the names of the villages and some institutions were double and in the unknown Basque language, so we learnt that the French territory also makes part of the Basque country. It is our first time in here so we were excited to learn more about it. So we started the hike from the village of Bidart on the coast walked through the village Guethary and found our camping site Merko further down the coast. So it sums up to just 6 km we made that day but for us it was just enough considering our physical state. The camping was really nice 3 star camping with everything that you need with a good facilities and the little supermarket nearby. The whole area was a compilation of 5 campings, several beaches, couple of bars and restaurants and some shops. The rest of the day we spent just resting, taking a nap and eating tasty fruit that we bought at the local shop(the peaches were excellent!). We met a breathtaking and sensational sunset at the ocean coast and this first sunset we will never forget. We felt so grateful that we got to experience this beauty and for the great warm cloudless weather that we had (we knew that it's not going to be forever).

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    You two are adorable! Sorry you had a difficult start. The video is very good. I did only sections of the Norte, so will be eager to follow you and see the parts I missed. Hope you've gotten some rest and that your next day goes more smoothly.
     
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    Thank you so much for your words and support! Every day is different and some are harder, some are easier. But it was probably the hardest day in terms of mental state. We also hope that you will enjoy the rest of the episodes! And feel free to ask any questions.
     
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    I enjoy watching your video and Northern Spain is so beautiful. Are you finding the Camino Norte well marked with the Camino symbols? I look forward to more videos!
     
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    Thank you very much for your kind words! We found that it was pretty well marked all the way through, but we were searching for alternative ways most of the time so can't be sure about every part. Hope you will enjoy our next episode!
     
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    First meeting with the ocean and getting the pilgrim credentials in Irún| Day 3 of Camino del Norte

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    Beautiful video of ocean views and so many horses! Where did they all come from?! You did not make it to San Sebastian but it was a good day anyway!
     
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    Thank you, yes, it was a beauttiful day, lots of good memories. The next episode is out now where we finally got to San Sebastian.
     
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    Breathtaking oceancoast hiking | Day 4 of Camino del Norte from Irún to San Sebastián

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    First stormy and rainy day getting to Zarautz | Day 5 of Camino del Norte

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    Hiking with the Donkey | Day 6 of Camino del Norte from Zumaia to Deba

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    Hope you made it to camping site before dark!
     
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    We did! It was very exhausting but we made it, thank you:)
     
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    Hiking in the Beautiful Basque Country, Spain | Camino del Norte from Mutriku to Markina Xemein-Day 7

    This was our day 7 of Camino del Norte when we hiked through the mountains from the village of Mutriku to Markina Xemein.
    That night was a hell, it was raining almost all the night and the morning and we slept only for a couple of hours. So we woke up very late at 9 am and then all day long we were feeling sleepy.

    We finally found the camping gas that we needed so badly already while we were paying for the night at the reception.

    We came down to the village Mutriku to go to the tourist office for the stamp and decided not to buy any food to go lightweight cause we knew we had to do 20 plus kms that day.

    We had a dillema in front of us. As we realized that the Camino wasn't going along the ocean coast and was going away from it in the mountains but we planned our route and the camping spots to stay in close to the coast. And now had to decide whether to follow our plans but go on the unknown car road or follow the Camino and stay in the hostels or stealth camping. Because there wasn't any camping sites in that places to our dissapointment all the way to Bilbao. And that would take us around 3 days to accomplish.

    And so hesitating which way to go we took the Camino and realized that it goes in different direction from the car road so we have no chance to check whether it was possible to walk there.

    But soon we were glad with our decision to take the Camino. We walked through the beautiful rural areas which looked like the eco farms with peaceful pastures and green eternal meadows. Mountains were everywhere and we met a lot of natural springs on our way that day. It was reminiscent to our home in the mountains and the route was very similar to the ones we take regularly while living in Eastern Pyrenees.

    The route was constantly going up and down giving the scenic views over the mountain peaks and the ocean mingling between the mountain ranges. The roads were quite dirty and slippery after the rainy days in some places so we had to walk carefully and watch the step.

    All that distance you pass by the farm houses, pastures and couple of restaurants and only at the end of the day you get to the city. So it's important to keep in mind that this day is quite long and challenging.

    The first uphill was the hardest though the rest of the way was quite gentle except for the entrance way to the city - that downhill was an absolute killer.

    We met the first bike pilgrims that were carring their bikes uphill but we must say it is a difficult trail if doing it by bike. Overall we met less pilgrims than the previous days.

    The weather was great that day sunny and warm with the clouds passing by and most of the route was going through the forest so walking was an absolute pleasure. But still at the end of the day we felt like we did too many kms from the soreness in the muscles and overall fatigue but for the most part it was because we didn't slept well the night before.

    So we got to the Markina Xemein city quite late at 7pm so we were rushing to buy some food and then to find a place to camp. We knew that all the places in hostels would be occupied so not to lose any time we headed out of the city searching for some dirt road to lead us to the field or the forest. Finally we found a place above the highway on the meadow close to the forest and almost at complete dark were ready to go to sleep.

    We understood that every day we can't do the same kind of distance for the long time. If not we would be fired up and couldn't continue our way. And as we didn't want to stop our Camino we decided to slow it down whenever it's possible. And also try to start hike early to come to the places earlier so that we have more time to recover. So with all these thoughts we were falling asleep.

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