Ocean Birthday Party

birthday-6975After cruising five miles offshore for twenty hours, avoiding container ships in the night, not so many birthday guests could be expected to enjoy the delicous vegetarian lunch. However, one surprise guest made it to our ship. The sparrow happily accepted a drink.

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Cormorants

Cormorants (Kormorane) are fish-eaters and excellent divers, some have been found to dive as deep as 45 metres. They have relatively short wings due to their need for economical movement underwater, and consequently have the highest flight costs of any flying bird. These were observed at the Islands of Cies, National Park Galicia, but they range around the world, except for the central Pacific islands. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cormorant)

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Celtic Tradition

Some of the countries on our route have a strong celtic tradition: France with Brittany (Breizh, Bretagne) and north-western Iberia with Galicia (Gallaecia), northern Portugal and Asturias. In A Coruñ, Galicia, we visited the compass rose that represents the different Celtic peoples.

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celtic-5911In Lorient (Brittany), we participated in the Festival Interceltique. Here, each summer, about 700,000 people gather to celebrate Celtic tradition and Celtic dancing:

Cabo de Finisterre

Cabo de Finisterre (spanish) or Cabo Fisterra (galician): for many pilgrims, watching the sundown here is the end of the journey following the Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James way, Jakobsweg). Many follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or for hiking and cycling. The cape Finisterre is one of the westernmost points of the Iberian Peninsula.

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