Ding, ding, ding, ding, dong


Yesterday I walked out of the beautiful baroque town of Donauworth and again found myself walking besides the Danube Donau) river.

Yesterday I walked out of the beautiful baroque town of Donauworth and again found myself walking besides the Danube (Donau) river, where I promptly had my picnic and then walked onwards in the direction of the German city of Ulm.

Black Magic: My guilty Camino picnic secret :-)

My guilty Camino picnic secret 🙂

I walked as far as I could - until around 8:30pm - and I decided to spend the night at the seemingly peaceful and quiet church in the village of Sonderheim.

I walked as far as I could – until around 8:30pm – and I decided to spend the night at the seemingly peaceful and quiet church in the village of Sonderheim.

I walked as far as I could - until around 8:30pm - and I decided to spend the night at the seemingly peaceful and quiet church in the village of Sonderheim.

I crashed out for the night (after a long day of walking) and looked forward to a comfortably long sleep.

I have some experience of sleeping in church grounds on my Camino so far and in my previous experience the church bells tend to stop belling at around 9pm (latest). Then starting up again at around 5am (earliest). I was sleeping probably not more than 20 metres from the church and the bells were working ALL NIGHT:

Ding,
Ding, Ding,
Ding, Ding, Ding,
Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Dong.

Ding,
Ding, Ding,
Ding, Ding, Ding,
Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Dong – Dong.

Ding,
Ding, Ding,
Ding, Ding, Ding,
Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Dong – Dong – Dong, (etc).

I woke up around 1:15am, tried to fall asleep again – successfully did for a while – and woke up at 4am with the uneasy feeling that I hadn’t slept enough.

In the morning I followed the Danube river to the exquisite town of Dillingen.

In the morning I followed the Danube river to the exquisite town of Dillingen.

Camino scallop shell in the centre of Dillingen

Camino scallop shell in the centre of Dillingen

From Donauworth, the main line of the Camino heads directly south to Augsburg. I am sticking with the map on my pilgrim passport and walking further onto the German city of Ulm, before I head south towards Konstanz. I hope to meet the Swiss border within the next week or so.

From Donauworth, the main line of the Camino heads directly south to Augsburg. I am sticking with the map on my pilgrim passport and walking further onto the German city of Ulm, before I head south towards Konstanz. I hope to meet the Swiss border within the next week or so.

Lauingen is an exceptionally beautiful town on the way to Ulm.

Lauingen is an exceptionally beautiful town on the way to Ulm.

I’m currently having a small siesta in the market town: Gundelfingen.
Internet access in this part of Germany is extremely sporadic.
Asking for “wifi internet?” is often met here with blank faces and vague directions with a semi-hopeful face to somewhere else where there might be this new technology. In this respect I miss the Czech Republic eternally.

By the next update I hope to have reached Ulm and be heading further south towards the town of Konstanz.

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