Yesterday we broke the rule. We walked past the first open café. Not a good idea. It was almost two hours before we found an open one. Today however the rule didn’t hold. After coffee and a pastry at the first open café, we passed open cafés and Pastelerias one after the other.
A Snapshot of Today
A beautiful home with tiles covering every external wall.
Another busy road on a misty morning. At least we had a barrier between us and the traffic.
growing in eucalyptus plantations,
and the modern version of the communal washing area:
Problems with Accommodation
When we arrived at the promised Albergue it wasn’t all it had been made out to be. Instead of a Pensao and dormitory sleeping arrangements, it was a home with the upstairs rented to three 15yr old girls studying at a local school.
They kindly agreed to share the spare double room and their bathroom. A room in the house downstairs also sharing a bathroom and a room in the flatlet out back where an older drama student lives.
There were nine pilgrims and not enough beds! After much discussion and confusion five of us stayed and four got a lift to the next town.
When you don’t book ahead you make do with what there is. Or walk a lot further. Tonight we’ll finally use our sleeping bags!
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