Saturday, October 31, 2009

Saturday October 31

I hate to continue with all the superlatives but it seems that each corner you turn around in Spain is better than the previous. Granada was wonderful. Half an hour from the ski hillks of the Sierra Nevadas and an hour and a half from the beach. Every drink ordered comes with a free tapas, and the city has a wonderful feel to it.

The Alhambra was great though the history is really the most interesting. Until 1492 all religions lived in peace even though they were under Muslim rule. Then all hell broke loose...literally. The Christions weren´t very tolerant to say the least.

We were up at the crack of dawn to catch the bus to the airport. Everything was going along swimmingly...the plane taxied down the runway, did a circle and returned to it´s starting position. The pilot announced "one of our passengers has chosen not to travel with us today, so will shall await the arrival of the police, she will be removed, and we will continue." The police arrived, an argument ensued (we couldn´t hear it) and the woman was removed. On we went 45 minutes late. I don´t really know what happened but I understand she chose not to comply with something.

Barcelona is super busy. It is the way I think that New York would feel. Granted it is a long week-end. The hostel is not downtown, but on the metro line, so a little quieter. We explored the main area this afternoon, but will really tackle it tomorrow. No real Halloweén here, although we see the odd costumed person. Hard to know what is going on for sure, because it seems that anything goes in this big city.

Happy Hallowén to all. Hope everyone is practising and studying hard. I will be home before you know it.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday October 30

We arrived in Granada yesterday morning. Another beautiful city with a really laid-back vibe. The hostel is in the Arabic quarter,narrow cobbled sreets, lots of Morrocan food and vendors selling all sorts of things from Nepal etc. Quite a change from the normañ Spanish style. Although I am thrilled to be back in Spain for the coffee...the best in the world.

WE walked up to Sacromonte where there are still people living in caves. We visited the museum there...very interesting. The original gypsies came from northern India. Beautiful views overlooking the Alhambra which we will visit this afternoon. Had a delicious shawarma for lunch and then went out on a Tapas tour for dinner. A great way to meet people. We met a lovely couple from Malaysia and had a most interesting discussion. They work for the UN in re-settlement and I am happy to report that we are well-respected for our immigration policy. He is muslim and she is not, and it was very interesting to here what this meant for them under Sharria law.

Today we will go on a walking tour and then visit Alhambra this afternoon. We could only get tickets for four thirty. It is surprisinhgy busy here. I believe the hostel is serving paella and sangria for dinner so I think we will sign on. Iwill repot back. Until then.

Get ready for Haloweén.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wednesday October 27

We are back in Spain. I really love this country. Seville is beautiful. We arrived on the bus from Lagos at about noon after a fter a five and a half hour drive. We hemmed an hawed about leaving Lagos, but it looked like the weather was going to be a bit overcast, and we arrived in Seville to sun and 31 degrees. Hot. It took us an hour and a half to find the hostel, but as I always say, it is a great introduction to the city.

We took a free walking tour done by an American kid. He was great. Funny, knowledgable and totally irreverant. It was very informative and covered a lot of ground. At the end he pointed us to a fab tapas bar where six of us went for dinner. The food was excellent.

We are off to Granada tomorow. Not enough time in Seville...I will have to return at some point. It is a long week-end coming up. Those Spaniards will use any excuse for a day off, you have to love their lifestlye. It is midnight and we just got in, and the streets are still teeming (teaming?) with people sitting in the cafes eating drinking and yakking. It seems that everyone in Portugal spoke some english, and a whole lot of them spoke really good english. Noone in Spain speaks english, and if they do know a little they certainly aren´t prepared to use it. I´m glad that I have even a little to get by.

I will report back soon.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tuesday October 27

A fabulous day on the Algarve. You have to excuse all the typing errors. this particular computer is so well used that the keys donçt have the markings on the keys...and you all know what a wonderful typist I am. The weather has been fabulous, althoigh it clouded over a bit this afternoon.

Dinner last night was amazing. Enough food to feed four. I had the recommended prawns and they were fabulous. Gerry had the lamb stew of the day which was excellent and enough to feed four. We managed to eat it all. We ran into a friend from Montrel so it was doubly fun.

The beaches here are amazing. Tall sandstne cliffs with steps down to coves that are beautiful. The place is full of brits. All you here is english. My cold is improving and we are heading off to Seville tomorrow. I wouldnçt buy a place here ...way to english, and pretty expensive, but it is really pretty. Have to run, we are grilling some fish, salad and sweet potatoes. I am starving. Then out to a pub for karioke.

Talk later

Monday, October 26, 2009

Monday October 26

The chicken and Sangria was great. The young staff at the hostel were really wonderful. They have their hands full with the some of the young people passing through though...they appear to be there to party only, and sometimes this goes on all night. Not much sleep last night!!! We are at a great hostel in Lagos. We took the bus down this morning from Lisbon and just spent the afternoon at the beach...all the young girls are curled up in front of the TV watching a movie. It is georgous out...go to the beach!!! I guess they are resting up for tonight.

Today was a good day to lay low as I have caught a nasty cold..hope I will be feeling better by tomorrow. Poor me.

Not much to ,a rather quiet day as things go. I think we will dine out this evening and go to some of the other beaches tomorrow. There is a bar-b-cue here so we wioll go to the market tomorrow and get some nice fish to grill. Hope the weather is good at home and everybody is busy decorating for Halowe'en.

Until next time.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday October 25

Another big day in Lisbon. We went out to Sintra. A lovely town where the wealthy obvious;y live. Think Unionville or Hudson. Really pretty. Curvy cobblestone streets, great street art and beautiful architecture. It is a good hike up to the castle and the palace at Pena. 6 kilometres to be exact. Uphill. It is a lovely palace . Not ostentacious...think of your grandmother]s house. Te walk up took us about an hour and a half, and then we found the path down..about half an hour. We had lunch in Sintra. You see tourists or rich Portuguese.

Back at te hostel. We are going to eat their dinner tonight. Now the h is not working. Oh well beggars can[t be choosers. Still having problem;s with the apostrophe. Tonight is grilled chicken and sangria for 6 euros. Sounds good to me. I will report back. Off to te Algrve on te bus at 9 tomorrow morning.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Saturday, October 24

First off we gain an extra hour very favourite night of the year. They also celebrate Hallowe'en here, and just like at home they are busy putting up all the Christmas lights on the streets. I couldn't figure out what they were doing, the weather does not say Christmas. About 24 today and sunny.

Great day in Lisbon. We didn't get up until 8...those yung people were just as quiet as church mice. They prepared us a nice breakfast of scrambled eggs and toast and we were off. First stop , the expo 98 site where they have a fabulous oceanarium.. the finest I have ever been in. Off to Belem after to eat famous pastries (I wouldn't make a secial trip to Portugal for them, but they were good) A really good modern art gallery with a couple of very interesting installations. A long ride around the city on the trolley and we were bagged. The subway here is so incredibly easy. All colour~coded, new, clean and pretty. They give new meaning to busking here. A guy on the subway playing the accordian with his dog on his shoulder.

Tonight is all the beer you can drink until the keg is empty for 2 euros. This is followed by a bar crawl. We are taking a pass. We ate in. Bar~-b-cued chicken and salad. We were starving and it was delicious. Off to bed early. Greetings from Portugal.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday October23

It has taken me ten minutes on the computer just to get here. A mac, a different keyboard, and a moronic operator. We took the high speed train from Porto to Lisbon today. A comfortable fast ride. I read julia Child-s My Life In France and enjoyed every word. I don]t want to ditch it I enjoyed it so much. I have no idea where the apostrophe is, and the o doesn-t really wrk. We are at a hstel that comes very highly rated. We are at least 20 years , OK maybe 30years older than the next youngest guest. They are all here drinking beer. I thought that they came t Prtugal to see the city, but Gerry informs me that they are preparing to go out at eleven. I guess they won't be too impressed when I get up at 6. The location is fabulous mind you, right on the most central street paved in tiles.

We went for a big walk and up to the castle.It is another beautiful city with tiled buildings, red roofs and cobbled streets. We decided to stop in for a glass of wine at a really neat little bar in the middle f a vintage shop. They only served a traditional sparkling white, very tasty.

They are offering dinner at the hostel this evening. Typical barbecued sausage and cheese with wine for 6 euros. You can't beat that,,,even n the camino. We are in a room fr 6. I guess we don;t have to worry about snoring since everyone is under 20. We may have t re-think our accomodation in Lagos mind you. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thursday October 22

A huge overnight storm and morning rain gave way to sunshine at about nine twenty. We are the only guests at the hostel at the moment and the morning worker came in and laid out a beautiful breakfast for us. After stuffing ourselves to the gills we set out to explore the city more.
We headed over to the other side of the river where all the port holding takes place. We wandered the cobblestone paths and finally arrived on the the doorstep of Graham's Port. We had a tour and tasting from a beautiful Portuguese gal who spoke fabulous english and entertained us with stories of being a young student in Portugal. We heADED BACK OVER THE RIVER AND WANDERED INTO A TINY LITTLE RESTAURANT FORSOME AUTHENTIC FOOD. Oops didn't mean that. The keys on this computer have all been changed around and it is very difficult to find a comma, dash or apaostrophe.

Back to the hostel to do a little research on Lisbon, and out again. We have the city down pat. No real food store near here unfortunately so I used up the rest of the pasta, made a dreary sauce with tomatoes and tuna, no anchovies to be found, and we ate in again. Marta showed up to take some pictures and we are off to bed shortly. Tomorrow we leave for three days in Lisbon. I will keep you posted. Until then...keep well.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

We truly are no longer pilgrims. We went out for dinner last night with friends; the same place we went the night before with more friends, then it is over. Everyone stays on an extra day and goes to mass to catch up with those who are a day apart, and so three days of walking gets covered. And then it is truly don't know a soul coming in and it is over.

We met a friend for breakfast and then hoofed it over to the bus station and caught a bus for Porto, Portugal. Porto is old and beautiful, but it has been raining today and it sure puts a damper on sightseeing. Tomorrow we will visit a couple of the port producers and see a bit more of the city.Then it is off to Lisbon on Friday.

The hostel is lovely. Much better than our home, and a whole lot cleaner. It was tough to find but worth it. We have a private room that is brand new, and there is only one other person staying here. Tomorrow we will be the only ones. There is a brand spanking new state of the art kitchen and so we made dinner tonight. We have spent a lot of time out and it was great to eat in. Just boring old pasta, but all the ingredients including a bottle of wine cost us 4 euros. It seems to be even cheaper here than in Spain. The gal who works here is artist and exchange student from Latvia. She will photograph me tomorrrow and do a painting of me for a school project.

They have free internet here with laptops supplied. It's great. As well they are providing free breakfast in the morning. Luxury like we haven't experienced.

I will update tomorrow.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tuesday October 20

We arrived in Santiago yesterday. We are pilgrims no more. We stayed Sunday night in Lavacolla at a hotel so that we would be in shooting distance of Santiago in he morning. It was not a pilgrim friendly destination but there were eight of us so they had to put up with us. We made the 10 or 11 k walk in the morning...Sunday seems to be hunting day in Spain, and it is a little eerie to walk through the woods with guns going off. We made it to the pilgrim office, got our Compestelas, no purgatory for us, well maybe not for Gerry, they tell me that protestants still go to purgatory for 900 years..please. We found a place to stay, went to the Cathedral, Gerry made confession and took communion, we hugged St. James, visited the crypt and with our pilrim duties completed, we visited with our friends.

We met at 6pm for wine, pictures and fun. It was great to see everyone again. Then we had dinner at 8 at a great restaurant and went back to the Parador with a Canadian couple that we have spent some time with, for a nightcap. It was great to swap stories and to hear everyone elses highs and lows.

We are spending the day in Santiago today, and will head off to Portugal tomorrow. It gives us a day to catch our breath and to make some plans. It has been a wonderful wonderful run with many happy memories.

We will meet with friends again today, and then we are on our own again. A bientot.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday October 16

Quiet day. left Potomarin about 7:30 and wandered along the sandy paths to Palais del Rais. We hadn´t really planned on coming this far, but somehow missed our planned destination. Easy walk in the cool weather. There was actually frost on the puddles this morning, but we seem to have brought enough gear. The albergue is not perfect but they gave us a private yah.
We had a great dinner with a Canadian friend and a new one from Brazil. Back at the albergue, Gerry is having a brandy, under 2 euros and to bed.
Only about 68 k`s left.

Buen Camino

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thursday October 15

The albergue in Sarria turned out to be quite lovely. When we arrived back from dinner they had made a lovely fire in the garden, and were serving an assortment of liquers for people to get together and chat. Very nice.

The walk today was the best yet. It is really not describable. Just beautiful. We were chatting about it while we can tell people about the blisters, the aches and pains, the great food, the wonderful people, the incredible scenery....but at the end of the day it is a feeling, a feeling that is really special.

Again today was through all the tiny farms. The sheep and goats, all the cattle, and a myriad of dogs. Immense chestnut trees, mighty oaks, and loaded apple trees.

Today we are in Portomarin. I thought that I would be smart and try the municipal albergue. Big mistake. Dirty sheets, dirty bathrooms and a kitchen devoid of even one utensil. We had a shower and left. We are at a private albergue now and it is 100% better.

Portomarin is on a lake, and is really quite pretty. The water level is unbelievably low though. We are going in search of a bite to eat and the fixins for dinner...the kitchen here is fairly well equipped. We are down to 89 kilometres to go. Hard to believe really.

Will keep you posted. Buen Camino

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wednesday October 14

We had a quiet night last evening in Fonferiaa. just sat in the lounge and chatted with an interesting couple from South Africa and one from Ireland. It was an early night. I had to check very carefully for bedbugs as they have been a problem on the Camino...there was a big can of bugsparay on the shelf when we arrived. People are getting eaten alive..well maybe not, but still not very pleasant.

The walk today was`probably the best yet. We left at the crack of dawn, upsetting many pilgrims, but the stars were once again unbelievable, and the landscape as the sun came up was spectacular. A quilt of every colour of green imaginable dotted with the lights of the homes in the tiny hamlets. The walk was along dirt paths shaded with deciduous trees that passed through every tiny farm along the way. Chickens, pigs, sheep, cows, it was fab. There are also two horses doing the camino. Really neat. They have riders of course.

We are in sarria tonight. we were the only ones in our room for a long time, but I see know that we have roommates.

The leg was pretty good today. I am really thankful that it is not tendonitis, you should see what some of the people are going through. I am healing up quite nicely and Spanish drugs are cheap and plentiful.

Until tomorrow.

Buen Camino

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tuesday October 13

Today we are in ?...a very tiny farm village but a nice private albergue.

The walk from Villafrance yesterday was along the highway to start, but then along the river through lovely tiny villages. Everyone was in holiday mode, ambling from town to town stopping at all the cafes along the way to drink coffee and chat. We arrived in Ruitilan where the rubber hits the road...walk up the mountain to O´ceibraro or stay. We stayed. A lovely albergue where the hospitalero provided a delicious dinner of soup, salad and pasta carbonara, a warm bed with explicit instructions not to let our feet touch the floor until seven am when Ave Maria was played, and a hot breakfast of coffee, juice, toast and muesli. We ran into some Aussie friends and a good time was had by all.

My internet doctor has diagnosed my leg problem as a stress fracture. He says that I must rest it for 6 to 8 weeks and then I can push. I can go about my regular routine which is of course walking. Unfortunately I have to hang up my pointe shoes for a bit, but that bodes well for my understudy. LOL. The walking today wasn`t too bad. I can control the pain for a certain amount with paracetemol, and then I stop.

Galicia is absolutely beautiful and the walk today was spectacular. You have to see it to believe it. Undulating hills with beautiful little villages nestled in their crooks. it is as I imagine Ireland. The closer we get to the end the less pressure we feel to walk long distances is as if we don`t want it to end. But end it will.

Until next time,

Buen Camino

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday, October 11

We are in Villafranca del Bierzo today. A beautiful town in an up and coming wine region. It is a long week-end in Spain as well so the town is humming. I took the bus today from Poferrada to give my leg a rest. It is an awful feeling. You become a walking junkie, and stopping is horrible. I am more exhausted from sitting around than I am from walking. There has been a bed-bug problem at the albergue so I am crossing my fingers.

I walked about 18k´s from Rabanal but could not go one step further. Not only was I in pain, but my leg was on fire. We got to the bar and I thought how am I going to ask the lady to call me a cab when who should appear but our little Brazilian friend who speaks Spanish...he got it all organized and saved the day. The most beautiful taxi arrived. A white merces Benz with leather interior and a smartly dressed driver who could not have been nicer. He took me to Poferrada where I found a pharmacy and stocked up. My concern was coming into the long week-end with everything closed and no ibuprofen. Out for dinner in Ponferrada, a not very good pilgrim meal but fun company and a good time.

We will see what tomorrow holds. I will try walking and see how it goes. I don´t think that I will make the 30 k`s as planned, but we will play it by ear. There is a Parador here and we are going to pay it a visit today. We made an inquiry about two nights at the Parador in santiago when we finish...788 euros . I don´t think so. Oh well.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. I hope everyone has a wonderful day off. The weather here is spectacular today. Must be in the high 20´s. Again, enjoy.

Buen Camino

Friday, October 9, 2009

Friday October 9

Today we are in Rabanal de camino. A lovely old town with nothing here. I have a very bad leg, shin splints I think, that makes walking excruciating painful. I was hoping for a pharmacy with ibuprofen and a wrap, but no such luck. Fortunately someone gave me some ibuprofen, and I was able to wrap a scarf around my leg. I will see how it goes tomorrow. I will walk as long as I can and then try to grab a bus or taxi. Problem is we are in the middle of nowhere and we don´t speak the language. There is a Spanish family having dinner as I write this, mother father and three kids, and even though I can´t understand a word they are saying, the body language and the arguments with the kids are universal, so maybe I will be able to figure it out after all.

One more San Martin story for the road. Gerry hemmed and hawed about buying walking sticks before we left Toronto...he decided against it. InLeon Gerry hemmed and hawed about buying one walking stick...he visited the store twice...he decided against it. At the supermarket in San martin they had broomstick handles for 2 euros...he has a walking stick!

Up the mountain tomorrow. I will keep you posted on the leg. So much for feeling rightous about no blisters.

Buen Camino

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Thursday October 8

Today we are in Astorga. A lovely lovely city. Gerry likes it second to Pamplona. We just finished dinner on the balcony overlooking the city and environs as the sun went down and the lights came on...spectacular.

San Martin was as I remember it. Ugly. What I had forgotten was the it is on the highway like a small Ontarion town on highway 7 or 11, non-stop trucks. Three of us for dinner. Gerry, me, and an American from Alaska that follows some Taoist religion that finds them communing in absolute pitch darkness for three weeks at a time. he said he was an ex dentist...who really knows on the camino. It may be our imagination, but it seems to be getting a bit quieter.

Today was a lovely walk along red clay undulating paths through every shade of green imaginable. The geraniums are still in bloom, but barely. the weather was lovely. Once again cool in the early morning and t-shirts as the sun rises higher in the sky. We saw on Spanish TV that we should have sun at least for the next three days.

We are going to put in a light day tomorrow...about 21k.Until then

Buen Camino.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Wednesday, October 7

We have arrived in San Martin del camino. We should have saved our mulligan!! Today it poured. Not poured. Thunder, lightening, the whole nine yards. Our feet were not wet, they were swimming along the camino. We could pour the water out of our boots. So much for goretex. It is kind of like our health care system-works great if you don´t need it. LOL. The algergue has no hot water and no toilet paper-not one of the better days.

By cheating yesterday we caught up with our young friends and were able to spend a couple of hours together. Gerry and I went out for dinner alone though. He chose the place. Turned out the food was fabulous. The best calamari ever. The glass of wine was an excellent local, served at the perfect temperature in beautiful stemware. The place was tres chic. No pilgrim meal for us last night. Yum.

But it was back to reality at the monestary. They separate the men and woman, but since we were married we got to stay in the married quarters. Be careful what you wish for. An obnoxius Aussie woman drove Gerry crazy.

We are slowly warming up. Time for a glass of wine. Things are looking up already.

Buen Camino

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tuesday October 5

We are in Leon today. We cheated a little and took the bus through the outskirts. We were just tired of the straight gravel path, the drizzly weather, and the boring landscape. The hospitalero gave us a bit of grief but we told him that we did walk 20 kms. Leon is a beautiful city and we are out exploring. I have completely walked through my insoles and was able to replace them today.

Yesterdays walk to El Burgo Ranero was straight and boring, but it was a bit overcast and there was a lovely breeze so the 30 k didn´t seem so bad. Quite a lot of the people we have been hanging with took the train from Sahugan to Leon yesterday. One of the Italian fellows has been having such a time with his feet that he finally decided to see the doctor. The Canadian couple gave themselves a dayy off, at the Parador, no less and the little danish girl who wasn´t feeling so well took the train as well. Sahagun is a lovely stop on the way, and the cafe has the best pastry and cookies.

El Burgo Ranero is not much to look at. We made a salad and ate in. I decided to visit the Oki Doki pharmacy to get some cream for my bites, which now look like leprosy. The pharmacist took one look and told me to see the doctor. I don´t think so. I have been dousing them with alcohol and they are looking much better.

Back to real walking tomorrow. I will keep you posted.

Buen Camino

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sunday, October 4

This will be quick. We are in temprillos del camino (i think). No matter how far or how little you walk, the last hour or hour and a half is brutal. It was actually a great walk today. Cool mornings, and then t-shirts as the sun rises higher in the sky.

Yesterday in Carrion dos le condes we really lucked out at the monastery. A room to ourselves!!!
We ate a pilgrim meal sitting in the beautiful courtyard and it was eary to bed. Gerry has kicked up a nasty blister on his baby toe, so there was some whing, OK not much, but some. I have some really nasty bug bites on the backs of my knees. I am so paranoid about bed-bugs, but I am pretty sure I got these peeing in the woods.

A rather uneventful Sunday. Absolutely everything shuts down on Sundays in Spain so we had to pick up a few supplies yesterday to get us through the day. Gerry bought a case of small kleenex packages...thought it was better than a huge pack of toilet paper. Needless to say we have been handing them out like candy!

It is a whole new group of pilgrims...rather odd. Most are faces that we haven´t seen before, but we chum with an American gal and a couple from Calgary. The Calgary couple are going to take the train tomorrow to Leon, so we probably won´t see them again. Until next time.

Buen Camino

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Saturday, October 3

Boadilla was great. The owner has creayed a lovely respite in the middle of a dusty meseta, and he really caters to the pilgrims. Granted, there is absolutely nothing else happening in the village. Gerry and I had a good nights sleep for once.

Today we are in Carrion de los condes. We are staying at the monestery. We lucked in to a room for two. What a luxury. No snoring. We just had a beer with some friends. A really great couple from Calgary, a gal from Montana, and a couple of Australians. Unfortunately they are all about our age...we miss the young ones. The brazilians are here drinking copious amouts of beer, but they are young and crazy and will push on.

The walk from Fromista was easy but boring. There are concret posts along a straight gravel path every one hundred feet marking the way. Where are the waymarkers when you need them? As well, it counts down the kiñometres. 15, 14, 13 etc., talk about destination obsessed. it is so not pilgrimigy. We will eat in tonight. Typical fare. Bread, cheese, tomato, olives, cured meats and tuna. I also bought some tinned octopus...I will probably be the only one to partake.

I am happy to get the internet. It is not readilly (?) can`t figure this word out at all, available and extremely slow. Tomorrow is a long walk in the wasteland, and so I don´t think that there will be internet available.

We have been discussing Canadian Thanksgiving and I will keep you posted. Until then.

Buen Camino

Friday, October 2, 2009

Friday, October 2

We are in Boadilla today. A lovely albergue with a swimmimg pool , greem grass, and lovely gardens. Our pack just stopped by, but they are continuing on. 30 k is enough for us.

Burgos was a lovely city. it is a brand new albergue behind the cathedral. There were bunk beds in cubby holes..almost private, but the best thing was....each bed had a light...what luxury. we went out for a beer and the waitress dumped the whole thing over Gerry. No apology, no free beer, and she didn´t even bother to mop up the mess. While we awere sitting there a guy came up and took out the gargbage bags from the bin, opened them up, and then started eating the food remains. I wanted to offer him something, but he was crazy and I don´t speak the language so I didn´t. I feel badly about that.
We went on a train ride around the city. it would have been great except that we couldn´t hear a word. the Spaniards yapped all through the english part, and even if I did shut them up with my shushushing we had a kid behind us who screamed the whole time. Delightful.
We gathered a gang for dinner hanging around the cathedral and found am upstairs of a restaurant that would accomadate the sixteen of us. A great time was had by all.

Off to Hantanas yesterday. it is a popular pilgrim stop in the middle of nowhere. You walk and walk and walk and walk...and then just over the lip of the hill is a tiny town nestled in a valley. It has two albergues and a two bars and we ran into our friend from montreal as well as our young pack and many laughs later we rolled into bed. the kids are pushing on and we probably won´t see them again.

Great walk today.

Must run.

Buen Camino