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Day 31, Barbadelo


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The morning walk was foggy. Apparently, there are beautiful views along that stretch, but all I saw were cows and mist. The trees were dripping like rain with the morning moisture. Pintin is a welcome stop and I'm sitting inside for warmth. I've ordered an omelette with bacon and an OJ, which just arrived and is huge. The food is excellent, too.

At about noon, I stopped in Sarria. First, to replace my waist bag at the only shop open on a Sunday and, then for a snack of toast with ham and tomato and some hot water to stave off the chill of the day. A bit hard with my feet bare, but the cold felt good on the feet.

Now, I'm going off to Barbadelo...

The walk to Barbadelo was through a nice wood that I didn't fully appreciate until the sun finally came out. Now I am sitting in the Terrace restaurant after having sat for an hour with my feet in the swimming pool and my KC ball cap turned around to keep the sun off the back of my neck.

I'm having a 1906 being la mas negra of their beer choices. It's more of a tostada, but not bad - it has some colour & flavor and is often available so I can ask for it by name, or rather by number.

I'm planning on trying the Galicia meal tonight which includes mussels (famous here) and beef or pork. The pork is listed as "pork secrets" - not sure if that's a good or a bad sign. This is a very nice albergue, but the swimming pool was the deal maker. Glad it came up early before I'd paid for somewhere else.

I have started on the last leg, the section that everyone says is too busy and full of tour groups. Given the light traffic so far, I don't know if it will be as bad as predicted.

I saw Ingrid (Denmark) in the bar in Sarria. We had talked in Vega de Valcarce about their plans to attend a mass with the botafumeiro and they were planning on arriving on Sunday using a combo of walking and buses. I advised that the borafumeiro (huge incense burner) was only at the mass on Friday nights and that it was necessary to walk all of the last 100k in order to receive a Compostela (completion certificate).

My suggestion, which she followed (with thanks), was to cab from O Cebreiro to Sarria and then take the 5 days to walk to Santiago, making sure to get at least two stamps per day in the credenciel. That way they will see the botafumeiro on Friday night and earn their Compostela.

I am looking forward to seeing many of the people I've been walking with at the Friday night mass; we'll have to get there early!

I'm really happy that I took the extra effort yesterday and am back on my planned schedule. More later. I'll tell you about dinner.

View of Sarria

View of Sarria

Marker for Sarria

Marker for Sarria

Cows and mist

Cows and mist

Feet in the pool

Feet in the pool

Posted by Deb Godley 17:43 Archived in Spain

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