Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Camino Continues

For those of you who are following our progress on a map:
Day 7 Navarette
Day 8 Azofra
Day 9 Granon
Day 10 Villafranca Montes de Oca
Day 11 Cardenuela
Day 12 Burgos
Day 13 Hornillos Del Camino
Day 14 Castrojeriz

We meet people from all over the world.  Here is a list of countries so far:
France, Spain, Germany, England, Ireland, Hungary, Netherlands, Korea, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Brazil, Finland, Mexico, and a scattering of folks from the USA.

By now we have fallen into a typical day.  We usually awake by the sounds of early hikers  packing their backpacks, around 6 a.m. By 6:30, we are up joining them. After getting our things together we will have breakfast of bread, marmelade, yogurt, and tea if a kitchen is available, finish our packing and start walking between 7 and 8 o'clock. We like to stop around 10 in the morning for a coffee con leche (milk) and a goodie. We then hike until noon and start looking for a store to buy something for our lunch. This usually will be bread , cheese, jam, some fruit, and a sweet item.  Our favorite place to eat is on the main plaza of a town or on a park bench along a river. The afternoon is again taken up with walking until 3 to 4 o'clock when we will look for a place to spend the night. On the Camino there are  Albergues where as many as 40-50 people will sleep in one or two rooms.  There are also smaller places run by private groups which offer more services. We shower and wash our clothes every other day, write in our journals and read a bit about the next day to see what we will be facing. In some of the Albergues, a communal meal will be offered where we all eat together at long tables. Otherwise we look for a restaurant that offers a Pilgrim Meal, a salad, main dish, dessert, bread, and wine or water for a set price. We sometimes join our old and new friends to make a simple meal if a kitchen is available. By 8:30, we are getting ready for bed and try to be putting in our ear plugs by 9 o'clock. We sleep well even in a room of snoring!

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