Paulo, Marc also have sore feet...Paulo's feet are starting to look like an Egyptian's mummy while Marc continues to have heel pain in both feet...he has tried various approaches to improving things however with limited success I think.
Yesterday afternoon we went out for cervezas after the normal arrival routine...
|Paulo and Malte|
|Tapas - Calamari and Potato croquette|
|Potatoes from La Rioja region|
|Sausage and potato stew|
|Fries and Pork tenderloin in bacon|
|Chocolate cake with delicious whipped cream|
|Open air concert|
Finally we stopped for a quick cerveza round, courtesy Malte, before calling it a day. You may be getting the impression that food and drink is all we do...NOT so we also walk and sleep!
This morning we walked to Azofra for an hour or so before having desayuno...
|Seriously that's all they had...breakfast/desayuno!|
Paulo tells me that going waist high is ok and that everyone does it...no problem! He has invited Dawn and I to come to Recife to have one of his famous 7 hour lunches followed by a swim...lunch sounds great!
I continue to meet interesting people on the Camino and of course we meet again people from previous days. Today I met Jean-Francois from Montreal Canada who came up to us and asked if we were the Canadians...he had heard about the Canadian lapel pins so I gave him one.
Coming into Santo Domingo de la Calzada I walked for half hour or so with Fernando a pilgrim from Spain who is walking parts of the Camino Frances for the fourth time. An IT consultant from Madrid he provided me with a perspective of Spain and it's current financial struggles...in his estimation it will take a minimum 10 years to move out of the current economic crisis which has 25% unemployment and a severe housing bubble. This was very much in evidence as we walked through what can only be described as a ghost town in Ciruena.
I very much enjoyed learning more about Spain and sharing information about Canada...of course I gave Fernando and likely a dozen others through the day Canadian lapel pins.
After a quick lunch Paulo, Marc and I bid Malte goodbye...so glad to have had the chance to meet Malte but equally sad to part ways. I wish him well in his future endeavours...bright, nice young guy with a lot of potential. A few pictures from the day...
|Never closer...only 582 kms to go!|
|Pilgrims on the move|
|A not so nice stretch of walking!|
|From all over the world...going to Santiago de Compostela|
We are currently staying in the Hostal El Chocolatero...we have spoiled ourselves with a room for three. Tomorrow we are targeting San Juan Ortega and staying in the monastery there...which is another 34 kms day.
We are trying to work backwards from a number of dates which is causing some longer days and a few shorter days... Marc is working hard on the plan...we need to think things through to ensure we reach Santiago without undue effort...uhmm. We will find a Way!