Pilgrim Mass and visiting Santiago`s Tomb

I don’t like “Santiago” very much. The old city is very beautiful, but I sense an “odd” atmosphere here. It is a city based around pilgrimage, but in shops you will often find “pagan” symbols, next to statues of “Santiago”. There is a relentless selling culture, and...

Day 40: Barcial del Barco to Benavente, 14 km

Last night before bed, I decided to get some advice from “Paco” the “Hospitilero”, regarding the route tomorrow. My plan was to leave at 4 am, taking the road, instead of the pilgrim path to “Benavente”. I did not want to get lost in the darkness !!! “Paco” took one...

Day 39: Granja de Moreruela to Barcial del Barco, 17.5 km

I left “Granja del Moreruela” at 8 am. The Italian pilgrim “Simone”, kindly asked, if I would I join him, at the “Bar Tele-Club” for breakfast. I politely declined, as I was not happy with how, I had been treated yesterday. I just wanted to leave this town !!! It was...

Day 38: Riego del Camino to Granja de Moreruela, 6.7 km

I decided to “slow” things down today, and to only go 6.7 km, to “Granja de Moreruela”. It`s coming to the end of my “Camino”, and I wanted to reflect on my experiences. Fortunately “Bar Pepe” was open. This was the “Bar”, I had visited yesterday. I had a “Cafe con...

Day 37: Montamarta to Riego del Camino, 15.7 km

I left this morning at 8 am. I did not sleep well at all. The windows and doors of the “Albergue” were closed last night, and it was very  hot and “stuffy”. I also had a minor bout of “diarrhea”, which did not help matters at all !!!. The...

Day 36: Zamora to Montamarta, 18 km

I left this morning at 7.30 am. I promptly took a wrong turn, thinking the “Camino”, must go past the Cathedral !!!. It was nice to see, at this time of the morning, as there was a “sense” of the old church.                     As I retraced my...

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