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Published: April 18th 2012
We arrived at our first destination at about 7pm dropped of at the bus station and had our first experience at following the yellow arrows and shell signs. The signs that we follow for the rest of our walk.
Made it to the Albergues (pilgrim hostels) some are private and some are municipal which cost about 5 - 7 euro about $10 per night. For that you get to sleep with heaps of other people and share the bathroom and toilet with everyone. Our first one was private called Le Espirite de chemis ( spirit of the way)and run by a Lady called Umberta. Such a warm and lovely woman. We were all made to sit in a circle and tell everyone where we came from and why we were walking.( Me because Jacqui asked me) Then we were fed a lovely soup A spinach and cheese something ....very nice and a yoghurt. Richard bought out a malt wiskey which we all had very sweet and nice....shame it was such a small glass. Every pilgrim meal is standard through out Spain just the quality varies and they are all about 7 euro. A choice of Maccaronie, Soup or Salad followed
by chicken pork or beef with chips then yoghurt fruit or a caramel creme. given in a bought container and always a bottle of the local red wine which is always very drinkable......even got Jacqui drinking half a bottle with me every night and she doesnt even drink red ...not bad for the money. Every one has to be quiet by 10pm and lights are switched of. Like boarding school. All through Spain it is the same and they all stick by the rules. After tea we went across the road to get our official credential ...the caminos passport which has to be stamped where ever you stop to sleep and then we were tucked up in bed by 10 pm.
Up by 6am (which is fairly normal for each day) get the rest of you clothes on as we tend to wear half of them to bed pack up our back packs ...some offer breakfast and some dont...and start walking...Umberta supplied breakfast and lunch ...a bread stick with something like a omlete in it...very tasty....
Our walk to Valcalose was quite hilly and a lot of it was on the main road....they all drive on the wrong
side over here but we are getting use to walking on the wrong side....beautiful sceanery all the way. we had rain and quite cold...but everything is so new and different the time past quickly.
We arrived at about 12-30 to where we decided to stay. There was allready a guy Ole from Holland settled in. Very clean and quite modern place with a washing machine so we made use of it. Later on a girl came along called Nere from Bask... she is only walking over the easter break. Speaks enough english to communicate with.... a lovely girl and full of life.....We went for a walk poured with rain got wet went and had tea made easy to order with Nere knowing the language. Apparently Pilgrims can have tea around 7pm but local dont have theirs until about 9pm as they have lunch around 2.30-3pm....came home and went to bed.
Day one over just to do it all over again...what a way to see Spain
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