Day 27

Two spectacular days of walking – fantastic views and scenery. We are staying in Samos across the road from the Benedictine Monastery – We could have stayed in the Monastery for a donation only but I decided that I didn’t want to sleep on a bunk bed in a dormitory for 70 people.

So day 27 over and we are closer to the 100km – it will be all over soon. I never thought I would get this far and in such good spirits – surprise!!

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Day 24

We are at a lovely Albergue in Pieros and now have less than 200km to go. We are in a quiet, rural Spanish village away from the hustle and bustle of marching pilgrims and the cyclists. The weather is hot getting to about 40 degrees and so we only managed just under 20 km today. In the next day or so we will cross the final mountain range and begin our descent to Santiago. It’s going to get busy as many want to be in Santiago for the festival of St James on the 25th.

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Day 14, 15 and 16

Day 14 – I just can’t quite remember….

Day 15 started with a 17km stretch of nothing. So glad I downloaded a trashy summer reading audio novel to pass the time. We stopped in a lovely Albergue and even managed to get our own room at 10€ each – although the bathrooms were communal and mixed! We had a lovely afternoon and evening exchanging stories of pilgrims we had met on the way. We seem to be walking with the same set of people for the past few days. Our favourites are Michel (22) and his mother who are from Vienna. Everyone has a story and a reason to do the Camino – retirement, death in family, dumped by boyfriend, chucked in the job…we probably have the least profound reason…just going for a walk?!

Day 16 was not the most inspiring of walks today but we are in a pretty good hostel – the hierarchy is hotel, hostel, pension, albergue. Now having a cool beer, some green olives while waiting for dinner at 8

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