Palas de Rei- Meride
A detour on the Camino
We woke this morning to another beautiful Galician day with only a few miles to walk, 8 to be exact. We slept in, had a late breakfast, and headed out around 10 in the am. We saw a sign on the trail to visit a castle that we could see from our hotel… Well that was too much temptation on a short day. We ended up crossing some streams, hopping from rock to rock, and making it through a muddy bog to arrive at the promised castle, which was closed until 12. We counted it a victory to get there, and started walking back. To avoid the bog, we walked on the road, and ended up walking right next to our hotel, so we added an extra 4 miles to our planned 8… but we got to see a cool castle. That is the joy of the Camino.
A real Sun-day
I remember one of my favorite quotes by GK Chesterton, he wrote, “Here ends another day, during which I have had eyes, ears, hands and the great world around me. Tomorrow begins another day. Why am I allowed two?” Today was that kind of day. It was sunny again as we walked through wooded trails and narrow paths with cows, how are we allowed another of these? Grace upon grace!
The book of the Camino
The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry. I found it at our local library (on-line, isn’t that amazing, even in Spain I can check out books) in a search about pilgrimage. It looked to be well recommended. I was hooked from the beginning. Strong plot, likeable characters, and very well written. It was a very good read for our journey and I would pass it along to anyone wanting to get a deeper insight into this pilgrim thing.
A slight mishap on the Camino
Today at mile 7 we stopped at an open cafe. We bought our beers, went to the bathroom, and then when it was time to pay, I realized that I had left all the money in my vest, which was packed away and on the way to our next hotel. We had downed 2 beers and did not even have the 2 euro to pay for them. We felt horrible. The 2 older owners were fine and told us not to worry about it. Not paying though, is not our style. We walked the 4 miles to Melide, got our money, and caught a cab back to the cafe where I passed on a 5 to the bar in return for their kindness. Our 2 euro beers ended up costing 13 with the cab ride, ah well, at least we were paid up. Anyways, that might be just a bit over what we’d have paid in the states?
The magic of the Camino
The specialty in Galicia is Pulpo, special boiled and cut octopus that one eats with toothpicks. We heard that Melide was the place to try it. After our cab ride to pay our debt, we settled in at the Pulperia Ezequiel to try this special treat. The place was family style seating and was very big. It seemed to be packed with locals all spending Sunday afternoon at the Pulperia. The place was literally buzzing. Laurie is not usually an adventurous eater, but the Camino seems to have gotten to her and she was game. We sat down to 2 glasses of Rioja vino tinto (local red wine) and a steaming plate of Pulpo, and finished it all, with Laurie eating her share. Camino magic is a beautiful thing.
Random thoughts from Laurie…
OK- I’m going to need some kind of an award when I get back… and NOT because of the walking! I have tried very hard to get into a Camino mindset. One foot in front of the other… positive attitude…taking time to look back and appreciate where we have been… no crying or complaining…accepting whatever this day brings…being adventurous. But did you all read what Doug just wrote?? Octopus people – I ate OCTOPUS 🐙!! You can try and make it sound better and call it Pulpo…but that doesn’t change what it is. To top it off, it looked like Octopus. They did nothing to try and disguise it, just cut it all up with scissors. Doug was like wow Laurie you should get meat and potatoes as a reward for your bravery. And I was like- how long have you known me? How about Mac and Cheese or a PB&J? That was a very “adult” thing to try and I need some good honest toddler food now!! Honestly though – it wasn’t that bad. The taste was pretty good as long as I closed my eyes. Seeing it made it harder. Just one more thing about which I can raise my hands in the air and exclaim- “Did It!” #feelingproud😂