Day 55 – Raindrops keep falling on my head

Heavy showers today and heavy thundery showers for the rest of the week. It had to come.

I enjoyed my final Albergue last night, a really lovely place. I’m booked into the grim sounding Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos in Santiago. It was built in the 15th century as a Royal Hospital for pilgrims by Ferdinand and Isabella and adjoins the cathedral. I will write more about it tomorrow.

Today I’m in a pension about 18km away.  I arrived at 2pm so wet that the owner skipped the formalities and showed me straight to my room. After a hot shower and a change of clothing (into my originally white shirt last washed some weeks ago) I went to check in. A new S had just arrived. She is from Vermont and finished the Camino a few days ago so is going to the airport tomorrow. S speaks Spanish so the owner immediately produced a fine bottle of red wine and 3 glasses and a conversation started during which S threw me the occasional translations. It transpires the owner of the Pension also owns large plantations of eucalyptus trees nearby. A perfect job requiring minimal input but substantial profits.

S and I went out for what is loosely termed lunch after that. Quite a nice soup to start.

hard going today

5 comments on “Day 55 – Raindrops keep falling on my head

  1. Good luck on your last day. Don’t trip up!

  2. Did the pilgrims have to walk home in the olden days. Good luck for the last bit. I remember a big, big hill before going down to Santiago.

    • I guess so. I arrived at the Cathedral as the clock struck eleven. Now I have to kneel down and ask for my Compostela. Did you get one?

      • No, it was just a cycling holiday for Tom, Martyn and me.

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