I just arrived at my hotel in Santiago and it is beautiful and at a very good rate. I wanted to let you all know that I was safe and sound.
For all those who walked the Camino Frances in May 2008 when I was there, I have a rain story for you. You will certainly remember that we got 18 days of rain out of 31. On the Via de la Plata I have been blessed by negligible rain and thought I might get off scot free but not so!
Yesterday it came down in buckets on my way to Punto Ullo from Silleda. And when I got to PU, at 2 pm I found that Laurie´s recommended pension was closed for the day. One option was to carry on four kms to the next albergue but there was no restaurant there and all the stores were closed for Sunday so I couldn´t even buy anything to cook.
Asking around as to whether there was another place with rooms in PU I got varying answers from no to maybe to yes. Anyway after much roaming I arrived at Bar Juanita soaked to the bone – even the clothes in my backpack had gotten wet through my supposedly waterproof cover! I asked Juanita in the bar for a room and she hesitated as she saw me dripping water over her nice clean floor but then softened and said Si. She took me to a very lovely room where I was estatic with gratitude. The kicker to the story is that shortly after my arrival she closed the bar so that her family could enjoy Sunday afternoon and evening together. If I hadn´t arrived just when I did I would have been out of luck. St James I owe you another one!
Today I had a beautiful walk in cool but sunny weather into Santiago with vistas of valley and mountains almost to the entrance of the city.
I love the Via de la Plata!
I have walked in joy and now I abide in it.