12.06.2011 - 12.09.2011
Today there is another alternate route, and this one I would recommend even if it does cost your feet a whole 6km in tiredness and possible blisters. It's beautiful, green, and the normal route follows a highway which sounds boring. The landscape is amazing, more greens than in a Derwent colour pack. Tracks of vineyards and village after village are tucked away in the cleavage of the country. It's actually impossible to buy a bad bottle of red wine here, (I've tried), they are all good and all cheap, oh Spain!
When I stop today my feet are swollen and sore. The one with the blister is bright red and the other resembles a small elephant more than a human limb. Thankfully there is a French comedian (goldmine!) staying in the hostel so I spend more time laughing than thinking about my feet. “Une blague, une blague s'il te plaît!”
“A boy, Christopher, and his mother are in the kitchen. He says 'Mum, I want some chocolate.'
'The chocolate is in the cupboard.'
'But mum, I don't have any arms.'
'Well Christopher, no arms, no chocolate.'”
Another favourite is “Have you ever seen an elephant hiding behind a nut? No? That's because they hide them very well.” So many people don't get this but it's brilliant. The secret is in the elephant's rebellious defiance of quantum physics. I can't stop smiling here, I am so happy all of the time. Just to get up and walk everyday, sometimes to talk to people and sometimes not. It's like being in another world. I know very little about news, television, events. There was flooding in Madrid recently which is close, but I didn't hear about it for a week. It's like being in a Camino bubble.