19.06.2011 - 19.09.2011
All afternoon I see little notes scribbled and left on the Camino, notes in plastic pockets, wedged underneath rocks or written in chalk on walls and path markers. They continue to appear all the way to Santiago, lots of them are love notes to amorous pellegrinos who have lost each other; “to Anna from Sweden, meet me in Santiago on the 16th of June, I'm not sure if you are in front or behind.” Yes, some of them are pretty funny. It's cute though, I hope they meet again!
As I'm walking along I dream up a computer game. It's a Santiago game, old fashioned dos with really bad graphics. It's a role play, where your health is measured in bocadillos and Compeed. You battle on different terrains and you can gain points for avoiding blisters and being able to speak simple sentences in Spanish. There is a boss at the end of each level, this might be a chicken or a cow, or even Santiago himself. You fight with your hiking sticks and get bonus points for finding hidden yellow arrows and Camino shells...
There is no end to the towns today, plenty of places to stop and have a coffee. The biggest temptation is to stop every five kilometres. I stopped for lunch in a cute little bar where they were showing a cooking video preparing pulpo, but they didn't serve pulpo. Disappointing! The waitress (who is about 72) was wearing a miniskirt so short I could see her grandma undies. Bad combination! Note to self; only wear miniskirts with nice underwear. I wander in to Palas del Rei and stay in the municipal albergue. There are unisex showers here with no doors... ???