Camino de Santiago 3

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Bueno mi amigos!

Today is day 3 of my Camino. I am currently sitting in a bar with excellent wifi, drinking Sangria with my new friends Abby and Sarah. We are watching the Euro Cup and it’s Spain versus Portugal. The two countries I am visiting on this trip. Hard to decide who to root for.

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You may recall that I was feeling tired and sore last night. Well, not much has changed. But my spirits are bright and I’m really enjoying my sangria.

The day started early at 6:30. We wanted to head out early before the heat. I felt surprisingly good but stiff. I slept relatively well with my ear plugs firmly in place.

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Today I was going from Estella to Los Arcos 19km (~13 miles). Today’s trail wasn’t very steep and it was slightly overcast. A perfect day to help my muscles recover.

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I headed out with my California friends (Abby and Sarah). We were eager to get to the next town because they have a fountain of wine. Yes, free wine for the pilgrims.

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We met up with our Portuguese amigos at the wine fountain and decided to do some yoga. Sarah is a yoga instructor. Not sure if wine followed by yoga at 7:30 am followed by a 12 mile hike is good or bad thing.

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After a nice half hour of yoga (BTW I know yoga is something I should do, but it hurts. It’s embarrassing how stiff I am naturally, without walking 10+ miles a day). After our morning stretch we hit the road and here are the pictures of the day.

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We stopped for breakfast in a little town and I had my first cafe con leche. I like coffee but I’m trying to see how caffeine free I can be on this trip. But now that I’ve had coffee, it may difficult for me to stop.

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We also said goodbye to our Portuguese friends. They were only doing the first week of the camino. It is common for people to do it in stages. Tomorrow they head back to Switzerland where they live and work.

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It was sad to see them go because they brought such positive energy to the trail. They called me their american sister and I’ve been invited to Switzerland. Yes, a country I have not been to yet! ;-)

We continued on the trail.

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As you can see the terrain today was rolling hills of wheat and some scrub brush areas. Thank goodness for the overcast skies. We turned the corner and a goat herder with his dog and goats came down the lane.

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And among the herd of white goats was the lone black goat…hmm I know something about that! LOL

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We finally made it to our destination and checked into the alburgue. It was a nice place run by volunteers (previous people who have done the camino and want to give back).

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We stopped at a store on our way to the place. I was cooking myself lunch and dinner. Abby and Sarah are vegetarians…will they eat fish. I think they call themselves pescaterians?? or something like that. So I decided to make a vegetable soup for lunch and pasta with garlic, onion, zucchini, tomato and sauce.

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I also got a much needed massage. The masseuse was surprised by how tight my back and shoulders are. I hope, with some stretching and yoga, I will be able to loosen it up and it will not be an issue. I have a long way to go.

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On the way to watch the soccer match I got a behind-the-scenes tour of the local cathedral. You all know I love architecture. They do an 8pm mass every night just for pilgrims. This church was started around 1000ad and you could clearly see the roman regions. The inside of the church had very intricate baroque carvings and an amazing pipe organ.

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Now I am at the pub watching soccer. It just rained. It will be interesting to see what the weather will be like tomorrow for our 19 miler! Here are my stamps so far. Pretty cool!

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Day 4: Solo

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