Camino de Santiago 19

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Today started out creepy. I got up and walked out of the alburgue into the dark. That’s what I do every morning. It’s dark, the streets are completely empty, and the old medieval villages are just creepy to walk through at this hour. But I do it. What made today worse was at the edge of the creepy town was the creepy, sleepy hollow, headless horseman woods that I had to go through. I literally paused at the entrance and said to myself you’ve got to be kidding me. I looked to see if any other pilgrims were coming but no, not a soul.

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So I turned on my iPhone flashlight app and began walking, fast, through the creepy forest. When it finally ended I was relieved. Ecstatic even. It was after all Friday the 13th!

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I was walking to Astorga. The route today was boring at first. It was mostly by a busy road. I was surprised that I walked the entire day and hardly saw anyone. So I started taking fun shadow pictures.

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My shadows name is Skylar and she’s got a bit of an eccentric personality. More on her in a later blog.

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About midway along I came to this cool bridge with a jousting area and a bar overlooking the field. So I sat and ate breakfast. It was really nice and pleasant. Puffy cloud were building in the sky and I was slowly starting to climb up the foothills.

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Just outside of town was a split. I could choose to continue to follow the road or I could veer off into the country. I chose the countryside and I am glad I did. It was such a beautiful day.

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I eventually came across this random drink stand run by a fairly good looking Spanish dude. It was just in the middle of nowhere. So I drank a little juice, deposited some coins, and headed onward.

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Astorga sits on a hill. It kinda reminded me of Edinburgh, Scotland. The alburgue I stayed in was really nice. I was in a room of only 4. I went to the main square for a snack that turned into a huge meal. I though that they over fed us in the USA. I can assure you that Spain has taken it to the next level.

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I went out and explored the Guadi house and cathedral.

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Then I met up with my friend John, someone I didn’t think I’d see again but there he was standing outside the cathedral. So we went to have dinner together. But I wasn’t hungry because of the massive chicken I ate earlier so I drank green tea. Other friends joined us and a guy did magic tricks for us. Then we all parted ways and I have no idea if I’ll see any of them again. That’s how things are on the Camino, you just never know who you will run into or meet next.

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Day 20: Cheap

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  1. That Guadi house looks incredible…stuff of storybooks!

    Very cool

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