Tuesday, July 01, 2008


Yes... Spain won the European Soccer Cup! We went to bed early but the news was obvious when all the hooting and tooting started in the roads outside!

Started early today and it was cool to begin with. The last couple of hours getting into Portomarin have been quite warm though- but I gather we might be seeing some of the famous Galician rain tomorrow...
There were some lovely leafy walks down quiet country lanes again today. Coming into Portomarin there was less shade, then we came to a place with flags including a South African one... so Sil... I didn´t see Gordon but I enjoyed one of the cold drinks he provided and left him a note saying hi from you.

The nature of the trail has completely changed after Sarria, as many are just doing the last 100km for their Compostella. Track was crowded!!! And I found that a little hard to handle! However, we quickly found a quieter albergue with a cubicle for 3 that L D and I am sharing. Off for a shower in a minute.

Not sure when I am coming home. Tried to change my flight dates but things are full from Paris via Singapore to NZ all July. So time will tell! Might have to buy a little tent and go camping somewhere.....


  1. Hey Kiwi, please slip me the name of that quiet albergue so I know what to look for when I'm in Triacastela. Thanks. :)

    Sounds like you're having a great time! Buen Camino!

  2. Go home via England and you can come and stay with us.

  3. kiwinomad MargaretJuly 03, 2008 12:04 am

    Kelly, there are about five private albergues in Triacastela and I am not sure that mine was any better than any of the others. If you stay in Sarria I recommend Don Alvaro... lovely atmosphere.

    Lorenzo.... thank you for the offer, but Paris and Singapore are fixed points on my ticket... am hoping something will come up sometime... I am ready for a big blob out time and am longing for my own bed!!!

  4. Hey Kiwi,
    we spent a lovely couple of hours with Gordon on the 29th June just outside of Portomarin but I didn't get his address. You didn't note it by any chance as I'd love to drop him a line to thank him for his kind hospitality.

    I walked from Astorga to Santiago and I can say without doubt it was the best thing I have ever done, the people I meet with on teh way were just so special. I hope your way was equally good.


  5. Hi Derville,
    No, we never actually saw Gordon the day we stopped there. But it was really hot, and we were glad of a cool drink there!
    Have you ever seen the English language forum for the Camino? I know that sil on that forum knows Gordon, and she may know his address.

  6. Hi Margaret,

    thanks for that I'll try that route.