These last two days in Galicia have been filled with foggy mornings, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, shady forest paths, and lots of cows and people. The village churches are often open to visit now, owing to the larger number of pilgrims. I enjoy stopping in for prayers and quiet time in these special places as I pass through.
I passed the 100km marker! Since my Camino route is 790 “official” kilometers (much more than that when one realizes the extra walking for necessities in the evenings, like supermarkets, pharmacies or restaurants), getting below the 100km mark is pretty exciting! Short video of me walking here.
Since that marker was actually a couple days ago, I’m now at about 27km and Santiago is near!
In the video I mention the Hórreo, pronounced “Oreo”. It is unique to the Galicia region, is used to store corn, is high off the ground away from rodents, and has see-through slats in the siding to allow for good air ventilation. I pass these often. Mostly they are small and often have decorations on them like the little churches.
A donativo food stand along the Way was operated by this lovely Spanish lady. I had a slice of her fresh cheese with home-made quince jam on top, a traditional food in this area. She was so delightful. Even though we only had fractured sentences to share together I’ll remember her sweetness forever! She makes the Camino special.
Right in front of her farmhouse stand, along the shady forest path, I stepped aside for another group of cows to go by. I just love them! Short video here. And if you also enjoy the cows marching by, I recorded another parade of them here! I always delight at the cow-herd person at the end of the pack as much as I do the cows, as life seems so real in this rural farmland.
Even the bars along the way now regularly serve fresh cheese with honey on top. Add to that a cup of café con leche (for me sin cafeíne), and I have a delightful pick-me-up after the first two hours or so of hiking.
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