As I think about this journey, I know there were four things that stood out for me on my second day walking to Santiago de Compostella. I loved this mural behind a bench alongside the river.
I was taken back by how they decorated their stations with these blue and white tiles, truly beautiful, I think if we did something similar it might change the car culture in America
Signage for the path today was a little sketchy, but mostly I was walking alongside the train line, I will do another post about signage on its own. But overall it was a good day. I walked just over 20 miles, and mostly itr was on asphalt which as it was a pretty hot day made the walk tiring.
This was my first experience of a hostel along the route. Hostels were co-ed, and this one had twelve beds, plus some extra mattresses if you wanted to sleep on the floor. There was a sink outside to do your washing and a line to hang your clothes to dry. I got here at around 3.40 pm so had plenty of time. There were two large bathrooms to share between the pilgrims and the hostel was busy with about eight people staying. I had a woman sleeping next to me, and two other older ladies across the room as well, the rest were men of varying ages and nationalities. And ladies snore as loudly as the men.
Most towns along the route had hostels to stay in and often hotels as well. I found the local restaurant that provided a Pilgrim discounted meal as described in yesterdays post, tonight it was delicious fresh bread, olives, wine if you wanted, water, vegetable soup, and a choice of main course braised pork, fish or chicken. I went with the pork and the serving size was very generous, served with rice, french fried and some salad. It was very common to be given rice and fries, they knew you needed calories because of how far you walk each day. Dessert cost a little extra here and I loved the Flan that was served in most places. I ate plenty of bread too and had no problem losing weight along the way.
Here was our table of pilgrims, from Holland, America, Australia although she lived in France, Scotland and England.