Our evening at Casa Fernanda was as special as promised by folks who stayed there before us. Dinner was a home cooked feast of vegetables from their garden, fish, beef ribs, chicken, hot bread from the local bakery, lots of green wine and port wine. Then came the singing and dancing! All 14 guests sang in their languages and Janna played guitar. I put videos on Facebook but my blog won't take them.
We slept well, although I wished I'd brought my sleeping bag instead of just my liner Brrrrrrr....
They made us breakfast of yogurt, bread, salami, cheese, bananas, and coffee. The place is a donativo (no set fee) and I hope everyone paid a fair price.
The trail was lovely today and the rain held off for about the first 8 of our 10 miles. We shared country roads with tractors of many varieties. We walked by small farms all day. The soil is rich and loamy. Grape vines line fields of potatoes, beans, cabbages, and other vegetables.
The villages have both very old, mostly restored, houses and modern ones. Although we hear salaries are low and the economy in crisis, it seems solidly middle class. We pass folks walking and driving to work apparently. The demographics do not seem tilted to older population as we saw in Spain. Everyone speaks to us. It is a very friendly place.
We are in Ponte de Lima tonight and have mostly dried out from the rain on the way in and when we were finding a place to stay.
Tomorrow will be a 12-mile day and promises rain all the way. Hmmmmm... maybe we will consider a taxi. But it is supposed to be beautiful countryside and we hate to give it up if the rain would hold off.