Hitting our Stride?
Were now on the fifth day of our planned 15-day assignment in El Burgo Ranero, and we seem to be falling into the rhythm: Up at six; say goodbye to the departing peregrinos from six-thirty to eight; clean up the albergue, usually by ten or ten-thirty; and enjoy our free time until we open our doors at one when the next stream of peregrinos begins arriving. We check them in until the albergue is full, usually by four in the afternoon, but must remain open until ten in the evening if spaces remain available. As you might have guessed, some of our free time is devoted to napping, but we´ve also been able to walk around town, shop, or stop in to one of the local restuarants for cafe con leche or a glass of wine. In four evenings we have accommodated 111 peregrinos from many different nations. Most speak Spanish or English, and those who don´t seem resigned to making allowances.
The first two evenings were cold and wet, leaving all twenty-eight of us to huddle around our smoky and not-too-warm fireplace. Fortunately, the last two evenings have featured fine weather and have permitted us to watch the sunset over the Laguna Manzana, about a block from the albergue. More good weather is forecast for the next several days.
Our building was purpose-built as an albergue in 1991, reviving the adobe (sun-dried bricks made of mud and straw) construction methods that were traditional in this region, but which had almost completely fallen into disuse.
We are not actually staying in the albergue, and will show you our accommodations in a later post.
5/4/2013 04:58:46 am
It was nice to meet you both in person and I wanted to thank you for sharing of food and stories at your home before your journey. You may remember that I came with Jo. We are now getting all of our trip plans finalized. After reading your post I now am packing an additional set of warm and wet weather clothing. Maybe we will see you in Spain. We have had rainy weather here in Florida my walk this morning was through puddles and rain however the temperature was 60 F, rather nice. Jo and I hiked last Sunday and had to wait for a 10 foot alligator to cross the levy we were hiking and I just missed stepping on a coiled snake jumping into Jo path she said later could you give little warning next time. I assured her I would most likely not be able to think to do that . Hopefully I will not want my training hikes to include this much adventure as I would like to make it to Spain in 2 weeks. However the baby alligator we saw was a nice distance away and nice swamp wildlife. I trust we will survive our training hike tomorrow. Trying our boots and rain gear if it continues as it is today. May your stay with the Pilgrims continue to be pleasant mementos. Looking forward to your next post.
5/5/2013 06:37:21 am
5/9/2013 09:40:11 am
Walter will be walking thru Sarria tomorrow to morgard. After a few days of fog and rain we're ready for sun. Such beauty on any day. Everyone is so nice. And...thank goodness for the lovely folks in the farmacias! Glad you are enjoying being hosts.
5/9/2013 09:44:39 am
Hope you are loving it
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