About 75% of the pilgrims turned up for the dinner provided by the volunteer couple running the hostel last night. It was a good hearty meal in good company. Three of my companions from previous days were there as well as a English couple cycling to Santiago, two Italian guys and Michael who I met recently.
Speaking Italian to some people and Spanish to others, I soon got confused and started mixing them up !
Doing the washing up:
One of the rules of this place is that everyone has to leave by 7.30 ,so a group of us was across the road at the bar having breakfast and waiting for the sun to rise shortly after then.
On our way – the monastery is the big building at the rear
I spent all day walking with Luís , giving my Spanish a good workout.
Today’s path pretty much followed the route of the original Via de la Plata, built by the Romans . Whilst some people think the name comes from the fact that the route led to silver mines in the north( plata = silver), its name probably has nothing to do with silver. T he name could derive from the Arabic word al-balat, which means cobbled paving or from the Latin word “platea” meaning wide road or “Lapidata” meaning stone .
In any event I haven’t seen any paving yet but I did see some bridges – Roman and medieval – and a milestone.
Towards the end of the walk with the temperature rising and the country opening out, it became a bit of a hard slog again . However the route was very well sign posted.
It must get pretty wet here ! Blocks of stone thoughtfully provided to make a bridge.