FROMISTA – CARRION DE LOS CONDES
After two days’ rest, I was very excited to start walking again this morning. My knee felt much better with the support of the knee guard and after patching my blisters, I was ready for the day’s walk.
I am very excited to see this sign … confirmation that we are still on the Camino
Today will be the first time we walk on the“senda”– a road that run alongside the main roads. This might mean that we will have to be more alert with traffic passing by. However, today, there was the option of walking a more scenic path via Villovieco and we decided to rather take this way to enjoy more peace and quietness.
The more scenic path via Villovieco – a beautiful tree lined riverside path
Now, when I’m thinking back, this was the ideal day to start walking again. We were still on the Meseta (no up- or downhills) and sunny weather. I enjoyed this day on the Camino and was glad to be back on my feet again.
In Villovieco, with a population of only 100
On our way to Villalcazar de Sirga, we saw this building (Hermitage of Our Lady of the River)
One thing that is sometimes very confusing, are the distance markers along the way. You can never be exactly sure of the distance to Santiago if you look at the signs next to the road (though, if you follow the Camino with John Brierley’s guide book, the distances are more accurate).
In Villalcazar de Sirga we saw a vending machine that indicated Santiago was 419km further ahead and as we left town (about 200m further), we saw another sign post, now indicating Santiago as 463km!
Within 200m, Santiago are now 40km further … how far is Santiago really?
Berto came to the conclusion that the vending machine was probably moved from another spot. Yes, that’s a possibility, but more than 40km further can make a huge difference to one’s mindset!
The “senda” that run alongside the main road
Carrion de los Condes – only 2km to go, but on foot it takes a little longer than one expects
It was just after 13:00 when we arrived in Carrion de los Condes. As we were looking around for a place to sleep for the night, another pilgrim spotted us and directed us to Albergue Santa Maria. When we got to the albergue, it was still closed, but a friendly gentleman came out to greet us. He suggested that we leave our backpacks in the garage at the albergue to explore the town and then return at 14:00 when they open their doors to pilgrims.
We are now in Carrion de los Conde
We went to a café where we enjoyed a “cerveza” and “bocadillo” (ham sandwich). The café was almost at the entrance of the town and we saw many pilgrims arriving at Carrion de los Condes (and recognising a couple of our fellow Camino friends).
Back at the albergue, our beds were in a communal room and I (once again) got the upper bunk bed. There were around 20 beds in the room, each and every one occupied later that evening.
It was here that we met Monica from Sweden for the first time. As I got out of the shower, she was tending to her feet and we compared our blisters … I thought that it was probably only on the Camino that one would not shy away from showing your feet to total strangers.
I invited Monica to sit with us in the back garden where we relaxed the rest of the afternoon in the sun … we had a beer and a few (small) glasses of wine while our clothes dried on the clothesline.
The best time of the day – sipping a beer and enjoying a glass of wine after a long walk
We were invited by the nuns of the local church to attend a ceremony where they sang a few songs and afterwards blessed each pilgrim on their Camino – a very touching and thoughtful gesture.
Nuns singing in a special ceremony for the pilgrims at the albergue
It was great to see our Camino friends again. Carl from the USA was there, as well as the big Korean group that we saw on our first day. We were catching up on each others’ journey thus far and spent the rest of the evening sitting outside, while experiencing the Camino feeling of togetherness.