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Distance: 30 km
Today is another 30 kilometre stage, nothing new and I'm well rested after the short stage of yesterday. There was something new though: it rained for the first time! It was more a little drizzle than a proper shower, but it was nice and refreshing nevertheless.
The arrows guide us along ...
... so I can prove I've walked the whole stretch.
The woman of the old geusthouse (and bar, restaurant, minimercado, ... it's all in one) where I'll sleep tonight has a surprise for me... She has her daughter (age 8 -10, I have no idea) draw/paint in my stamp-book. It takes up the space of about 10 stamps, but I don't care because it just looks great between all those "boring" ...
... a nice view!
Just the night I arrive here the town is having it's yearly party. A big tent is set up, there is a market and lots of activity. I enjoy some local Portuguese pop-band. When they find out at the beer stand that I'm a foreigner they very enthusiastically give me a hat (sponsored by a Portuguese beer brand). Great, because this was one of the items I was still missing!!
A little hangover the next morning was the only price ...
Maelhada, the destination of today is famous for its little piggies on the spit, so that's what I have for dinner. Not bad.
I stay in albergue Hilario, the first official albergue on the route (an albergue is typically only for pilgrims, where you can sleep for a very good price and where you'll find everything a pilgrim needs at the end of a days walk).
345 kilometers to ...
Our next days are by the seaside and in the park.
We take the Dom Luiz I Bridge and turn south to explore Porto's southern beaches. At first they are quite rock-strewn, but by the time we get to Espinho, there are long stretches of sand. We try the water, and it’s actually a little less frigid than the rocky beaches closer to Porto.
We pass through a protected pine forest before arriving at Aveiro, one more ...