Hotel Puerta del Camino
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... got a taxi to the hostel and got a good night's sleep after the long journey and another long week at work for me. I lay on the bunk-bed listening to the sound of the rain bouncing off the terrace awning; every time I woke up it was still raining.
In the morning we had some breakfast and got our first view of the famous cathedral from the common room window. The owner of the hostel said to us he was going to tell it like it is: it rains ...
... this walk has been that of the sheer time involved and the way it forces us to slow down and really look and consider the things around us and how we feel. This is something that it so very evident when you have already had the benefit of being on the road several weeks and you meet those who are just starting out. While we are all so different, the mirrors such interactions offer are difficult to avoid; how 'busy' and 'focused' we are on the activity and the 'end game', ...
... than others. Shortly the modern city began to gradually give way to the older city, and then to the medieval cathedral. We arrived about 2:40 in the afternoon, exhausted and exhilarated.
After locating our hotel (just around the corner from the cathedral), cleaning up and saying hello to mom, dad, and Bill, we went out for food and to explore. There is so much going on in Santiago, so many people, cultures, and conditions. The melting pot here is ...
... middle of a forest, on a beach, on a cliff top, in the central plaza of a tiny village, on a farm's stone wall, next to a little river, on a bridge, sometimes just in the middle of a path. You might eat a peach or just stare at the world around you. Or you might change your socks to save your poor aching feet a bit of pain. Or you might be puffing so hard that you just need to catch your breath. And then, in many of those places, you find a silence. You glimpse the ...
... I forgot to mention that we met an ostrich the other day. Outside Portomarín. One of those peculiar things that happens on the camino that I still totally manage to forget... We pulled back into the hostel for a little while to repack and recharge the electronics. After a rest - but not a siesta - we walked back to the shopping centre where we focused more on the essentials, like flip flops and pizza. We had had a Smöoy after lunch, so we decided to have an ...
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- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services