Total distance today: 25.3 km
Total distance remaining: 118 km
After a nice sleep in a small room of three (sans earplugs, hurray!), our morning started like any other that you have read about so far. There were two possible ways to walk today, one mostly along the road and the other through back country farm lanes that was six kms longer. We took the longer route of course, much more scenic! Plus, it was a gorgeous day today, no rain in sight, so we thought what the heck.
It ended up being a pretty cruisy walk, nothing too strenuous. It took us through Samos, which is the home of the largest monastery in western europe and its also the oldest in spain. We rolled into town at 9.30am and decided to wait around until it opened at 10 to check it out. It was definitely worth the wait! Although poor Gabe didnt really get as much out of the guided tour as I did...
Anywho, 14km on we are in Sarria, a place that is the start of an influx of more pilgrims who want to get a compostela, but dont have the time or desire to do the whole camino. (The compostela is the certificate you get at the end certifying that you have done the camino. In order to get one you have to walk at least 100kms into Santiago.) So, there are going to be a lot more "daywalkers" as we have affectionately nicknamed them. But there is no snobbery or superiority behind that, I promise! Any effort put into doing the camino is a good effort!
So right now our hostel is getting its hot water system upgraded (honestly the hot water tank was sitting in the hallway when we rolled in), so gabe and I not too stinky, but not showered. Ive gotta make up some ground in the UNO tournament as I'm down by 3 games with five days left and we may upload some photos. That is pretty much what the afternoon is looking like at this point...