Camino ~ Barbadelo to Portomarin

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Day 9 … Monday, 10 August 2015

There are so many moments of weakness today.

For a start I woke up at 7am, two hours later than normal. Did not want up properly before walking and the legs felt like concrete.

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Stopped more often than normal, at least two hours in cafes. That’s about 9 km behind.

Happy to know it’s just 100km to Santiago but that means a lot more pilgrims are walking from here.

Didn’t take the advice of seasoned pilgrims to book a bed and ended up panic, begging a bar owner to help me get a place somewhere, anywhere.

Here’s where I learned my lesson. Remember the day I gave my books to young David?

A French Chinese lady, Mirella was there and we spoke for a bit. Didn’t see her until this afternoon having beer at the same bar.

She led me to the Municipal hostel where no pilgrims have been turned away. We didn’t get a bed but a mattress on the floor of the gymnasium.

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Yesterday I helped three people, one was lost, two didn’t have beds. Today the favour is returned.

This is the way of the Camino.

Joan Yap

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