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Finding magic under the stars of the Camino Santiago de Compostela

Friday, May 10, 2013

VDLP 2014 - Day 2 - Zafra to Villafranca

The first day's walk was long for me.
I realize I am quite out of shape.
But even so, 
I enjoyed it and feel good to have made this first stage.

The scenery was awesome, as usual,
 and I was happy to have left early
because the afternoon brought the heat.

Check out the designs on the mule.

The WayMarks on the VDLP are square like this.
I was tired, having gotten only 3 hours sleep 
due to the roncadoras in the same room.
But otherwise, it was a great day.

A bit before I reached Villafranca, I saw this pump.
Two fellow pilgrims took a look, then walked past.
Not me!

Off came my shoes,
and soon my feet were happily cooling 
in a basin of cold water.
Cooling down my feet.

Ahhhhh, that felt so GOOD!
Soon, I was back on the track,
and the village was within sight.
Stopping to cool and rest your feet
is one of the keys to a good Camino!
Never hesitate to stop and take a rest.

After a while, 
I came across this sign with arrows pointing both directions.
Which way would YOU go???

Which way do I go???
I made a decision and it turned out to be the correct one.
Soon, I was knocking at the door of the albergue,
which was very clean, and had a nice bathroom.
Funny how important BATH TUBS become on the Camino!
See more photos on the next page.

Tomorrow I will bus to Almendralejo 
and walk to Torremejia 
because there is no Albergue in Almendralejo 
and I'm in no shape to walk 30-plus kilometers.


  1. Beautiful!!!! Love seeing the yellow arrows and cockleshells and pilgrims filling water bottles and soaking feet (guess who). Wish my feet were that cute.

  2. Oh dear. Shame about the charger and I bet your toes loved that water! And roncadores! Had to look that one up, lol, don't know how I'd cope with that. Lovely photos once again and what an odd black bug sitting on that thistle head.


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