There were times when I wondered if I was following the camino trail. I was slowly slugging down a stream with layers of old rock and loose stones making the way hazardous. Then when I decided to take some photos and a snack break many pilgrims came along. A LOVELY Korean girl stayed a while asking how my legs and knees were. Then a young Australian man stopped as I was eating my banana. I offered him some food and asked if he would like something. He stayed with me for ten minutes. A half hour later I met him again in a village and when I told him the banking machine didnt work he offered me some money. I stopped at a lovely hotel and had bacon,beans,eggs anf cafe con leeche.All for 5.1 euros. I sat with an Indian man who had been at one of the previous alberiques.
I walked out of the small town and along the way met Linda the Texan and a BC woman. My bag was not sitting right so the BC lady adjusted it for me. The two laterpassed me on my way into Ponferrada. Linda was fluent in Spanish so I asked where she learned spanish and she told me she lived in Mexico for two years.
As I walked farther I looked for a hotel as I was needing some rest. I came to Hotel El Costillo and got a room immediately for 45 euros. After an hour in my room I decided to stay a second night. Eventually after washing me and my clothing I ventured out to explore. I found the old castle which is mindblowing in its largeness and beauty. It is a national treasure. I plan on going back to see more tomirrow. An old Spanish lady walked me to a banking machine. She stayed with me until I got my receipt. We hugged and parted. I went to a supermarket and treated myself to a kilo of strawberries and some chocolate and a bar of Dove soap. Then I sat for a hamburger and beer for five euros. And would you believe it..I got lost!!! With the help o about ten people I made it back to room 109. are 60 000