Day 24: Palas De Rei to Melida
Another great morning - coffee, toast and an orange before we hit the walking trails. Today is a short day - 15 km. We are at a our albergue by 11:00. We drop our gear and go for a beer. We picked a great spot - watching all the pilgrims parade by. Some of the ones we met recently stop for a rest/visit and then depart. We end up in a larger room - 6 bunks - but facilities are great.
I just stretch out around 2 pm for siesta when new bunk mates arrive. A lady from Seattle is one - I can see the disappointment at having to take a top bunk. She takes the one above me. I'll snooze first then chat to her. Later I ask if she would like a bottom bunk -- I don't think I've ever seen such a happy face. I switch. She is wearing blue jeans and her two piece jacket is heavier than any jacket I wear in winter.she is close to the and but she looks worn out.
We head out around 4:30 for a walk/glass of wine before dinner. We join a Swiss mom, Clorise, who is walking the Camino with her daughter Sylvie (they started at Astorga). The daughter speaks English - mom speaks French and German. Sylvie is going to Peru and other spots on South America this October with her Argentinian boy friend. She is interested in what Hans and I think of Peru. Also, we invite Ray a young man from USA to join us. We had not seen him since the early days. It turns out to be a wonderful afternoon and we all have pulpa (octopus) for dinner, it is fabulous. During dinner we enjoyed the company of four Spanish ladies all under 5' tall - we take pictures for ea h others group. We see them the following day on the trail -- still talking and laughing.
All in -- a great day.