Day 19 to O Cebreiro
We left our wonderful albergue and friendly hosts in Trabadelo close to 7:30. It was a good 18km in 6 hrs and a climb of some 800 meters to O Cebreiro. We are happy we did a few extra km the previous day. We stayed in the municipal albergue, a very nice looking bldg. Hans says it is the same one from 2007. The bldg interior is neat and clean -- then we see the dorm --OMG -- they have bunks pushed together to max capacity. It was sunny but very cold on the top of this mountain. As a result windows closed - 30 bodies generate a lot of heat; the room was like a sauna. It was an average sleep. I will add pictures showing room in O Cebreiro, also, some scenes before the village and a morning picture - cool.
Today we meet Klaus from Cambridge, Ont. who is mid 60s civil engineer from Waterloo. He is just stepping into retirement. In ant case Klaus, Tony (get to him soon), Marty and I are having supper. Not sure why but we start talking about Mennonites and a young lady behind asks if we ate CDN. She is Mennonite from Cambridge Ontario. Klaus knows where her family farm is and they have mutual friends in Cambridge. Go figure! She now lives in Ottawa with her husband and 9 month old son ( he is a big boy) -- who is doing the Camino with them. Another Wow!
Oh - Klaus has a cottage at Bay field so very familiar with Goderich area and the famous Goderich bakery (daughter Tara, Rob and Gavin live in Goderich).
Today we meet Tony a mid 30s Irish lad from Belfast. He got tired of working in the family furniture business - decided he didn't need a Lexus or big house so quit. He had been travelling for a few years. He did some humanitarian work in various Africa locations and now doing the Camino. A good kid - lots of laughs. Here is a story he shared - luck of the Irish. He had a pilgrim friend were walking through Burgos and came upon the San Miguel Brewery. Tony wants to push on but his friend talks him into checking to see if they will stamp their credentials. They arrive at reception and greeted by a lady who speaks English. She says they do not stamp credentials but says they can join their group for a tour. This is a group of friends from somewhere in Spain who boarded a bus to Burgos for Brewery tour - and they get to join for free. It sounds like a royal tour, first the working brewery, then video of brewery history in Spain, then sampling new brands they are considering for release - then food and all the beers they want. The two guests leave with a box of beers each - popular at the Albergue that night. As for us old farts - we still wonder how we missed the brewery.
One more story from today's hike. At about the 5 hr mark we stop at a small village bar for a cold beer in the sun. Here we see a young boy being groomed for life in rural Spain. He is around 4 and pushing his toy mover around the property. To us it is a work tool -- to him a toy. We learn his parents bought it at Toys R Us in Madrid. Crazy - right?
Hasta Pronto Amigos!