Villafranca del Bierzo, Spain
Some of you have probably seen our pictures by now. I think the one thing a picture doesn´t show is the temperature. It´s suddenly become HOT! We are dealing with it by drenching ourselves in the public fountains and wrapping cold cloths, the kind with the weird silicone gel ball things that expand when you get wet, around our necks. The high temperatures and a bit of caloric deprivation (We didn´t get our usually 3000-5000 calories yesterday, I guess) even led to a little grumpiness yesterday! Not much though, and today we are back to normal, but it came after a reality check this morning at breakfast. The conversation went something like this:
Me: Time to put your positivity jeans on.
Tim: Yeah, remember that being in Spain, walking the Camino, and not working, regardless of the temperature, is still a pretty sweet deal!
Oh, yeah! I am sad to think that this trip will come to an end sometime (less than 3 weeks now) but I´m happy to report that I´ve learned about LOTS of new places to visit as I meet people all along The Way. I also think this could be a trip worth repeating at some point in the future and Tim and I have even talked about coming back with family as we´ve met lots of families doing this. We even met a French family with an 11 month old, 2 year old, and a donkey doing this trip, I´m reminded that the USA is full of silly people who don´t take their vacations, and when they do, they don´t take 4 or 6 weeks like the rest of the world. Also, having a family is not a deterrent to having fun adventurous vacations, but just a chance to do some major bonding. And if you think you can´t afford it, we met a hungarian professor today who is living on 20 euros a day which wouldn´t be hard at all, as he pointed out that includes beer.