There was a 'lights out' until 6.30am policy in this albergue so we left slightly later than usual on a day we thought could well turn out to be quite hot. But the sun was still just beginning to make its mark as we headed out of the village, L & D & I.
'Everyone' on the Camino has a 'shadow' shot.... this is one of L's favourite photos!
It was 12km of flat, easy walking to reach Reliegos, our first village for the day. So it was a longer than usual wait for breakfast! We passed quite a few mud-straw buildings en route.
By the time we reached Mansilla it was a rather hot day. But it still was essential to stop and pose alongside these tired looking pilgrims.
There are going to be two things I will do if I go on another long walk: I am going to pose by every single pilgrim statue I pass! And I am going to sing in a lot more (open) churches!
The albergue in Mansilla was one of my favourites of the whole trip. There was a very friendly welcome from the hospitaleros. The older man here had planted geraniums in pots that decorated all four walls of the inner courtyard. All evening people sat out here around the tables, and enjoyed the atmosphere.
Despite the heat, I went out to explore the town a little. But I got lost and explored its medieval gates and walls a little longer than I had intended!You can see some of the beautiful geraniums here in the courtyard as L&D have dinner. This evening, by the geraniums, I also met up with Tom and Tania, a young Kiwi couple. And it turned out I went to school with Tom's aunty, and I was later to learn that my sister knew his parents. These kind of connections are often not so hard to make when you meet fellow Kiwi travellers....
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