June 18, 2011 Negreira to Olveira

Long 32 km walk to small town of Olveiroa (Galego spelling). Learned that Catia and Jacqueline were just behind us, so hoped to see them today. Had long talk with Luke about “home” and vision.

Progressively sicker with fever and head cold throughout the day. By evening I was interested only in dinner and curling up in bed. Albergue is unique — 3 buildings spread across street from each other in this exceedingly small town. Besides the two cafe/bars and the albergue there doesn’t seem to be much in this town. So it’s rather quiet and pretty delightful. No light in the bathroom, so had to shower in the dark. Tossed and turned through the night and probably kept some awake with my restlessness.

June 17, 2011 Santiago to Negreira

Met Luke and Gal at 09:00 at Plaza Obradoiro and Luke’s experience of walking to Finisterre/Muxia in 2009 was helpful in getting out of town. Arrows actually became plentiful after a bit and before long we were on a hill opposite the cathedral with a great view.

Continued up large hill and across ancient bridge over beautiful river. Much rain and wind into Negreira. Happy to find town, but albergue was on opposite side of town and separated from all shops and restaurants by almost 1 km. Got beds at albergue and walked back to town for lunch at local restaurant. Then grocery shopping and return to albergue for showers and laundry followed later by cooking by Gal.

Vegetarian dinner by Gal was huge and delicious. Best dish was friend cauliflower. Shared dinner with Matthieu and enjoyed wine and conversation. Shower and bed in room with 10-12 single beds. Quiet night.