I am so lucky to have spent the day with Susanna and her friends . First we went to the market to buy food. Then one of her friends, Manuel, picked us up and drove Susanna; her friend, Nasy, and I out into the country to a very small village. We stopped at a wine cellar on the way.
The gate to the court-yard.
Juan and Manuel bringing up water from the well (but not for drinking).
Barbecue where they cooked the fresh sardines that Susanna bought in the market and the ribs.
Other friends (Raul, Diana, Juan, and Noeme) arrived and they all brought food. It was a regular Spanish potluck. I feel so privileged to have been there. I felt immersed in Spanish culture. There was no electricity or running water because Manuel is not living there right now.
I so love being a Servas traveler. I will stay connected to Susanna.
I left Susanna’s apartment at 7:15 headed for Puenta de la Reina. The first part was a climb of about 1500 feet. I loved the fields of drying sun flowers, the wind turbines
and the sculpture showing the history of pilgrims at Alto del Perdon.
I loved seeing Marlin again.
The sunflowers were just about done blooming, but I still loved the fields.
The breeze was such a relief from the heat. I was so surprised to bump into Anna again and we had lunch.
I really enjoy the times I am walking by myself. A small twist of my foot on the stones reminded me that the Camino is one step at a time and then I thought that actually life is one step at a time.
How lucky for me that when I arrived (very tired after about 34 km) in Puenta de la Reina I got the last bed in the Jakue Albergue dormitory.