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Yesterday everything and everyone got totally drenched in miserable cold rain. I decided that if I could make it the 25k into Palas de Rei I would have earned myself a stay in somewhere with hot showers and a towel bigger than a hankerchief. I made it and had a wonderful evening.

I think I´m going to be staying in cheap hotels for the rest of the way into Santiago (which is only like 3 days) because the last 100k rush is starting and the rushers this time don´t look all that friendly, plus it keeps raining and rain turns albergues into unpleasant seas of mud and seems to send all of the showers cold.

Melide seems quite nice which is all I can really think to say about it, I feel kind of dazed and I´m not sure why.

Date: 2008-10-22 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chemincamino08.blogspot.com (from livejournal.com)
I stayed in Monte de Gozo in the big albergue the night before hitting Santiago. Hadn't expected to, but the weather getting to Monte was lousy and you could hardly see in front of your nose. It was actually very pleasant there, (with rooms of 8) and made for an enjoyable 5km stroll the next morning to the Cathedral, not feeling at all tired....

Date: 2008-10-23 03:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oursonpolaire.livejournal.com
In 2005, I stayed at the Suiza, which was about 2-3km beyond Arzua-- I think I paid about 25E-- and had a very good dinner there with some Italian journalists. In 2007, I stayed at the Theodora for 35E, in the middle of Arzua, which I thought would be noisy, but was not.

In 2005, I bunked at the San Poilo for 27E-- my dinner cost more-- and it was a simple 4 hours into Santiago and in 2008 at the Rua Jacobea, much pricier at 65E, but there is a very inexpensive hotel (about 30E) just a half-km further east.

In Santiago, there are rooms above the Terra Nova café, just opposite the Guardia Civil barracks, just behind the old post office- turn off Franco onto the TRavesa de Fonseca, and it is on Av. Rodrigo de Padron. I stayed in 2002 at the Plaza de Fonseca and realized that every disco empties at 3.00 am. Other years, I took a room at the San Clemente, which is a bit pricy at 65E, but I am ancient and love a bit of affordable luxury and I was able to watch them rehearse at the nearby flamenco studio, whenever I had a bit too much Camino-talk. The Terra Nova looks like a good bet.

The Casino café on Villar now has much better hot chocolate (in 2002, it was just cola cau) and provides many hours of amusement looking at the rude wood carvings.

As you can tell, I focussed on things of the spirit.

Date: 2008-10-23 06:05 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
you're ahead of schedule (according to the timetable you left me)... so are you going to walk to Finisterre? or go to Paris/Rome early?
--r.

Date: 2008-10-23 07:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anna-en-route.livejournal.com
Not sure, will decide when I get there =)

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