Camino Day 10

May 10th–

After being fortified by boiled eggs and Nutella, we headed west as usual. My knee is better so I carried my pack again. So far we have had no feet problems and our shins are in good shape so walking is a pleasure and not a chore.

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Around 9:30 Alexandra spotted a mother cat with two black kittens. She fed the mother some cheese and admired her precious babies. I think of black cats as good luck and now I have seen 3. We stopped and got some coffee and strawberries and rested along with our fellow travelers.

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Another octagonal church in the next town, gleaming in the morning sun was unfortunately closed. With 12 miles to go today we trudged on up hill and down vale.

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The scenery has changed quite a lot and now is much more arid with pine and sage and olive trees and vineyards. I found this lovely ancient vine still willing to grow leaves and soon grapes.

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More steep hills awaited and I was grateful I did so much training this year. I feel triumphal at the top as I grow stronger everyday.

We arrived in Vianna around 1:30 and went in search of lunch. It was a challenge but were finally rewarded with salad, roast chicken, and beer. Our lunch companions were Danish and we enjoyed their company

When the Albergue cleared out a bit in the afternoon, I found a small corner of AstroTurf in the minuscule courtyard where I could put my “yoga mat” and with the wafting incense of ashtray I stretched and relaxed.

I and a couple of fellow travelers went in search of a good time and tapas on a Saturday night but instead found the golden cathedral and Mass. A beautiful conclusion to another day in paradise.

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