We started the day with a cuddle from this sweet little one. She and her many siblings were in a yard next to the hotel. She kept following us around for more love. It was hard to leave her behind.
By mid-morning we were in Melide where we had a snack, got some tissues and more money. The local delicacy is octopus- “pulpo.” They boil it in large vats in the restaurant window to entice you in. There is probably nothing in the world that could entice me to eat boiled octopus so we headed on down the road for a tomato and cheese sandwich instead.
We walked through more lovely tree lined lanes and over this rock bridge. There are many eucalyptus forests that smell amazing.
The trail got much more crowded today as larger groups are now walking the last 100 km. It has change the atmosphere some and makes beds harder to find but it is part of it. We were able to find a lovely Albergue and shared a room with six French women. I was lucky enough to be first in line for the washing machine.
We found friends we hadn’t seen in many day and ate dinner together, swapping trail stories and talked of our lives before the trail. We don’t have any idea how are lives will be after we finish, probably not obviously different but I know my appreciation of life and the simple things is forever changed. Everything on the trail is brought down to the simplest form; clothes, food, sleep, friendship all wrapped up in the beautiful package of the natural world.