Still struggling with the weeeeefeeeeee!
What a start to the day as yesterday’s sunshine was replaced by the Galician rain we know and don’t love. Louise has entertained in so many ways I wish I had a GoPro to record and put on you tube all those special fun moments provided at no cost to me…just like being at the Edinburgh festival watching a one woman show.
On waking Louise proudly showed off her brand new Osprey hydraulic water bladder while I whipped out the ancient cheap version from 3 years ago. Skip forward 20 minutes in full kit with backpacks quite rightly on backs and Louise appears to have had a little(well not so little actually) accident. Our room floor is flooded with the contents of the new super duper bladder.Louise, her backpack and all her clothes are now being submitted to the hairdryer treatment. Setting off a little later than expected with hopefully drier times ahead.
Lots of lovely countryside all of which you will hear about shortly in what Louise is excitedly calling her factual blog.
No cafes and restaurants were bothered to open until we had walked all the way to Negreira(well it is the second week in September no point in exploiting the commercial opportunity that is pilgrims wanting to EAT!) if there is one certainty in life it is that your salad will contain sweet corn,tuna,tomato,lettuce and the fresh from the tin spear of white asparagus. A safe bet when the dreaded polpo or octopus appears to lurke on every corner of the menu. When they arrived and knowing that Louise is quite the culinary expert I asked the question ‘why have I got worms in my salad/ where’s the sweet corn?) at this point the photo of the worm farm atop the lettuce would be a great visual but who knows when that will work?) Louise tucked in happily proclaimed them fishy and thought no more of it I searched the menu blackboards for clues as to what might have been left over from lunch( this was the last service at 4pm) and discovered bold as brass…….baby eels. When our tapas follow up of pie arrived it was full of octopus…over to Louise and then courgette and prawns. Nothing too untoward except chef had a new toy/ spirializer so all the courgettes looked like worms or as we know know to be the case baby eels!
Throughout the day of warm, cold, cool, muggy and wet I needed to put on a rain jacket once for 10 minutes then T shirt all the way. Louise has the on and off like a whores draws approach to layering constantly gauging temperatures and disrobing/robing/disrobing at will.
As we were due to leave the restaurant Louise went to the bathroom only to return straight away with a large wet patch on her rear. The super douper, did I mention new top of the range water bladder had leaked all over the booth we were sat in despite having stayed dry for 6 hours of walking. For those of you familiar with the squeeze and suck method of emptying a water bladder you may have guessed that Louise had sat on the water valve releasing its contents all over the seat. We left a generous tip to allow for mopping up and serve them right for substituting eels for sweet corn!
Unusually we are not staying where we finished for the day and headed back in a taxi to Santiago as Ella my youngest daughter has just completed a 130km of the Camino Frances.
Finding a taxi was difficult but when we stumbled on the rank and the drivers were all sleeping we coughed,loudly til one woke up.. Santiago by road is only 12 miles away but none seemed keen to make the journey. Eventually a man who can only be described as the ideal candidate for a channel 4 documentary entitled ‘ Spain’s fattest man.. Too big to leave my cab!) wake up for long enough to drive us to Santiago….. Or did he? So large and with laboured breathing he kept swerving alarmingly until we realised he had sleep apnea and was dropping off and waking up at the wheel!
We are thankful to be back at the hotel and looking forward to another entertaining day. Louise is excited about something historical whereas I have already spotted something hysterical in the form of natural spring that legend has it cures all eye conditions…….Specsavers don’t have a branch for miles I can hardly wait.