The albergue here is like a parador with bunk beds. Really worth the 12€, including breakfast. This is the home town of Zubaran, but most of his works are in the Prado.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
The weather is getting colder. After passing Sierra Morena finally into the town of Monesterio. The albergue is closed! Not only that, from the tourist info in town I found that there are 3 other albergue along Extremadura that are also closed this year.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Only 17 km today but the next town is 20 km away in Monesterio. This is the border town. Today Andalucia, tomorrow Extremadura. The best albergue so far although you have to pay 8 euro.
Arrived around 11.30 am. The albergue has cooking facility. Can't wait till 2.30 pm to have lunch so I cooked up my version of penne a la arriabiata (thanks to someone who left some pepper corn at the kitchen) with peas and some spam for meat. Shared it with 2 other Germans and an Austrian. Normally I wouldn't even eat my own cooking, but I guess pilgrims are an easy lot when it comes to food.
A nice view from the castle on top of the hill. The albergue is the first building on the top left.
Waiting for the free internet. It's available only after 6 pm. Before that, it is use for the students in the town.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Getting expensive to blog this way. After today will have to wait until I can get free wifi or internet csfe. 30 km today with a very steep climb just before the town. Who says the via de la Plata is flat? The sun again is the biggest enemy and shade is rare and a premium. Too much road walking during the first of the day. Got my first 2 blisters. Nothing a needle and thread couldn't fix.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Day 1. The Andalucian sun is a killer! Got to Guillena 1:30 pm and all my energy zapped. Now I know why the people here take siesta. Felt better after my siesta. No albergue, hostal better than sports complex. Cheap and with own bath.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Now for the serious stuff. Got the stamp today on my pilgrim passport at the cathedral. One more day as a tourist and I will be starting my camino on Friday from my friend's apartment (20 minutes walk away).
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I will be walking the Camino via de la Plata starting around the 24/25 April 2008 and ending around early June. The journey is slightly more than 1000 km from Sevilla (Seville) to Santiago de Compostela.
For those with Google Earth, you can see the actual route via the following kml file.
I've also planned to do some moblogging (mobile blogging) during the journey whenever possible, depending on the cellular coverage, costs, and hopefully some free internet wifi hotspots. For that, I will be using the Nokia e61i. No promises on how often this blog will be update. My previous post is a test of this mobile blogging.
This will be the only electronic device I will be carrying. It will my phone, camera, alarm clock, mp3 player (music and also to learn some Spanish from pre-recorded podcast) along the way.