We were bussed from Madrid to Sarria which is 500 km. Time to get to know the rest of the party. There are eleven of us, two Mexicans, four Americans, three Canadians and Ruth and myself. We stopped a couple of times on the way, the second time to eat Spanish Cocida Maragate which consists of boiling up all the meat you have got plus chickpeas, cabbage and potatoes. You eat the meat first, then the veg, then the soup! Our meat was pork, ham, beef and chicken with some very nice sausages which were the best bit.
Dessert was a custard served with lots of cinnamon and Marie biscuits! Nice.
We travelled over mountains a lot. And I was alarmed when we entered Galicia in the middle of the mountains. Can I walk over this lot? At the to of the pass we stopped at a tiny village to see an ancient house
Thatched with rye straw and the animals live downstairs and the family upstairs. It is so cold and wet that rye is all that will grow.
We are staying in an ancient house with stone walls two foot thick. It is not warm inside! Although it is very pleasant outside. Off to have breakfast and definitely terrified. What have I done this time?