Yesterday, after breakfast in the albergue, i stepped outside into bright sunshine. What s treat after days of rain and grey! There was a short climb and then long steep descent into a misty valley. After all, all that moisture had to go somewhere! By late morning, the mist had burnt off and i was able to see the rolling green hills and small towns of northern Portugal that hsd been obscured for the past few days. I made my way through the old town and fortress of Valenca and across an old steel bridge into Spain.
I must admit that I have struggled with the Portuguese language. I assumed that it would be an easy transition with similar vocabulary to Spanish. But the pronunciation baffled me and I found myself only able to communicate in the most basic way. So I was delighted to get back to Spain, where I am able to connect by language.
I have reconnected with Raymond and we will be walking the last six days together to Santiago. The dynamic of walking with a partner is quite different than walking alone and, even though I enjoyed my time on my own, I am ready to share the journey with someone else. Two sets of eyes make it easier to spot waymarks and conversation makes the time pass better. Today we walked to Porrino, a large industrial town that supplies much of the world’s granite from the mountains to the east. The forecast is for sunny skies all the way to Santiago