Camino de Santiago – Day 15
Walked from: Moratinos
Walked to: Calzadilla de los Hermanillos
Date: 16 October 2017
Calzadilla de los Hermanillos is just my kind of sleepy little village. So sleepy that the shop is in the front room of a lovely man’s living room (where, if he likes you, he lets you taste test some of his biscuits before you buy them), and the only passing traffic seems to be a few tractors.
As I had less than 24k to walk today, I didn’t leave the hostel until 8am, and by 1.15pm I was wandering into the village to check into the local municipal hostel for the night. By 1.30pm my stomach led me to the local restaurant, where I enthusiastically hit the delicious €10, three course meal (lentil soup, lamb stew, lemon pudding) with wine (they gave me a bottle. I probably left less than I should have done…) and enjoyed a good old chat with some friendly fellow ‘way’ walkers, including an Irish man who is practically my neighbour back in London. A brilliant – and cost effective! – way to spend a Monday lunchtime.
The walking was easy again today, with colours that reminded me at times of the Australian outback. Everything is very dry, and I’m hearing reports of a few forest fires closer to the border with Portugal. The weather’s about to solve that though – it looks as if today is the final one in unseasonably hot temperatures – over the next few days a fair bit of rain is being predicted. Time to dig out the waterproofs I’ve been carrying with me in glorious sunshine for the past two weeks!