Kilometres walked: 656
Kilometres to Santiago: 140
Weather: cooler, sunny
In an incredible turn of fate we ended up meeting an Australian woman Susie Stephenson who opened an alburgue the day we arrived. We met her through another pilgrim we previously met weeks ago, Helena from Portugal. Anne and I had met Susie briefly in Sydney months ago but didn't realise we were in the town she was opening her new place. It all came together and she cooked us an amazing meal of Neil Petey's zucchini soup, and spaghetti carbonara. It really felt like home - a patch of Australia on the Camino. After such a wonderful night it was hard going today as we faced the O'Cebreiro mountain. We killed it and I continued walking with half the group - a long, tiring day in the end for me.
A sense of home. Belonging.
Just for one night in Spain.
Warmth, familiarity, laughter.
A chance meeting in the street.
"There's an Australian down there,
Opening an alburgue today."
Two months ago we met thousands of kilometres away,
The chain of events quite extraordinary.
To bring us here together.
A true blue Camino day.