Slightly dull day on tarmac, enlivened by the fact that I slept on the beach for the hottest part of the day. Didn’t get in to San Vicente til 7.00pm. I decide to try out an Albergue today; these are the inns run for the benefit of Pilgrims (Peregrinos) on the Camino de Santiago. For 8 – 15 Euros you get a bed for the night and breakfast, and sometimes dinner. The bed is usually in a dormitory however.
The Albergue in San Vicente is one of the larger ones and included in the 13 Euro price was a very good dinner with wine! There is a washing machine, which I make full use of, and a garage for bikes.
It is very friendly place and everyone talks to eachother over dinner, despite the language differences. I get chatting to Harry from Oz, and after dinner we go into town in search of Wifi. We come back late (lights out is at 10.00pm!!) and have to try to be quiet. I am on a top bunk and discover that the whole frame rattles as I ascend. Also I have no sleeping bag so have to sleep under my sightly damp towel. Fortunately I have ear-plugs to keep out the worst of the snoring from my fellow Peregrinos.
It’s a good experience but I already have hotels booked a few days ahead so have to go back to their relative luxury.