Camino de Santiago

Day twenty-two on the Camino de Santiago: Boadilla del Camino to Villacazar de Sirga

The Meseta might be beautiful but it’s hot, it’s flat, and it bites. I was very pleased to arrive in Villacazar de Sirga this afternoon. We’re some of the lucky ones, we have a reservation. While I waited for my sandwich (it took forty-five minutes to arrive, everything here is under pressure) I watched weary pilgrims of all ages, shapes, and sizes trudge past, each of them hoping for a bed. Many are limping, some have abandoned their shoes for sandals, even jandals. The unrelenting flatness is really tough on feet, joints, and spirits. 
The albergues in this town are full – apparently one is closed at the moment – adding to the pressure for pilgrims who are walking in the full blast  of the afternoon sun. At 3:00pm it was still possible to get a room  –  for a price. Soon, those, too, will be gone. Some choose to carry on, for another hour or two to the next town. I can only admire their determination. 

Despite all this, before the burn of the sun sapped everyone’s energy it was easy to enjoy our walk. Much of it was alongside or near the canals and rivers.

Dawn, somewhere between Boadilla and Fromista

The storks have gone but there is evidence that this is their habitat on church spires and even on specially constructed towers.

Purpose built tower and stork nest on the outskirts of Fromista

Although the going is tough at the moment there is a lot of support from the local people. As I walked across a pedestrian bridge, above a motorway, the drivers below tooted their horns and waved their support. In one small town a local man grabbed my hand, insisting I wait while he cracked fresh almonds for us. He did the same for those who followed. They were the most almondy almonds ever. 

And, one woman was hard at work making sure we would find our way. 

A Camino Angel with dazzle

Despite the busyness of the place, Villacazar welcomes pilgrims. It has done since the 12th Century.

The metallic guy preferred wine but John was suitably refreshed after a beer.

We paid our respects to the local tradition with a cold beer and a visit to the 13thCentury Santa Maria la Blanca. 

Tomorrow, because: blisters, again!, we’re walking a grand total of five kilometres and we’ve booked a room in a Pensione. I’m looking forward to it.

7 replies »

  1. Well I’ve almost caught up with you in a virtual, comfortable way from my armchair travelling position. I’m so pleased you are finding time to do the daily posts and the photos are stunning

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  2. Shame about the return of the blisters. It does sound like quite heavy going at times, but oh boy, your dawn photograph must make it all worthwhile, never mind the huge satisfaction you must get at the end of each day having achieved your goal.

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  3. Just great Jill the way you can summarize your walking day and tell it how it is….takes us along with you. Glad the good (albeit hot) weather continues. Great to mix up distances and types of accommodation. Keep truckin’

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