Troy and Sue's Camino travel blog

Hotel Berchules

Berchules pueblos and surrounds

Yes, Troy's really there.

Lavadero (laundry). A couple in every village.

Great sleep!

Our tour group doesn't meet until 4.30pm so time to explore the area.

Alejandro suggested we do one of their self-guided walks.

Off we went into the unknown. The apparently 6.5km, 2hr walk became 12km and about 5hours. The GR7 is a 'marked' walking track. Not as clear a track as you'd think, a bit more goat track, and we were never really sure we weren't on someones property. I had visions of angry Spanish farmers chasing us off their land.

Went into our first Spanish bar and restaurant and got the whole lunch thing wrong. Asked about almuerzo (lunch) but was 1pm - too late for lunch in Spain. I was really excited that my broken Spanish and the waiters broken English made for successful communication. They kindly fed us in the restaurant anyway. When we walked out through the bar, Spanish chaps were eating and drinking. Have since found out at that time of day, just order a drink at the bar and you get tapas (snacks) incuded. 1st lesson learned.

Met our guide and group for briefing in the afternoon. Then spent the evening chatting with our 9 tour group buddies and enjoying local wine and dinner cooked by Alejandro.

Temp today 3-6 degrees ❄ ❄ ❄. Light rain and a few snowdrops at times.

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