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Day 2: O Porriño - Redondela





















I learned my lesson from yesterday. This morning I had breakfast: café y croissant a la plancha con marmelada. I enjoyed my breakfast while watching Spanish news. Obama was on TV discussing the US-Cuba Relations. Before leaving the city, I stopped at charcuteria bought some cheese and chorizo. Then, I stopped at a market and bought some bread and water. The day was warm but not as hot as yesterday. Today I had my backpack and had to learn how to adjust it so it sits on my hipbones like it's supposed to. I walked slowly and took many breaks. The first 25 minutes felt like one hour. There were a lot of climbs, long descends and lots of concrete. I saw one of the guys from the albergue, Carlos, he was walking super fast with a friend. Even if I wanted to, I could not keep up with them. I also saw the two German ladies that stayed at the albergue in Tui and greeted each other. They seem very friendly but their English was not very clear. Getting into Redondela was very tiring because of the sun and all the concrete. As I walked into the city looking for a place to stay, a lady said hi from inside of a house with open doors. I went back and she invited me in. She said she had rooms available and wanted to show me the house. It was an albergue. I told her I was looking to stay at a private room but she showed me the house anyways. Her rooms were empty and she promised that if anyone else came in she would put them in a different room. When I saw the house had a nice bathroom and a room with beautiful windows facing the street, I decided to stay. I changed and went downstairs. The lady, Rosa, offered me some tea. She made this delicious ginger tea and we sat at the table sipping hot tea and talking about the movie The Way. She too is a peregrina and has walked many Caminos. I asked her where to go for diner. She told me she was making pizza and I was welcome to eat with her. The pizza was homemade and delicious. We had more tea and then some coffee. After sunset, Rosa took me for a walk and into a tabierna by a waterfall. The place was beautiful and we had some Mencia wine there. Next day, Rosa made breakfast and told me she would walk un ratito with me. On our way out we said hi to pilgrims from Brazil. They were walking a bit behind us till Rosa went back right before we reached Arcade. I had a wonderful time at Albergue Rosa D'Abreu. It was a very unique experience and it made for a special day in Redondela. I caught up with the Brazilians and walked with them to Pontevedra.















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