Day 52 - Santiago

Date: June 25, 2015

Location: Santiago de Compostela

Mileage: 0.0 Km

Weather: Beautiful blue sky and not too cool and not too hot

Temperature: Low 60s° F all day

Lodging and Cost: Hotel Rua Villar - 75  €

GPS Location: ’42.879562” N and ’ -8.544513” W

Highlights: Santiago de Compostela 

Summary of the Day: 

I had turned my alarm off the night before so I didn't wake up until 6:30 and didn't even try to get up. I just laid there in bed. This is the first time since I've been here that I didn't just jump up and start getting ready to walk, and it felt nice to be lazy. Finally around 7:15, I decided that I would do something and not just lay there so I got up and completed about three Spanish lessons that I've been working on and then I went to breakfast. For some reason in the past month I've been craving eggs, bacon, toast and orange juice along with café con leche so that’s what I had this morning and it was good.

After breakfast I came back to the room and looked over my schedule for the walk out to Finisterre and Muxia. I decided that I could complete that walk in six days and be back by next Thursday morning to catch a train on Friday to Madrid. I can spend a few days and probably a lot of Euros there before catching my flight back to Atlanta. The next thing I did was go to the train booking office across the street and talk to the man there and buy my ticket. I have a Spanish senior citizen's card which gives me a 40 percent discount on train tickets, except on Friday and Saturday travel, you only get 25 percent discount, but that's something. My ticket, first class, is 54.75€ compared to 75€ if I didn't have my card. Anyway that is now taken care of. All I have now is the booking for a place to stay in Madrid and that's where my  daughter comes in as she is going to help me locate a place in Madrid. It's got to be obvious from my past performance of finding a nice room in Porto that I need help in that area. So now it's off to get in touch with her.

Well after about an hour on FaceTime with her she found something right in the center of Madrid in the main plaza. It appears to be very nice. I saw pictures of the room and see that it is very near all the museums and galleries so I should have plenty of things to do and spend my last Euros on. I will have three full days in Madrid. I didn't really want that long there but I worried that, because it was over a weekend, I might need to be closer to the airport than half way across the country. I can grab a cab and be at the airport in 20–30  minutes whereas in Santiago it is a 5-hour train trip in a high speed train traveling at 220 KPH.

I think it will be fun in Madrid. I enjoyed it last time, but it was only for 2-1/2 days. Also the temperatures are scheduled to be around 103° F for two of the three days. Thankfully Kelley found me a place with air conditioning. You may not know this, but most of the hotels, hostels, and pensions in Spain do not have air conditioning in the rooms so it can leave you a little miserable. I guess I'm pretty well set. The rest of the day is just going to be taking it easy and seeing if there is anything that I didn't see or do.

Tomorrow I will leave out around 6:30 in the morning as I only have a 22 Km day and I am fully rested so I should be fine to do the distance, and it is predicted to be cool and very cloudy, but not raining. I look forward to walking out to the coast. It's always fun to go to the ocean and watch the waves come crashing in and watch the people.  And with that thought I will finishing preparing for a new adventure to start tomorrow and say… Buen Camino.

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