Palas de Rei to Melide, 15.5 km
As I was walking today, I realized that I only have 4 more days of walking, and only 56 km to go before Santiago. That being the case, I have started to think about what I have learned about Spain, about myself, and about the Camino. So far, most of them are pretty pedestrian, so I will just list them as bullets.
*I don't mind the smell of cow dung so much... You get used to it after a km or two, and it adds to the It is the flies that come with the dung that I have a hard time dealing with.
*Eucalyptus really doesn't smell that bad in the wild--I actually found it quite pleasant while walking today. It is only in the flower section of Hobby Lobby that it is overpowering and headache inducing.
*If you ask for green tea here in Spain, most of the time it is mixed with mint. I like the combination.
*I think that I am getting sick of my hiking clothes. For the last 2 evenings, I have put on my skirt rather than one of my hiking outfits, and I am enjoying wearing something other than running clothes.
*I am seriously thinking about chucking my hiking shoes in Santiago. They are smelly and dusty, and the thought of packing them usually evokes a response of, "eeeewwwwww!"
*I hope that we never go to strictly one dollar coins like they have with Euros....it makes spending them that much easier.
*As I lay here in my Albergue in the center of Melide, I have to say that I really miss the quiet of the trail. I don't know what I am going to do when I get home, as I have gotten used to living in quietude. The fact that it is directly beside a hopping night spot means that I will be listening to the base line of the techno music all night. It is a good thing I tend to sleep like the dead!
The mile markers aren't very accurate, since they have moved the trail since they were erected, but I am glad for at least a ballpark figure!
*Speaking of quiet, my iPod nano has become a really expensive watch. In the whole time I have been in Spain, I have listened to a sum total of 2 hours of music, and ditched my earphones in Leon because I lost the earpieces someplace along the way. I haven't even really used the mileage tracker, since my guide has a more accurate reckoning. Next time, it stays home!
*Many of the things that I used to think of as necessities are really wants. I have come to value tea with sugar, although honey in my tea is still my preference.
*The hotter the water, the faster your tea will steep. All of the bars use the steam function on the espresso machine to pour water over my teabags, and I get a nice, strong cup in about 2-3 minutes rather than having to wait 6-8 minutes or more.
* Even though I grew up in a city, I think I'm a small town girl at heart. I prefer the quiet of the small towns I have walked through to the hustle and bustle of the bigger cities.
I am sure there will be more as time goes on, but that is what I have been thinking about while walking today!