Day 13, Portomarin to Palas de Rei, 25k

Day 13, Palas del Rei to Arzua, 26k

Learning English and Spanish with a group of students learning English in Palas del Rei
Learning English and Spanish with a group of students learning English in Palas del Rei

Where Did They All Come From?

Today, leaving Portomarin, we were overwhelmed by the number of new pilgrims that have joined the trail. Looking ahead all we could see was a stream of pilgrims.  At times, there were bottlenecks where the path narrowed.  In my seven years on the trail, I´ve never seen so many people. While this is a fantastic event to witness for the first 30 minutes, the reality sets in: Where are these pilgrims going to sleep? Now finding a place to stay for our group becomes my first priority.  Insider knowledge, strong Spanish skills and even some Gallego (the local regional language) is the key to having a place to stay for each of the next three nights or possibly having to walk to the next town.

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