By Victoria Grimm
Victoria Molinaseca to Ponferrada.
Today was a nice change of pace with a 9km walk. However, the real challenge of today’s walk was navigating the city of Ponferrada. After walking for a while, I had to admit to myself that I didn’t know where I was going and stopped in a café to pull up some directions to the hotel. After multiple nights in the albeurges, it was nice to not roll out a sleeping bag and shower without wearing shoes. The nap I took in the hotel bed was some of the best sleep I have gotten since starting the camino.
Ponferrado is one of my favorite cities we have been to so far. It’s extremely beautiful with views of the surrounding mountains almost everywhere you go. However, it is still metropolitan and has lots of things to do and see. Since we got in relatively early, we got to experience the city more than on other days. For example, after exploring the Castillo, we went to get helado and agua before getting pizza in the Plaza Virgen de la Encina. I would definitely like to visit Ponferrada if/when I come back to Spain.