We eat very well on the camino. Walking four to eight hours a day affords you the luxury of eating nearly whatever you like.
Last nights pasta feast for 8 Italians, 6 Aussies and 1 American was pretty special. Firstly we didn’t cook. The Italians made this delectable arrabiatto sauce with linguine; hard boiled eggs lathered in olive oil and salt; and a salad. All washed down with copious amounts of vino tinto (red wine). In fact I have replaced most of my red blood cells with red wine after averaging at least half a bottle of red per day for the last three weeks.
Most mornings, breakfast consists of a cappuccino with a croissant at the first bar in the first town that is awake. Then lunch is anywhere from 11.30am and usually is a boccadillo with ham, cheese and tomato. This is the original subway but with extremely crusty bread. The ham is also more like prosciutto which is a little chewy as well. My gums were very sore for the first few days until I discovered that the spanish do a damn fine olive oil. Now everything is soaked in olive oil…I’m a well oiled machine!
For dinner we usually do the pilgrims menu which is displayed in most restaurants. This consists of a starter like garlic or lentil soup or a salad; main of chicken, pork or fish with veges or chips; then a desert of an apple, yogurt or ice cream.
After all this, we are actually loosing a bit of weight. We will weigh ourselves in Santiago….another celebration to be had we hope.
Today we have made it to Leon (pop. 130,000). A short 18.6km, again on the senda and then on the footpath from the outskirts of the city to the majestic 13th Century Cathedral that dominates the skyline here.
We have walked around the city (yes I know, we still have some energy left to explore and play tourist) and are very impressed with the architecture. One building was designed by Antonio Guadi who was a spanish maestro in design and a favorite of mine.
Back on the road tomorrow….the way continues!