Happy birthday to me - celebrating 68 years of life with the prettiest lady in Spain - Arlene. She took me out for desayuno at a little pastry shop around the corner from the hostel. They surprised us with a mini hot sandwich of ham and cheese - must have been included in the price of cafe - plus our pastries. In Spain - you eat donuts with a knife and fork and all the coffees come in small cups with tiny spoons - no paper cups and plates here. They never ask for money up front - they always wait until you are finished - even at lunch and dinner - then you remind them what you ate and drank - then they give you the bill. Very friendly people here - we like their honor system.
Then we went for a stroll. They have an awesome park here by the river with five different walkways on the one side and three on the opposite bank. This place is definitely people friendly.
One-fifth of Park Area
More Park Rest Area
Market Day? Was Not Here Yesterday
So as we are strolling around we came up a Sunday people's market - We walked this "Camino de los Ropas" - the walk of the clothes and everything in between. It stretched at least a mile - and we walked both directions. Didn't buy anything since we are doing ultra-light backpacking but they had some great bargains - if we were at the end of our Camino then we would have indulged - maybe we will find similar bargains when we get to Santiago. Going to Skype our sons in a bit - then heading back out into the sunshine. Camino walking resumes in the morning.
PS - What a great way to spend my birthday.
Dale and Arlene