I organised my accommodation for the last 100 kms as it gets so busy. Because of this, I have to say goodbye to my lovely travel buddy Gerard. I feel like I’ve lost a limb! It has been so good being with someone who speaks a bit of Spanish, loves the adventure of just seeing what unfolds, and knows what to order and where to find food. He talks to everybody, and everyone just loves him. We will meet again in a few days so we can walk into Santiago together.Because I am so far ahead if myself, I have to stay another day in Sarria. It’s a bit boring here, but I can’t change my accommodation dates. I have to backtrack to Samos on the 25th. It’s ok though. I can use the extra rest day. Nothing much happened today. Had a quiet one. I did stop and speak to a pilgrim in the street as she looked exhausted. Noticed a laminated photo tied onto her backpack. It was her son who died last year and she was walking the Camino with him this way. We hugged and cried together and then she left. He only looked to be about 20.
Nothing much more to say. I’m feeling sorry for myself at the moment, but that won’t last.
Next day…..Nah, I’m fine now. Said goodbye to Gerard this morning and it turns out it was just the saying goodbye part that was hard. I love being on my own and I love the freedom of it actually. Now that he’s gone, I’m more than okay. I will wander around town today and study my next week or so, have an early night and take off in the morning again.
The day ended up ok. Met Peter from Port Macquarie and spent the afternoon chatting with him. What a lovely person. Just had dinner with him and waiting for the sun to go down so I can go to bed and get going tomorrow morning.
Give me strength!!! In a room with 3 men. Lights are out, and the young Korean uni student above me has had a lovely nap and decided to get up and sit in the chair next to me. He is charging his phone and EATING SOMETHING FROM A PLASTIC BAG!!! I should have taken up Peter’s offer to share his room!!