Somewhere to Leon.
Distance 18 km
Yeah I know what you’re thinking
18 km. that’s nothing right? Anyone can walk 18 km.
Well trying walking it in 35 degrees with a cognac-induced hangover that was threatening to reduce me to a Roland-esque state of cranial implosion
Guys – he was the medieval warrior who died from ruptured temples. I mentioned him 19 days ago? Oh do keep up …
So there I am walking down the Camino which in this section involved walking alongside a long stretch of main road
I’m doing something – anything- to take away the pain inside my head. So I start singing. I am not a good singer.
I was almost past the front porch of a decaying house when I noticed an aged Señora watching me with undisguised contempt.
She put her fingers in her ears. And said something that sounded like
“ay ay ay …, non non non”
Which I can’t help thinking may have been a slight criticism
So today i met and walked for 3 hours with a kid I suspect may end running her country Or possibly another
Her name is Asia (oddly a corruption of Joanna) and she is Polish
21 years old, tiny and shouldering a back pack almost as big as her
Some “old guy about 50” (thanks Asia) had just tried to get her into his car so I’d like to think she was happy to walk with me. But I think she is tough enough to sort out problems on her own.,
But Lord she looks young. About 15 . I find myself worrying about these kids. But I think Asia will be ok
She was certainly lecturing me about the Camino and what i could get out of it. She even told me off when she thought I wasn’t paying attention. Which I was
She is very philosophical. Very positive
True to form I wasnt having much of that but she didn’t mind
We saw two buzzards circling over the nests of swifts. And they were being dive bombed by the swifts as they tried to protect their young
“This is a metaphor for life,” says little Asia
“yes… Conflict and fighting between ourselves ..”
I was just about to say what a load if bollocks when she burst out laughing
I don’t know what Polish is for a wind up but thats what it was
“i say this just for you” laughed this amazing kid.
Another person who makes the Camino.such a humbling experience
She headed to a hostel which charged 5 euros a night I’m writing this outside a hotel in Leon which – ahem charges a bit more than that
So here I am. 0200 am. This city is heaving. Just had my photo taken with a hen party dressed as sailors. May post that as long as my wife sees the funny side….entirely innocent J honestly x
Will post more on Leon tomorrow
Oh my room no is 101. The receptionist didn’t get it when I asked if there were rats there….