mardi 19 mai 2009

Bits and pieces

Ah, to be young again. Nadine took a couple of my prescription anti-inflammatories, the ones for my shoulder tendonitis, and we took it easy for a couple of days (i.e. walked 20 km, not 30) and her pain is totally gone.

We are now on the meseta - the part that is supposed to be flat and boring. So far, it looks like the foothills of Alberta, except greener, and it reminds me of home - love it.

We haven´t seen any Canadians (or Quebecois) for the past couple of days,maybe they´ll catch up to us now that we are going slower. Last night, we had dinner with three Brazilians. One spoke a bit of French, we all spoke a bit of Spanish, and in between the Portuguese, Spanish and French, we were able to understand each other. The people we meet are one of the highlights of the trip.

Camino animals: on this trip so far, we have seen cows, donkeys, horses, sheep, roosters (heard a lot of early am roosters), a green snake slithering through the vines (which a Frenchman later told us was 'une vipere' i.e. a poisonous snake),large members of the beetle family, a long green lizard that scampered across the road and scared Nadine, and lots of dogs. Spanish dogs are the best behaved I have ever seen. They don't look so great; in one village in particular, the mutts looked part wolf; but they rarely bark, and will approach us in a friendly manner. I wish Canadian dogs were equally well behaved.

The weather has been beautiful - it rained only twice, and was cold one day. We are very lucky. As Nadine said today - some moments you wonder why the $%%&/ you came on this %/&(% trip, but overall, it´s pretty neat.

It would be perfect if our sweethearts were with us. Fortunately, Randy will be taking three weeks holidays when I return, and we will arrive in Victoria on the same day. I'm pretty lucky to have such a supportive partner, and I really miss him.


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