Friday, February 1, 2013

Day 16, Barcelos finale

Barcelos is high on a hill. To get there you have to cross a medieval bridge. I'm totally churched out but I'll never tire of these bridges.

We checked ourselves into the Albergue and just stood inside dripping and shivering, as a 9-year-old girl and her mother tidied up. It's still under construction so there are some oddities. The men's bathroom has two toilets but no stalls. The door is out of reach of the toilets and doesn't lock. The kitchen consists of a microwave and construction dust. The rooms are ok. One has a bunk and a cot, the other 3 bunks. Both barely have room for the beds let alone the sleepers.

The showers operate by pushing a button and getting 20 seconds of water. I pushed many many times but I couldn't get hot water. Gyueon pointed out that I hadn't showered yesterday either.

The Brazilians showed up, looking worn out. We talked a little and it looks like we'll be seeing a lot more of each other.

We went for a walk and wondered about the huge rooster sculptures everywhere. We got our answer at the albergue later, where a mural explains the story behind Portugal's symbol [see photo below].

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