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Report 2014: Camino de Santiago

By Maria A from NJ, Summer 2012

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Page 2 of 11: Arrival to O'Cebreiro, Galicia

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View from O'Cebreiro

Arrived to Piedrafita de Cebreiro around 1pm, took taxi up to O’Cebreiro. We had prepaid rooms at the old Monastery San Giraldo de Aurillac (dating from the 9th century), located right next to the church of Santa Maria la Real. “Check-in” was at the bar of the O’Cebreiro hotel. The rooms had been renovated recently and are simple but comfortable and have private bathrooms. O'Cebreiro has a lot of character, with the “pallozas” structures which look like huts with thatched roofs.

After having lunch at the O’Cebreiro hotel (and having one of many the “Pilgrims’ Menu” we would have for the following eight days) we walked a bit of the Camino going up to O’Cebreiro, taking in the views in the beautiful sunny and clear afternoon. That evening we attended mass and then had dinner at the restaurant in the O’Cebreiro hotel. Later at the packed bar of the hotel we watched the semi-final Euro cup game between Spain and Portugal, which went into overtime and was won in penalty kicks (the owner of the bar promptly turned off the TV once Spain secured the win).

That night I could barely sleep, a combination of excitement for starting the walk the next day and also a disturbance between a couple of drunken revelers right under the window of our room kept me awake.

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