This sweet little albergue in ‘Rabanal del Camino’ in Spain is a very relaxing and welcoming place after the long walk on the meseta (the Spanish “desert”).
What’s an albergue? An albergue is a hostel for pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage road leading to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. These hostels are usually just dorms costing from 3-5 euros a night or are just donation based. They are open only to pilgrims who carry the credencial, a sort of pilgrim passport delivered at the start of the pilgrimage.
This albergue was run by an old English couple. They were very friendly and helpful. Of course they had to serve us some afternoon tea with biscuits and allowed us to eat the fruits from the trees. It also had a huge garden where many pilgrims just laid down under a beautiful blue sky to work on their farmer’s tan.
Musical instruments were also provided for those who knew how to play. We spent our afternoon preparing salad and pasta together while others provided the entertainment.
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