Today was an epic-ally exciting day, we were going to get to walk with my Little Sister and the Texan! Needless to say the Magician saw an opportunity for me to improve my French and my Little Sister’s English. Talking via google translate is a bit weird to be honest. And it has taught me, never trust google… translating to the male and female in French from English is treacherous! It ends up with you trying to explain, no, you did mean brother, not sister… And then take this on a loop for a few hours! After our broken conversation, we spent the rest of the time talking about music (everyone loves Michael Jackson, its difficult not too!). The day sped away quickly, as we danced to music. With my Little Sister interceding with these beautiful big joyful French proclamations of ‘Ah…. I llllooovveee dddddddhhhhiizzzzzzz ooonnnneeeeeeeee!!!’
On the Camino there are a lot of romances that come up. Some are obviously led from immediate sexual desire, others are from an intense short-term connection and others are where you see people connecting profoundly and falling deeply in love. Well… this was my Little Sister and the Texan. It’s a privilege to watch two people fall in love. These are the types of love stories that make me read romance novels, weep over rom- com’s and sigh at people gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes. Well, with this love story beginning, I could easily see the challenge coming up in the future. It was the same that I’d seen with myself and the Magician. Post Camino what will this mean? Can I speak French well enough to live/ work in France? Or would we live elsewhere? Let alone the response from family (or living away from them). This brought me back to some words of advice the Magician and I had from a couple running a Gite. They had met on the Camino, and she said no one believed that they would be able to make it as a couple (as its just a holiday romance right?). Well, sometimes it obviously isn’t. The Texan and my Little Sister is one, and the advice the French lady gave to us? Ignore the nay- sayers. Yes, it can have it challenges, but don’t believe people who say that you won’t make it. Why? Well the story goes on the Camino from couples that met and stayed together post Camino (and there’s a lot of them), the Camino brings the real you out. So the connections you have there can be more honest, real and deeper than others.
The walk was really long all day, along wide flat paths. Although the weather was sunny, you could feel the cold slowly creeping up on you. We were meant to have walked about 30k today, but made the fatal mistake of seeing a nice Albergue. So we cut our walk off early and decided to stop in Ledigos. With the weather getting colder, I was sucked in by the pretty looking log fire inside. The Albergue was new and well thought out, with a living room to relax in with giant arm chairs. One thing I would say though is nearly all places have communal showers and toilets. Well…. this place didn’t. And it wasn’t till I was in the shower (with soap all over my face) that the Magician told me I was in the mens. Needless to say he enjoyed yelling quick, we’ve got a naked girl in here. It’s a good job he wasn’t physically next to me at that point.
The evening didn’t get much better for me though, as the food in the associated restaurant that evening was awful!! The food was so bad, the Magician (who eats like a small horse…. Scrap that… he eats like a Panda) actually left food. After dinner we all had a drink, and I felt slightly vindicated when the bar man gave us a tub of free sweeties! Yippee!