Part 3: How to Start your Vacation…
… Welcome to Salamanca!!!
82) Love the train ride to Salamanca because, well, you love trains. Be wowed by the view. Ride the bus to the city center with friendly woman. Wait in cute little pedestrian shopping area for the Couchsurfer you’re staying with.
83) Vibe well with the Couchsurfer. Put stuff down, go out. Be blown away by the beauty of the central square in Salamanca.
84) Have a fabulous time drinking beers & eating tapas at outdoor tables all night long with more Couchsurfers.
84b) A seriously fabulous time.
85) Sleep. Till Noon.
86) Walk to bus station. Take bus to Zamora, a 3 days walk away from Salamanca, where you’d originally planned on starting, to make up for Lost Luggage Time.
85) Walk through nice city-ish area, on to the “old city” e.g. pedestrian area towards the central square and church housing the pilgrim hostel.
86) Encounter a fruit stand with more types of cherries than you’ve ever seen before. Stand Woman wisely gives you free taste.
87) Buy a kilo of cherries.
88) Feel a combined sense of embarrassment and pride when she calls everyone over to see you, the Girl Pilgrim Who Is Walking to Santiago, Alone On Foot “A pié! Sola! ¡Que Valiente!”
89) Feel briefly like you should sign autographs.
90) Wander ’round and ’round looking for the Pilgrim Hostel.
91) Begin to feel a bit silly. OK, quite silly.
92) Ask in Police Station, where they don’t answer but just wave in the general direction you’ve already been to. Twice.
93) FINALLY find the Pilgrim Hostel.
94) Talk with nice German girl about her Camino.
95) Go to sleep with no pad on the hard, cold floor, but don’t care.
96) Smile as you fall asleep, and laugh at the truly ridiculous, and to-be-expected-if-you’ve-heard-my-tales-before, start to the vacation.
!!!Welcome! You’re now officially a Pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago!!!