Camino Inglés: Bruma to Sigüeiro

Continued from Bruma, where two Caminos converge.

What comes up must come down. Sure, it was a longer stage of 16 miles (25 km), but I was in for an easier walk on this day because it was mostly downhill, as the graph below shows.

I was out bright and early (for me at least) because I stayed in a municipal albergue and pilgrims need to be out by 8 a.m. On my way out of town, I was hoping the Casa Graña was open for a café con leche. I had forgotten to get a stamp in my credential the night before. They were totally closed, but I spotted a cute bunny hopping around their patio. Here’s the video of the Bruma Bunny.

Walking this early has its benefits. The sky was beautiful!

This home as a bread delivery box right below the mailbox!

This home has a bread delivery box right below the mailbox!

Here’s one of those quirky places along the Inglés. A café with plenty of odd statues and metal sculptures.

Statue of St. James

Statue of St. James

I saw Lynn and Annie there so we took a selfie with the giant pilgrim statue behind us.

I saw Lynn and Annette there.   St. James has our back!

 

After that fun diversion and my second breakfast, I passed by vineyards and homes with pyramid-shaped hedges.

Sometimes arrows are painted on power poles

Sometimes arrows are painted on power poles.

A dilapidated home

A dilapidated home

My Camino card for the day

My daily reading. Good advice for the Camino!

I made great progress on getting stamps, but with such a short Camino, there will be empty squares for stamps in Santiago.

I made great progress on getting stamps in my credential, but with such a short Camino, there will be empty squares for more stamps in Santiago.

A typical pilgrims nest.

I saw some of the people from the albergue there. Everyone stops here because this is the last café before Sigüeiro.

We were lucky to pass through one last tree tunnel before entering the endless tree farm.

We were lucky to pass through one last tree tunnel before entering a long stretch of forest.

I brought these from home and they gave me a good protein boost and something to do on this long and rather boring section.

These gave me a good protein boost, and something to do on this rather monotonous section. Are we there yet?

By far the best thing on this section was seeing my first deer on this Camino!

By far the best thing on this section was seeing my first deer on this Camino!

I was finally out of the woods and was happy to see a shell marker. Civilization must be near!

I was finally out of the woods and was happy to see this shell marker. Civilization must be near!

The shells lead you through a beautiful park upon entering Sigüeiro.

I made it to Sigüeiro, but I had to figure out my game plan and find a bathroom. I stopped in this Rodeo bar for a cold beer.

The bartender gave me a generous plate of free tapas. A  bocadilla (sandwich) and slice of stuffed pork. Good thing I’m not a vegetarian!

It was advised to book a room ahead of time in Sigüeiro. Rumor had it that one of the albergues was shut down due to bedbugs. Yikes! So, there were fewer beds available. Quinta Andaina was recommended by the Aussie couple that Nancy and I met on the first day. They were a day ahead of us because they didn’t split a stage, and they kept texting me good tips.

I had seen this brochure at the albergue in Presedo, and thought it looked good for just 13 euros. I just had to coordinate with the owner Fernando to get the key. I called him to let I know I arrived. We met at the pension and he showed me the facilities.

It was an apartment with four bedrooms and a huge kitchen.

There was a washing machine, and he said I could use it for free. Score! The simple pleasure of doing a load of laundry in one of these can make a pilgrim’s day!

Washing machines are often built into kitchens in Spain and other parts of Europe.

Washing machines are often built into kitchens in Spain.

I washed everything and hung it up on the terrace to dry.

I washed everything and hung it up on the terrace to dry.

This video shows the terrace, kitchen, entry hall, and lots of ceramic knickknacks. It’s like being in grandma’s house!

After doing my laundry and showering, Nancy and I met for drinks with Darin from Ireland, and Lynn and Annette from America. It was still sunny and warm out.

Then we ventured out to find dinner. We saw the Italians we met in Bruma at a Pulperia Mesón As Rías.

They insisted we put the tables together to form one long table. So there were 22 in the group from Italy, plus Nancy, Darin and I. The last supper on the last night of the Camino.

Cin Cin! Cheers! Salud! Slainte!

Cin Cin! Cheers! Salud! Slainte!

I attempted a selfie with everyone at the table

I attempted a selfie with everyone at the table.

Here’s the video of everyone.

I think that was a marriage proposal at the end.

The Next Morning

Yes, I’m wearing sunglasses. Yes, I had a good time last night. Yes, I was a little hungover. It was a great way to spend the last night on the Camino.

I do recommend staying at Pension Quinta Andaina. To reserve, call Fernando at +34 609 07 54 82.

Up next, Sigüeiro to Santiago.

All of my stages will be added to this page: Camino Inglés 2017.  There are more photos of my Camino Inglés on a Facebook album and Instagram.

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