Setting off early on an 11 hour RENFE train journey from Irun near the French Spanish border to meet up with Queensland friends in Santiago de Compestella. From there we will travel with them to El Ferrol in north western Spain before commencing the Camino Ingles, the shortest Camino to qualify pilgrims for
their Compestella. A repeat of last years South African fun times ahead we hope!
The train was relatively empty at Irun but after San Sebastian more passengers arrived. By Vitoria Gasteiz this once a day train across the top of Spain was almost full and earning its keep. There were lots of walkers with their iconic nordic walking poles attached to their pristine backpacks with clean boots – suspect they are travelling to the start of a walk. Our gear on the other hand has a more well worn look after our Le Puy Camino long walk!!
Thankfully RENFE hasn’t yet done away with Buffet Cars on long distance trains.
View from the train as we approached Santiago de Compestella – beautiful rural hillside scenes.
Now enjoying Tapas in one of the many bars in the old part of town near the Cathedral. We are staying nearby and leave for El Ferrol with friends tomorrow to prepare for the start of the Camino Ingles.
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