Thursday, June 5, 2008
Day 10, Triacastela to Sarria
Today we walked 17K to Sarria. Compared to all the other days today's walk was quick and easy and we made it to town before the Menú del Día was served. The walk to Sarria wasn' that interesting, just flat which was greatly appreciated. Once we were fed, rested, and bathed, we took a tour of the city. Sarria ia special because it is 111K from Santiago and the last town pilgrims can begin to walk from in order to receive the Compostela. We saw the Church of San Salvador. Built in the 11th century in the Roman style, a crowned figure is carved above the side door and his hands are blessing all those who walk by.
We also went to Sarria's most important cultural attraction- el Monasterio de la Magadalena. Built in the 13th century it has Roman and Gothic influences. The monastery was founded as a hospital by Italian friars for pilgrims then turned into an Augustinian monastery.
After our short tour we went to the supermercado and bought food for dinner. The albergue in Sarria was one of our nicer stops. There was a kitchen and big tables for group dinning, so we had a very nice community dinner. Lots of jamón, queso, pan, and vino tinto- the staple diet of all peregrinos. After dinner we sat outside and played a few thrilling rounds of mafia. When we couldn't stay awake any longer we went to bed and prepared for another long day of walking.