I have a guidebook for the Via de la Plata that is sparse on detail, descriptive passages, possibly exaggerated, that might make Etobicoke look like a garden city, and divides the journey into ‘manageable’ stages. Although to date I have enjoyed immensely the landscapes, rolling hills and flatlands hypnotically beautiful, looking ahead there are consecutive stretches of 40 kilometre days. The distance I can manage but it is the 30 degree Celsius temperatures that have me concerned.

Preparing floats for Samana Santa processions

I’m about 220 km from Sevilla so I am changing plans. I want to experience the Mozarabic way via Ourense and with two weeks of daily walking will enter Santiago de Compostela from the south. Then I will take a train or bus to Porto in Portugal and return to Santiago on the Portuguese Camino.

Roman walls in Merida

Finding transportation by either bus or train had been difficult because it is all booked up during Holy Week by Spanish travelers.

Graffiti on the walls says in Latin “Romans go home”

Went to the Easter Sunday Mass at the Cathedral in Merida.

But I have friends in high places


Onwards to Salamanca.