Our last taxi rides of the Camino. After packing and breakfast, we got a taxi to the start of the 1300 meter high O Cebreiro. This was our first town in Galicia, the westernmost region of Spain. In addition to Spanish, Galega is also spoken. It is a Celtic language, since the people here are from the same stock as Scottish and Irish. Most obvious thing is the use of “X” in words to replace the “J” in Spanish. This is similar to what I remember from the Basque language in Navarra.
We went into the little tienda which sold all sorts of great hiking equipment and Susan found the Altus poncho she had been looking for.
There was also a bust of Don Elias Valiña, a priest and scholar whose 1985 book was the first modern Camino guide. He is considered the father of the modern Camino. He is also responsible for the km markers throughout Galicia.
In O Cebreiro their is also a reconstructed Palloza, the way people would have lived in early mountainous Galicia. It would have a thatched roof, two rooms, one for people and one for animals and a single entrance.
We then started to walk up and down the hills at the top of the mountain. Gorgeous views when we were below the clouds and it got better as the day went on.
We stopped at a bar there, had agua con gas and called a taxi who arrived 20 minutes later to bring us to Triacastella. We checked into the Albergue Crispeta, cleaned up, had dinner, and are now relaxing while a load of wash cycles.