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Day 0/1: Travel to the Starting Point

After saying "goodbye" to my sweetheart, I take Continental Airlines to Madrid where I meet my sister, Linda, who has been studying Spanish in Spain for two weeks already. After sorting through the contents of our packs (merging and combining items where possible), we store our suitcases in a storage locker at the Airport and then travel to our starting point. This requires first the metro to the bus station (3 Euros), then the bus to Lugo (35 Euros), and finally a taxi to O Cebreiro (70 Euros). We arrive just in time to see the sun set. Fantastic!

The albergue is serviceable, but smells moldy. The caretakers (a Dutch couple) are very nice and helpful, however. We make sure to donate 7 Euros to the albergue. Later we read that the largest bill that O Cebreiro has ever received is 5 Euros! Could it have been ours?

Since the hospitalera is taking a sick boy to the Red Cross when we arrive, it takes us a while to check in. After a restless night's sleep (the snores of others: the albergue is packed), I wake up during the night feeling very sick (uh-oh!).

American hiker all set to board the plane.

Paul leaves his loving sweetheart behind.

Linda and I unload our packs in the airport - combining and merging items where possible.

Bus travel in Spain is nice!

The sun's last rays illuminate the rural hilltop town of O Cebreiro.

The sun sets. The building on the left is the albergue.

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