|Safe Journey - Experience through the eyes of|
a child (Alida)
Firstly, do take care when leaving Medina del Campo. On leaving the city, follow the directions as outlined in the guidebook and map as there are arrows under a railway bridge on route that look as though they are a "new way"... however, Michael decided to drive that way after parting with me just to see where they went (I followed the old and rather faint arrows as per the map) and he found that they took him right back into the city centre. Very confusing! The real way is not clearly marked, but once on track, over the overpass of the railway, it is not difficult because the route is straight, straight and straight again!
It was a stunning morning - clear and fresh with those wonderful damp autumn smells. The route follows the railway tracks and has a nice, old feeling about it and is very rural, but as the railway is unfenced, it means "on leash" time for the dogs. Nearing a working winery, small and private, there was a bird of prey watching us. This was at Dueñas de Medina.
|Church with large nest above the|
|The track goes gently uphill onto rolling downs|
|The new road which we have followed|
on and off along this Camino
|Well marked to show where to cross the new road, the|
arrow interestingly, is made from steel reinforcing rod
and painted yellow!
The ayuntamiento was easy to find and a nice lady explained that sadly the convent had been closed for a year (!) As a suggestion to the amigos, maybe when sending out the maps and guidebooks, a piece of paper with any amendments could be included, as I understand that reprints will be expensive and an unnecessary cost done too regularly. It was such a shame and when I asked why she said that there were no more nuns. I will have to have my monastery experience on a different part of the Camino - that's if there are some nuns or monks to be found?! She directed me to Hotel Zamora which was opposite and also mentioned in the guidebook, and this was a lovely and welcoming little place. 18 Euros for a room with bathroom along the hall - very clean and cozy and with a menu del dia which saved us traveling out for food.
|Nava del Rey in the distance|