Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Painting on the Rocks and Landis Takes the Yellow

Hello everyone. We´re in Puente de Orbigo (which is also called Hospital de Orbigo for those looking us up on a map or website). The albergue here is the best so far. One of the most interesting features is the huge collection of paintings done by various peregrinos. Some are excellent. We also really like one of the volunteers here. He´s a native of Canada but has been all over the world, going where the spirit takes him. He goes by Indalo. This afternoon he took Kate, Ti, Casey, and I to a special spot along the river where he goes to paint on the rocks. We all took turns puting on our own special touch. After painting, we sat by the river and drank a special tea that comes from Uruguay and Argentina. Called ¨mate¨(ma-teh), the tea is drank by putting the leaves in a small cup or guard and then adding water. A special metal straw is used to sip up the tea. I´m not much of a tea fan, but the process itself was worthwhile.

In other news, Floyd Landis took the yellow jersey again and has a significant lead. Watching the tour in the Spanish bars is one of my favorite ways to emerse myslef in the language and culture of Spain. Of course the race is always accompanied by a cafe con leche.

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