- June 21st, 2014
- Agueda: Albergue Residencial Celeste (€10 for a dorm)
- Weather: Cool and rainy, 23 degrees
I woke to the sound of a torrential downpour and remembered the weather forecast had said it would rain today. I was supposed to be getting up but decided to stay in bed until the rain had stopped or at least calmed down a bit. It was lovely and cool when I did finally leave (perfect walking weather) but the dark clouds lingered and I knew it was only a matter of time before I ended up wet!
I hadn’t decided where I was going to stay yet and whether I would try to walk 2 stages in one today but when the heavens opened again for a very heavy and long downpour, I was lucky to be outside a cafe where I could take shelter. The downpour lasted a very long time and by the time it stopped I had convinced myself to stay in the town I was in rather than push on another 20km.
I checked into the albergue Residencial Celeste in Agueda (€10 for a dorm) and bumped into Joanna and the Frenchman Gigi. The albergue was on the outskirts of town up a hill so I didn’t fancy walking back into town for dinner but there was a supermarket nearby so Joanna and I decided to go to the supermarket and buy a salad for dinner. I bought eggs assuming there would be a stove in the albergue kitchen to boil them but it turned out there was only a microwave and kettle (no bowls). Apparently the albergue had only opened in April and they were yet to install a fridge and stove. The owner’s brother wanted to help me boil the eggs so thus begun a slightly long and painful episode of boiling 6 eggs in a kettle! I was sceptical but it worked!
It was a lovely dinner and relatively easy day.