Trip Start May 11, 2005
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The people we met on the trail are from all walks of life and from every country under the sun
We met many Italians on this trip and although they rarely speak English or Spanish they are always warm and welcoming. They love to speak to us in Italian as if we understand and then we reply in English as if they understand and some how it works out! We met a couple of people that had started the trail in Germany, a couple of Italians had started in Rome, and one man with a donkey had started in Normandy. His donkey had separation anxiety because every time the man left him we would bray extremely loudly! For the first two weeks of the trail we would constantly run into the same people that were keeping similar walking schedules to us. So more or less you develop a huge friend base because you see the same people everyday or every other day. This was a huge perk of the trail that we both did not expect. It was really nice talking to people from all over Europe and getting to know them over the course of the Camino. But when we took a 5 day break and went to Pamplona, we left our walking group and when we came back to the trail it was a little less fun until we met other people.
One nice thing that many of the towns or Albergues do have is a Pilgrims meal. This consists of 3 courses with all the table wine and water you can drink. This normally cost around 7-10 euros. For us this is quite expensive so we only did it a couple of times a week but it was always a nice way to sit down with people you did not know and get to know them over some food and wine. The over-all cost of the trail is very cheap because the albergues only cost from donation to (rarely) 8 Euro a night. The Pilgrims meal is normally your greatest cost in a day!