LEON

I am now in Leon. Wow! I hear you say, that was one quick walk.

Well, toe tell you the truth……

No honestly, after struggling again yesterday with my toe, I decided to move on again, this time to the beautiful city of Leon.

I say beautiful but that’s just going by the taxi ride from the train station to the albergue, right in the heart of the action.

Maybe it’s the name Leon but looking down on the street from the balcony of my room I am reminded of another balcony, in another time in Paris. Street sounds rising, laughter from a girl in a café somewhere, the sort of background sounds that Tati would have loved.

I haven’t actually been out in the city yet but I can feel it’s activity calling me.

“Come down to play with us Campbell, you’ll love it.”

On the boring side I have to wait until my trousers dry, slight accident in the bathroom. NO, not that sort of accident. It was the exploding washing liquid sachet for my clothes, but you try explaining that when you’re as chic as I am walking into that café downstairs with a perfectly positioned stain. Fairy Liquid I hear them say,  “No, and just because I am wearing bright red trousers and a luminous yellow shirt there’s no need to cast homophobic insults around”.

Just got to go now cause wife on Skype.

Will be back later.

Back again. Just walked a little bit round the area close to the albergue looking for replacement shoes for starting walking again. Found a pair that seemed to suit. Bought them and walked round the corner to find the very shop I had been looking for, for days. Found another, better pair, bought them and asked the lady if she thought I could get a refund from the first shop, she said something I didn’t understand but worked out it was “good luck”. Went back to the first shop and argued my case. When they said it was against the “reglas” – rules. I said it wasn’t against the policia rules. Well what do you know – got a refund. Paddy Barr’s style of negotiating seems to work.

Am sitting people watching with two friends – cerveza y limon.

Am moving now to buy some tapas or pinchos, whatever they call them here.

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Good night all. Will blog tomorrow with some pics of Leon when I get a chance to look around.

About CJ

Setting out 1st September to walk El Camino. I am walking the French Way and starting at Logroño. My wonderful wife is joining me at Sarria to finish the walk with me.
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