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Camino of the Kings – Prelude

This truly was the Camino of Kings. Roland and I met at Heathrow and took the evening flight with Vueling to A Coruna.

It was January 5th, the evening before the Three Kings. By the time we got into the city the parade was over but the streets were crammed. We left our rucksacks in the excellent Hostal Mara and went for a wander.

It was incredibly mild. We sat outside of ‘El Rey de Jamon’ drinking albarino, eating soft blue sheeps cheese and jamon. This week was going to be such a good Epiphany present.

A little earlier in another bar we were recommended empanada de pulpo. This was not a hit.

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Our paseo took us to the Church of Santiago, the start of the Camino on the Coruna leg. I asked the Saint’s blessing and protection, along of course with Our Lady.

A room at the front above the street meant noise. I was excited to get going. We were up early. Fortified by cafe con leche y churros we made our way to the Bus Station and caught the first bus to Ferrol.

The early start after the festival meant it smelt like a proper Midnight Mass congregation. One of the passengers spent the journey doing a good impression of the Laughing Policeman.

At 9.30 we were off the bus. We had a first sello in our credencials and made our first steps through Ferrol …

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