Below: A foggy start to the day in O Cebreiro. With its thatched roofs and stone buildings, it could have easily been a village in the UK.

Below: In the crowded bar in O Cebreiro. The town is a popular starting point for those who are only walking the last 150 kilometers, and we had to stop three times this morning before we were able to find a bartender who wasn’t too busy to serve us.

Below: Still foggy. As we walked through several cute villages today, I noticed that stone, not adobe or half-timbering, is the dominant building material in this part of Spain. Galicia has connections to other Celtic cultures, and you can see it in the architecture.

Below: At one point, the clouds lifted and we glimpsed this very green, agricultural countryside that wouldn’t look out of place along the Cotswold Way in England.

Below: Some impressive Galician hills.

Below: Unusual trees along the way. Look at how green everything is!

Below: The monastery at Samos, nestled in a valley like Conques. Also like Conques: crappy albergue; no pillows; no hot water. We opted for a variante today; Samos isn’t on the main route to Santiago, but we thought it would make for less-crowded roads, which it did.

Below: Inside the albergue, which shares its roof with the monastery. Although it had no amenities, the paintings on the ceiling were a nice touch. Many of them referenced the paintings in the Basilica of San Isidoro in León.

I remember lying in my bed that evening, wondering who was going to take the initiative to turn off the lights (I think I did, in the end) and thinking about how much I was tired of this lifestyle!

Below: Our monk-guided tour of the monastery.

Below: Paintings in one of the cloisters; there was a fire a few years ago and the monks used the opportunity to redecorate. This fresco depicts the seven deadly sins.

Below: A significant relic (the bone) of Saint Benedict in the Samos monastery.

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