After a glorious night sleep we got up early to head to the next town for breakfast since it wasn't provided by the hostel we were staying at. I am the hungriest human, especially in the morning so I had a quick snack of fruit before we headed out. (You do not want to cross me when I am hangry!) The day was a little rainy but we had our pack covers and rain gear so it wasn't too bad. I would definitely suggest to anyone walking the Camino to be prepared for all weather. Our first stop of the day was at the cafe that was recommended to us by both the hostel and our guidebook. It was quiet in the morning and we ordered delicious cappuccinos and pastries. Everything was delicious but I knew I would be hungry again soon so I ordered a bun to go for a snack along the way. (I was seriously getting hungrier every day we did the Camino.)
It was a beautiful, quiet and cool walk that day. The rain held off till the end of the day but the temperature had definitely dropped. We stopped for our second breakfast, the bun and an an apple we had taken from the hostel. Another stop was made a bit further for a pee break (sometimes there weren't enough bushes around,) so we had some delicious Portuguese juice as well. We arrived our hotel nice and early as the walk was short that day, only 14.2km. We stayed at the Hotel Imperio do Norte and was very happy with it. It was a simple room with single beds but it was clean and quiet. We got lucky that our room was ready so early because when we arrived it began to pour.
Sadly we didn't get to explore the town of Ponte de Lima much as the rain did not let us all day. However, in a way it was a blessing because we were forced to take it easy. We took it as a sign to take a break and recuperate for the rest of our journey. The town looked beautiful and it is said to be the oldest town in Portugal. We did venture out to get lunch, because of course we were starving. We found a cute little cafe and had simple sandwiches before finding a fruit store and bakery (my two favourite things while I'm in Europe!)
After lunch we napped, stretched and did some laundry. I loved my book I bought for the Camino. I had originally brought a large book to London, however, I was not very into it. So when we were in the Vancouver airport I picked up something different and small (key since I would be carrying it along the way!) The book was Finding Gobi and it was such an inspirational story it was perfect for the Camino. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a wonderful true story and who loves dogs! Funnily enough my mum finished her book while she was sick on the first day so we ended up sharing the book between the two of us.
That night we had a pilgrims meal next door to our hotel. It was delicious and very cheap, only 9 euros. It was amazing the amount of food you got when you had the pilgrim meal, anywhere we went! This meal included delicious cabbage soup, a specialty in Portugal, bread, salad, rice, meat of your choice, dessert and tea and coffee. Of course I was very happy when the dessert came and it was Pastal de Nata, a Portuguese tart with custard in the centre. I ate as many as I could get my hands on while we walked through Portugal. We had an early night because our next day of the journey was going to very tough! Stay tuned for Day 5...