Apparently we are not having much luck with our Spanish tour so far. After walking through a combination of highways and forested paths as well as another serious incline we made it to our next town in roughly 4 hours. Redondela was a beautiful town, however, we did not realize we were not actually staying in the town of Redondela. We didn't make this realization until we flipped our guidebook to the next page to plan our next day and it told us where our hotel was, another 7km away from Redondela. As you can imagine when we arrived in the town everyone was staying in, we thought we were too, we were both tired and hungry from walking that morning. So after spending an hour or so trying to figure out where our hotel was we went into a flower shop where we were able to speak to each other a little more clearly with my broken Spanish and her broken English and she ordered us a taxi.
My mum and I didn't want to have to take a taxi because although it is not technically cheating it sort of feels that way if you know what I mean? Well we were just on the verge of tears due to hunger and frustration and the best thing we decided was to order that taxi, and thank goodness we did. When we actually realized how much further our hotel was we were glad we got that cab. The guidebook we are using has been very confusing at times, I'm glad we had it but doing your research online if you have good wifi is important too. We figured out our mistake when I had a minute to do so (after some much needed food in my stomach.) It turns out there was a hotel in both the city of Redondela and the small town we were in with the same name and that's why we were so confused!
We found it very difficult the transition from the beautiful days in the countryside to arrive in cities by foot looking for hotels, it was a completely different experience, but all part of the journey. Most of the time we were able to realize what we had to do to figure out how to arrive in our hotels, but not always I guess. When we did arrive at our hotel, Hotel Santo Apostel, it was located on a beautiful bay. It was a little dated, as we found a lot of our hotels in Spain but it was still cute and the owner was very accommodating. This made the experience that much better, after all the frustration we had experienced earlier that day. He was an older man, who was just lovely. He even told me my Spanish was good (because he spoke no English.) We had an amazing 4 course lunch, which consisted of salad, a national dish of chickpeas, meat of our choice with veggies and potatoes and for dessert another national dish, some sort of cheesecake (which was to die for!) We didn't realize just how hungry we were but managed to eat most of it and followed that with a much needed rest.
We have a short walk tomorrow, maybe only 12km or so, which will be very welcome. Breakfast is not included in our hotel and very late in the morning so we have decided to walk to the next town, Arcade to find breakfast and snacks. In the evening we managed to get ourselves up from our rest and go back to the dining room for a small dinner or Tortilla (Spanish omelette), bread and wine. We didn't need much after that filling lunch! Stay tuned for some of our last days, I'll be posting in the next couple weeks!