Today was a short day at only 15 km. The day was great, cool but mostly sunny and no rain. The road was straight and flat and passed through cultivated fields.
We decided to buy some food and cook, or more precisely, warm stuff in the microwave as there was no fridge. It was an early night.
There was no sign of the hospitalero but he did pop in while we were out at the shop getting something to nuke and collected our 5€ and stamped our "credential". There are different types of Albergues and this one, being a municipal one in a very small village, was manned part time, no doubt, by a local volunteer from the community. The person who greets the peregrinos at the Albergues and stamps the credential as proof that you have come through the town is called a hospitalero/hospitalera (masculine/feminine). We were told that on the VDLP Camino route they seldom had full Albergues and there are usually no Peregrinos except in the spring months. So some of the smaller Albergues are left pretty much without an attendant. The larger Albergues are manned by volunteers, people who have walked the Camino and who offer their services to the organizing body for the Way of Saint John.
Here is a picture of my "credential".
We took the last 3 spots at the Albergue and it was only 12:30! Other Peregrinos arriving after us would be forced to go to the hostal (local inn) which this town happened to have or to go to the next Albergue 15 km down the road, as happened to us a few days ago.
It started to rain after dinner, so I tucked into my bunk to blog and read until bedtime. I think ER were all snoring by about 9 p.m.!