Albergue’s are what you stay in as you walk “the way”. In my posts i may call them Hostels, but most of the time these are what we stay in. Each is different and you hope each day to find a room in one and that it’s nice. They usually they have bunk bed although we have some that were singles. (Usually you pay extra for that. ;-). Once we found a set that was 3 bunks high. Thank goodness this is “sort of ” a low season and no one climbed up there. We way have drown from their nose bleed. But I’m off topic. They run from 5 euros upto about 12 I think. We did pay more once but the facilities we above and beyond normal.
From Pamplona to Burgos they have been pretty good and we have always found a place. But since then we have heard story’s of them being full and people having to go to a Casa Rural (B&B) or a Hostel (Hotel) at a much higher cost. Michelle and I are slow walkers so this is becoming a bit of a worry for us. Apparently Burgos is a popular starting place for many who are doing it in parts. It might also get busier once we reach Leon, another large city and popular starting point.
I have heard that the summer is for the kids but September is for us old folks (and apparently we are the young end of old even if it don’t feel like it). Goodness, I could not imagine what the real hi season is like. I’m hoping as the weeks pass the crowds thin. We are going farther that a lot of people we talk to ( if we finish – getting worried about that – haven’t said anything to the boss but left foot’s still smarting).
Last night Albergue was a bit scary as rustic does not begin to describe it. We picked it because it was a converted railway station. I thought that might mean there were no more trains. Two or three went by last night. The bathroom and shower was the same room. As in, the shower head was just above the toilet and the drain was where your feet are when you sit down. Weird. The bunks were hand build along with the cabinets to keep your stuff. That’s ok normally but in an environment where bedbugs might live, steel is WAY better. Now I did check and it seemed clean and that is good. The folks running it seemed nice but spoke no English. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in Spain and I should know more Spanish. But it was an awkward night all around.
That being said, I hope our experience onto to Santiago continues to be good as before and we continue to meet many more great folks along “The Way).