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Live - Camino Francés Free lunch in Santiago

#1
I've arrived in Santiago 8 times before but I usually arrive in the afternoon. Yesterday's plan went haywire and I ended up walking a massive stage to Lavacolla, just 10 km from Santiago. This a.m. I was up and out early bringing me into Santiago already at 8.15! Since the Pilgrim's Office only opens at 9.00 in the winter I ended up being second in line which made me eligible for a free lunch at the Parador 😊!

Three out of the 10 (including me) are vegetarian so they offered us a lovely lunch of Pumpkin soup, vegetable paella, wine and Torta de Santiago! It was a nice way to end the Camino. We were an international group of Finns, Germans, Spanish, Korean and Dutch.

I was lucky to miss the rain early this morning, now the wind and rain are pounding the streets of Santiago!
 
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Three out of the 10 (including me) are vegetarian so they offered us a lovely lunch of Pumpkin soup, vegetable paella, wine and Torta de Santiago! It was a nice way to end the Camino.
@LTfit
You were lucky. I too am vegetarian, but I was served the usual meat meal, most of which I refused, and eventually I was brought some vegetables. But I enjoyed the company and the chance to have a meal in a more upscale restaurant.
 

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I can't help but miss the times when these meals were still in principle and by common understanding reserved for the poorer pilgrims -- but it's clear that professional beggary and systematic abuses have destroyed those times.

I will still always cherish that one time when, arriving very, very late into Santiago and without even my Compostela, they let me be the 11th pilgrim.
 
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@LTfit
You were lucky. I too am vegetarian, but I was served the usual meat meal, most of which I refused, and eventually I was brought some vegetables. But I enjoyed the company and the chance to have a meal in a more upscale restaurant.
Did you tell them that you were a vegetarian? I did so upfront and they were quite polite and accommodating when two others joined me. Times are changing in this respect along the Camino, I was surprised to see vegetarian and vegan options along the Francés, something unheard of just 8 years ago. On the more solitary Caminos this is still not the case.
 
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#13
There is no such thing as luck! Very well deserved, @LTfit...I'm very happy you got to celebrate the walk this way!
And you got vegetarian food??:eek::):):)
Wonders never cease.
(My version of vegetarian food in Santiago is plates of pimentos de padron...I don't think it's possible to tire of them but would happily test this hypothesis....:cool:)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Ch. d'Arles: Oloron Ste Marie to Aragones; Frances (2016); V.d.l.P.; Sanabres (2017)
#14
Did you tell them that you were a vegetarian? I did so upfront and they were quite polite and accommodating when two others joined me. Times are changing in this respect along the Camino, I was surprised to see vegetarian and vegan options along the Francés, something unheard of just 8 years ago. On the more solitary Caminos this is still not the case.
@LTfit
No I didn't. I was feeling somewhat intimidated by the situation and just figured that I must eat what I could of whatever they gave me. But there wasn't much that I felt I could eat.
 
#15
There is no such thing as luck! Very well deserved, @LTfit...I'm very happy you got to celebrate the walk this way!
And you got vegetarian food??:eek::):):)
Wonders never cease.
(My version of vegetarian food in Santiago is plates of pimentos de padron...I don't think it's possible to tire of them but would happily test this hypothesis....:cool:)
Oh I forgot to mention that before the soup, the non-vegetarians were given plates of small squares of tuna empinadas and we were presented with a small plate of pimientos de padrón 😉😊. I totally agree, I would have been happy with only pimentos de padrón. Yummy!
 

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