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I’m in Villafranca de Los Barros and am feeling uninspired. The terrain has been the same for days and these towns have been sleepy. Please, I’m not complaining, I’m just reporting how I feel. I don’t want to continue walking just to walk. I am considering catching a bus or taxi to another town tomorrow as tomorrows walk is too long anyway. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?
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Robin, I agree it's not the most inspiring stretch. I had a similar experience, feeling very low at Torremejia and ready to chuck it all in. But everything changed at Merida when I met some lovely pilgrims and it turned out brilliantly after that. So I'd say, get on a bus to Merida and hang around there for a couple of days, do the tour of the Roman ruins and look out for nice pilgrims. If you find one/some then latch onto them and don't let them go on without you!
Also a couple of days after Merida you reach Alcuescar. I don't know if its changed now, but we stayed at the Casa de Acogida de los Esclavos de María y de los Pobres - or as it was known then the 'Hospital for Handicapped Men', where the sisters gave us a tour of the hospital and we met volunteers from the village who were dedicated to looking after some very disabled people. I found it profound and humbling.
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Thank you so much Tom. So it’s not only me. I’ve decided to catch a bus to Cáceres and re-evaluate from there.
If you can, get off in Merida. There is so much to see there.
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I am one of those people who will ‘walk the whole way’ no matter what 🤣😂🤣 - but was forced to catch the bus from Villafranca to Mérida due to accommodation difficulties.
It was perfect. I had two days in Mérida. Slept, ate, rested, walked the park around the Milagros Aqueduct, viewed some of the other Roman ruins - which are pretty amazing - and really got set up for the rest of my Camino.
I stayed at Hostel Los Milagros near the aqueduct and park.

PS. Cáceres was one of my favourite places. I recommend spending time there too.
Actually after waking up this morning, I’ve decided to get off the bus in Merida. I’ve had a lot of feedback about this area and now I’m curious.
An excellent decision. We were taking a rest day in Mérida, our hotel room wasn’t ready so we went for a stroll in search of coffee. We stumbled on at least two super Roman ruins before we found our coffee. An amazing place.
I'd just keep walking. It's only a couple of days and when you look back you'll be glad to have walked the whole journey. There are some less than interesting days I agree but keep at it
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I have previously walked the whole of the VdlP and am heading back in ten days or so to view some of the locations that I missed or saw only superficially on my last time through. I hope that this will work for me, but I don't know whether I would want to do this without having experienced the shape of the VdlP as a whole. How you experience it may depend on your sense of the continuity of your walk/pilgrimage. I plan on walking straight through from Merida with extra days there and in Zamora. Buen camino, whatever you decide.

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