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I woke up and took a selfie, before heading out into the rainy morning.
Still cold as I approached the German border.
Bozena Nemcova memorial at Vseruby
Around midday I crossed the Czech border and entered Germany.
2,825km to Santiago!
A lovely stroll in pouring rain ensued to the Bavarian town Eschlkam, where I (very) briefly enjoyed a short mass at Saint Jacob’s church.
Pilgrim statue at Eschlkam, with scallop shell.
Easter egg “fountain” Eschlkam.
Easter egg tree in Eschlkam.
The familiar Camino scallop shell signs, sign the way extremely well here in this part of Germany. Very impressed with the signage so far.
In Eschlkam I decided to stop in for a soup and was SO pleasantly surprised to see a sign specifically welcoming Camino pilgrims. My soup was the standard German price; meaning 3 times what it would be in the Czech Republic. Got to begin budgeting.
The pilgrim menu on offer.
My pilgrim soup was awesome, albeit expensive.
When I walked into the restaurant there was a group session taking place. It happened that it was a group of future pilgrims attending an afternoon Camino presentation: they got to learn about the Camino de Santiago through a photo slideshow and guest speakers. They plan to walk the last 100km in the summer from Sarria to Santiago. I had a chat with the few of them who spoke English, and who had questions regarding the walk. One of the pilgrims btw let me know that the church at Muxia burned down last December.
I met another pilgrim!!!
Michael (a Cardiologist) is walking from the Czech border to Regensburg. Lovely guy and great to meet another pilgrim. A very positive day