|Well, what time is lunch? The
answer is that it is entirely up to you. The Germans all seemed to
get up at 5am and set off in total darkness so as to arrive before the day
became too hot. Absolutely fine, but totally missing the pleasure of
actually seeing where you are going which for me at least is a rather
point of the exercise! They arrived at their destination in time for
a sensible lunch and had the rest of the day to relax.
Others, such as myself, set off at daybreak and
stopped for refreshment at frequent intervals, arriving in time for a late
lunch, even by Spanish standards and a siesta before an early dinner and
bed before eleven. I found that a couple of hours walk before breakfast
was just about right and found several others doing just the same. A
Spanish couple had fried chorizo and eggs with a couple of decent glasses
of red wine for breakfast, my preference (as with many Spanish labourers) is Cafe con
leche with brandy, but then it is a free world!
Lunch could be a bocadillo (loaf of bread filled
with whatever your choice-supposedly a "sandwich") with beer or you could
go for the "menu del dia", usually special pilgrim set menu, but anyway
absurdly cheap at around €8 for three courses including entire bottle of
wine; same for dinner if you are still hungry.
Also available at reasonable intervals, less so
in Galicia for some inexplicable reason, are public drinking fountains
(Fuentes) as well as occasional "honesty box" for cold drinks,
fruit or whatever put out by the