Day 9: Mansilla de las Mulas to Leon (The End of the Meseta)
We were excited to be heading to Leon, which is the last big city on the Camino. We have a day off planned for Day 10, Sept. 19, so we were also looking forward to sleeping in and giving our feet and backs a rest.
What is a Pilgrim’s Meal?
Restaurants, bars, hostels, albergues and hotels offer a 3-course meal known as the “Menu del Dia” or “Peregrino Meal” for a reasonable cost of 9 to 12 euros. You choose from three starters, three mains and three deserts. The starters might be a soup, salad or rice dish. The mains are usually something semi-vegetarian depending on your definition of the word, chicken or pork. (Although one small place we stayed offered rabbit as a choice of main. I told Donna I would not be eating the Easter Bunny.)
So far, we have learned to select items that are stewed or in some kind of sauce. The grilled meats are usually dry and over cooked. However, we’ve also discussed that Camino cuisine is a lot like camping. After a long day on the trail, everything tastes fabulous!
Tomorrow, Sept. 19 is our Day OFF. We look forward to sleeping in and exploring this beautiful city.