Yesterday we entered Galicia, our fourth and last region of Spain on this camino. It is know for great seafood—including octopus—and distinctive homes for…bad husbands.
At least that’s what we were told on our first camino in 2016 when we entered the Galician region when we spotted the distinctive hórreos of the area. These elevated structures are on pillars are rectangular in shape. In truth, they are granaries designed to keep out rodent raiders. But the joke is that they are where bad husbands are kept.
The Galician style is typically rectangular. Note the first couple of examples. In Asturias, the region we left yesterday, they are usually more square and much larger. Maybe Asturian husbands are grouped together and need more space?
In modern day Spain the larger ones typically serve as storage units and less as granaries. In both cases they are a form of cultural identity. Galicians who live in other regions will sometimes erect one in their yards, much as you might fly the flag of your favorite football team.
In any event, I am making sure that Laurie isn’t making reservations for me in any of them. Right, honey?
Our Walk Today
Rain gear was donned and doffed today as the clouds threatened. We entered a more remote part of the region with small towns and plenty of adorable farm animals as shown in the Relive video. We spotted our first pigs being raised on a Spanish farm, which is amazing considering how much pork products are on menus and in the stores.
One interesting thing in both France and Spain is there are plenty of corn fields, but not much corn on the menu. It is mostly feed for livestock (sometimes stored in hórreos), but usually only used as a salad garnish as in one of the photos below.