Camino Laundry. 

We travel light on the Camino. It’s what you do when you carry your possessions on your back.
Each day, after walking for hours, the first thing a pilgrim does is find a shower and then wash the day’s sweaty clothing.  Some prefer to find a beer, but that could result in them neglecting a few basic needs.

We typically wash our clothes in cold water, often in a stone sink, then hang them to dry on a communal clothesline. I have had the odd item disappear on a breezy day or at the hands of another pilgrim who fancied something of mine, but never has a bra gone missing…

For centuries there have been communal, spring-fed laundries on the Iberian peninsula and we have seen many of them in recent days. Today we found our first warm water laundry!

We are spending the night in the spa town of Caldas de Reis. It is here that the women of way-back-when would gather around a covered laundry “room” to gossip and wash their clothes in wonderful 100 degree water. Imagine how nice that must have been on a cold winter’s day.

I wanted to experience this ancient ritual and took my dirty clothing to that giant tub. Unfortunately, laundry isn’t allowed on the weekend.