Thursday night we spent at the Santa Maria parochial albergue in Carrion de Los Condes. This was our second experience with a church albergue and the nuns were very special. They greeted us at registration with hot tea and cookies.
At 5:30 there was Vespers in the church followed by a pilgrim meet-and-greet sing-a-long. Each of the 30 pilgrims being housed by the church that night was invited to tell their name, where they are from, and why they were walking the Camino. Some tales were very inspiring, others were rather heartbreaking.
After mass at 8 there was a pilgrim blessing and then a communal dinner which everyone contributed to and helped prepare.