They're packin' them in these days at Albergue de Tabara, a tough little pilgrim shelter on a rugged trail north of Zamora. Paul Garland, the hospitalero for the second half of May, says the new steel bunkbeds are "rock-solid," and have ladders that don't hurt bare, careworn feet. Each bunk has a thick new mattress, too, covered in a heavy-duty zip-on bug-proof protector.
Some PPI donors never even heard about this project, because it was fully funded within two days of the first announcements, forever amazed at the goodwill and generosity of Santiago pilgrims far and wide.
Jose Almeida, the man in charge at Albergue de Tabara, is also overseeing development of several other small, donativo-only pilgrim refuges on the newly re-waymaked Camino Zamorana-Portuguese. Paul the Hospitalero will be the first to serve at the newly inaugurated Albergue Ricobayo, a 6-bed nest built in a re-purposed pigeon loft!
Below: Albergue Ricobayo, in February.