Not ferry far to go

U.S. by us

We arrived with a band of pilgrims at the ferry station a little before 8:00am. There was a nice looking double decker ferry tied to the pier. Moments later, a small open rubber bottom boat pulled up and the captain waved us aboard.Our captain spoke only rapid Galician Spanish, yet I am pretty sure I understood his guided tour during our hour and a half journey through the Vilanova estuary and upstream on the River Ulia from Vilanova de Arousa to Pontcesures. It was a cold and overcast morning which was extra chilly on the fast moving boat. We stopped at what looked like loads of barge-loading platforms. They are in fact mussel farm rafts. Galicia is the third largest producer of mussels in the world behind China and Chile. They produce different size mussels for different countries. The entire mouth of the Ulia River was loaded with mussel…

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