Day Forty Four. 12.7 Miles, 20.5 Kilometers. Miles walked to date: 512.0, Kilometers to date: 823.6.
Written on June 2, 2012.
We had found a wonderful Pension on our way into Zubiri. A Pension in Spain is the same as a Chambre d’hôtes in France. The lady of the house offered to put our clothes in her washing machine! We were excited to not have to hand wash our clothes.
We started walking at 6:30 a.m.. There was a long line of Pilgrims starting out from Zubiri. Yesterday was hot so everyone was trying to do most of their walking in the coolness of morning.
After several hours of walking we entered the town of Trinidad de Arre. We saw a lot of people and activity as we crossed the bridge. We soon realized that we were going to be in the middle of a festival.
There were many characters called Zaldikos running around with lightweight “bats” on the end of a rope. They were chasing children and lightly tapping them on the head. As Vern and I were taking a break a Zaldiko ran by us and tapped us on the head. Everyone was having great fun.
The entrance and drawbridge into old Pamplona.
We have a few things that we would like to take care of in Pamplona. We will stay at a Pension that we are familiar with in a good location. Many Pilgrims are walking through and it seems that many more are staying.
There are live bands and hundreds of people in the street. I asked someone what the special day was and she said, “Sabado”….Saturday!
Pamplona Town Hall.
Pamplona is an University City…also well known for the “Running of the Bulls”. Pamplona’s plazas are filled with cafes and constant activity.