Pamplona: Rest Day

Day Nineteen.

Written on May 18, 2014.

We planned on meeting at 8:00 a.m. to find coffee. There was a place close by. After coffee we decided to walk around Pamplona to see what it looked like the morning after a party. There were several street sweepers and just a few people. As we were walking we heard music and turned just in time to see the musicians.

Musicians in front of City Hall.

A flag draped over a statue.

Vern enjoying a day off:)

We wanted to take advantage of the time we have with Dieter. He will be going back to Madrid this evening for a work conference. We explored parts of Pamplona that Vern and I had never seen before.

Vern, Nancy, Angel, Dieter.

Thanks Israel, O'Nelia, and Diego for taking our photo and visiting for awhile!

We walked Dieter to the train station after a fun day of exploring and relaxing. The next time we see Dieter it will be in Paris, Belgium, or Gasquet, California!

 

 

Santiago To Pamplona By Train

Day Eighteen. Travel by train.

Written on May 17, 2014.

Thanks Kathy for sharing a great three weeks with us. My belief is that the Camino is a microcosm of what we call life. What we tend to ignore or deny rises up. Sometimes it rises up loudly, sometimes in “deafening silence”. I am grateful to have shared this time with you, Kasie, Angel, and Vern. Kathy is starting her journey home to the U.S. Vern, Angel, and I are going to Pamplona today to meet our friend, Dieter from Belgium. Kasie flew out of Santiago on May 11th.

Kathy on the Camino.

Angel and Dieter in Pamplona.

Vern and I met Dieter on the Camino Frances in 2012. He was bicycling and we were walking. It is a miracle that we became friends due to the fact that bicyclists can travel many more miles. Thanks Dieter for taking the time and energy to visit us in Pamplona!

A typical street in Pamplona tonight!

 

Santiago To Pamplona By Train

Day Eighteen. Travel by train.

Written on May 17, 2014.

Thanks Kathy for sharing a great three weeks with us. My belief is that the Camino is a microcosm of what we call life. What we tend to ignore or deny rises up. Sometimes it rises up loudly, sometimes in “deafening silence”. I am grateful to have shared this time with you, Kasie, Angel, and Vern. Kathy is starting her journey home to the U.S. Vern, Angel, and I are going to Pamplona today to meet our friend, Dieter from Belgium. Kasie flew out of Santiago on May 11th.

Kathy on the Camino.

Angel and Dieter in Pamplona.

Vern and I met Dieter on the Camino Frances in 2012. He was bicycling and we were walking. It is a miracle that we became friends due to the fact that bicyclists can travel many more miles. Thanks Dieter for taking the time and energy to visit us in Pamplona!

A typical street in Pamplona tonight.

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Rest Day in Pamplona

Day Forty Five.

Written on June 3, 2012.

Knowing that today we will just stay in Pamplona and take care of ourselves, we got up just long enough to find a cup of coffee at a local bakery and walk around for awhile. Very few people are on the streets..it is 8:30 a.m. As we walk we hear the sounds of some bakeries opening up. It is Sunday and very few businesses will be open until the restaurants and bars open on the plaza for dinner.

It is time for me to explore some of the areas that I was too tired to check out yesterday.

Street performer in Pamplona.

A bicycle tour through the City.

Pamplona isn’t just a place to have a party, Pamplona IS a party. The activity is never-ending.

An incredible sculpture depicting The Running of the Bulls.

Peder, Vern, and Reidun.

This evening we left our room to eat dinner. We had found a good place to eat on the Plaza. We saw two Pilgrims from Norway and asked them to join us. We had a great dinner and fun talking about where we have been and what we had done since we saw each other last.

 

Zubiri to Pamplona

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.

A Zaldiko.

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!

A Camino marker not far from where we are staying.

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.