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    • Day 3


      April 20, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

      Hey everyone! Made it to Pamplona early this morning and got to my room around 2am. Sooo tired! I crashed and slept until noon! Today I got my bearings and figured out how to get to the Camino from here and will likely be heading to bed super early as I am still pretty tired! Got my first Pilgrim Credential stamp, and some lovely Spanish coffee and an amazing pastry. First day on the Camino tomorrow!Read more

    • Day 9

      Zubiri to Pamplona

      June 22, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      We have a wrench in the plan. It changes everything. I’ll get to that in a minute.

      Yesterday started well again. I think we were in a very nice groove of hiking by 9am and we felt like we were making good time. Jon has had some feet issues that has slowed him down a bit but he’s a trooper and isn’t complaining. He bought new boots for the trip and didn’t quite break them in enough. Also he has a heat rash all over his feet which also has turned into blisters. On the other hand Aiden brought a pair of hole-y sneakers (which I was horrified to see him wearing when it was too late at the airport because I asked him if he needed new shoes). His feet are fine and so are the rest of ours. Go figure. We got a stamp a few hours into our hike by a volunteer at a church who was also giving advice. Our goal was to stay ahead of the ladies group who had no image of athleticism but somehow was always on our tail catching up to us when we had just seen them doing yoga in a town square. How do they do it?!

      We always seem to drag after lunch and the last two hours are rough. But we made it to Pamplona by 2pm and checked into our air conditioned hotel!! Yay!!! Ollie and I went to the train station to get jet out reservations for Sarria. Here’s the snafu. No reservations available. Not for a week! We can’t get on a train!!!! The renfe site wouldn’t let me book the tickets ahead of time using my Eurail pass so it had to be in person. I worried about this part of the trip but assumed they could add more cars on a train if it fills up. Nope. I think it’s a combination of fires south blocking the trail, pope announcement that he’s going to Santiago, and maybe some construction on a route. It’s the trifecta of problems for us. In fact there are no trains to northwest spain at all. So… what do we do? Here’s our plan so far. We booked another night in Pamplona to rest and decide. Today we talk to the pilgrim’s office and make a solid plan. To be continued….
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    • Day 10

      Stuck in Pamplona

      June 23, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      I left off this journal yesterday not knowing if we were going to get out of Pamplona and if we would even finish our journey. We went to bed after a few prayers a very lovely bottle of local wine (the waitress for some reason gave me the whole bottle?!) and slept in a great hotel with air conditioning and was served a genuine all you can eat breakfast (the boys made good on that deal) and suddenly the answer was in front of us. We needed to ask the pilgrims office for help. It just so happened to be right around the corner from our hotel. The pilgrims office helper called around and typed into his computer like a mad man and threw out the wild idea of taking an over night bus to Sarria. We had to decide how badly we wanted to finish this. Our other option was to head to the Mediterranean and sit in Barcelona for a week. Everyone agreed to continue on. I guess we are on a mission (dare I say “from God”?!). We leave tonight at 10:30pm and get to Sarria at 10:33am tomorrow. Then we start hiking again. Now, I know my limits. And there is no way I can do a 24km hike after a red eye bus ride. So we booked a taxi service to get us right at the 100km mark outside Santiago so our compestellas are still legit. We hike 10km (much easier) and stay in an apartment in Pontmarin and we are back on track with timing. I had already canceled all of my hotel and albergue bookings so we wouldn’t lose money when I thought we wouldn’t make it. So now we hike like real pilgrims with no plans and hope for the best. Buen Camino! (God is protecting us and helping is through the journey! I kind of think these frustrations are all a part of his plan to teach us. The boys definitely learned how to handle set backs. No one panicked. No one argued. We just worked it out and the answer was presented to us.)

      So what did we do with our time today? We walked around town and saw the running of the bulls road and the stadium. We saw the wall and the park. We sat in a cafe for hours while it rained and had hot chocolate and churros. It was a day of resting our legs. Jon bought some new shoes and socks and is already free of his heat rash. Oh. Also, I insisted on Donner Kebab for dinner. I lived in that stuff when Jon worked in Germany and I roamed the streets of Heidelberg every day. It was a fond trip down memory lane for me. Tomorrow we catch up to our schedule and are back on track.
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    • Day 7

      King in the castle ooh la la

      March 29 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

      I've felt strange not walking today, which is an example of how worryingly quickly we adapt to situations.

      I was in two minds about staying an extra night, but discovering an unexpected bath on check in pulled me right out of that.

      As a result of the LIES I have a bunch of provisions I don't want to carry tomorrow so I've been diligently working my way through, from the bathtub and the bed. It's hard work but it's honest, you know?
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    • Day 8

      Pamblona rest day!!! ❤️

      April 18 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 54 °F

      We had a beautiful rest day and Pamplona beautiful city would be great to come back for running of the bulls. Thankful for the rest day. Tomorrow we move onward. God bless you all you are on our hearts, and in our minds.Read more

    • Day 66


      June 23, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Außertourlicher Stopp in Pamplona auf dem Weg in die Pyrenäen … wir haben’s ja nicht eilig. Die Stadt hat uns doch recht positiv überrascht und der Stellplatz in der Nähe der Altstadt ist auch ok. € 10,- für 24 Stunden, inkl . Strom, finden wir mehr als in Ordnung.
      Als wir am frühen Nachmittag hier angekommen sind waren noch gut 1/3 der Plätze frei. Als wir am Abend vom Stadtspaziergang retour kamen war er voll.
      Abendessen hat heute wieder der „Chef“ gezaubert: Spargel-Champignons-Risotto. 😋
      Morgen geht’s aber endgültig in die Pyrenäen.
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    • Day 5

      Day 3 - Larrasaona to Pamplona

      April 19 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 54 °F

      And the sun came out!! Today was a nice easy day - only 10.3 miles and one mild hill. 32,318 steps. We started out through beautiful flower lined paths and forest. Just as I was thinking how the whole trail has been beautiful, it popped onto the shoulder of a busy highway for two half mile stretches. Oh well. I officially came out of the Pyrenees foothills today and into a valley. Unfortunately, we climb out of that valley tomorrow. The last 3ish miles today was going through a suburb of Pamplona and a park. Lots of Spaniards out biking, walking dogs/kids and just going about their life. At least half of the locals I passed would say Buen Camino as we passed. A large bike group went by and every single one said it with a little bike chime added. School kids out at recess waved at us and said it. I’m surprised they aren’t thoroughly sick of that phrase, but I guess it shows how proud they are of the Camino and how friendly the country is. Got into Pamplona and promptly had a pinxtos (smaller version of tapas). Not really sure what it was but it had cheese and I think sardines. Pretty good. I’m in an itty bitty hotel room tonight, but it has a private bathroom (with a real towel!!), no roommates and is in the Casco Antigua (old city) right on the Camino trail so I’m a happy camper. Did my “chores” of showering and hand-washing my walking clothes before doing a walk around because it was siesta time and all the main sights were closed. Saw Catedral de Santa Maria la Real, the Iglecia de San Nicolas, Plaza Consistorial (where my hotel is), Plaza Castillo (Hemingway’s plaza in The Sun Also Rises) Iglesia de San Lorenzo and did a tour of the Plaza de los Toros (the bullfighting ring). Kind of just looks like an open air ballpark but with sand and a lot of concrete corrals and food/water troughs. Interesting to learn about the whole process. Pretty confident I don’t want to be a bull in my next life. Met up with some of my fellow walkers and had a dinner of tapas at a few places. I really like Pamplona - it would be nice to come back.

      I am now known as Minnesota Becks. An Italian couldn’t say my name and calls me Becks or Becksy. Walked part of the way with a couple from Shoreview (a town near Eden Prairie for you non-Minnesotans) so it appears Minnesota has at least 4 people walking right now. The 4th Minnesotan I haven’t met but appears not to be liked. I won’t tell you his nickname. Added Scotland, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, and Sardonia to the list of countries represented. Also learned German and Austrian men just hang out in their underwear and shirt when in their dorm rooms. And not boxers either. I suppose it’s no different than a Speedo. It was just me and those two sharing a room until another woman got added early evening. Very nice men and good bunk mates other than the whole underwear thing.
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    • Day 289


      April 2 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Da wir gestern unterwegs nicht zum Einkaufen gekommen sind (Ostermontag), ist das Frühstück bis auf Kaffee/Tee heute ausgefallen. Darum kamen wir ein wenig hungrig in der Stadt an, fürs Mittagessen war es etwas zu früh, zum frühstücken aber schon zu spät. Zu unserem Glück konnten wir im Café Iruña ein paar Pintxos und Bier bekommen.
      In dem Café von 1888 (Das erste Geschäft der Stadt mit elektrischem Licht.) war Hemingway Stammgast, und so steht er im abgetrennten, kleineren Bereich des Cafés heute immer noch an der Bar.

      Die Altstadt von Pamplona ist überschaubar und Anfang Juli, beim "San Fermin" (Wo man sich von Stieren durch die Strassen jagen lassen kann.) sicherlich sehr überlaufen.

      Enttäuscht waren wir (nicht nur vom Wetter) von einer kleinen Bäckerei, die im Internet sehr gelobt wurde. Auch, dass die Menschen draußen Schlange standen war ein gutes Zeichen. Wir haben eine Auswahl an Gebäck gekauft, und vielleicht sind wir einfach zu verwöhnt, aber ich behaupte, ich hätte es besser gebacken.
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    • Day 7

      Day 5 - Rest day in Pamplona

      September 13, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌬 20 °C

      Day 5 - Rest day in Pamplona
      Today I had a rest day. Or so I thought. But I ended up walking 10 to 12 km throughout the day. I visited a beautiful church! A famous Catholic in Pamplona called “Catedral de Santa María la Real de Pamplona”. So beautiful, as Catholic churches are! I also shopped for a bag to send some of my overpacking to Santiago to wait for me. It was a nice break.Read more

    • Day 7

      It me

      March 29 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      My trip to the museum was more about being indoors than culture, if I'm honest, but I happily launched into my favourite gallery game, 'it me' where you find representations that speak to you, and what they stir is the phrase 'it me'.

      It's silly, but in the right light it can also be a humbling and warming connection with history, a nod to the incredible idea that even in the bronze age or the 13th century, people were still rolling their eyes and daydreaming and being humans you'd recognise today.

      Anyway here's my selection for today.
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    Département des Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Departement des Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Pirineos Atlánticos, Pirinio-Atlantiarrak, Pirenei atlantici, Pirenèus-Atlantics, Pirineus Atlânticos

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