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Nájera

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  • Day15

    Hello from Santo Domingo, Spain. I got a late start from Najera this morning, so I arrived a little later to Santo Domingo at around 4pm. I met up with an 81 year old Australian guy named James on the way into town. He was at least a km behind me and caught up with me in under an hour. He walked the AT at the age of 65, walked the full length of the UK in his 70’s and now the Camino at age 81. I am a little embarrassed to admit that he crossed the Pyrenees in 7 hours at age 81 and it took me twice that long. Very humbling. He is actually in the bunk next to me tonight in an old monastary run by a group of nuns. The trip here today was uneventful really....lots of vineyards, grassy fields and hills, a 14 mile day. One note of interest...I walked through a literal ghost town today...very weird. Apparently a developer created an upscale community complete with a golf course and hundreds of condos...the whole thing flopped and it was abandoned as is. It felt like I was in a nuclear area like Chernobyl in Russia in the 80’s. Tomorrow I will attempt to make it to Belorado. Some stories from the Camino: On the same day I crossed, a guy arrived at the Albergue Orrison (the only refuge on the Pyrenees crossing) at around 5pm...they had no room for him and turned him away. He went a mile up the trail, pitched his tent and settled in until the wild horses came along and destroyed his tent...scared the guy half to death apparently but I hear he survived okay. I met a 19 year old kid hiking the Camino backwards...started in Portugal and is walking to his home in England...about a 4 month trip. There is apparently another guy from Maine hiking somewhere near me but haven’t met up with him yet. That’s it from here for now....I am getting there. I have walked over 100 miles so far but can’t pin down the exact number but that means I am 20% of the way and still alive! Take care, I hope this finds everyone well!Read more

  • Day6

    Fith stop - Nájera

    May 4 in Spain

    Logroño -> 28km -> Nájera
    Today was a challenging one - a second long day in a row. Pushing myself was necessary, especially the last 2 km when you just don't see the end of it! Aching from the waste down. Tomorrow will be more chill

  • Day120

    Najera

    June 29 in Spain

    We walked another 18 miles through vineyards today to Nájera. When we got into town, the woman at the market told us it was Fiesta San Pedro. We got to witness the most amazing celebration by a town I have ever seen! The Spanish people know how to celebrate! I added a small video snippet of some of it. Such a happy and joyous time.

    We met up with our Camino friends this evening to eat outside at a bar, but the the skies opened up with thunderstorms, and so the town people in the bar brought us inside and treated us like family...good times!

    Another “feel good” moment for today: We were getting tired as we crested our last climb today, but we were greeted by a wonderful man playing a guitar. It lifted our spirits 🙂. This same man (we found out later) left all of his guitars and other instruments and ran down the trail for 10 minutes to give a woman her money belt she had left behind. She shared with us how she cried with gratitude because she had $500 euros in it. She said she will never forget it.

    Tomorrow is a little bit shorter day, and I am sure my feet will be happy about that. We are going to Santo Domingo.
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  • Day21

    P.S. to Nájera

    September 12 in Spain

    Just had to add a bit more about the afternoon and dinner, we did go exploring, though by mid afternoon it is very hot and glaringly bright...but found the jewel of Nájera - the Monasterio Santa Maria de la Real, with its church, burial place of kings, queens and knights of Navarra (this must have all once been part of Navarra, and in fact Nájera was the capital of the kingdom of Navarra in the 11th and 12th centuries). And there is a beautiful cloister there...it was abused (used as army barracks, munition storage, prison and even a bull ring!) over the years but in the late 1800s was taken over by Franciscan monks and restored. Very beautiful. Then we had a glass of wine and kindle time, wandered along the river a bit, and waited till dinner time - 7.30. The hotel sends us round to a little restaurant round the corner which we remembered.

    Only one drama...we were sitting, with wine and water, no food yet, when there was a loud thumping on a door....the one very busy waitress was elsewhere so Amr did the rescue thing - someone couldn’t unlock the toilet door....so Amr released her...big commotion, and the waitress came to thank Amr with a big flourish and knocked his glass of vino Tinto all over him! Oh dear, she died of mortification, Amr took off his shirt (luckily he had a respectable black t-shirt underneath, and went back to the hotel to hang up the rinsed shirt (5 mins away).... Finally we sat down to a delicious meal - white beans with shell fish, sort of a soup, a plate of leeks, and we both had the most delicious stuffed peppers...
    So all was well, and now ready to hit the sack, even if only 9.30!

    Tomorrow we walk about 21 kms to Santo Domingo de la Calzada, where the famous chooks are in the cathedral. Life is good.
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  • Day21

    Good walk to Nájera

    September 12 in Spain

    Another great day! Cloudless, cool and crisp as we set off at 8.20am and hot and sweaty when we arrived here at about 1 o’clock, having walked 17.6 kms. The itinerary said 17.4, so was accurate this time! We walked through vineyards and more vineyards, all laden with grapes. Yesterday someone tasted one and said it was sweet, but today someone said tart...not sugary...I think the grape harvest is October usually, so assume they are just needing a few more weeks. They are mostly red, but every now and then there are a few rows of white...and yesterday we saw some labelled Tempranillo blanco....didn’t know Tempranillo could be white.

    Anyway, a lovely walk, not too demanding, but enough to feel hot and ready for a beer on arrival. We did that, before heading to the hotel - stopped at a bar and had a snack as well. Now in this lovely hotel (known from before) and washing and soon will be ready to hit the town and see some of the sights. Last time we had walked the 30 kms from Logroño and didn’t have the energy to do any exploring..so this is good!

    We were in step with 2 Swedish women today for a while, which was fun, but I found that I got quite breathless having an animated conversation while walking! They were having a drink at the bar when we arrived, having sprinted on ahead after a while! And there is an Australian woman from Gold Coast in our hotel...walking alone. So many people from so many places, and the inevitable bike riders zooming past and being annoying!! This wifi seems good, so will see how we go with photos.
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  • Day10

    Navarrete-Najera

    May 30 in Spain

    Heute waren es dann nur 15 km, irgendwie ist gerade der Wurm drin. 🤨
    Zum einen hat mein Rucksack beschlossen mich zu ärgern, indem er einfach kaputt geht und mich dabei auch noch verletzt.... Böser Rucksack.

    Zum zweiten hab ich mich wohl doch überlastet und heute heftige Schmerzen im rechten Fuß und der linken Schienbeinkante bekommen..... der Fuß ist nicht das Problem, aber das Schienbein bremst mich doch heftig aus.... bergab und bergauf sind kaum möglich. Nun lieg ich hier, gedopt mit Ibuprofen und Kühlpack und hoffe, dass morgen alles wieder in Ordnung ist. 🤞😁

    Sonst war der Weg an sich heute echt nett, wenn nicht mal wieder der Regen wär. Bin durch unendliche Weinberge🍇🍷 marschiert (wie es sich für Rioja auch gehört), leider waren die Trauben noch nicht reif 🤨. Einen uralten Olivenbaum hab ich gesehen und jede Menge kleiner Steinmännchen.

    Aufgrund des Wetters 🌧⛈ und der Schmerzen und weil ich zu Beginn blöderweise 6 km neben einer Autobahn laufen musste, hatte ich seit Langem mal wieder Musik in den Ohren. Dabei hab ich festgestellt, dass bestimmte Musik Schmerzen erträglicher macht, irgendwie komisch aber es ist so. 😁🤔
    Zu erwähnen hierbei die Musik der 90iger, Ace of Base ins besondere. Bei der Musik lief es sich wesentlich schmerzärmer... Gar nicht gingen die Backstreet Boys, da war fast jeder Schritt doppelt so schmerzhaft. 😂

    Ich werde es weiter beobachten.

    Morgen sind eigentlich ca. 20 km geplant..... mit Hilfe des Heiligen Jacobus und der modernen Schmerzmittel wird es hoffentlich klappen 😁 Drückt mir die Daumen 😘
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  • Day10

    Day 8. Najera

    September 12 in Spain

    Arriving in Najera, another beautiful place. After breakfast in Ventosa I was off, got a good 15kms in today, so slowing picking back up again, its my "way" and that's what I keep learning, listening to myself, not others and having an exceptional experience.

    We are staying in a beautiful little hostel tonight, with our own shower and a courtyard that overlooks the mountain cliffs.

    On to out next destination tomorrow, just a short 20kms so I think that the last few days have been a good build up for me.

    Until then Buen Camino
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  • Day15

    Najera

    May 17, 2017 in Spain

    I *really* didn't feel like walking today. Tired, achy, pissed off that my alarm didn't work. My pack felt heavier than it had been. And after two days broiling, it looked like we'd get hit with rain midday. No, the high thread count hotel bed definately seemed like a much better alternative.

    But...I coffee'd up and dragged myself outdoors, resigned to completing the short (18km) day ahead. And things worked out. The storm held off, the hills were quite mild, and I ended up in the lovely town of Najera by 3:00. Now it's evening and I'm in a comfy room, showered and fed and listening to raindrops hit the courtyard outside.

    A bunch of people have told me that The Camino is much like Life, the journey to Santiago one extended metaphor. I've certainly discovered the truth of the saying "Wherever you go, there you are!"

    So when mornings like this one happen again after Santiago; when I find myself slowed either by "what is" or "what I fear," I pray I'll remember how today worked out, and find whatever I need to just walk on.
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  • Day16

    4th of July, so hamburgers, cokes and fries were the perfect thought for lunch.

    However the Spanish take it literally and our hamburgers included chopped ham..

    Viva America! Where hamburgers are 100% beef, except at McDonald's.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Nájera, Najera, Nachera, ناجرة, Naiara, נאחרה, ナヘラ, Нáхера, Naiera, 26300, Нахера, 纳赫拉

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