Catch Up

An unfortunate side effect of walking long distances over rough terrain is that by the time we arrive at our destination we find ourselves so exhausted that writing feels like climbing yet another mountain. Forgive us gentle reader and pour a glass of Vino Blanco (white wine) or the beverage of your choice, sit back…

Pam Plona to Uterga

We leave our hotel and walk towards Old Pamplona’s Main Street, the square of drunks bare at 7:00 am. Breakfast is fruit in the Parque de la Taconera, the sun yet to rise. We stride out into the new day glad to be walking again. The Camino is exceptionally well signed and making our way…

Zubiri to Pamplona

Six am the Spanish couple’s phone alarm sounds. ‘No rest for the wicked’ I think on waking. In some past life I must have been a right b@#$% for in this one I have been an angel, is the lie I like to tell myself. After the simple pilgrims breakfast the sun is yet to…

Roncesvalles to Zubiri

We are woken at 4:00 am by the soothing strains of some German sounding rap music playing as an alarm on someone’s mobile phone. Either the owner of the phone is using the snooze feature or is in the shower block, for the music turns off after a while and then blares another four times…

Misty Mountain High

Both Pam and my sleep is troubled. I seem to awake nearly every half hour and have to listen to the harmony of the wind section playing in each bed for ages to get back to sleep.   The irony is that each time I do Pam prods me to stop snoring.   The pilgrim…

Our Camino begins

Camino Day 1 SJPDP – Orisson Assumptions based on previous experience can be found wanting with changes in circumstance. Based on Pam’s previous walking prowess walking the eight point five kilometers from St Jean Pied de Port to the Albergues Orisson will take a couple of hours. The Albergues Orission is small, having only 18…

Camino de Santiago

The Way of St James This is the beginning of our pilgrimage from St Jean Pied de Port at the foot of the Pyrenees in France following the ancient route to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, North West Spain. The Camino Frances, which is the route we are following, is over 800km in total. We…