Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Westward HO

Leaving Puente La Reina, which means the Queen´s Bridge, we crossed over and are on our way to Estella. It was hot and there were quite a few hills, so we decided to stop and stay in the cute small town called Lorca.
In Lorca they were playing loud opera music in the Alburgue, fun..

Running with the Bulls

We arrived in Puente La Reina and they happen to be having an Independence Day festival. The streets were filled with children and families waiting for the ¨Running of the Bulls¨. They had the children run first, with stuffed bulls chasing them. It was adorable. Then the real bulls appeared and WE were running for cover. After the festivities we called it a night.

Adios Pamplona

Walking out of Pamplona. We climbed high into the mountains and along the way we saw fields of stunning sunflowers. When we reached the top, we passed the iron pilgrim sculpture of Pilgrims on their journey. We continued on to Uterga where we stayed at a private alburgue that was called Camino Del Perdon.

Ouch! The long long road to Pamplona

We were blessed in Roncesvalles the night before and woke up at 5:00am to leave at 6:00 am for Pamplona. It was one of the hottest days of the year and 18 miles later..... OUCH, our feet and bodies ached with exhaustion. We saw beautiful hills, fields, and mountains along the way.The alburgue had 200 people staying there and a thunder storm came upon us later in the evening. With lots of people snoring, we were on our feet at 4:00 am and we got ready to leave. As we were walking out we saw so many beautiful building and parks in Pamplona. Later we were up so high in the hills that we could see for miles.

Starting Journey of the Camino

We took a train to Pamplona, than a cab to Roncesvalles. Here is the entrance to the alburgue called Real Colegiate. We signed in and got a passport for the Camino and a bed for the night.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Garbo´s in Spain

We went to a lovely restaurant, named ¨Garbo¨. The food was incredible. I had spicy prawns, red pepper, tomato sauce and spinach pasta. I also could not stop eating the Spanish olives! They are so rich, kind of like of a avocado, not salty, soft and totally addicting. Great food. Ole!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

We made it to Madrid, Spain!

Taking a stroll to our ¨Hostel Acapulco¨. Situated among many restaurants, shops and parks.
Madrid is a beautiful place. Lots of old buildings and an array of people coming and going. at last!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Last Night in Salem, Oregon

It's our last night in Salem. We are packing and getting ready for tomorrow's adventure. Everyone is excited and ready for our walk on the "Camino de Santigo". Went to dinner at Linda's and decided it was picture time! From the left is Andrew, my nephew, Linda, my sister-in-law, Kate, my niece and myself.