Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Zubiri to Pamplona
Before I leave Zubiri, I am standing in the shower praying. When I get to Pamplona, I want to find a room with a private bath and a hairdryer. Also for a wifi connection that works. I need to feel some sort of normality. I think because I have been so exhausted that If I can just do my hair and my makeup I will feel like me again. I find a place for breakfast and I enjoy yet another sandwich and tea. It´s not much but at least I have something. My water bottle is filled and I leave Zubiri behind. It´s a beautiful sunny day and it doesn´t take me long before I have to stop and remove my jacket. I take a deep breath and enjoy the warmth on my skin. My back pack seems heavier to me today and my whole body seems out of whack. I trip over rocks and I just feel clumsy. I must be getting hungry. I find a great little outdoor cafe where they are serving warm frittatas and tea. I sit in the sunshine, thankful that I can take my back pack off for a little while. It isn´t long and I have a lady from Abbotsford sitting next to me and a gentleman named Sean who is 81 and from England. This is his third time doing the Camino and let me tell you he was a very interesting person to talk to. He doesn´t look a day over 65. I finish my lunch and I´m off again. Everything smells like lilacs and orange blossoms except when you pass a farm. I walked a long way along a river, so I got some cool breezes which I was thankful for,especially on the hills. I finally reach Pamplona and I walk down the streets where they do the running of the bulls. It´s very exciting to be here. I think I find it especially cool because I never thought I would be here. I´m very grateful. It´s after three and I find a hotel with everything that I have prayed for. I´m going to stay and take a day off tomorrow. If you saw the size of the blisters on my feet today you would understand why I need to take a day off. It´s very lonely being here by myself but it´s so nice to pass the same people day after day and they remember you. I manage to take my sore body and jump in the shower and I feel somewhat better and now it´s time for a glass of wine. I don´t eat which is stupid and about ten oclock I finally order in some room service and a bottle of wine. I can hardly pick up the fork to eat I am that tired. I don´t even finish one glass of wine. Now that´s gotta tell you how tired I really am. LOL I did sleep off and on for most of the night. I think I slept more than any other night I´ve been walking. One phone call from you and I´m feeling much perkier than I have. Feeling less home sick now.