Cloister in Los Arcos on the Camino de Santiago

Cloister in Los Arcos on the Camino de Santiago

Monday, May 30, 2011

Day Five - Arrival in Pamplona

Daniel and P at the entrance to Pamplona

We left Zabaldica in the noon day sun. About 4 km short of Pamplona we stopped at the dormitory town of Arre. Across the main square we espied a bar. We moved our table out of the scorching sun to the side of building and enjoyed above average bar food. An hour later we were on the outskirts of Pamplona. The picture above may capture the tired legs and the sweaty tee shirts with which we arrived into the city of bars and pinchos (a local alternative to tapas). Just before leaving home I decided to dump my shaver in order to make the 12kg target weight. More importantly it would save me 10 minutes every day. The stubble is growing and the bearded members of our group now outnumber the clean shaven…We made our way to the far end of the town. For the first and only time on the trip we would enjoy separate bedrooms. The long cold shower was the highlight of the day!

Pamplona offered us the opportunity to contact our sponsors. Pat and Fraser are collecting for an orphanage that Pat visited when in Port au Prince in Haiti and Barry and I are collecting for Haven, an Irish Charity that builds houses for the poor of the same city and equally importantly, teaches the locals how to build their own. The response has been great. Pat is too modest to admit it, but I think he has reached his target. I, on the other hand, have a long way to go.

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