Cloister in Los Arcos on the Camino de Santiago

Cloister in Los Arcos on the Camino de Santiago

Monday, May 30, 2011

Zubiri - an industrial town surrounded by rural heaven

DAY FOUR – May 19thZubiriGau Txori

Zubiri – a victory of convenience over rustic bliss

We arrived in Zubiri hot and thirsty. Our forward brigade – Fraser, Barry and Pat had arranged Pints of lager and Fanta for us in the main bar (only bar?) of the town. Once again we had diced with rain and had won. Shortly after arriving it began to spit rain. As it was approaching 5.00pm I decide to make my way to our accommodation for the night which was a spacious building which reminded us of a US motel with space for big artics and a perfect stopping place for business travelers.

We enjoyed a hearty meal and even more the fact that there was no curfew. We decided to change our plans that evening and to cancel our last night’s accommodation in Logrono. Instead we would travel to Bilboa and spend the last day in the Old Quarter. We learned the following day that such had been the numbers staying in Zubiri that all the accommodation filled up and that about 10 pilgrims ended up sleeping on the floor of a municipal gym. Included were a mother and daughter team from an organic farm in Cornwall, Nicole from Paris and Juanita from Oz of Spanish ancestry. There are pilgrims and then there are pilgrims…

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