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Travel Blogs from Javier
... night or two here, to recover from what is the most challenging part of the Camino. In fine weather, the courtyard is a delightful sun trap and lounging area, so regardless of the weather, you can't lose. I had MacGyvered myself a clothesline to catch the sun in my room yesterday, so on the bright side, all my socks are clean and dry. If I had heard someone say I'd be hand washing my socks in a bathroom sink each day, and be excited when they're all dry, I would have slapped them ...
This stop was a bit of a surprise in that I had not realized that Javier was the birthplace of St. Francis of Xavier. My original understanding was that we were to visit a castle in this town. The castle, which is quite dramatic and well maintained, is a museum dedicated to St. Francis. The exhibits were excellent including many dioramas ...
Slower morning departed through suburbs of Pamplona. Very beautiful peaceful tree-lined streets. Took a detour through the University to collect a very special credential stamp on our passport. Long slow climb up to the peak of the Alto Del Perdon - 400m elevation! Fortunately the weather cooled as the sun hid behind the clouds so the climb was less onerous than ...
... and culture. It was pretty cool just walking around Pamplona seeing thousands of people enjoying themselves and embracing their community spirit. At university Alex 'Flanners' Flannery showed Coxy and me a video of him running in Pamplona many years ago and it intrigued and excited me so much. I appreciate there are a number of animal activists who are against the Running of The Bulls and associated bull fight but the community spirit is such a significant part of the event ...
... they were nowhere.
After what felt like forever, the bulls were away and I spotted the guys. I ran over to them and we all hugged and celebrated. The arena was now just a bunch of men hugging and slapping each other's back, all excited to have conquered the bulls. Then, again, the crowd went wild.
Thinking they were just cheering, I ignored it and kept talking. Then all of a sudden I heard people screaming and the crowd in front of me started ...