Wednesday 27th March 2013

Trip Start Mar 23, 2013
Trip End May 05, 2013

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Where I stayed
A lovely hostel for a change!
What I did
Bloody rain!

Flag of Spain  , Navarra,
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Well, I left off last night in Pamplona with the Korean tiger.  We went out for a few beers with his friends.  They had all eaten dinner, as they had eventually found a shop that sold rice rather than pasta, so cooked up a Korean meal. I made the mistake of asking what was in it, it nearly put me off my refreshment so I will say no more.  Fortunately my liver was safe in the hands of the Koreans, as they seem to talk a lot about drink but drink very little.  All in all it was a very difficult situation as they respect age and will not say what they want to drink until the oldest (me) has spoken.  Eventually I made my excuses to leave as I had not eaten.
Unfortunately I then took charge of my Liver and moved on to a Jazz bar, I was going for the full Earnest Hemingway experience.  In the bar I could not help but notice the lovely Spanish girls in front of the band, eventually it became obvious they were the girlfriends.  Anyway, it took me a while and a few refreshments to realise the boys in the band were truly truly awful.  I looked back on my life and wondered why I never joined a band, as my complete lack of musical talent was no barrier.....
Anyway, for the first time I awoke refreshed this morning, as there was no bloody German and I had finally used my ear plugs.  The day started well with a great breakfast, however it went down hill from there as I went out into the rain. My Korean friend had to post some stuff home, as he was carrying a lot of weight, so asked me to meet some friends to tell them not to wait for him.  I arrived in good time to realise it was the German Mother Sabine and Daughter Laura, they had teamed up with my old Danish friend Jan. 
It was a very hard day, the rain was heavy and the tracks washed away in places.  We talked and joked for many many miles but soon became very tired.  We eventually reached the top of Alto Del Perdon, where there are metal cut-out pilgrims, we were delighted and took many silly photos. We then proceeded down the mountain and foolishly detoured to see the old church of Eunate, a Knights Templar church where many pilgrims were laid to rest.  Unfortunately it was closed!  That was our luck today!
Eventually we arrived in Puente la Reina, a very old village and got the last 4 beds in a lovely hotel come hostel.  We were all tired with very sore feet.  However a lovely dinner and a few refreshments has restored our good cheer, but none of us look forward to walking tomorrow.  I look over the pictures and realise my tired words have not done any justice to the beauty of the countryside, Anyway, a very good night from a very tired Douglas.
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Judith Emburey on

Great Pics Deadly!!!
When did the beard come off?? Almost didn't recognise you.....xx

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