28th March 2013
Trip Start Mar 23, 2013
27Trip End May 05, 2013
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Where I stayed
A Church hostel, basic but a wonderful welcome.
This morning we started off in the rain, again! The rivers are all flooding and pathways muddy or washed away in places. Jan was brilliant, telling us rude jokes to keep up our spirits. Laura, the German daughter was struggling hard, even though they sent their rucksacks on by taxi. There is a service for 7 Euros per bag, per day, that ships them to the next hostel for you. I can tell you by the end of the day on those tired tired legs you really start to think you should have done it!
Eventually Jan could not keep stopping for Laura as he was in pain now so walked on alone
Crawling on through the mud I found the sun had come out, the following few kilometers are a bit hazy after that bloody rice stuff. I will look at the photos later.... Much of the walk was besides a river that was overflowing
Estella is a beautiful old town of thirty thousand people built around the river. We found a lovely hostel run by volunteers from the church. You give a few Euros donation, they give you a bed, tea, coffee, or beer and basic food. The old lady that checks us in is wonderful, she smiles and gives us a coffee or a beer and says anything for the pilgrims in Spanish. Sometimes its the little things in life that touch you, like an old ladies kindness to complete strangers.
I am now all cleaned up and in the Internet cafe, off to dinner now and just hoping I can dodge that Korean.......