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Published: October 1st 2016
Well, after yesterday's effort, it was decided the prudent thing to do would be to get to Burgos the easiest way possible. In light of the fact that we had done nearly 4 kms of this stage, and that many people ere travelling the last 5kms on a bus, as it's through suburbia on concrete paths, we figured we weren't missing much by ringing a cab. It was great ! We arrived in Burgos at 9.30, dropped off the packs, and went to sort out the essentials before the shops closed. Irena posted stuff home, John bought a phone card, I bought some boots ( I hope they are good, only time and kilometres will tell; they feel OK ), and we headed to the Cathedral.
Irena only stayed about 10 minutes, I don't think checking out churches is her thing, and bid us farewell as she marched off to Tarjados, 13kms away. We may catch up in Santiago but unless she takes a break, it seems unlikely. She is a woman on a mission and I imagine will head up the road with purpose. She was fun to be with and she thought she had developed a Australian sense
of humour; I hope her husband can see the funny side in that! When she gets home she intends to shift their bed out of the bedroom, install 5 sets of bunks, get rid of the blankets and sheets and instead use sleeping bags, and find 8 complete strangers who snore all night; these are the only conditions she can now sleep in. Funny girl !
John and I spent over an hour in the Cathedral but I won't bore you with too many pics. Needless to say it is one of the great Gaudi creations and anyone would be impressed.
The rest of the day was spent wandering around, checking out the big festival that is on, settling in to our nice hotel, and generally doing nothing. The festival has medieval reenactments, many stalls with local food, jewellry, handcrafts, and much more. We bought some chestnuts from the lady near the bridge and they were delish. John wasn't such a fan as they are fiddly and he likes lots of salt on nuts. They are fiddly !
Later in the day John wanted to check out some shops, so I wandered back via the chemist. The
list was Compeed plaster plasters, tape and Ibuprofen, which comes in 600mg tablet here. I asked about the 200's but was told they are only for children. 3 a day max, every 6 hours; might kill more than the pain.
We are about to head out for dinner as it's just past 9pm so I will post a few pics when we return.
Just heard from Irena and she's doing well. It would be great to catch up at the end and we wish her the best on her journey.
Well we are back from dinner, the photo download failed so not many, and we had a strange experience. First, about dinner; it was rubbish. Commercial frozen pizzas at a restaurant . Wasn't worth crossing the Bridge for! You don't get that at Graham St Pizzeria. Secondly, about crossing the bridge. There was a huge crowd lining the bridge and a couple of temporary grandstands so we headed up the middle, lead by me, on a less crowded route. I then asked John why there were barriers separating us from the crowd, hoping it wasn't a bull run of something like that. It wasn't , it was
Very nice, colour and chaos.
the grand parade. In front of us were Knights, maybe Templar, with flaming torches, and behind us banner carrying knights and wenches in period costumes.
We walked about 100 meters in the parade until we arrived at the street we needed to turn up. We then oozed into the fans and made our way to the disgusting cafe. The crowd cheered and jeered us, some clearly realised we weren't part of the official entertainment. We were still laughing about it over 'dinner'. The only good thing about the cafe was the knives were sharp. The waitress was worse than Basil Fawlty, not a smile to be seen and she just dropped the plate in front of you.
Anyway, a funny end to a good day, adios Compañeros .
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