After a decent night's sleep, we got up, got our bags ready for transport, and headed downstairs for breakfast. The albergue had the usual toast, jam, orange juice, and coffee. They also had cereal with milk and a pastry. After breakfast, we headed out, crossing the bridge again, and this time turning right. Soon we could see Illarratz in the distance. As we entered the small town, there was a welcome spot to take a break. At about quarter til 9, we passed through Ezkirotz and continued on until Larrasoana. Larrasoana isn't actually on the Camino, but all you have to do is cross a bridge to enter the town, instead of turning left. We'd been walking about 2 hours, and there was a sign for Bar Amari, so we went for it. Well, there isn't much in the town, and the bar turned out to be all the way down the main street to the right. Oh well, we had a good coffee and a bathroom break and headed back to the Camino.
A short time later, we passed through Aquerreta, then about an hour later we entered Zuriain. We saw the town in videos, because it had a
popular bar just across the bridge. We decided to stop for a lunch break, and use the restroom. After lunch, we got back on the Camino and went through Irotz and Zabaldika, then stopped for another break at a nice picnic area. From the picnic area, the Camino climbs steeply, heading along the edge of the mountain. We then passed through Arleta and finally saw Trinidad de Arre. Trinidad de Arre and Villaba are on the outskirts of Pamplona. We crossed the bridge into Villaba and asked where we could find a bar. A local pointed us in the right direction and we followed the river until we found La Cachoperia. Here we took another break, then headed to Pamplona, passing through Burlada.
Finally, at just after 3pm, we entered Pamplona, through the famous medieval gate. We'd reserved two beds in the municipal albergue, Jesus y Maria. We finally found it, checked in, grabbed our transported bags, and headed upstairs to our bunk beds. The albergue is very modern, but some bunk beds have lockers, some have a bench, and some, like ours, had no place to put your backpacks. Oh well, c'est la vie. We got our backpacks
sorted out, did some laundry, and took a shower. Afterwards, we decided to head out to see the town. Also, we were thinking about staying an extra night in Pamplona, so we decided to check out another albergue. Normally, as pilgrims, you can only stay in an albergue for one night. After walking around town for a while, seeing the Running of the Bulls statue and a couple other places, we decided there wasn't that much to see to stay another day. We found an interesting restaurant with a decent menu, Tingla-Out. We were going to buy 3 plates between the two of us, but the waitress told us they we pretty big servings, so we might want to order two and see. Turned out she was right. We ordered Patatas Bravas and Gambas (shrimp). Both were quite large, and we didn't even finish the Patatas Bravas, which are basically French fries covered with mayonnaise and BBQ sauce. I know it sounds weird, but it is very good.
After dinner, we walked back to the albergue and I worked on my blog while Manoli read some. It was starting to get to be a routine. We also made reservations
for the next couple nights, since the number of pilgrims on the Camino seemed to be pretty big. Tomorrow we planned on getting up a little earlier, since it was getting hot before we reached our destination. They turn the lights out at 10pm, so we were in our bunks by then. Tomorrow we head to Puente La Reina, and try staying in a hotel, Hotel Jakue.
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