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Published: September 2nd 2017
Dinner last night was okay. I had spaghetti with tomato sauce and cheese, with a decent salad, water, and an ice cream bar for dessert for 11 euros. I was afraid I would have trouble sleeping again, but soon after 10pm I hit rack and only got up once around 2am to use the restroom, then slept until 6am. We were packed up and on our way soon after 6:30am. We had decided to wait until Larrasoana to eat breakfast. As we were leaving an older lady from Denmark asked if she could join us and so now we are 3. We had decided last night to try for Cizur Menor instead of the typical stop in Pamplona. When we reached Larrasoana, we stopped for breakfast, but almost gave up when we found no place open, just vending machines near a private hostel. We asked what appeared to be a local gentleman about breakfast and he told us to wait a minute and he would show us. He turned out to be the manager of a private hostel nearby and took us there. We were served a standard breakfast of coffee or tea, toast with 3 kinds of jam, and orange
juice, all for 3 euros. When I went outside to wait for the others, he told me in Spanish that if any other pilgrims came by to just tell them about the vending machines and don't mention the meal we had.
We left Larrasoana and a while later reached Zuriain. Right at the entrance to the town was a bar/Cafe with a number of other pilgrims so we took a short break. A couple of hours and more ups and downs, we entered Villaba, basically the suburbs of Pamplona. A long walk later we passed near the cathedral, so we went in to get our pilgrims passport stamped then started looking for someplace to eat a medium lunch. We ended up stopping at a little cafe called Bar Cafe Milton that didn't look expensive. We ordered Patatas braves, a ham and cheese pastry, a stuffed pepper, and a big croqueta, along with drinks for a total of 13 euros. Everything was delicious, and we could barely finish it. Last night we had decided to stay in a private hostel in Cizur Menor because the municipal albergue didn't have Wi-Fi, so Raresh called to make reservations for the 3 of
us. While we lunch, a young couple we had met before stopped by and asked how far we were going. When we told them where and that we had made reservations, they asked if we could check for them. I used Raresh's phone to check, and just added 2 more beds to our reservation. We invited them to sit with us, but they declined, telling us they were both having foot problems and didn't want to sit down while they still had some steam. We wished them well and told we would meet at the hostel.
After our filling lunch, we finished the last 3 kilometers to Cizur Menor, found our hostel and checked in. Other than the Wi-Fi that keeps getting overloaded, it is a very nice place, called Albergue de Maribel Roncal. We got our beds, sorted our stuff out, then shared a washer for our dirty clothes. Meanwhile, after calling our better halves, Raresh and I went for a stroll to see what the town had to offer for groceries and dinner. Apparently, we had arrived on a fiesta day for the town, so there were all sorts of things going on. There was a neat
sort of trampoline set up for the young ones, and big banquet, and later on tonight a lot of singing and dancing in the main plaza. We ate going out for dinner soon, so I will go ahead and post this blog beforehand.
Tomorrow we will probably stop in Puente La Reina, which is only 20 kilometers away, but after that there are only 2 hostel at 26 and 32 kilometers.
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