IT’S A LONG WAY FROM TIPPERARY TO SANTIAGO. Days 115-117
Walked in the dark through hills enjoying peaceful solo stroll eventually descending into Zumaia. Then a scenic continued walk in hills to Deba where I got into Albergue in train station after ridiculous back and forth to get keys.
Enjoyed an interesting chat with Polish couple Kamil and Anna. He is very zen like and enjoys cabra fizzy apple cider.
Had to walk to next bridge in rain and then up hill seeing Albergue after 5k. Kept on running into Luke and Ray. And then went ahead taking shortcut into Markina. Had pintxos and rested before uphill to monastary Zenarruzako (Favorite Spain Pilgrim Accommodations) and had to wait until 4pm but very nice experience with quiet and sat on post watching sun set on church.
Fun communal dinnner with a big bowl of pasta and sat and chatted with Inesa.
Nice time in shop with Father Ramon buying angels, necklace, soap and their own label wine for dinner. There was a major league snorer so I slept in hallway.
Enjoyed walk through hills and forest and then descent into Guernica, a city the Nazis bombed for Franco.
Interesting historical tree signifying Basque independence.
Had lunch of big bocadillo and then walked on in hills to Esterika meeting Anka laying in trail.
She is struggling but seemed ok. I ended up at quiet albergue in mountains.