CAMINO DEL NORTE-Days 3-5

Full moon just before sunrise behind me after Eskerika. Tiny in photo but brilliant by naked eye.

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.

Santiago in Deba

Enjoyed an interesting chat with Polish couple Kamil and Anna. He is very zen like and enjoys cabra fizzy apple cider.

Zumaia

24/9:

View from Zenarruzako Cistercian Monastary

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.

Monastary Courtyard

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.

With the friendly Father Ramon
Shoppiing splurge. Father Ramon was a good salesman. The wine is their own label.

25/9:

Enjoyed walk through hills and forest and then descent into Guernica, a city the Nazis bombed for Franco.

Near Guernica

Interesting historical tree signifying Basque independence.

Independence Tree in Guernica
Descendent of original independence tree

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.

Albergue at Eskerika
Enjoying a snack break with 3 German sisters.

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