No kilometers – Nada!!
Today was our rest day and this entry will be short.
Our faith in Logrono is restored.
We slept in, traveled to a mall to buy some evening shoes, visited a beautiful church, and ate Italian for the second night in a row. It was idyllic.
And tonight over dinner we talked about the highlights so far.
Best Moments in the Early Days
We agree that the highlights of our trip so far are the moments when we enter an ancient small village–supported for hundreds of years by the Camino–and finding the bar where we can rest our feet outside in a plaza or a small street, and drinking water, Diet Coke or Coke Zero and watching the life (or lack thereof) in this place where we would never see, otherwise.
Jackie also treasures her early mornings in Pamplona, when she witnessed the local women doing their morning sweeping and window cleaning before the city awoke.
We both think of Emi (short for Emily), a Barcelona resident, whom we shared an outdoor table with several times in our first week.
We first saw her ahead of us on a very difficult incline. She carried a baby blue umbrella to shade her from this nasty sun. She wore a backpack and a pack around her stomach.
The front pack, she explained, “carried her food for the trip.”
She was obviously on a budget–complaining about the price of Coke Zero at one bar. She smoked a short cigar-like cigarette and smiled constantly. Her pride and strength were immeasurable. Today, she symbolizes the Camino to us.
We hope we see her again. We hope Santiago and the other Saints are watching over her and us.
Leon does have some beautiful cathedrals. Three within a few blocks.
Today we happened into Iglesia de Santiago del Real. It is smaller and less ornate than its big brother Concatedral de Santa Maria de Rodonda, but it is so sweet.
We also visited Albergue de Pelegrinos de Logrono to receive a stamp. Wonderful place, and cool stamp. There was a foot bath in the center of its small outdoor yard.
In the evening, before dinner, we managed to visit a few tapas bars. Cool, cool, cool!
Back At It
This is a short entry, because the real fun begins again tomorrow.
We needed the day off, and loved every second of it. But, we both felt guilty and jealous when we saw Pilgrims dragging into town.
We will be on the Camino tomorrow by 9 am.