To Arre on September 7th

We left Zubiri about 8:30 after buying the makings of lunch.  It was a good walk early and then we traveled some narrow paths through beautiful countryside.  Stopped at a medieval church that had been abandoned by the local town in 1987.  Some pilgrims went to the as archbishop for permission to restore the church.  While we were there a church group from Germany stopped in.  There were ten or fifteen men and women.  They went into the church and began singing a hymn.  Wow!  Ag has a video that I will post.  It was so spontaneous and beautiful.  We stopped for lunch in a few miles on some rocks in a shady patch and we were about done when an man about 70 walked up the path.  Ag was peeling an orange and offered him a quarter.  He hesitated and accepted.  He was Thomas from Germany and was part of the church group.  We spent ten or fifteen minutes just talking about things.  It was great.

We traveled on and had a hard climb towards the end but came to the alburgue in Arre, a suburb of Pamplona.  The alburgue is run by the Marist brothers in an old 12th century building and church.  We had the matrimonial room with only two bunk beds!  We went out into the town with Susan who had made the reservation call and who met us there.  Not too strenuous a day but hard enough towards the end.  We decided to take it easy the next day and only walk a few miles.  Susan made the call to the alburgue in Civeo Menor, a suburb on the other side of Pamplona.  We had problems with pplthe washing machine and the brother scolded us in Spanish.  It all worked out .  More on that tomorrow.

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