A Day in Pamplona

September 23 2021

I arrived in Pamplona yesterday afternoon.  Unfortunately, I arrived too late to take the bus. At this time of the year there is only one bus which leaves Pamplona at 2:30 pm and arrives in St Jean Pied du Port at 4:15 pm.  

That actually gave me a good chance to walk around the city and get reacquainted. I walked over the Jesus y Maria albergue and made a reservation for my return on Monday the 27th. Interestingly, the albergue was completo so that tells me that the camino is still crowded but I have to take into account that they are only allowed 50% occupancy.  I now have reservations for the first 6 days of my Camino.  I will figure out as I go along if I need more.  

I was able to stay awake until almost 9 pm last night which is a victory considering I only had a few hours sleep for the prior few days.  I slept until 6 am and feel great today.  A few café con leches does not hurt the cause.  

I am still amazed at how many people smoke in Spain, and yet the life expectancy here is the second highest in the world.  I guess all of the walking must help.  People young and old are out walking everywhere.  It is so great.

This morning I went for a walk along the Camino.  I was late at around 9 am so there were few pilgrims.  I will assume that they were all out on the trail since you need to be out of the albergue by 8 am.  

I’m off the walk around and then catch the bus.  

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