Camino de Frances, Camino de Santiago, Personal stories

Day 9 to 12 — The Six Continue — Villatuerta to Ventosa

[June 25th, 2014, Day 12, from Garin:]

Hey all!

We sent an email to you when we were in Puente la Reina on our rest day. That rest day did us well, and we made good time after to make up for our lost time walking around 20km a day average. We are finally walking enough per day to run into the same people, which is encouraging. We are currently in Ventosa. Today, we passed the 576km to Santiago sign! We have walked over 100 miles now. That makes all our feet and sore muscles feel better.

For Corpus Christi [Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ], we were in the small (pop. 150) town of Villamayor de Monjardìn and they had a Eucharistic procession through the whole town (all like 5 blocks of it). The priest was really passionate with his homily. Becca and Kelsey have been playing the game of “guess the readings/ gospel [because they’re in Spanish]/ discuss the homily”. Some days are better than others, but for the most part, they usually get the general gist. If the priest talks slowly into the mike and the church doesn’t echo too much, they can understand the majority of it. The rest of us non-Spanish speakers are totally lost and have to ask what the readings/ gospel/ homily were after Mass.

(Day 9) Estella, on the way to Villamayor de Monjardìn:
01 Estella on to Villamayor dM

(Day 9) Rose, on the way to Villamayor de Monjardìn:
02 Rose to Villamayor dM

(Day 9) Irache, on the way to Villamayor de Monjardìn:
03 Irache onto Villamayor dM

(Day 9) On the way to Villamayor de Monjardìn:
04 onto Villamayor dM

(Day 9) On the way to Villamayor de Monjardìn:
05 onto Villamayor dM

(Day 9) View of Villamayor de Monjardin from top of the hill:
06 view of Villamayor dM

(Day 9) Entire town of Villamayor de Monjardin from top of the hill:
07 entire town of Villamayor dM

(Day 9) Pilgrim problems — Garin drying socks:
08 Garin drying socks pilgrim problems

(Day 9) First storm on the Camino (Villamayor de Monjardin):
09 First storm

(Day 10) On the way to Torres del Rio
01 To Torres del Rio

(Day 10) On the way to Torres del Rio
02 To Torres del Rio

(Day 10) On the way to Torres del Rio
03 To Torres del Rio

(Day 10) On the way to Torres del Rio — “Buen Camino!”
04 To Torres del Rio

(Day 10) On the way to Torres del Rio
05 To Torres del Rio

(Day 10) On the way to Torres del Rio
06 To Torres del Rio

(Day 10) On the way to Torres del Rio
07 To Torres del Rio

(Day 10) Torres del Rio
08 To Torres del Rio

(Day 10) Church in Torres del Rio
09 Church in Torres del Rio

(Day 10) Pool in Torres del Rio
10 Pool in Torres del Rio

Other opportunities for Spanish practice come during desperate ice cream searches and grocery store runs which sometimes, but not always, include funny-looking shopping carts and… store workers or waitresses [confused by] our Spanish. Last night (Day 11), we stayed in a donativo (for those of you who don’t know means that they run completely on donations; it is technically free) albergue that was a parish albergue in Logroño. We got a lunch, bed (obviously), 3 course dinner, breakfast, and smiles, and a warm, loving welcome from everyone. There were 2 Filipino seminarians that were volunteering at the albergue and helping out with everything. While talking to one of them, I volunteered to read the English [prayer] intention at the Mass, about the pilgrims on the Camino, that they may [have] deepened [, discovered, or rediscovered] faith.

The church was beautiful and after Mass, we came back to our albergue to find dinner waiting for us. We ate with all the other pilgrims, the seminarians, pastor, and the hospitaleros [hosts]. The seminarians and priests would serve us the dishes; [it] was nice to see them literally SERVING the people.

(Day 11) On the way to Logroño
01 To Logrono

(Day 11) On the way to Logroño
02 To Logrono

(Day 11) On the way to Logroño
03 To Logrono

(Day 11) On the way to Logroño
04 To Logrono

(Day 11) On the way to Logroño — “Even the river is cafe con leche colored”
05 Logrono

(Day 11) On the way to Logroño
06 To Logrono

(Day 11) On the way to Logroño
07 To Logrono

(Day 11) On the way to Logroño
08 Logrono

(Day 11) In the Church of Santiago el Real in Logroño
09 In the church of Santiogo el Real in Logrono

(Day 11) In the Church of Santiago el Real in Logroño
10 In the church of Santiogo el Real in Logrono

(Day 11) In the Church of Santiago el Real in Logroño
11 In the church of Santiogo el Real in Logrono

(Day 11) Served by the pastor
12 Served by the pastor

[Day 12, Ventosa:]

(Day 12) On the way to Ventosa
01 To Ventosa

(Day 12) On the way to Ventosa
02 To Ventosa

(Day 12) On the way to Ventosa
03 To Ventosa

(Day 12) On the way to Ventosa
04 To Ventosa

(Day 12) On the way to Ventosa
05 To Ventosa

(Day 12) On the way to Ventosa
06 To Ventosa

(Day 12) On the way to Ventosa
07 To Ventosa

(Day 12) On the way to Ventosa
08 To Ventosa

(Day 12) On the way to Ventosa — Ruins of an old pilgrim hospital
09 To Ventosa

(Day 12) On the way to Ventosa
10 To Ventosa

(Day 12) Dinner in Ventosa
11 Dinner in Ventosa

We are starting to pick up the pace of our days. We get up around 5 a.m. and get walking by 5:30 a.m. at the latest, to get maximum kilometerage done before the day gets hot. We calculated that we need to average 23.1km a day in order to do all that we hope to do (Finnistere and Muxia at the end and Fatima). Tomorrow, we are doing a 30km day to Santo Domingo where we hope to stay at an albergue run by Cistercian nuns. And now, at 8:45 p.m., we sleep… this is late for us to go to bed.

-Los Peregrinos:
Garin, Kelsey, Jill, Becca, Gail, and Rosa

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