May 30, 2019
Arnope – Zenarruza 28km
Leaving the albergue very early this morning. There was a lot going on that I decided to look for a nice spot on the way and have breakfast there. The Basque Country is much more hilly than I thought, climbed up and down all day. No rain today but the Tracks are still muddy.
A dreamlike route, no noise except a few birds and the sun came out. After 6km I found a very nice place. High up on the mountain, the view of the valley was fantastic. A short time later Anita and
Ernestine overtook me, we had seen each other in the last Albergue but had not introduced ourselves. The two went on. After my break, I was very motivated and continued to run full of motivation.
A little later I caught up with them again and we walked a bit together. Anita is from Australia and Ernestine from Germany. This route seems to be very popular with the Germans. That was not the case last year at the Camino Primitivo. After about 19km we took a longer break in Marxina, we also
picked up Nadin shortly before. Tortilla and something to drink, perfect. Nadin and my goal was an old monastery today. Anita and Ernestine decided to stay there. Ernestine rested her foot. The two made their way to the Albergue. We sat a little longer and then noticed that Anita had left her wallet. We didn't know exactly which albergue they wanted to stay in, so we walked through the city and hoped to meet them somewhere. It worked quickly and she was very happy, hadn’t noticed it before. For us it was again about 9km, just under two hours to the day's goal. The monastery grounds were fantastically beautiful. A monk showed us the pilgrim accommodation. We were
already done with showering and washing clothes, looked at the area, lay down on the lawn and looked at the route for tomorrow.
Gradually more and more pilgrims came. A group of friends from Lake Constance, Gloria from Italy and Bernhard from Germany. We were cooked by the monks and we all sat together at the table outside. Bernhard talked about his last big tour. He was away from home in southern Germany for three months to Santiago, crazy. A lively evening.
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