From Parties To Pilgrims

monumentoWhere we left you yesterday, Ally and I were wondering what our rest day in Pamplona would hold… It held a lot!

mojitoFirst and foremost is the finding of the most delicious Mojito ever. Ever.

We stumbled upon food stalls in the local park, must be lunchtime… (Close enough – with our lack of sleep time was irrelevant) what goes perfect with Paella? Mojitos!!! And these would go perfect with anything :) when ordering our third, we didn’t even have to ask, they knew what these 2 Australian chickas wanted :)

Restricting our shopping urge was hard.. The markets were good… I’m sure Ally can find room in her bag for a few things….

sangria-fightA good thing was catching up with a familiar face from home – home being Albury! Half way around the world and Ally and I catch up with Rob and his mate Simon – being our second night in Pamplona we were more than happy to show the guys the sites :) from bands and parades to sangria fights and roof top dancing (Spanish grease mega Mix goes off!!) the four of us had a great night meeting new people and telling them that “we bought a Jeep”. With plans to meet up the next morning Ally and I headed home in the hopes of some sleep next to the note club outside our window… (Closing the window, ear plugs, pillows on heads – did not help at all).

6am once the music stops its time to get up to head to the Bull Run again only this time with all the common people down on ground level – with no sign from the boys (they got the wrong bus) we squished in between some Bolivian, American and Canadian tourists ready for our 6 sec glimpse of the bulls running past us again – the atmosphere electric we were happy to be a part of it.

squashedWith a quick coffee and breakfast with Rob and Simon once they turned up and a lot of laughing about last nights antics (how did we end up on that balcony listening to Savage Garden and Crowded House???) it was time to strap on the backpacks and follow the shells!!

Today found Ally and I in a moment where it really came to us what we are doing :) With the purchase of our new STICKS we found ourselves upon a mountain after a very hot and hard climb with the Monumento Peregrino. A sight that we both think significant in our journey. A good site, and satisfying and beautiful one…

Then it was down hill- quickly. It’s strange that to get to the top it was long winding hard road – then they decide, that’s enough! Get down the bottom quickly!! In a straight line! Thank god for our sticks….

Having a late start left us hot and bothered in the hard Spanish afternoon sun so we pulled up short on our destination to a quite village which has free wifi so it will do :) plus we can catch up with our new friend Brazil. After a 30km day, dinner had , and the church bells chiming its 9pm we are off to bed.

See you on the other side of another 30km day.

Buen Camino

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