2014 Camino Francés

Day 5: Pamplona to Puente la Reina

June 24, 2014

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac

Route:  Pamplona/Iruña to Puente la Reina/Gares
Date:  24 June 2014
Distance:  24 km (15 mi)
Accommodations: Albergue de los Padres Reparadores

Please click on photos to see larger view and captions.

There is a very interesting post about the popularity of the Camino with South Koreans here.

1205 - After following the "Path of Forgiveness", up from the valley, we came across this metal sculpture by Vicente Galbete on top of the ridge, which is best known as "Alto de Perdón". Interesting thread here:https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/avoiding-the-alto-de-perdon.17036/

1205 – After following the “Path of Forgiveness”, up from the valley, we came across this metal sculpture by Vicente Galbete on top of the ridge, which is best known as “Alto de Perdón”. There is an interesting Camino Forum thread about this spot on the Camino, including an alternate route.

You may already know how much I love photographing the old doors, walls, and windows

Woman backpacking on country road

1325 – This is my friend, Françoise, from France, leaving Uterga. This is one of my favorite photos from the Camino.

I think I will take this opportunity to tell you a little more about Françoise.

As I know only a handful of French words and the same is true of Françoise when it comes to English and Spanish, the majority of our communication was done via sign language and laughter. Although I didn’t realize it until she reminded me of it during Day 5, it turned out that Françoise and I had met on the evening of Day 1, at Auberge Orisson, in the Pyrenees.

The way Françoise reminded me of our first interaction was hilarious. She said, “Orisson” and “miroir” and then began mimicking me standing in front of the bathroom mirror pulling wisps of hair out of my ponytail band to frame my face. It was a pretty good imitation, really, and laughingly I remembered that I had been doing my hair and stepped aside so that she could wash her hands that first night. And here we were, still on the same schedule, five days later, despite being about 25 years apart in age.

Françoise and I remain in contact via Facebook. And I think I will take this opportunity to explain how wonderful I have found Facebook to be in relation to the Camino, rather ironically. Although I took pen and paper and some business cards with me last year, I found it much easier to pull up the Facebook app on my smartphone, hand it to the person I wanted to stay in touch with, and have them pull up their profile page and send a “friend” request right then and there. Since the Camino, I have used Facebook to share photos, reminisce about the journey, and provide information to other pilgrims.

CF Day 5:

Read my journal entry from the evening of Day 5 here.

See the post from Day 4 here.

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  • Jen Hofmann May 24, 2015 at 21:30

    I love reading about the connections and seeing your images of the Way. The one from the top of Alto de Perdon is stunning. I’m glad for Facebook too and the continued connections it provides.

    • Sometimes She Travels May 24, 2015 at 21:39

      Thanks Jen. It’s funny to think that we became friends through Facebook and went on a hike because of Facebook. It truly is an amazing tool!

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