Day 4: 28.3 kilometers
Total: 115.8 kilometers
Today started off early! It was a beautiful Albergue and it was warm and comfortable with almost 100 beds in it. Being more of a business, lights were on at 6am so I quietly started to make my way about to pack up my stuff and use the restroom before anyone else really got up. I headed out in the brisk morning breeze and walked back to the corner of the wall where I was the other day. I don’t know why but I intended to go there before I even woke up. Boy was it worth it! That sunrise was incredible! And it just felt good! Then I went back to the route and headed through the city! It was cool and quiet but really quite perfect if you ask me. I walked the streets and followed the signs in the ground which led me from the old city to the new and out and around. It was fun seeing everything. Being so easy not to get lost I found myself trying to listen in on these three girls in front of me because they were laughing and walking and having a good time! When I looked up finally and was a few blocks off course! Someone even honked at me in their car and told me Santiago was that way! Thank goodness for great people. Anyways I was back on track and enjoying my stroll through the city and outskirts. I sat on a bridge and starting to write because I felt the urge to and I heard some clicks coming my way. It was a girl, Amparo, from the Albergue last night heading out in front of me! A quick hi and buen camino and she was over the bridge and way ahead! After I was done writing I headed out too. Not long after I started again, I ran into the guy who bunked next to me last night, Nico, repacking his bag in a park. We were about the same stride so we started walking together. It was nice because he was from Spain and didn’t speak English but we kept a conversation going all morning. We eventually caught up to Amparo and said hi and kept going, We made it into Zariquique and saw a sign that said best in town so we stopped for a cafe. Five minutes later Amparo came in and sat with us as we talked and had coffee. It was a nice break for a while and the coffee was spectacular!
Nico and I headed out going to Alto del Perdon and it was a nice quick hike up. We made it up to see a few other pilgrims who shared their chocolate cookies with us so they wouldn’t have to carry them anymore. They were delicious! What a beautiful monument on top amongst the windmills. It was chilly but beautiful. I took a few pictures and then Amparo came up and before the other pilgrims left I had them take a picture of us! The three amigos. It was fun to hang out at the top and enjoy each other’s company. Good people bring great vibrations. After a little hang out we all left together but I saw some cool rocks and they went ahead. It started to rain a bit, more of a sprinkle so it wasn’t too bad. I slowed down a little but and enjoyed my walking and the rain and had fun. Soon they were a few hundred meters ahead of me. It was all good because I was planning on talking a little side route to Camino Argones and see Eunate! It was a fun hike and it stopped raining once is headed towards Eunate!
What a beautiful church. It was closed when I went to it but I still looked around and read the signs. It felt peaceful and nice there. It would be fun to stay and hang out here if I came back this way one day. After a refill at the fountain there I took the trail back towards Obanos. A few extra kilometers never hurt anyone and I wasn’t counting until now! It was such a nice day that I didn’t even feel like I walked that much! Finally I did make it to Puente La Reina and was walking through town when I saw this place that smelled good for lunch. I went in and it was Amparo waving me down! Super cool! We hung out and had lunch together and it was nice and she said I should come back to the same Albergue and I was in! We got back and Nico was there and we decided we would cook dinner in the awesome kitchen!
I threw together some delicious sauce which I learned from my friend Selena in Monteverde Costa Rica! It smelled great cooking it and it actually went out into the streets! The coolest thing was people we coming in from the streets and most were my friends who I met before! It was awesome seeing everyone poke their heads into the kitchen and smile! Cooking is universal! Get a little garlic and onion in the pan and people think you know what you are doing in the kitchen! We had a feast with pasta and sauce and fresh bread and a bottle of wine! It was amazing! The best thing was people were asking me where I was staying the next day… So I could cook for them! Love it! People love my cooking and my music I play and that means the world to me! The Heel a Slap Chest Pop Happiness Movement is taking over! It’s a beautiful thing and I see it spiderwebing it’s way all across the camino to Santiago and further! Thanks everybody for checking in and reading my blog! Spread a smile and share it with your friends too! The best part is that this is still just the beginning !!! Ok it is way late and I need some sleep! Pura Vida and Buen camino! #JarcTheShark, #LifeIsBeautiful, #PuraVida, #AdventureOn, #ElCaminoDeSantiago, #Camino, #BuenCamino, #PureMagic, #EssenceOfLIfe