Spain Day 5
Br Michael spent the night of Day 3 in Roncesvalles in an alberge next to 'a monastery with real monks' and Day 4 took him to Zubiri to another alberge. He has been meeting other pilgrims from various countries, His next overnight stay will be at a Marist Brothers' house in Arre, near Pamploma
Day 5 " I´m clicking away here 4.15 pm Thursday arvo in the public library (free internet) in a town called Arre. suburb of Pamplona.I´ve taken today off to give my feet and shoulders a rest. Also there´s a Brothers Community here which runs a hostel for Pilgrims just across a medieval bridge which all the pilgrims (............ and there are lots of them!) must cross to enter the town. The brothers have been here 15 years, but the place has been operating since the 1100s. Sounds incredible, but as far as I can make out, it´s true! It´s difficult to speak with the local brothers, but I´ve found them very open and friendly, without making a big fuss. An elderly brother showed me where to catch the bus this morning, and gave me lots of advice (all in Spanish ......... or was it Greek?) I visited the Pamplona cathedral, old!!! and over-ornate in the Spanish counter-reformation style, but there was a very old monastery/museum attached which was most interesting.However, I was coming down the stairs from the Bell tower, looking closely at the stairs ......... it was pretty dark, but the stairs were well lit, when THUMP!!!! I hit my forehead hard!!! against a railway sleeper at head-height across the stairway. So when I got to the exit, I spoke to the girl on the desk. I first of all thanked her very much and said how interesting it all was ........... and it was!!! ......... with excellent material on how they went about building the cathedrals, with enormous working models of blocks and tackles with rope the thickness of a human arm etc ......And I didn´t complain about everything being in Spanish!!!), but then I said I´d like to tell her something important which I wanted her to pass on to the authorities. She immediately looked up, apologized and said ........ ´"Yes, I know what it is!!!" Anywhere else, they´d be shot! But they´ll obviously fix it one day after someone is killed! Well, I´m getting back to the brothers early. A final rest before hitting the trail tomorrow. Not sure whether to carry my big pack or send it on. I can do that for 8 euros. The limitation is that you have then to get to a set place to which you´ve had your pack sent. All the best to everyone. God bless, Michael"