Buenas Tardes! I love it when a flexible schedule works out.
I awoke early in Lagrono this morning and hit the streets - not many out and about. I stopped at a café, not many open, for café leche grand and small omelette sandwich. Delicious!
Since the Bus Station was close I checked out options to rejoin Hans and Marty. Turned out it best to catch 11:00 bus to Santo Domingo - they will pass here early Monday morning. Pilgrims who catch a bus, train or taxi ate called cheaters. I am so happy to be in cheater crowd. I got to see some wonderful parts of Lagono and experience the culture. It gets better- a festival started in Santo Domingo this afternoon around 1 pm. I'm not certain but gather tomorrow is a special holiday with celebration starting today. Everyone in the family and town is involved -- incredible. It is siesta time so quiet. I wonder what the night will be like.
At the bus station this morning I see a young man who looks like a pilgrim - so approach. I was right . He is Oiyen with English like my German but we we manage. He had been in Lagono to look after Achilles tendon. We travelled to Santo Domingo together where I met two of his pilgrim friends: Max from Austria and Eva from Germany via Poland. Eva speaks good English. Eva has used the bus and the boys had been teasing her; I suspect it will change now that one of them needed the bus. I must say I've seen a lot of walking wouned today. In any case a fun afternoon walking with festival parades. I took some video shots.
I saw some pilgrim friends in Najera as the bus made a stop there -- I felt good being on the bus.
Remember Stephan the young German doing the Camino to help overcome shyness. He arrived just after me by bus -- his feet are a mess --some infection so off to a Doctor. He saw Hans and Marty last night. I hope his injury is not serious. Also, Barry and Mary Ellen from Hamilton arrived this aft - they did 40km yesterday and still doing well. They believe their own hotel room last night made the difference.
When I arrived back at my bunk the lady above apologizes for squeaky bed. I said nothing you can do about - no worries I'll wear ear plugs. She is from Sydney Az - south Asian decent I think. She is travelling on her own - 2nd Camino (her daughter did walk a few days with her but returned to Auz.
Allowing enough time is critical although on occasional 50 km bus ride no big deal in my mind. Enjoying the people and some hi light scenery is most important.
I look forward to seeing my pilgrim partners tomorrow - and hopefully some of the pilgrim friends we met this past week.
I'll update you on tonights celebrations tomorrow.