Irun-Hendaye to San Sebastian and Bilbao

23 Apr

I wonder who thinks that a pilgrimage walk is a great way to get away from home and enjoy a few weeks walking in Spain. Well, I don´t blame you. But the only words I can think of to call this post and message is Muddy. Forest mud, river mud, sandy mud, wet mud, red mud, yellow mud, mud that sucks the very soul from your body and makes you wonder why you thought a Camino in April in Northern Spain is a good idea. I hope the pictures I attach give you an idea. I have not taken the pictures of todays boots yet as I can´t even see them. So it has been raining. We walked to San Sebastian and stayed in a Youth Hostel there. We took a high track through a muddy forest into Orio. The path was quite beautiful and the views over the sea were amazing. I thought I might get a swim but the waves on this coast are for surfers. In Deba we stayed in a little room beside the beach, the facilities were very basic, and the Walrus, the Carpenter and the little puppy were sleeping there too, all men who snored! I will have nick names for most of the peregrinos by the time I finish in Santiago. I walk with an Irish woman, a Spanish woman from Valencia and a young Portugese fire-man who is deeply religous. We four are now in Gernika in a room with a french couple in a very dear youth hostel. Today the guide book said take the road if possible as there might be mud but the yellow arrows kept leading us into the river, mud, forest and we couldn´t seem to stay on the road. It was very scenic and it was not raining this morning, but is now. Last night we slept in Ziorta Monastery, what a treat, a Japanese man was the only other person there, we were given a good supper of soup and bread, attended Vespers and got our first pilgrims blessing. We did get Mass in Deba on Saturday night. Mass in the Basque language is hard for the Spanish to understand, let alone the Portugese or Irish but we enjoyed the Misa as it was our first. Unlike the Camino Frances there is not the same opportunity to attend local mass at night as the alberques are on the outskirts of towns.

If you want to read further on any of the stages check out these sites.

5 Responses to “Irun-Hendaye to San Sebastian and Bilbao”

  1. PAUL at 4:19 pm #

    Hi there Pilgrim…
    Or should I say Mucker.
    Well done and trust the feet are not bogged down too much and working well for you.
    Surfers waves will soon offer you a gap for an atlantic spa treatment, enjoy each opportunity.
    Ps any tips on how to sleep through snoring
    Love, light and reams of laughter

  2. tara campbell at 5:22 pm #

    where are the pictures 😦 glad to hear your spirits are high even though i’d say it’s tough getting through the mud-think of going on a bear you have to go through it?xxxx

    • unadara at 11:25 am #

      The internet cafe would not allow me to put on pics, so here in Bilbao now, a very nice hostel, so before going to see Guggenheim I satisfy some requests.

  3. Dianne at 8:23 pm #

    I too was wondering where the pictures are. We are planning on doing this route in September. Hope it dries up by then!

  4. Toni at 10:59 am #

    Im with Tara………..Photos?

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