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Arres, Arres Pilgrim Hostel 11 May 2023

Being woken up at 6:30am is the norm for an Albergue and this morning was no exception. Notwithstanding once we obtained entry into the Albergue the night was not too bad in spite of a couple of snorers.


The distance covered today was just shy of 26km with route for the most part paralleling the N-240 although the last 4km was mainly uphill following a goat track.


In Jaca yesterday I visited the Star Fort, a great example but not worth the €5.00 entry fee as apart from the well maintained buildings and structures there was nothing to see. The Jaca Cathedral was cold and very dark and did not provide any inspiration.


At this point I must mention the bathroom in our hotel room at Canfranc Estacion. The shower was excellent, the only issue was the location of the toilet. It was jammed in a corner next to the hand basin. Sitting on a toilet sideways is not something that we are used to and you had to be a contortionist to reach the paper roll.


Tonight we are staying in a Pilgrim hostel with 4 bunks shoehorned into a room suitable for two and it is Kate’s first opportunity to experience a top bunk.


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Rosemary Wilson
Rosemary Wilson
12 mai

Hi John.

We are friends of Kate & love reading your blog. We are particularly enjoying your descriptions of the weird Spanish bathrooms . The 'sideways' shower was a highlight. Keep walking! 😎

Rosie & Lizzie

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hilpead
12 mai

I always preferred the top bunk in an albergue and Caroline the bottom one so it worked well for us. Loving your posts and photos.

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Veronique Helmridge-Marsillian
Veronique Helmridge-Marsillian
12 mai
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Top bunk is pleasant, but not if you want to get up during the night.

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Veronique Helmridge-Marsillian
Veronique Helmridge-Marsillian
12 mai

Postscript to Kate: You look energetic and graceful as you walk.

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Veronique Helmridge-Marsillian
Veronique Helmridge-Marsillian
11 mai

To satisfy Carol-Joyce's curiosity and mine own, I found this map.



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Veronique Helmridge-Marsillian
Veronique Helmridge-Marsillian
11 mai

Good weather, beautiful landscape, but long walking—flqt and then uphill, ouch! The conversion rate of Aussie dollars to euros is always painful. I get the impression Europe is a very wealthy place. In Australia we are poorer than we realize, but just as well: we don't have the problems that come with European abundance. I am surprised at your surprise at squashy hostel conditions. These are obviously buildings that used to have communal toilets and bathrooms; then all the rich Europeans started coming en masse and complained. Anyhow, aren't you supposed to be suffering for your redemption?


Lovely photos, atmospheric. Good courage—

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