Thursday, December 14, 2017
Travel

On the Camino de Santiago, Day 10: The company and kindness of friends and strangers helps a solitary traveler get back on track

Day 10: Navarrete to Azofra - 22.3 km – 7 hours (Total for Days 1-10: 187 km [122 miles])

Back at it. Full force. Almost.

Today's journey included new friends, shoe shopping, pool-sitting, a delicious communal dinner and a special impromptu one-man performance at the Plaza de Navarra. Here are some scenes from a great day on the Camino.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Nájera city street

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Nájera city street

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Shoe shopping with Thomas, a fellow peregrino who hails from London.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Thomas performing an impromptu soliloquy about the Camino at an empty outdoor theatre in Plaza de Navarra.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Empty theatre seats.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Sitting pool. Not big enough for a swim, but the perfect size for sitting. This Mom and daughter from Canada are part of a group of 8 people doing the Camino: Mom, dad, 3 young children, one adult child and his girlfriend, and grandpa. Mom and dad have done multiple Caminos, one for each of their children.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

First stop: the pool. From the left, me, Trevor (Hungary), Thomas (England), two people from The Netherlands whose names I did not get, and Juan (France). All fellow pilgrims. (Photo by Keaki)

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Home for the night.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Azofra grocery store

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

A beautiful woman in a beautiful store. Keaki and I went in together to get some fruit and wine. She spoke only Spanish. We chatted - in my basic Spanish - about the fruit, the best chocolate (she has many different varieties), the Camino. She was so kind to us despite the language barrier and sent us off with a great big smile and many good wishes.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Lee (South Korea), Keaki (Japan), Barbara (Canada) and me at dinner.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

My Camino passport after 10 days.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The stamp from Albergue Municipal de Peregrinos de Azofra.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi, 29, of St. Petersburg, FL., is a teacher at Country Day School in Largo, FL. She is currently in Europe walking the 500-mile Camino De Santiago. She is sending the Times a daily blog post about her solo journey, which is expected to last 33 days. You can e-mail Kelly at [email protected], though you might not hear back until after she returns.

Read the post for Day 11 of Kelly's Camino.

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