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On the Camino de Santiago, Day 5: Quiet scenes from a quiet day

Child running with friends down Calle Mayor in Puenta la Reina.

Child running with friends down Calle Mayor in Puenta la Reina.

Day 5: Cizur Menor to Puente la Reina 18.8 km - 6 hrs

Today was a light day. Even so, my spirit felt dulled after the rush and intensity of San Fermin the day before.

Thoughts came and went without lingering too long. The walk felt strong and steady. Exchanges with others were kept to a brief "buen camino" and a smile.

As the day went on, thoughts of the albergue's swimming pool had been pushing me forward. I arrived early, claimed a bunk and went straight for the water. I soaked. I slept. Later, over a quiet glass of wine, I slowly took in the town, the people, the children playing.

It was a good day.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Morning run upwards toward Zariquiegui

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Water fountain along the trail

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

A mid-morning break after a 6.1km climb - another 2.4km to the top.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

A father and daughter, hand in hand

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

A field of sunflowers just below Alto del Perdón - the highest point of the day.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

This was the first of many fields of sunflowers I came upon

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Sunflower with bee

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Wrought iron representation of medieval pilgrims, heads bent to the west wind with the inscription: "Where the way of the wind crosses the way of the stars - Donde se cruza el camino del viento con el de las estrellas."

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Kiosco on Alto del Perdón

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

I was tempted to buy one of each, but settled on the dates.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

A young boy reading while taking a break from selling lemonade for donations just before entering Puente la Reina.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Calle Mayor with view of Iglesia del Crucifijo

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Storefront on Calle Mayor in Puente la Reina

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Balconies overlooking the Rio Arga

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Child running with friends down Calle Mayor

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Children running with friends down Calle Mayor

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Camino passport – Day 5

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Stamp for Albergue de Peregrinos Santiago Apóstol

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi, 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.

Read the post for Day 6 of Kelly's Camino.

Follow Kelly's Camino from the beginning: Day 1 / Day 2 / Day 3 / Day 4 / Day 5 / Day 6 / Day 7 / Day 8 / Day 9 / Day 10 / Day 11 / Day 12 / Day 13 / Day 14 / Day 15 / Day 16 / Day 17 / Day 18 / Day 19 / Day 20 / Day 21 / Day 22 / Day 23 / Day 24 / Day 25-26 / Day 27 / Day 28 / Day 29 / Day 30 / Day 31 / Day 32

Find out more about the Camino de Santiago, a centuries-old pilgrimage route to the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela, at santiago-compostela.net/.

On the Camino de Santiago, Day 5: Quiet scenes from a quiet day 07/09/17 [Last modified: Thursday, October 19, 2017 8:52am]
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