Camino de Santiago – Day 5
Walked from: Villatuerta
Walked to: Los Arcos
There’s a free wine fountain next to the Monastery in Irache. I kid you not. Everyday they fill it with 100 litres of red wine. Sounds awesome. But the last time I was there it was still empty from the night before, and this time it wasn’t quite 9am in the morning, so while there was free booze on tap, I settled for taking a photo of all the other ‘pilgrims’ taking photos too. I know – I surprised myself too…
Then I skipped off on an alternative route which was a bit hillier and a bit greener than going on the main Camino, joining again at the exact point where an enterprising retiree was playing violin and hopefully touting for donations. I’d rather enjoyed heading up the path towards the unexpected string music, so paid up before heading on my way.
Because I’ve walked a bit further on most days than the guidebooks suggest, I’ve now bumped into a lot of people who left St Jean the day before me. A whole host of new characters to talk to, although as a lot of them seem wedded to 20km days, probably not for long…
The home for tonight is Los Arcos, a small but pretty little cross roads town with a splendid looking church and a €6 a night municipal hostel which I can honestly say is worth every cent I’m paying. And not a penny more!