The Spanish Way

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Hundreds of pilgrims from all walks of life, of different ages stayed the night at Roncesvalles to start the Camino. 

It’s surprisingly well organized and pilgrims are openly welcomed every where we go.

We met a Portuguese pilgrim who walked various routes every year for the past 15 years. He walked with us, first lighting up the path in the dark foggy morning and encouraging us all day such that we cover over 30km, a personal record for both of us.

At an unplanned stop in a small church albergue in Zabaldica, we were greeted by a friendly community of volunteers who clean and feed us without asking for any payment. Everything is voluntary, including donations.

The highlight of the stay here is ringing the church bell and every pilgrim is encouraged to do so to announce our arrival.

At the end of the night, we pray together for safe and purposeful journey onward.

Joan Yap

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