Hola – Donna

Published on Behalf of Donna Blackstock – Donna is walking the Camino Frances  – a 5 weeks and 800 km journey that attracts over 250,000 participants.



It is been an interesting two days. I have passed through endless vineyards, avoided heavy rain showers the last two nights and my hat came back!

I had not realized my (borrowed) hat had fallen off the top of my pack prior to leaving from the FIRST albergue and I was 5k uphill into the Pyrenees before I realized it was not with me. In the end, after emailing the albergue, Joseph sent the hat on with two Brazilian bikers who had a list of 4 of the albergues that I was staying at. It arrived at 3:00 pm on the last day of the list I provided.

On the first day I walked through the city of Logrono. Currently there is a week long wine festival going on. We also walked through some of the most modern architecture we have seen in Spain thus far. I was also successful in retrieving money from the ATM next to the coffee shop I stopped at with Maggie from Auz.

When we arrived in Navarrete, my albergue The Pilgrim, had closed for the season! I was able to find space down the street at El Cantara and as there was not a dinner at the albergue we walked to the town square to see the church of gold and had a drink in a tapas bar. The tapas were like nothing I had ever seen and they were very popular. 

Today we came through Najera and as it was warmer, we nibbled grapes along the way. We are now at the municipal albergue in Azofra and while that doesn’t sound like much, it is a great albergue. The rooms are twin, two to a room and no bunk beds! We have a large courtyard (laundry opp) and the bars with the Pilgrim meals are only 1 long block away. It is amazing how many of the same people we keep seeing!

Feet…..fine today, snorers….had two that were world class last night, hot showers…..yes, Beer……had a Heineken today! Weather in the low 20’s right now and forecast for more of the same.


This dog was at our albergue with its owner and she was rubbing his feet – I was afraid to ask how far she/they were walking!


All is well!