All we are saying is give peace a chance. John Lennon.
Camino Day 5, Thursday 10th September. The guidebook tells us that today was a 22klm walk, although when our tired legs finally got us into Estella at 4:30pm, after 8 hours on the track, it certainly seemed longer than that that. But no doubt it was just the weary feet talking.
Just outside the village of Cirauqui a farmer has created this amazing living map of the world. Created in some form of hedge plant on the side of a slight slope, I was told that it took him 3 years to do. To my mind it is an amazing symbol of global unity, facing the Camino for all the peregrinos to see. I liked these two signs, and though they are really nothing all that special themselves, they are a simple reminder of something much greater than going to war with each other.
Today was also a day of sunflower plants, grapevines, wild berries and fabulously rich soils in the fields.
And a reminder for me of tolerance. We walked much of the day criss-crossing a group of Argentineans. The older bloke got under my skin … talking very loudly, uncaringly stepping in front of photos … you get the scene. And then we chanced upon this old deconsecrated church, not far out of Estella. Were walking with Americans Rich and Pat at the time. This old church was empty apart from am old alter. Walls 1 metre thick. But of dirt on the floor. And then the most glorious singing emerged from it – it was the annoying Argentinean. We sat inside for a while whilst he and a companion wandered around. Janet asked him to sing again, which he obliged. His voice was lovely and the acoustics unbelievable. So for all his annoyance, he also had some admirable talents. A photo of the church grounds is below.
We are but quickly passing through Estella, and with just one night in a town with a population of some 15,000 one really doesn’t get a chance to properly look around. So we had a quick explore, and not much more. My last photo, bar one, was taken late this afternoon at Plaza de los Fueros. Apart from the significant history attached to the granting of the Fuero de Estellaby King Sancho Ramirez in 1090, the Plaza, as the town’s main meeting place, gives some sense as to how much the Spanish celebrate life.