Camino de Santiago: Day 10, Logroño, Spain

Camino de Santiago: Day 9, Sansol, Spain

Distance from Sansol to Logroño, Spain 20.34 kilometers

Sunrise Outside of Sansol

Sunrise Outside of Sansol

It is almost impossible to  sleep in a large dorm room when you are traveling the Santiago de Camino.  At 5 AM the sounds of rustling and coughing and general getting ready to go started, so Sarah and I figured we might as well start getting ready to leave as well.  We already had a few kilometers behind us as the sun was rising and we crossed the Linares river into the ancient Basque village of Torres del Rio.

Honor Fruit Stand in Torres del Rio

Honor Fruit Stand in Torres del Rio

We had skipped breakfast in Sansol and were temped by the “on honor” fruit stand, but we opted to continue on for a proper breakfast in front of the spectacular Renaissance era Church of Santa María further along “The Way” in Viana. Here we had, of course, café con leche, and breakfast tapas with chorizo, eggs and pan fried potatoes with local cheese. Muy deliciosa!

Torres del Rio

Torres del Rio

Renaissance era Church of Santa María

Renaissance era Church of Santa María

It was a perfect day to just sit and enjoy, our friend Ian had even caught up with us to have a coffee, but we wanted to continue walking and enjoy the sunshine. Just out of town we came upon a grove of almond trees and a man selling the nuts prepared in various ways along the trail. We couldn’t resist and, after sampling them all, bought a bag of caramelized almonds for the rest of the walk to Logroño.

Almond Seller outside Torres del Rio

Almond Seller outside Torres del Rio

At Logroño we checked into a nice little pensione in a non-descript office building just out of the city center. It was a little strange taking the stairs up to the third floor to what looked like a typical office building door, only to find several nice, normal looking, hotel rooms behind.

Walking "The Way" to Logroño

Walking “The Way” to Logroño

We unpacked our things and rushed out to explore the streets and  find what is renowned to be the best pintxos (tapas) in all of Spain and we certainly were not disappointed. After being presented with an unending variety that, for us, (just scraping the surface) included pimento, anchovies, smoked salmon, blood pudding, gazpacho with bacon, goat’s cheese with wild berries, anchovies with caramelized onion and just the right amount of local Rijoa wine, we discovered we loved the area and are already plotting a way to return.

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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