Camino de Santiago Blog: Day 7, Puente la Reina, Spain

Camino de Santiago: Day 6, Pamplona, Spain

Distance Pamplona to Puente la Reina, Spain – 20.0 kilometres

Pamplona was such an amazing place it was hard to leave but we had a schedule to keep. I can feel in my bones that we will see Pamplona again. After we walked out of the city walls the landscape changed, at first, to pleasant suburbs then, after the Universidad de Navarra, mostly green wheat fields and oceans of yellow canola flowers. In the far distance loomed Alto del Perdón or the Mountain of Forgiveness.

Distance Marker and Wheat Fields on the Camino de Santiago

Distance Marker and Wheat Fields on the Camino de Santiago

Climbing the 780 meter peak at first seemed daunting, but the approach and the decent down the other side was surprisingly easy, especially compared to crossing the Pyrenees just a few days before. One of the more interesting features of crossing the blustery peak is a massive wind farm consisting of dozens of electricity generating windmills and the famous, recently created, metal sculpture depicting medieval pilgrims with the inscription, ” donde se cruza el camino del viento con el de las estrellas”, meaning, “where the path of the wind crosses the stars”.

Fields of Canola and an Abandoned Monastery in Spain

Fields of Canola and an Abandoned Monastery in Spain

We arrived at Puente la Reina around 4PM and checked into our double room at the albergue tired, but anxious to go out and explore this ancient city. It didn’t take long until we found a small restaurant offering a fragrant seafood paella and pitchers of fruity sangria. Just another day on the Camino.

Scuplture "Where the Path of the Wind Crosses the Stars"

Scuplture “Where the Path of the Wind Crosses the Stars”

The Famous Bridge "Puente la Reina"

The Famous Bridge “Puente la Reina”

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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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