The River Arga
The Albergue Zaldikko, in Zubiri, was comfortable and friendly. This being only my second night staying at these simple dwellings, I am impressed by the breadth of services, considering the price; usually under 10 euros, or $13.00. It was the first Albergue when you come over the bridge into Zubiri from the Camino trail, and there was a simple bar/restaurant just around the corner that served the Menu de Peregrino for the pilgrims. I’ll just say that the local draft beer was delicious and nutritious after walking about 14 miles.
I’ll speak of it now and then I’m just going to leave it alone…. The Albergue Zaldiko, like most I expect I’m going to come across in each town, had a laundry service (they’ll do it for you), showers, sitting area with WIFI, a microwave oven, and a café machine that cost less than 1 euro. Ok, you might know where I’m going, and, yes, I did walk the distance from Roncesvalles to Zubiri, as I will each day walk out a pressing distance, but is this really a PILGRIMAGE, or a vacation. As I walked along towards Pamplona, I couldn’t help but think of another time – maybe 800-900 years ago – when pilgrims were working their way to Santiago just as I am now. I have trails, they probably didn’t. I have trails with markers, they probably didn’t. I’ve got my waterproof boots, ergonomic backpack, and special lightweight clothing. They’ve got some rags stuffed in a bag and hanging on a stick slung over their shoulder. And of course, I’ve got this super-duper, lightweight ultrabook computer – full windows 8 touch screen – that can reach out to about anywhere in the world. They can always yell, and maybe some wolves will hear them and ponder what goes with human fricassee.