25.05.2011 - 25.05.2011
I decided to start in Roncesvalles because Michael told me to (and I need all the advice I can get). Many people walk from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port which is in France and involves a big climb over the Pyrenees causing bad blisters, knee problems and results in many people going home after their first day. So, I'm starting gradually, with a nice flat walk out of this town and 27km to Larrasoana. Apparently the French Alps are very, very beautiful, but the other constraint I have is time. I'm planning on doing the Camino in 30 days, most guide books advise 33 so cutting out one day at the start is definitely going to help.
So anyway, I'm here. Sleeping in a high arched cathedral built in 1725 for six Euros. It's amazing, there are about 100 other people in the room, and I just had dinner with a Hungarian and two Spaniards (none of them spoke any English, and I don't speak Spanish or Hungarian, so it was interesting!). A group of ten rowdy locals played the accordion and sang traditional Spanish songs at the table next to us for the entire evening. And now, it's goodnight! Bring on the walking!