Monday, September 7, 2009

First Camino Angel

We finally arrived at Roncesvalles at 7:30, after a very long trip to get here. We had a great flight to Madrid. Got in early AM and headed for Av de Americas to get the bus to Pamplona, but the taxi driver told us that the buses to Pamplona left from a station across town. After a very long and expensive cab ride we found out that he was wrong. So we took the metro all the way back across town and missed the early bus to Pamplona. We got the noon bus and got to Pamplona one minute after the last bus to Roncesvalles left. The next bus would be tomorrow evening at 6PM putting us a day behind schedule.
I asked at the ticket counter if there was any other way to get here. He told me to we could try a taxi. He mentioned that a man ahead of me had just gone out to look for a taxi.
When I was leaving the station a man approached me and asked if I was headed for Roncesvalles. I guess my backpack was a dead give away.
He started making calls on his cell and found a van service to take himself, us and two others to Roncesvalles at a very reasonable price.
I thought all was lost and we would spend the night in Pamplona and get a late start or figure something else out.
But as luck would have it, I met my first Camino Angel who helped us out and how surprised I was when I asked him his name and he told me it was Santiago. They say don,t worry, the Camino will provide everything you need. I guess I am already finding that out.
I wish you peace, love, and laughter
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry


  1. and even the technology works! Buen Camino peregrina. I'm looking forward to all you write about your experiences.

    With all good wishes

    Johnnie W

  2. Already an interesting happening...wish you well!

  3. Awe Rita... You will meet so many angels along the way. That is just so neat!!!!! There are so many wonderful people in this world. We all need to remember that.

    Good Luck--and keep us posted.

  4. Hi Rita

    A very auspicious start to your adventure...

    Happy days

  5. Oh Rita, what a start, especially when you are tired, not to mention jet-lag after such a long trip! All's well that ends well! I hope you managed to sleep well last night and that by now you have enjoyed your first day's walk. Buen camino! Anne

  6. Rita - So happy to read this update - your Blackberry is working well! Already you're having an amazing adventure. You go, Girl!