Traveling Nancy

Traveling around the world as far as I can go.

Larrasoaña to Pamplona


Happy Birthday, Sophia and Ellie.

Deborah and Sue had their packs shipped yo Pamplona today. Deborah has been having hers shipped every day and Sue injured her toe last night. The walk today was not very hard. We left at 7 am arrived in Pamplona by about noon. The first part was a tranquil walk crisscrossing the Rio Args. The later part was along roads, but very pleasant. We crossed a couple of stone bridges along the way.

We crossed a stone bridge.

At one a man was fishing with his dog.

A man was fishing with his dog.

When we arrived in Pamplona, I was able to store my backpack in Sue’s and Deborah’s pension as we walked around the town. We went out for lunch at a wonderful tapas bar.

We enjoyed tapas in Pamplona.
At 3:30 I picked up my backpack and walked to Susana’s apartment. She is my incredible Servas host. We sat and talked most of the afternoon. Then she went to a class while I went to a free concert in Plaza de Castillo. Susana met me there. She took me to see the Art Deco cafe,I runaway and to a church with a beautiful interior. Then we went to a building that used to be a castle. We were viewing a photography display when two men began playing a Basque wooden instrument called a Txalaparta. The sound was fantastic.

The Txalaparta is a great instrument.

They played the instrument and the wooden stairs. How lucky we were to be there at that moment.


The used stairs as a Txalaparta
Go to the internet to hear the sound.

Then Susana saw some people she knew and I met the photographer, Ricardo Spilborgh, who explained his reflective photographs to us. Wow.

We went back to Susana’s apartment where she made supper (fresh egg omelet and tomatoes with garlic) for us. We cracked walnuts and talked until almost midnight.

I am staying here with her for two nights. Tomorrow we are going to the local market and to a barbecue in a local town at the house of a friend of hers. I can’t believe how fantastic it is to stay with a Servas host.

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

7 thoughts on “Larrasoaña to Pamplona

  1. That’s a cute dog


  2. That dog is so cute!


  3. Thank you for doing this,Nancy. Your armchair-traveling friend appreciates!


  4. What an incredible trip!!!And you are an incredible woman!!! Thank-you for sharing this with me. Love, Roberta


  5. Nancy, loving your posts, pics and stories. Blessings to you.


  6. Sounds great, Nancy. Perhaps we should all belong to Servas. World peace is such an important goal, but wish more people felt that way about it.



  7. All sounds fabulous…keep having great times…Ellen


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