Traveling Nancy

Traveling around the world as far as I can go.

Pamplona with friends and then on to Puenta de la Reina


I am so lucky to have spent the day with Susanna and her friends . First we went to the market to buy food. Then one of her friends, Manuel, picked us up and drove Susanna; her friend, Nasy, and I out into the country to a very small village. We stopped at a wine cellar on the way.

We stopped to buy wine.
Manuel owners a house that was originally built-in the 12th century.

The gate to the court-yard.

This is a 12th century door to the house.
They were getting water from the well.

Juan and Manuel bringing up water from the well (but not for drinking).


They cooked on the BBQ.

Barbecue where they cooked the fresh sardines that Susanna bought in the market and the ribs.

Other friends (Raul, Diana, Juan, and Noeme) arrived and they all brought food. It was a regular Spanish potluck. I feel so privileged to have been there. I felt immersed in Spanish culture. There was no electricity or running water because Manuel is not living there right now.

Part of our lunch was squid, octopus , and tomatoes.


It was a great BBQ lunch.the BBQ lunch was great.
Juan bring a guitar and we sat around singing. Noeme even did a Taro reading for each of us. Everybody tried to help translate for me so that I could be included in conversations.

I so love being a Servas traveler. I will stay connected to Susanna.

I left Susanna’s apartment at 7:15 headed for Puenta de la Reina. The first part was a climb of about 1500 feet. I loved the fields of drying sun flowers, the wind turbines

There were wind turbines in view.

and the sculpture showing the history of pilgrims at Alto del Perdon.

History of Camino is displayed in the sculpture at Alto del Perdon.

I loved seeing Marlin again.

I met Marlin at the top.

The sunflowers were just about done blooming, but I still loved the fields.

Sunflowers were almost done blooming.
The breeze was such a relief from the heat. I was so surprised to bump into Anna again and we had lunch.
I really enjoy the times I am walking by myself. A small twist of my foot on the stones reminded me that the Camino is one step at a time and then I thought that actually life is one step at a time.
How lucky for me that when I arrived (very tired after about 34 km) in Puenta de la Reina I got the last bed in the Jakue Albergue dormitory.

I got the last bunk bed.
Off to sleep on the top bunk.

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.

9 thoughts on “Pamplona with friends and then on to Puenta de la Reina

  1. So enjoying your travels. I feel like I am there along the way. Reminds me of my hiking in Switzerland over 13 days.


  2. Fabulous experiences!


  3. I’m so glad you can send pics. Sounds like you’re having a wonderful time!


  4. I love getting this!


  5. Hi Nancy!!! It was great meeting you and spending the day with you! I’m especially happy that you made it to Puente la Reina. Hope you keep enjoying every single minute of this adventure. Please remember me in your prayers. Big hug! Nasy


  6. What a wonderful, rich experience, Nancy. Keep up the great work!!! And thanks for sharing 🙂


  7. Loving the pictures….keep it up. Bobbie


  8. I could not be enjoying this any more than I am! I love every email and look forward to them! Thank you so much for taking this journey for all of us. The pictures are worth thousands of words, as they say…… Pat


  9. Nancy, I always respected you, but this raises my respect for you a thousand fold. You make it all sound so easy, but I know it can’t be.
    Love all the pictures and info, Gerta


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