Camino de Santiago — Day 10

September 18 / Espinosa del Camino — Atapuerca

Another good sleep! I woke up at 7.40am when almost everyone had already left. A few kilometers after starting to walk, I reached the first village. I searched for a place to have some toasts for breakfast but none of the three coffee shops had toasts! They looked at me like if I was asking for something luxurious. I gave up and I ended up having a bun.

The ascent to Montes de Oca was beautiful, some stretches harder than others. Above, it was plain, all the path was through a firewall.

I reached Atapuerca around 1.30pm, I got my bed, I tidied up and I washed my clothes. I wanted to have a proper meal so I went to Comosapiens, a nearby restaurant who had a really good rating in Foursquare. The food, wine and service were fantastic. I really loved it. And the pilgrim menu was just 12€.

Next day I was going to meet my parents and we were going to visit Atapuerca, so I could relax that evening.

In the albergue I met a Japanese who spoke a bit of Spanish. It was his first trip to Spain. He didn’t know any English so the conversation was slow. He told me he was learning Spanish because he liked Spain. The Irish young people came also to the same albergue. They hadn’t had lunch so at 5pm they decided to buy some food from the supermarket to eat something. I was with them drinking a beer and then I went to have dinner to the same restaurant. I ordered different dishes and they were also great. Have you noticed how happy I was of eating really good food? It’s not so easy in the Camino unfortunately!

After dinner, I helped Tom search for buses from Burgos to Madrid. The Irish guys had dinner later so I stayed with them talking a good time.

Distance: 20.9km
Average speed: 4.9km/h
Lowest altitude: 891m
Highest altitude: 1166m