The stage is fairly flat
Today is the crossing of Pamplona, only we did not.
Keep track of all your small important things. Everything in its designated pocket makes Camino-life easier and more relaxed.
It is clear that Samantha's knee needs rest so today we take a taxi to Pamplona. We could have gone by bus, but our lack of knowledge and need to get some practical things done made us choose the first.
We need knee braces for Samantha, good sunscreen, a good data SIM card.
The hunt for Lebara: For some time Lebara has been my favourite mobile service provider when travelling. They offer cheap data and excellent rates when calling 'home' or any of a huge number of countries. So my determination was high to locate a SIM in Pamplona but, alas. After finally having visited El Corte Ingles, a huge shopping mall, we settled for Vodaphone.
Loosing things ->
Over a few days:
I lost my hat twice. First time it was gone, second time a kind Taxi driver brought it back to me.
We nearly lost our passports rushing through Orly airport.
Samantha lost her nylon stockings twice. First time we got it back, second time it was gone.
Samantha lost her shades.
Learning: These items are really some of our favourites, especially my hat. The second time where I got it back I cut my bonds to it and said. "Dear hat I like you very much but you are free to go if you have to".
This learning is also about the attachment to perfection and need for control. The moment something does not unfold as per plan I tend to get uncentered. Having seen it and cut my chords, perhaps the hat will stay on my head.
Attachment to perfection ->
Also Samantha's knee is a teaching of letting go of plans and perfection. As the reality of that set in our Camino has changed. Now we do the walk we can and we enjoy it. Learning is setting in: Hat is on the head and centring is back.
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