Camino de Santiago Day 12

Monday, April 18

Atapuerca to Burgos

20 km / 12.5 miles

I really don’t want to jinx myself, but I have been getting very good nights sleeps on the Camino, despite 16 person rooms, bunk beds, and snorers. Last night was another great sleep. I woke up at 6, and began walking at 7 am. Right outside town was a bit of a mountain, awful large rocks all the way up that was not nice to my feet. At the very top, a giant cross stood with the moon in the distance. I turned around to look back into town, only to find the sun still rising above distant clouds, rays beaming from behind. It was quite an emotional moment, I don’t quite know. I think the magnitude of the cross, the beauty of the dawn just hit me. I continued the day descending into Burgos talking aloud to myself, reliving old memories and talking old stories. I really enjoy walking alone; I am able to be with myself and dive into traumas and emotions that I usually try to ignore and distract myself from in my normal life.

The walk into Burgos was never-ending, along an industrial highway. It was not the nicest part of the Camino I’ve walked. But I got into Burgos around 12:30, enjoyed a nice coffee and walk around the city before checking into an Air Bnb I shared with some new friends from Grañon, Chris (Australia) and Kiva (Arizona, USA).

Burgos is beautiful, with lots of shopping (some higher end) and the amazing Cathedral. It was massive and surreal to see in person.

After a little exploring and siesta time, I went out to dinner with my Irish Kathy and Katie, followed by many drinks with the group we’ve been traveling with the past week. I went to bed chugging electrolytes and crossing my fingers I wouldn’t be hungover.

€15 Air Bnb

€35+ Lunch/Dinner/Drinks

Total €50

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