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Leaving in a week...

Just some last-minute questions:

1) I'll be starting in Pamplona on July 16th. Aside from the museum of Navarre can anyone recommend a place there that I absolutely shouldn't miss? Any advice on getting around in Pamplona would be appreciated as well.

2) I was unable to have a bedbug sheet sent to my address here in the U.S. Do the bugs seem to be a problem for anyone doing the camino this year? I do have permethrin spray and plan on treating some clothes and my sleeping bag before I go.

Thanks for your help!



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Hi, keilnirby,

Several years ago, there was a really nice exhibit of medieval Virgen and child statues in a room off the Pamplona Cathedral. I don't know if it was a special exhibit or part of the permanent collection, but it was really nice.

I think one of the nicest buildings in Pamplona is the Navarran government building, which usually has some small exhibit inside (last time I was there it was of camino pictures). But the building itself is definitely worth a visit -- it's hard for me to describe since I don't know too much about architecture, but it's a modern building built into an old one, and the stone it's built with is a modern version of the many shaded stone pieces of the old building. The colors are just beautiful. I believe it's pretty close to the albergue, which is very nice by the way.

And finally, though you didn't ask, if you want a very nice meal at a reasonable price, try the Basseri, on Calle San Nicolas. The tapas bar in front has lots of very good food, and the restaurant behind it serves a super menu del dia for around 12 euros. The food is really good, and for a couple extra euros you can upgrade your wine to a "gran reserva." I highly recommend it.

Buen camino to you.
Re the bugs, I was bitten (alot) when I walked in May of this year. I can't remember exactly which alberques, but it seemed to be less of a problem the further on I went. Some people never got bitten and others were feasted on, while others only had a few bites.

Make sure that you shake your sleeping bag and bedding well when you pack up to prevent any unwanted hitchhikers.

If you can treat your bedding before you leave, do so. Also, I ended up sleeping with socks on, as that was the area of me that they seemed to find the most delicious.

Enjoy your Camino :!:

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