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At this albergue, we use pilgrim donations to buy groceries. Anything we purchase specifically for ourselves, we purchase out of our own pocket. We eat with the pilgrims and usually eat any leftovers (if there are some) for our lunch. Otherwise, for example we separately bought some body soap, potato chips, some tuna, a couple of beers for Phil, and a six pack of tonic for me and my back cramps.Hola
Are you given a daily stipend for food purchases as hospitaleras (hosvol)
Thank you for your updates
Whatever the dickens a boondoogle is, let me pick up on soap. You won't have much time in Pamplona for many things, Janet and Phil. Such a pity. The pintxos on offer in the old town are worth a fortune!All quiet except the sound of Phil checking mattress and pillows and finishing up his part of the cleaning. Birds chirping in the background. We have a lot of swallows, probably due to the abundant fly population.
It rained quite hard last night again. Partly cloudy and cool this morning so perfect for walking. Our last pilgrim in last night spoke to me earnestly this morning. He came to us from Ena on the Camino Catalon. He saw only 3 pilgrims until he reached us and one he had begun to walk with and consider a friend. This other pilgrim had an injury and considered leaving the Camino so bade Jose-Luis goodbye and they parted ways.
Our pilgrim JL heard from his friend last night. He had continued and was a day and a half behind. JL was considering going back to Santa Cillia and then he and his companion could continue tomorrow to Artieda together. Or he wondered if he should just go on to Ruesta alone. He has no particular timeline. JL is in construction/remodeling and out of work until he goes back home later this summer or fall. I told him whatever decision he made it would likely be the right one for him. I am turning into the Yoda of hospitaleras, like my partner Phil...
One other thing, its about soap. Before we left home, I bought 2 shampoo bars from the place where we get our hair cut. We started using one on a long camping trip in the spring, but since we didn't shower a lot on that trip, we still had 1+ bars left. We have decided we don't really feel clean and my hair is like straw...could be the hard water, but yesterday we bought the 3 bar pack of ubiquitous Spanish soap. (Yellow package, green soap). I will find some regular shampoo in a small bottle somewhere. We will leave 2 soap bars here. I still have a chunk of laundry bar from last year so should be ok for the next 3 weeks was or so till we go home.
Out for a boondoggle this morning to see Berdun and maybe drive to Ruesta and back just to see it.
Thanks, if people with to volunteer, I want them to know what it might be like. BTW, I did figure out how to clean the floor drain today and it didn't look terrible as I had envisioned. No way to pull up the floors, but the drain is accessible.Your and Phil’s posts (from this year and years past) are, IMHO, the best hospitalero threads around. You describe the routine, the cooking, the pilgrims, the challenges, and just about anything else that we could wonder about. It is always fun to follow your threads. I hope you will also keep us posted about how your “scouting out” camino from Sarria goes.
The tower thing is newer. There is an exhibit of art and it is kind of like a museum of sorts.I’ve stayed at Arres twice; both times were lovely. The first time, the hospis welcomed help in the kitchen and everyone contributed in some fashion to either food prep or clean up. The second time, the hospis waved us away from helping. The food was simple, plentiful and did the job. I don’t recall them taking anyone into the tower but they did open the church for us and those at the Casa Rural.
You two are hospis extraordinaire! It’s no wonder the dinner food disappears, you offer good food that is not of the common sort found along the way. Feeding the body and the soul.
Thank you for your service.
Thank you so much forWe ended up with 7 pilgrims 1 from Hungary, 1 from Italy, 5 from Spain. Our first pilgrims arrived with small day packs and asked about their suitcase. I told them we did not accept shipped luggage, but it might be at the Casa Rural. Indeed it was there. It is quite large and Phil had to ask them to remove it from another lower bunk and store it upright instead of open on the floor. In any case, they are a nice couple experiencing the hospitality of this type albergue for the first time.
I upcycled the soup from last night. Added more ham, potatoes, carrots, celery, onion. Garlic and a half of a chopped tomato. Used more white wine and added a container of chicken stock had I made from the freezer. I also made the slaw with the crunchy almond and Ramen topping. Every bite was a gone along with the chocolate and the fig pastries from the local bakery. Its nice to see pilgrims enjoying something simple, but tasty.
Tomorrow no shopping so we may take a little drive after cleaning. The days are slipping away and our replacements will be here on Wednesday to shadow a bit. We may go to spend a night in Sos del Rey Catholic if we get away on Thursday. The car is due back in Pamplona Friday at noon and our train to Madrid leaves at 3 pm.
Thank you for the wonderful work you do for us pilgrims, I wish you son good resting days at the Camino. Hope to be in Arres early next week.Albergue clean! Extra washing today as Phil and I prepare for our departure. I washed my bedspread and top sheet and there is a clean towel for our replacement Ray. He sent a WhatsApp that he would be here by car later this afternoon.
We drove into to Jaca for a few personal items (stick deodorant we saw at the Warehouse store, etc) and also picked up some fresh bread, bananas, for the albergue. Stopped and picked some fresh flowers at the roadside.
It is breezy today so things are drying quickly. We saw 6 or so pilgrims on the way back to the albergue so it should be a nice group tonight. One last feast of cabbage slaw with the crunchy nut and Ramen topping, pork apples onions cooked in red wine and cinnamon, and a few fresh cherries with a chocolate pastry for dessert.
Unless Ray needs us to stay we'll head out tomorrow for Sos del Rey Catholico and then to Pamplona on Friday. I will close this thread out after we leave and start a new one for our Camino walk to Santiago.