A great start on the Camino de Santiago for Mary and Chris


LAST week, we told you about the Larva couple who were to take on Camino de Santiago walk in aid of El Capricho and we promised updates along the way…

Mary Markstrom and Chris Farquharson set off on Sunday on their epic 285km walk along the Camino de Santiago.

Sunday May 28

Mary and Chris got underway, covering 14 miles from Pamplona to Obanos.

Meeting many people along the way – lots in red and white berets and speaking Basque – and many Germans, Koreans and Australians, Mary and Chris soon got ‘down with the lingo’, greeting passers-by with the traditional ‘Buen Camino’.

After an interesting but admittedly long day, Mary and Chris had dinner with some Japanese friends they’d met along the way before retiring early to bed ready for more mile-stomping the next day.

Monday May 29

Sunday’s beautiful blue skies had turned distinctively grey and thunder cackled overhead – Mary and Chris, however, were relentless and thrashed out an impressive (but wet!) 13 miles from Obanos to Villatuerta.

Given they were walking along steep, muddy paths for most of the day, Mary said she was ‘so glad to reach the albergue in Villatuerca’ – where the couple changed into some dry clothes and enjoyed an authentic paella dinner with two ladies – Hungarian and Dutch and a Japanese couple.

Despite Villatuerta being in Navarre, the people speak Basque and Mary and Chris learned how to say good day – ‘Egunon’.

They also met a ‘lovely’ American couple who offered to sponsor them in aid of El Capricho.

Tuesday May 30

Mary and Chris enjoyed a smoother walk on Tuesday, from Villatuerta to Villamayor de Monjardin.

The couple were pleasantly surprised to find a bodega along the route with two taps protruding from the wall – one offering water and the other offering wine (see photo). ‘Can you believe it? Free wine from a tap’ said Mary.

Mary and Chris have set themselves a target of €1,000 sponsorship which they hope to raise in aid of the Animal Protection Association ‘El Capricho’ in the northern area of ​​the province of Granada to help fund to the vaccination, neutering and feeding of homeless dogs.

If you’d like to sponsor them, check out their JustGiving page here.

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