Pasai Dinibane is the Basque name for what in Spanish is San Juan Bautista, or St. John the Baptist. Tonight I'm at the Santa Ana albergue which is located in the Hermitage of Santa Ana built between 1758 and 1760. This albergue, like many, are unfunded and rely upon donations for their survival. Of course they would not survive if it wasn't for the voluntary work by members of the Association of Friends of the Camino de Santiago of Gipuzoka. There are many of these associations that help to make walking the Camino the experience it is. The Hospitalero (the volanteer who runs the place) at this albergue is Xatur, a lovely man, very welcoming, and who has been most helpful in providing me with a map and a booklet of albergues on the path ahead.

I was relaxed about getting out of Irun this morning after shopping and putting enough credit on my internet provider account to last me until I've finished the walk. But I started later than 11.30am, today's start time, when in France. I didn't expect to make San Sebastian tonight.

On the way out of Irun I met up with Young Ok, a Korean woman I'd seen at the Irun albergue yesterday when we were both getting our credentials. (The credential is a document on which is recorded personal details, the date you start the walk,
from where you start, and has provision for each albergue to stamp it when you stay overnight.). Young Ok and I walked together to Guadalupe where we ate. It was very different for me to walk with someone after nearly three months of just my own company. I stayed on longer in Guadalupe to finish eating and to visit the Sanctuary (church). Young Ok walked on but we're both at the same albergue tonight. It's small. Just 12 beds and only six of them ocupied.

I'd forgotten how ornate Spanish churches can be. They use a lot of gold around the
altars. Interestingly, the one in Guadalupe had a black Madonna with child as a
centerpiece behind the altar.

Pasai Donibane is described as one of the most authentic and best preserved sea towns in Gipuzoka. The historic quarter is organised around one street, parallel to the port shore. The village has the Basilica of El Santo Cristo de Bonanza which can be clearly seen from the albergue windows. It also has a 16th century palace, the Renaissance Villaviciosa Palace. The writer Victor Hugo lived here for a few days but that proved enough to warrant the Victor Hugo House.

I'm really pleased I did some walking today. With the paths I walked, the people I've met, and the albergue I'm staying, I now feel like I'm really on the Camino.

The sky's cleared this evening. We could be in for a good day tomorrow.
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