Sat 26 Sep - Day 12: Najera to Granon 28km

222km walked, 564km left to walk. 

Today was not a huge photo day. One can only snap so many pictures of sunrises and Camino trails. So here are a few more. 

The Caminar. 

Disappointment in the town of Azofra. The water was not fit for human consumption. 
I had to ration to the next town which was Cirueña. A sad place. Clearly a boom and dust kind of town. A very green golf course and then this. Streetscape laid out but no houses. Many houses were "tu vende" or "se aquila", for sale or for rent. 
A revamped pedestrian crossing in Ciruena. 
Santo Domingo appeared in the distance but there was still a good 4km from here. The wide open spaces deceive. 
I decided to walk beyond Santo Domingo  which was listed in the guide as the suggested destination from Naraja. Next town was another 7km away and is called Granon. And in the process stumbled onto I don't know how many other familiar pilgrim faces.  

Granon has two main albergues. One has mattresses on the floor and one is donativo. We chose the donativo. 

A real character place. Almost hippie kind of joint. 

Here is Win from Kiwiland and Jane from Cardiff, Wales. 
And here is Marg from Majorca, Spain and Aaron, Manchester, UK. 
The afternoon was spent enjoying a few beers with the Camino buddies. Yes, a few more beers after that. Much pleasant and relaxing. 
There is a Swedish guy, Ludvig, from Norrköping in the bunk bed above me. He is only the second Swede I met on the Camino. 

Communal dinner at 8pm was part of the donativo deal. Fun times. Food was lentils, roasted potatoes, rice, salad and bread. Very very nice peasant food. 

That will do for today. Buenas Noches 

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