Camino Day 3 - Zubiri to Pamplona (21 km). Another pleasant day of quiet trails through rolling countryside and woods along a meandering river that leads to Pamplona. There is something about the repetitive motion of walking a long distance in such a beautiful environment that both focuses the mind and frees it. The physical exertion rewards the spirit.
My favorite stop was the small 13th century church of St. Stephen in Zabaldika, which requires a short steep climb to get to. The cool sanctuary is a spiritual oasis along the way. The side chapel displays a statute of Joseph holding baby Jesus, which is vrare. The artist imagined Joseph as a real father intimately involved with the life of his child, not just a bystander with carpenter tools.
Approaching Pamplona, I ran into my new best friends from Beijing whom I met previously on the trail. They had seen the movie, the Way, in China and were so inspired they decided they had to walk it.