Estella is an ancient town that dates back to the early days of the Camino. Stories of the Knights of Navarre and pilgrims go back to the year 1000AD. There are numerous old churches and a narrow Main Street filled with all sorts of shops. Today was our first down day since we started walking. I slept way later than I thought I would. When I finally did get out around 11 in the morning, I went down to the tourism office and got a walking map of the town. Ricardo messaged me that he was going to take it 'super chill' so I was on my own. It was interesting to spend the day experiencing the town and the rhythm of life here. And let me tell you, it is really, really relaxed.
It seems that the whole world is at the pace of a relaxed walk. There were lots of people just talking and walking. The town had a burst of energy in the morning and then in the afternoon it went totally quiet at siesta time. All the shops closed and there was hardly anybody in the streets or restaurants. Then it picked up in the evening with another burst of energy when all the children came out in the squares and played. Even the kids were relaxed.
Natalie showed up this afternoon with a new Camino buddy, Peter from Germany. Ricardo, Peter, Natalie, and I had dinner together, we talked for several hours and then headed in for an early bed to get rested for some more walking tomorrow. It is hard to describe how relaxed the day was. All I can say is it was soooo chill!