In Noja, we are close to Santander, the Capitol of Cantabria. Fortunately the approach to Santander is by ferry, so we can walk there without crossing the concrete jungle. Since Noja is still about 34 km from Santander, we will make it a point to visit a much talked-about albergue about 17 km away, in Guemes: Albergue la Cabana del Abuelo Peuto.
We left Noja early as the night was turning into the day.
Around 10 or so the sky looked socked-in and we had a downpour. Fortunately, we were near our only cafe of the day so we could enjoy part of the downpour from the comfort of the balcony while having coffee and cake.
We were greeted at the Alburgue by water and biscuits. After settling in we were offered a community lunch. The albergue was created by Pastor Ernesto, who grew up in this house. We will have a community meeting at 7:30 followed by a community dinner. All of this is “donativo,” meaning, give what you think it is worth to you. This is an oasis that we are enjoying with other pilgrims.