Calle San Juan
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The True Tapas Experience
A week into the Camino de Santiago, I arrive in the city of Logrono. I have loved the little villages we have passed through, but it's nice to be in a substantially-sized city and to feel the associated energy. Not long after arriving, I learn of Calle San Juan, a street famous for its tapas bars. A group of us decide to meet in the city square and explore this famous street and treat ourselves to something other than a pilgrim's meal. We start at one end of the street and work our way to the other, stopping in at five tapas bars. We sample cabralles (strong cheese), chorizo, marinated peppers, anchovies, olives, foie gras, eggplant and ricotta, all accompanied with generous pours of vino tinto. We get an early start to beat the crowds, but by 9:30 on this particular Sunday evening, the crowds are spilling out of the bars into the streets, and we can hardly squeeze in anywhere. When we finish our last round of tapas, it's my turn to pay... I cringe as the waitress hands me the bill. Surely, this is going to cost a fortune? But tapas and vino tinto for five set me back a measly 12 Euro. Too bad we can't stay here another night, but at least we are substantially fueled up for the following day's walk.
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