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Haley Camino 2018

April 2018 - March 2020
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  • Day55

    Home Again

    June 11, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    It’s Monday, a week since we walked into Santiago. We arrived back in San Antonio on Friday night after 24 hours of travel, and the jet lag seems to be subsiding.

    We walked around the old town on our last evening, looking at the tantalizing offerings in restaurant windows. So many restaurants, so little time!

    As we returned to our hotel, the sun broke through the clouds for just a few brief moments, shining on one of the spires of the Cathedral — a perfect ending to our adventure!
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  • Day50

    Botafumeiro

    June 6, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Just a short clip, sorry — my phone died as I filmed this 2 years ago.

    We were repeatedly asked not to take photos, so today I didn’t. At least John had the chance to experience this —

    Lots of YouTube videos, if you’d like a longer look —

  • Day50

    Around Santiago

    June 6, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We spent part of the morning doing a little shopping, then went back to the Cathedral to watch some pilgrims arrive in the square. We found a seat and waited for the noon Pilgrim’s Mass to start. It was a full house, with all seats taken and people finding standing room everywhere.

    The officiating priest read out the countries from which pilgrims had travelled, and their starting points, according to yesterday’s records from the Pilgrims’ Office - Spain, France, Germany, USA, Korea, Paraguay, Argentina...

    We chos a good Mass to attend: at the end of the service, the Botafumeiro— a huge incense burner — was sent swinging to the rafters. I’ll try to post pictures...

    We also visited St. James’ remains, kept in a silver reliquary below the alter.

    And then we went out for octopus and roasted sausage for lunch!
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  • Day49

    We’ve Arrived!

    June 5, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    We’re in Santiago! We arrived yesterday afternoon after a longer walk than planned —

    At 10:00 yesterday morning, with only 12 miles to go, we decided to forge on through the rain so we could wake up this morning in our nice Santiago hotel room (instead of walking 6 miles through more rain this morning). So our total walk was 38 days, plus 2 rest days in Burgos and Santiago.

    After a rest yesterday afternoon and a bit of liquid refreshment, we picked up our Compostelas at the Pilgrims Office. Lots of tired but happy people waiting in line with us —

    Looks like our days here will be rainy, so we’ll visit the Cathedral and eat more Spanish food!
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  • Day47

    Less than 20 Miles to go...

    June 3, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    We have less than 20 miles to walk! Tuesday will be only 6 miles, so we can arrive early to visit the Pilgrims’ Office and pick up our Compostelas before it gets busy. Then we’ll retrieve the clothes we sent ahead. It’ll be so nice to wear our “real” clothes, instead of pilgrim garb!

    These past few days we’ve been walking damp paths through forests of fragrant eucalyptus. Drizzle in the mornings, a bit of sun shining through in the afternoons one, but on the cool side — great for walking, but not for sitting outside at the end of the day.

    We’ve opted for private rooms this last 100 kilometers — that’s the minimum distance one can walk and receive a Compostela in Santiago. Lots more pilgrims walking this stretch, so we’re also staying in some smaller villages. Nice accommodations, sometimes with chickens outside our window as a bonus!

    My socks are just about worn out... but I found some longhorns!
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  • Day42

    The Camino We Walk

    May 29, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    It’s the edge of an asphalt roadway... the crushed stone road built by Romans over 2000 years ago.

    It’s farm roads that run from village to village... and a road for sheep and cows (and cow pies).

    It’s narrow dirt paths... muddy trails through deep green forest... city streets and country lanes.

    It’s bordered by wildflowers and mossy stone walls...
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  • Day42

    Drip Drip Drip...

    May 29, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Well, the weather odds finally caught up with us. We had sunshine walking up to O Cebreiro, but it’s been drizzly and chilly ever since. So here are a few pictures from my visit in 2016.

    We’re now in the NW part of Spain, in Galicia province, which looks a lot like Ireland — hilly, green and damp. O Cebreiro is a small village that was believed to have been settled by Celts before the Roman conquests. It’s been an important stop for pilgrims for centuries.

    The houses are made of stone, with straw or slate roofs. Houses here are often 2 stories, with farm animals and equipment on the first floor and living quarters above.

    The walk up to O Cebreiro was our last big climb, but we still have about 90 miles to go.
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  • Day39

    Camino Flowers

    May 26, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌬 12 °C

    Flowers everywhere — geraniums and roses in front of houses, fields of lavender, pink, yellow and white broom, red poppies — Spain is abloom everywhere we walk.