Santiago de Compostela

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  • Day148

    Santiago - July 27th

    July 27 in Spain

    I don’t really have any words to describe how wonderful and surreal today was. 💕❤️💕

    Alan, Paku and I entered the city together and, as we neared the cathedral, Andy greeted us with big hugs. Then, we continued through the tunnel and out into the plaza in front of the cathedral where Paul and Mirabelle ran up to hug and congratulate us. It was such a feeling of “Wow! We are finished. We really did it!” Groups of hikers dotted the plaza taking pictures, hugging, and just hanging out. It was kind of like we had all just won the big game and we were all discussing the details 🙂

    Today has been spent with our very special Camino friends, and it ended with what had to be the most amazing dinner. There were 14 of us...all ages...celebrating our time together on this journey It was like the perfect ending to a movie that we actually lived. 💕 I told Alan there is no way my little video snippets can convey what we experienced.

    The first video is of our arrival to Santiago, and then the 2nd is from our dinner together...probably the sweetest birthday celebration for dear Mariana whose giggles and happiness for life we will truly miss. ❤️

    We are going to take it easy for a couple of days, explore this city, then fly back home via Iceland. So, this adventure is now complete. ❤️🙂

    Thank you all for taking the time to follow along.
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  • Day28

    O Pedrouzo -> 21km -> Santiago de Compostela
    Ya estoy aqui, en Santiago! I made it! Very happy and proud of the achievement. It was challenging, it was hard but it was so worth it and getting here is really rewarding. Gracias El Camino por todo 😊 Buen camino a todos mis amigos

  • Day31

    Hello from Santiago. Even though I gave up my quest to walk to Santiago, I ended up here anyway as I needed to get here to get to Portugal so it turns out. I walked into the city...not quite the way I intended but walked in just the same. I think the Camino parallels life in many ways...You start out with a plan, work hard at it but in the end, things happen to change those plans and things end up differently. And, one can only hope that the end result still finds you standing and in good shape. As in my case didn’t go as planned but I still managed to walk into the main square and see the Cathedral all in one piece. I completed 275 miles of the Camino. I have unbelievable respect for anyone who walks the whole 500 miles as it is a daunting task and it is very difficult. I left Portomarín this morning via taxi to Lugo because it is Sunday and no buses were running out of Portomarín. I had a 4 hour layover in the city of Lugo which turned out to be a welcomed stopover. The old city of Lugo is completely surrounded by a 3rd century Roman wall that is upwards to 50 feet high. It is the only city in the world that is still completely surrounded by a wall so I read. It has a walking path at the top and is more than a mile around the old city. So, I say goodbye to the Camino with all its good and bad. The good?...the people, the views, the history, the change in the country as you go from east to west, the food, the wine etc. The other positives is that you realize that you might be in a shitty albergue with less than favorable roommates or slogging through the rain wet and miserable but in a few hours or the next day, you maybe having a great time sitting at a cafe and loving life. The bad?...less than desirable bunk mates. I hate to stereotype but I will say that my worst nights in albergues were spent with the French...It was my experience which has been echoed by many others here that they can be the most selfish, self centered people that you can share quarters with and trust me...their needs come first. I know you can’t say that about all of the French but it has been my experience here. The other bad thing?...toilet paper along the path. It seems that a lot of women simply go, wipe and drop the toilet paper and leave it for the rest of us to pass and enjoy. I am not so sure what is so hard about kicking the toilet paper under a rock or some leaves but that doesn’t happen for some reason. But again, on the Camino as in life, you have both respectful people and non-respectful people. I leave via train for Portugal at 6:15 AM. I will arrive in Porto at 10:15 AM. I am shooting for a smaller town 10 miles or so south of Porto. The beach that I am looking at is called...Praia da Aguda. It looks like a pretty cool place. I am not sure what is there as far as accommodations but I guess I will find out tomorrow. Maybe sleep on the beach? Who knows? I have been told that Portugal is cheaper than Spain and the foods better. That sounds great as I found the food and the prices fantastic in Spain. So, that’s it for now, 0500 will come early but only a 10 minute walk to the train station. Goodnight from Santiago!Read more

  • Day11

    Sam and I had a less strenuous day today. It was my birthday after all. We shared a memorial meeting in our Airbnb which was very special. We listened to an exhortation from the UK on the lost sheep, lost coin and lost sons. We read Luke 15. The lesson of being lost and found again can apply to everyone in different ways at different periods of our lives.

    After that we ventured out to see the sights in this Medieval town.Read more

  • Day10

    We left Santilla del Mar at about 11.30am and took about five hours to drive to Santiago de Compostela where we are staying in an Airbnb for two nights. The drive was very pleasant. They really know how to build freeways here. There has been no expense spared. There are about 30 tunnels and even more amazing viaducts built across valleys. The speed limit is 120kmh and cars are going 140. The road is smooth and without all the divots so common on our freeways.

    The countryside is green, the northern beaches look beautiful from the road and the mountains rise steeply on the left as we drove westwards. Several times we crossed the mountain range and the views were spectacular.

    We arrived in Santiago de Compostela at 4.45pm and settled into our room and then went for a wander around the old part of town. We had dinner, then an ice cream and then returned to our room to rest for the night. Another full but enjoyable day. Tomorrow I will spend my birthday in the picturesque town.
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  • Day11

    Unusual Food

    July 8 in Spain

    Sam has been reluctant to take on the unusual foods in Spain. In this town there seems to be an enthusiasm for seafood which is surprising given it is not on the coast. But they like their shellfish and octopus.
    Oh yes, we also met a beautiful parrot enjoying the atmosphere outside the Cathedral.

  • Day11

    I am sitting in front of one of the most amazing buildings from the medieval period. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela was one of the three spiritual centres for Christian Pilgrims in Middle Ages. The remains of the apostle James were said to have been discovered on this site in about 800 AD and the first church built on this site about that time. That was destroyed by the invading Moors but after they were expelled from this area in about 1000 AD the present church began to be built. So this Cathedral pre-dates Notre-Dame in Paris.

    Today the Way of St James is still a very popular pilgrimage which thousands of pilgrims undertake each year. It straits in eastern Spain and ends here in this square and then they enter the church to visit the tomb of James the Apostle.

    The architecture of the building and those around it is Gothic and dates from the Middle Ages. The exterior facade of the Cathedral was renovated in the Middle Ages to give it the appearance it still has today. The interior remains much as it was and therefore is older than the exterior.

    An incredible building and the whole gothic area of this town is amazing.
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  • Day11

    Jewish Quarter

    July 8 in Spain

    There is evidence of a Jewish ghetto here in Santiago de Compostela. Until 1492 there was a Jewish community living here. I found the Jerusalem Street where they lived. There is an Olive Tree planted in the small square in the centre of the ghetto.
    There is some research that shows that the church on the edge of the ghetto is built on the site of an old synagogue.

  • Day20

    Santiago de Compostela

    May 28 in Spain

    O Pedrouzo - Santiago 20km

    Wir haben es geschafft!
    Nach insgesamt 325km Wegstrecke, 9.276m hoch und wieder 9.188m runter haben wir die Kathedrale von Santiago de Compostela erschöpft aber glücklich erreicht. Wir könnten nicht stolzer sein 🎉🎊💪🤘😊

  • Day15

    Danke für die lieben Worte hier und auf meinem Handy..Es hat mich sehr gefreut und berührt... nun heisst heute heimwärts..meine Lieben warten auf mich und ich kann es kaum erwarten bei Ihnen zu sein..

You might also know this place by the following names:

Santiago de Compostela, سانتياغو دي كومبوستيلا, سانتياجو دى كومبوستيلا, Santiaqo de Kompostela, Горад Сантяга-дэ-Кампастэла, Сантяго де Компостела, Santiago de Compostel·la, Σαντιάγο ντε Κομποστέλα, Compostelako Donejakue, Santiagu de Compostela, سانتیاگو د کمپوستلا, Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle, סנטיאגו דה קומפוסטלה, सांतिआगो दे कोम्पोस्तेला, Սանտիագո դե Կոմպոստելա, SCQ, Santiago di Compostela, サンティアゴ・デ・コンポステーラ, სანტიაგო-დე-კომპოსტელა, 산티아고데콤포스텔라, Compostella, Santiago de Kompostela, Santiago de Compostella, Santjago de Kompostela, Сантјаго де Компостела, सांतियागो दे कोंपोस्तेला, Compostèla, Сантьяго-де-Компостелæ, ਸਾਂਤੀਆਗੋ ਦੇ ਕੋਮਪੋਸਤੇਲਾ, سانتیاگو دے کومپوستیلا, 15701, Сантьяго-де-Компостела, සන්තියාගෝ ඩි කොම්පොස්ටෙලා, Сантијаго де Компостела, சாந்தியாகோ தே கோம்போசுதேலா, ซานเตียโกเดกอมโปสเตลา, Lungsod ng Santiago de Compostela, Sint-Djåke-el-Galice, סאנטיאגא דע קאמפאסטעלא, 聖地亞哥金波斯特拉, 聖地亞哥-德孔波斯特拉, 孔波斯特拉的聖地牙哥

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