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Santiago de Compostela

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  • Day54

    We made it!!! We are here and have photos to prove it. It was a rainy day, really, today...but still light enough that we stayed dry...feet, clothes etc, and on our arrival in Santiago the clouds parted and the sun shone!! It was quite a long walk, 22.4 kms, and seems endless as you enter a city. But we didn’t get lost this time, and found the cathedral properly! And we bumped into Jessica just about 15 mins before actually arriving at the cathedral square, which is the destination for all pilgrims, so we walked in together...so nice! This is excellent wifi, have just sent yesterday’s photos which wouldn’t send, and will now add some to this, before we go on a reconnoiter of the town.Read more

  • Day55

    Lovely sunny day in Santiago

    October 16 in Spain

    We have had a beautiful rest day. Last night we met with our special friends from the Camino and we all had a drink at the Parador where Janette and Brigitte were staying. Quite a small crowd there, but just 5 of us went together for dinner. Judy and Dorothy were there for drinks, but they didn’t stay to have dinner as they had not long ago walked in and were tired, so we said farewell to them, but knew we were going to the Pilgrim Mass today at midday, so could see them then. So it was Janette, Brigitte, Jessica, and us for dinner, just perfect. Jessica had been recommended a place to eat, starting with P, and she actually found it and it was great...we straight away got a round table for 5 in a corner, and had many shared plates and Alberiño wine. And it was Jessica’s 53rd birthday, so we celebrated that as well. Again more farewells as Janette and Brigitte are leaving today to fly back to Canada. Very wrenching, after all our close times together.

    This morning we woke late, and had great hotel breakfast then went to the office where you can get your Compostela certificate. Morning is a good time to do this as it gets very crowded when pilgrims pour in after midday and go there straight away. After that we went and had coffee and then it was time to go to the cathedral to visit and get a good seat for the Mass, it gets very full and standing room only very early. It was lovely to sit there and feel the atmosphere and look at the great building. It was as always a moving Mass, and today they did swing the incense ball which is so dramatic....we weren’t expecting it as we knew it had happened twice before recently, so that was special. It doesn’t always happen, but it does seem more often than not.

    We saw Jessica at the Mass which was a bonus, so we went and had a little lunch with her. Didn’t see the Canadian sisters there, many,many people so not surprising, so glad we said our farewells last night. After lunch Amr and I had an attempt to get bus tickets to Salamanca but that was too complicated (this is for when we return from Finisterre) so then we went for a beautiful walk in the park just near our hotel. We are so lucky - it is a gorgeous sunny day! We had only seen Santiago in the rain last time, so this was much appreciated...it is a pretty, hilly city...very touristy, or totally centred around the pilgrim business, but still charming. And the food and wine is excellent! In the park we saw a couple of enormous gum trees - and these were normal spreading trees as well as large - all the ones we saw in plantations, and even the wild ones mixed with native trees, were very tall and skinny. So a good day, and tomorrow we start a 5 day new adventure to Finisterre.
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  • Day62

    Finally back to proper wifi...the hotel at Finisterre was fine, but wifi came and went (and mostly went)..so can now show the beauty of the walk at the lighthouse ....now just returned to Santiago and are in a room with an even better view to the cathedral! And another perfect sunny day.

  • Day151

    3.484 km! So viele waren es als ich heute im Pilgerbüro auf mein GPS geschaut habe, um meine Urkunde in Empfang zu nehmen. Habe also knapp den Blogtitel verfehlt, aber was solls: Ich bin glücklich über jeden gelaufenen Meter 🎉
    Kaum zu glauben, wie schnell die Zeit verflogen ist.
    Auf den letzten 20 km sahen wir noch einmal viele Pilger, überholten und wurden überholt. In der Stadt überraschte uns dann der Regen, aber pünktlich als wir auf dem Vorplatz der Kathedrale ankamen, strahlender Sonnenschein! 🌞
    Die aufregende Pilgerreise lassen wir bei der Pilgermesse in der Kathedrale ausklingen und sehen so manch bekanntes Gesicht vom Weg wieder.
    Da wir gestern so viele Kilometer gelaufen sind, können wir morgen noch einmal alles sacken lassen. Nach Hause bzw. auf zum nächsten Abenteuer geht es nämlich erst am Sonntag.
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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 here...it 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.
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  • 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.

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, Santiagu de Compostela, سانتیاگو د کمپوستلا, Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle, סנטיאגו דה קומפוסטלה, Սանտիագո դե Կոմպոստելա, 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, Сантијаго де Компостела, सांतियागो दे कोंपोस्तेला, Compostèla, Сантьяго-де-Компостелæ, Сантьяго-де-Компостела, සන්තියාගෝ ඩි කොම්පොස්ටෙලා, சாந்தியாகோ தே கோம்போசுதேலா, ซานเตียโกเดกอมโปสเตลา, סאנטיאגא דע קאמפאסטעלא, 聖地亞哥德孔波斯特拉, 聖地亞哥-德孔波斯特拉

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