Friday, 6 July 2012

Santiago de Campostella

Our camino to Santiago finished on 4 July after 31 days walking and 3 rest days. We celebrated our arrival outside the ornate facade of the cathedral with our friend Victoria who had walked down from the Monte de Goyo (hill of joy) with us.

After the mandatory photos and admiring of the occasion with the collection of walkers, cyclists and tourists in the square we went and were awarded our Campostellae complete with Latin names.

The hostal Suso has been a great base as we walk the cute stone streets of town and celebrate with people we have met along the way.

We were lucky enough to have the huge incense burner the botafumeiro swinging through the nave right at us in pilgrim mass (they don't do it every day). It is a bit of a tourist extravaganza which I tried not to let take away from the moment with all our fellow walkers and cyclists.

The best part of the journey and the last couple of days has been sharing the path and a part of our lives with so many wonderful people we have met along the way which has out stripped any memories of scenery or places I have. The last few days has been like one long family dinner like Christmas with the various arms of our "camino family".

We went and visited finesterre and Muxia on the coast. It is amazing to think these rocky cliffs were once the end of the earth to the people who visited. The experience of covering 200km there and back in under 5 hours by bus was surreal after the walking of the last month.

And so the journeys continue; on to Vigo tomorrow and then Porto in the days to come. More photos to follow.

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