Santiago

A full day in Santiago getting my few tasks done, greeting fellow pilgrims from New Hampshire and the Netherlands, and enjoying another beautiful day.

 

My third Compostela certificate means just as much as my other two. My distance was shorter, but it was shared with my brother and my new friends. At the cathedral for Pulgrim mass we got to experience the swinging of the botifumero incense ball. I have an inadequate photo, but if you would like to know what the experience is like go back towards the end of the movie “The Way.” I wish I could say that my improving knowledge of Spanish meant that I could understand a lot of the service but I always enjoy it. Shirley was very moved by the service and the experience.

 

I’m renting a car tomorrow, and 3 of us will go to the coast to experience Finesterre and Muxia, then we will ride in trains to Burgos and Léon before returning to Madrid to fly home.

I’ll post more thoughts on walking and what I learned about the Camino over the coming weeks.

 

Thanks to all of you ho have followed my travels and supported my writing. It means a lot.

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Irene to Vilamaior

 

As we approach Santiago the numbers of pilgrims keeps increasing. I still stop now and then to realize how fortunate I am to be in Spain, and to share the experience with my brother and friends (new and old). The realization makes me happy.

 

Dinner last night with Margaret from Holland, a beautiful soul who is walking alone….. But never lonely.

 

The hills were tough today, but Jim is learning how to do frequent stops on the climbs. Sometimes it’s tough for me to watch him struggle, but his Camino belongs to him and I believe it’s more precious because it’s hard.

 

Shirley Funnamark learned about my walk on meetup. Her knee hurts every day but she keeps on walking and says she doesn’t want the experience to end.

 

I met David Lawson on meetup hikes in OC. David is a wizard with Google and a very strong walker. I believe (as Bogart once said) this could be the start of a beautiful friendship.

 

We are at another artisanal Pension/Albergue just 9 km from Santiago. Casa de AmanciošŸ‘£I’ve loved bringing a diverse group together to share my love of Spain and the Camino.