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Travel Blogs from Santiago de Compostela
Not much sleep the night before catching the bus at 5am bound for Santiago de Compostela, the end point of the Camino or Way of St. James, Schlepped my luggage down the three flights of steps at 430 am, probably waking up all the other guests, many of whom I heard staggering UP the steps around 230am haha. Five minute walk in the pitch dark along the river to the bus station and time to eat my breakfast of a pastry and a couple of apricots before the bus came. Was very glad ...
... will meet up with them either tomorrow or Sunday. We sat on the path this afternoon having a drink and watched pilgrims come through. Many opt for staying at a 400 bed albergue just 5 kms out from Santiago but we are over that at this point and for the next two days will be in a hotel in Santiago.
We still can hardly believe we are only a stone's throw away after so long on the road and will celebrate our achievement tomorrow. Just as ...
... egg tortilla, and chocolate croissant, knowing this would be our last breakfast walking on the Camino. When we emerged we had liquid sunshine for a short while, then just the rain. It wasn't windy like yesterday,nor did we have the deep mud puddles, just a steady rain most of the day. Including breakfast and lunch we stopped at three cafés, plus one pilgrim statue point of interest to gather four more peregrino credential stamps. Although the way was still ...
... again, though, Matteo forged ahead on his own - compelled by his own profound Camino experience - but the Primitivo forces camaraderie and Dannie and I ended up moving as part of a bigger group anyway. The albergues are few and far between and a group of about 20 of us were loosely bonding as we followed the route day by day. We crossed a mountain, hiked above the cloud line and then stumbled to sea level again, enduring the pain of an endless downhill. I ended up ...
... the inside as the priest read out the countries where people had arrived from. Luckily I didn't give a damn about what he said, but I'm sure the pilgrims felt very let down by the way he was rushing through the list "20 americans, 15 english, 54 spaniards from Madrid, Seville, Barcelona...bla bla bla". He put absolutely no emotion into it and obviously just wanted to get the mass over and done with. After 30 days walk its probably not ...
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