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Travel Blogs from Santiago de Compostela
I booked another last minute trip away to Santiago de Compostela and this time invited my friend Victoria who has just arrived in Oviedo. We study together at Exeter so it was great to catch up with her again. It was nice to have a travel buddy too!
Instead of walking there along the famous Camino we took the lazy option of a 6 hour bus ride on Friday afternoon. When we arrived in Santiago it was raining heavily, surprise surprise! ...
... it has been difficult to get it out of your nose and one figures that for the locals it is a good thing that we can all learn to accommodate noises, sights and smells in our daily lives that can't be changed regardless of how unpleasant they are; perhaps to our detriment at times when thought of in a broader global context?! By this stage in my walk there was a core groups of about 20 who have been more or less moving at the same pace, meeting up in Albergues or the town bar ...
... realities and revelations are held here, are held in each one of us?
As as we end our journey I find myself reflecting on the movie The Way, as Martin Sheen's character Tom abruptly started his pilgrimage and then chose not to end it, continuing onto yet another, wearing the symbolic pilgrim shell. We all carry our shells with us and will wear them home. Where might they take us next? ...
... first pilgrim, King Alfonso, took to Santiago. And it’s a total ***** of a route. Less albergues and less rest stops. But the benefit – the almighty, astonishing views and the sheer pleasure of quiet walks in the forests.
I had two lovely days in Oviedo and met up with the boys again. There was a week-long feast of San Mateo which the Oviedans evidently feel is best celebrated with mojitos…and who were we to disagree?
Not long after we ...
... was raining though, so we chose opposite sides of the street and stayed under the arcades for as long as possible. I was briefly interrupted by a drunken teenager slipping and collapsing out of an alley about forty centimetres wide, and missing colliding with me by far less than that. Smöoy was delicious, and the rain eventually eased enough to make a run for it, but we've really noticed the difference in not having walked any distance today. We just weren't hungry, but ...
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