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Travel Blogs from Santiago de Compostela
... we were taught some humility in that we didn't know it all, there's always something new to learn from this walk. Everyone was in the same position with wet gear but all got up and got on with the job.
No breakfast today but after an hour we stopped for a coffee. While the path went through forest it was remarkably dry and we did not have to pick our way through much mud. A little fog but it turned into a beautiful day where we could walk ...
... for the renovation. Just beyond the altar there is a crypt where St. James is supposed to lie in the tomb and on top of that a space where his statue is waiting for people to be touched while passing through via the narrow stairs. But the most imposing feature is the large incense burner that can swing through the side aisles from the central dome. When I was young and still attending Catholic mass, burning incense was meant ...
... the most fascinating experiences. We went to the Pilgrim Office, through a stone entry into a courtyard, into an old building, up a wooden staircase to a platform to wait for an open station in the upstairs room. It would be so easy to modernize and how wonderful they have chosen not to do so. Dinner tonight was with our friends, Steve and his daughter Linzi, and the two women from Norway. Tomorrow we will spend time with mom and dad. We are glad to be here for a while.
... as they enter the last steps of their Way and submit to the idea of halting. It is incomparable.
So, this is a description of my physical journey across Spain, but my emotional experience – the far greater aspect of the trip – was much harder.
On Day 18 in Santona, a hippie deigned to tell me that 'you can't just walk the Camino with your feet, you have to walk with -' and then he gestured towards his lungs and neck. I think he meant ...
... started, a woman read out all the various camino routes, as well as how many pilgrims from each country had completed those routes today, AS WELL as which town they started at. The priest then reiterated those that started at SJPDP before the mass. Laura an I were the only two from Ireland who'd made it that morning! (When I signed the Compostela list in the morning, I was the only person on the list at ALL who'd started there.) After the mass, we got several hugely enthusiastic ...
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