Travel Blogs from Santiago de Compostela
Day 6- Amenal to Santiago 16 km
We left early this morning and entered the city before 11 am. As we entered the city we heard loud explosions in the distance. We learned it was fireworks celebrating San Antonio of Padua.
We caught our first glimpse of the cathedral through rooftops from the old city.
The cathedral's size is …
... drives out of madrid at 8.30am. Jorge our tour director talks for the first hour about procedures/regulations for the tour group. He did not provide a weather forecast for santiago de compostella so most passengers not carrying a jacket for cooler temperature. Bus wifi very unreliable. Tour guide asks all of us to bring optional tour forms to the front of the bus rather than coming down the isle and meeting us while collecting forms. Drivers ...
... and cervesas after booking in and making the hotel room resemble a Chinese laundry. It was great having a few beers in the sun accompanied by some tasty raciones. Tomorrow we walk the final 10kms into Santiago and hopefully receive our compostela. It will be the end of and epic journey. We have all said we will get three big Cuban cigars and savour the moment sometime that day over beer, wine and probably single malt scotch. Watch this ...
... of your friends back home going about theirs, you marvel at the idea: all I have to do today is walk. Just put one foot in front of the other until I stop.
You follow the signs (which are generally beautifully marked) and you just walk. You might chat to someone or you might drop into your own thoughts. You watch the view as the world slips ever so slowly by and you wonder to yourself, 'good god, did cars always go that fast?'
And sometimes you stop. ...
... nature. The El Camino has experienced a resurgence of popularity since the 90’s (192,488 pilgrims in 2012) and has enjoyed a higher awareness in the States due to a movie titled The Way. You can begin the walk in several destinations within Europe. I chose to begin my solo venture from Pamplona, Spain.
Why are you walking the Camino? Ahh, the question on everyone's mind. I had many conversations about this with other pilgrims each day. ...
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