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... to Santiago. Pilgrims have 'pilgrim passport books’
that they have stamped at the different hostels along the way. This couple did
not stay in the hostels that are very overcrowded and primitive – up to 100
people in communal rooms. On reaching Santiago, they report at a certain portal
where they get their final stamp and a certificate celebrating the completion
of their pilgrimage.
We had a ...
... time in the end and having abandoned the queuing for our final sello, we crept into the crowding hordes via a side door to the cathedral. By chance we got a front row seat - well, not exactly - more a front row standing spot with full view of the altar and the assembled clergy. Very lucky. We didn't manage to "hug St James" as is the ritual, however.
The mass was celebrated in a variety of languages with a congregation of ...
... a group of friends we had met along the way. The Pilgrims' Office is where officials check your Credencial and issue your Compostela (certificate of completion). It is written it Latin so I don't understand a word of it except that my Latin name is Marcum and Tammy's is Tamaram. A quick trip to the Tourist Office and we located our albergue appropriately named "The Last Stamp". When I booked I was not sure what to expect but we have a separate cubicle with double bed ...
... eating with a pilgrim mindset - get it all into you or you might starve!!!! (Our father might say it's 'boarding school mentality', but we were never granted the privilege, so what would we know...) Laura is currently enjoying straightening her spine completely on her bed, and I can't get over having my bed on the floor and the light on past eleven pm. We're going to take it slow and easy tomorrow, but practice REAL sleeping in from tonight! Buenos noches!!! Steps: 15,009 Stairs: 44 Km: ...
... only had 1km to go we stopped for a beer. We walked for 2km and then asked for directions again and were told it was only 2km away. After 2km we asked a man with a horse who told us it was only 1km away, after 1km we asked a lady who told us it was 1km away. By this time it was after 7pm and totally dark, we did eventually find our way. Marie had lost faith the minute we left the bar. The accommodation turned out to be first class in a converted ...
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