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SantiagoI woke from my queen sized bed at eight as sunlight came in. I've never used an alarm on the whole trip. Between earplugs and chargers and being in a room full of people it never seemed appropriate nor easy. So it was a joy to just sleep in, knowing I would wake from sunlight or movement early.I met Britta at her albergue a few blocks away and heard her stories about her arrival into Santiago the previous day. She wanted to take me to a beautiful ...
Our last day in Santiago de Compostela was a relaxed one. We wandered about, up and down the streets of the old town. It's so charming. There are I don't know how many bars along all the streets. Many many many. Most of them are so tiny.
Before arriving here, I told John I wanted to eat a ton of Pimientos de Padrón during our visit. But after the unhappy belly from eating some the day ...
We are here! We trekked through mountain ranges, over shale that chewed at our feet daily, across wine country and wheat fields, ore' cow and sheep country.... through the enchanted forests of the Galicia hills... to the city where the apostle Saint James rests. We cried, we laughed... we ached terribly... but we achieved! I have never felt such pain..yet been more prideful! But even through all of this.. I have never loved or ...
... and the place name; 'Chateau Combe-Longe.’ The website uses GPS and updates our distance from the location as we travel so we play ‘hotter/colder’ until we see a small sign for Chateau Combe-Longe. It is in fact a small, family run vineyard! After a 300m grass track between the vines, I jump out and am greeted first by a noisy German Shepherd but shortly afterwards by a very cheerful lady in her sixties. My French extends to some friendly greetings after which ...
... The ceneter of town is incredibly old! The current iteration of the cathederal dates to the 12th century, but there was a church there starting in the 9th Century. I was getting sick of the communal living and bunk beds, so with my phone I reserved a tiny hotel room while I was having lunch. It said it was close to the city center, but when I realized it's 2 blocks I was pretty happy. I went to the pilgrim office& got ...