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I have pulled up a couple of ks from Santiago as i didnt want to rush into town like a mad man for the pilgrim mass at midday. I will take my time tomorrow and go in early, enjoy a coffee in the square, get my Compostella for the completion and then go to the mass afterwards. I have had the chance this afternoon to reflect on this few decisions from today and the context of what this walk has meant to me. A couple of years ago i would have calculated the ...
... and back to bunks isn't like getting up and ready for the day at home. Well, maybe it is, just not with so many other people and organizing stuff in bags. Ha.
We walked our longest kilometers so far today, yet only took 5 ½ hours with one coffee stop. We arrived at our destination at 1:10! Wow! Funny story (and I'll let you figure out the actual commentary), we started walking in the dark. Sunrise was about 8:30am - very late here which is one ...
Getting close to Santiago!
We started a little earlier than usual in a cafe. We had our cafe con leche and Joanne had a croissant and I had a chocolate pastry.
After 2 hours of walking we stopped and had another cafe con leche and the largest chocolate pastry I have had yet (it was a 2 pastry morning for Malcolm). A Brit came over and said it looked good and asked me what kind of Bocadillo (sandwich) I had ordered!
We stopped in a small town ...
... just as I felt like I was about to drop dead from exhaustion and hunger (never mind the huge breakfast we started with), this young Italian woman had a table with fruit juice and cakes outside on the footpath and for a donation you could eat what you wanted and also use the toilet. She was using that money to work on her house. What an angel! We finally stopped for lunch. This was always well greeted as it is the opportunity to take our shoes off! Lunch was always ...
... made James a saint and Spain has made him the home town boy!
There are a minimum of twelve other pilgrim routes across Europe and they all end at the steps of the Cathedral in the city of Santiago de Compostela. This why this city is full of so many interesting things.
Although Debbie and I are not Catholic we felt moved to attend mass in the Cathedral. We knew that the church would be full so we arrived one hour early in order to get ...
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Pets allowed