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Thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement and I know it wasn't trekking through the Belgian Congo but it was difficult enough in its own way. It is hard to explain as The Camino takes a toll on everyone and to this end I have decided not to walk any of the way to Finisterre. My left knee has been speaking to me for the last two days and the sharp pain is something new and I think my body is telling me, no. In a ...
... and then to the national rail office, right next door, to get my train ticket to Madrid. I then went to the Pilgrims'Mass. I had a little trouble understanding, but not a whole lot. I also lit a candle for Alyssa, my Uncle Jim who recently passed away & my cousin Jimmy. Afterward I met a German friend for some sandwiches and beer @ a place that up until recently had a franchise in Plantation. I walked around some more, ...
... we are waiting in the Cathedral for a very special mass. This evening they will swing the big giant incense burner so it swings to each side of the cathedral over the heads of the 1000 people who come to this special event. Rumor has it this is done because the pilgrims smell so bad. Can't blame us...we've both had showers! I don't know Latin, barely some Spanish, and we're not Catholic but this is pretty cool. I wonder how many Bahai's are in here ...
... to friends I had met along the way, and walking through town. I had a wonderful dinner at a great tapas place - can't believe it took me until the last night in Spain to find and enjoy some tapas! It was completely worth the wait.
Tomorrow starts EARLY.... so time for bed.
p.s. I added in the video from my camera of my first visit - and the swinging incense (click to view)
p.p.s. Note to self - order Rosetta Stone as soon as I get home
... and I were going to the pilgrim office to get our Compostelas and we wanted to be there early before the queue grew. So we headed off at 7:30am and arrived to a small queue. They opened the doors promptly at 8am and 25 minutes later we had our Compostelas in our hot little hands. I can't believe what an emotional experience it was!
We returned to the hotel and had breakfast and then split up to do our own thing. When I went to my room after breakfast the key ...