May 11, 2005
We got to Santiago in time for the celebrations to begin. We were all excited to not have to go to bed at 10pm and get up early. We were excited to eat real food and sit about not doing anything and to Party!! A few of us stayed in the same guesthouse which made meeting up easy and we could all meet for dinner or drinks as we had a kitchen. It was nice seeing the other pilgrims rock up for the first time, knowing some of them would be continuing on our path to the ocean. We spent as much time together as we could as it would all end soon. The fireworks were magical, the ensuing partying and bands playing especially for this festival was great. Unfortunately our body clocks were still on 10 bed times so we tried as hard as we could to fight the urge. It was really sad saying goodbye to each other, but a lot of us have been in contact via email since then and vow to see each other again.....