Chapter Twenty - Santiago de Compostela

Trip Start Jun 18, 2013
Trip End Aug 20, 2013

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Flag of Spain  , Galicia,
Friday, July 12, 2013

Although the flat is well located in Cacheiras, with a supermarket, post office, bars, restaurants and a library with free internet and wifi close by, getting into Santiago is another matter entirely. There is a regular bus service with a bus stop right beside the apartment, but the timetable is very irregular. On Sunday there are only two buses. Parking is expensive in Santiago (see the photo of the tariff, and let me know if you understand it). We eventually find a happy medium. Drive into a nearby suburb, park for free in the street, and take the local bus to the centre.

The historical centre of Santiago is fascinating with its narrow winding lanes and multitude of churches. It seems that the only thing they ever spent money on in the Middle Ages was on churches. The cathedral of Santiago is of course amazing, but aren't they all?   

Of course the most interesting thing about this city is the proliferation of modern pilgrims arriving on the Camino de Santiago, or The Way of St. James. There are several "caminos" but the true way begins in France, and is a very long and difficult hike. I recommend you order “The Way”, an excellent film with Martin Sheen, though your local video store or provider to learn more about it.

In the main square, Praza do Obradoiro, the pilgrims lay about after their long travail. At the beginning of their journey they are issued a “passport” and must get stamps along the way. The last stamp is in Santiago, and only when they present their completed passport are they officially recognized as true pilgrims.

We also witness a worker’s demonstration in the Praza. We have all been told to keep clear of meetings, especially as the police presence looks menacing. But you can’t stop Miryam, who joins the procession calling for the rights of the worker’s.    

As we are passing by the Universidad, we are invited to attend a concert offered by the School of Music. The main hall of the university is impressive, and we enjoy our classical break from the routine.
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Cesar Barroso on

What a very informative post, Martin!
Is Miryam going to join the street protests in Rio, too? We need her in the Cidade Maravilhosa.
Best and Enjoy,

derrick241 on

I joined in the protests in Rio, not really sure what their demands were but it was a more of a festival than any protest (until it got dark, then the 'real' protestors came out

mmbcross on

Hope you had a few caipirinhas during the protest

derrick241 on

Oh, yes, and its always handy to carry a mug on your belt (I do) I even got to wave a protest flag, but had no idea what it said, but it bought lots of smiles

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