The day has arrived. We make our final walk in to Santiago, to the church and collect our Compostela!
I have mixed emotions; it is very exciting to be at this point, however when we arrive it will be the last day and that makes me sad. It has been such a great week with awesome people and I just don’t want it to end!
All get out to walk the last 7km through the outskirts and city of Santiago to the cathedral. The fog gives the landscape a mysterious look – watching the pilgrims disappear from our sight.
Brian and I are dropped off closer to the city and do our own Camino. We arrive by 10:30am and Brian goes directly to the church. I await at km 0 and take photos of each of the group coming in!
What a great achievement and accomplishment for everyone! It really has been a great journey to get to this point. Our Camino is certainly not over though, we have been on this journey for the past year and we will continue to follow it in the days to come. Comforting……
We all chose to wander Santiago at our own pace and whims, however continued to bump into one another throughout the day. Many went to mass and watched the botafumerio swing, some struck up conversations in the 2 hour line up to receive their Compostela, others enjoyed the wine & tapa bars of this great little place (where they found me!)
I had a nap in the afternoon and then we all met for our farewell dinner with Paul & Paul. The food was, of course, amazing and the conversation was very animated. A great evening!
And to top it all off, we had birthday cake for Paul Jr.’s birthday today. We also celebrated Jim’s which was on the 16th and Margaret’s which is tomorrow. I am sure she will have a great celebration in Barcelona!
What a great evening and a great experience! A week is a great taste of the Camino, just not long enough! We will need to return!