Monday, November 9, 2015

My Camino (pt. 7) Conclusion...

At the Cathedral in Santiago at noon each day there is a mass held honoring pilgrims. This cathedral has the largest Botafumeiro in the world. The Botafumeiro is the most famous and popular symbol of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. It is a large incense burner that hangs from the ceiling of the Cathedral and swings back and forth during mass. It takes eight men to swing it using ropes four on one side and four on the other. The men pull on the ropes. You can see the fire burning inside of the Botafumeiro.
I decided the night before reaching Santiago that I would need to leave by 4:30am if I was going to reach Santiago in time for the pilgrim's mass. The lady I had been walking with didn't think she wanted to get up that early, so a man that I had met several times in the past week said he would like to go with me if I would wait until 5:30. He thought we could make it by noon. It was 12 miles to Santiago and raining. I said okay.  
I woke him at 5:00am and we prepared to leave. He was from Budapest, Hungary and had blisters all over his feet. He had to stop walking for three days and that's when I caught up with him. We left the alburgue at 5:30 as planned. It was dark outside and raining. We arrived at the Cathedral in Santiago at 11:00am. I went immediately inside the church and sat  down on the third row, directly in front. I sat there one hour waiting on the mass to start. I sat there and rested and thought about the walk and how I had actually completed it. My journey was over. I took my shoes off and rested my poor feet. When the mass started and we had to stand up I had to put my shoes back on. I couldn't stand on my feet without my shoes on. They hurt so bad.
After the mass I hooked back up with my friend from Australia. For the next week we shopped and enjoyed Santiago. We rode the bus to Finnesterre and saw the ocean. I returned home on May 5, 2015. It took me 44 days to complete my walk. I started on March 14th and reached Santiago on April 26th. It was an experience of a life-time.
 You can see the steeple of the Cathedral. This is the first glimpse I got of the Cathedral. I had been walking for 44 days and the site of this steeple was something I can't explain. I had to stop and take this picture. The steeple got larger and larger it was awesome.
These two pilgrims had been walking ahead of me for at least 5 miles.
 The back of the Cathedral.
 I sat down on the third row right in front

Cafe' con Leche-coffee with milk
Many pilgrims drank this all a long their walk. I didn't drink it until I reached Santiago.
Cafe' con Leche was good, but nothing like Café Americana.
Café Americana was black coffee.
Everytime my friend and I would order a coke or coffee they would bring a snack with it. This was our table after we had sat for a while. Some of the snacks we had already eaten. It was comical. There is no way we could eat all of the snacks they brought us.
We rode the bus to Finnesterre and saw the ocean.
This is the café across from my room where I ate for the week I stayed in Santiago. Most of the cafes, also called bars, were long and narrow like this one.
 Another tuna salad. They were so good.
 The street my room was on.
My room in Santiago where I spent the week.
Looking out the window of my room to the street below.
I hope you enjoyed my walk to Santiago.
It is also called the Way of St. James.
It's an adventure of a life-time.
It's a tremendous challenge, but anyone can do it.
I can tell you, determination is more than half the battle.
Have a great life and remember it's never too late to plan an adventure.


  1. Wonderful!

    I've so enjoyed sharing this journey with you, Kathy. Or, I should say that you shared with us! I'm very glad you were able to make this trip, and admire you for have done it with courage. I'm amazed. Again, I love the photo's. The cathedral is amazing to say the least.


    1. Thank you very much. There were so many things I could have told, and so many more pics., but it might taken 44 days. Lol. Glad you enjoyed it.

  2. What a wonderful journey and life experience you had! You are definitely very determined and brave, I think. I am from Portugal the little country right next to Spain, and I must confess that it never crossed my mind to do the camiño myself. Although after reading about your experience is very tempting...
    Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Thank you for your nice comments. Living that close you would be able to do it in sections. Many people walk part of it one year and finish in other years. They just start where they left off. I knew it was once in a lifetime for me, so I had to do the whole thing. Have a nice day!

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    1. Thank you Miss Amanda. Enjoyed reading your post today.

  4. I have thoroughly enjoyed your pilgrimage, thank you for taking us on it with you :) What a wonderful adventure!
    Have a lovely week.


  5. Thank you! There was so much more and so many pics, I tried to condense it. I hope it made sense.


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