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Oct 4, 2014 - My Final Missive

Well, no more walking so I guess my Camino is over. The marketing is like Fisherman's Wharf, not that the church needs any help here. People ask to take pictures of the "real pilgrims", just so they can be seen with us. Now that I've showered and cleaned up( sort of) and don't carry that smelly pack they leave me alone and just assume I'm not her dumb tourist- which I am. Will go to,the Parador tonight for a glass of wine. Pretty nice!, but I still think the one in Leon was better. I've been in 4 now and one ws a real dud.- but the wine was...

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Oct 4, 2014 - Make a Catholic out of me!

Wow! Left Muxia with the Korean group. They are a hoot. On the bus the driver was going pretty fast.,at least for my adrenal glands. The Korean missionary was crossing himself about every 3 minutes, so I started doing it too. Couldn't hurt I figured. He asked me if I was Catholic, and I said I was ,at least for this bus trip! We seem to turn up everywhere together. They asked me when and where I was going, and I said since we seem to be everywhere together, probably Seoul! Actually, one woman speaks pretty good English. After 2 weeks of...

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Sep 29, 2014 - Santiago,limping in!

Santiago! What an amazing feel of euphoria and emotion completing 500 mils with so many pilgrims. Tears and hugs all around and emotion poured from all of our hearts and eyes- and me being such a doubter.. The ceremony was wonderful ,especially the Bota Fumaro swinging 70 feet or so in the sky. Great albergue, 200 beds with many of the people I've been walking with. Salvatore is like my son. Great sense of humor and what a hearty laugh. Wonderful meal tonight with some of my best pilgrim friends. Really hate to see this end, and that's why...

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Sep 21, 2014 - Stage 22 - Palas de Rei to Santiago de Compostella (the final day) 70k

Stage 22 - Palas de Rei to Santiago de Compostella (the final day) 70k 21 September 2014 Dinner - Hotel Ponterroxan  Bean & potato soup Pork chop & chips Grilled hake & salad Salad fruit Cheese cake Ice cream Coffee 2 bottles of wine Breakfast 1 croissant Coffee Price 31e dinner bed & breakfast The weather  12 to 25 (stifling in Santiago) The ride - will you get me to the church on time? We leave bang on 7.30 knowing that the 65k and problematic directions closer to Santiago would be difficult to achieve by the preferred 10.30. First thing...

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Sep 9, 2014 - Santiago (Old Town) Spain

Hello again, arrived in Santiago safely with no problems. The weather is warm and a little humid and NO RAIN!! We walked around the cute town most of the afternoon and evening. It is very modern and old at the same time. These people really love their food and time sitting out on the patios of the shops and restaurants eating their meals. We found a restaurant that specialized in Paella!! Seafood Paella for me. Was really good. Then had some real cheesecake that was soo smooth and creamy it tasted like flan and was not rich at all. Was...

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Jun 18, 2014 - Bien Camino

Bien Camino - Yes, I've done it and what an awesome, humbling, challenging and spiritual experience. Everything I hoped for and more, the experience rates up there with my Macchu Picchu experience and memories. Not quite as physically challenging, however I certainly achieved my spiritual inspiration expectations as the trail was so peaceful and relatively uncrowded, I would often hike for 20 minutes before I came across another pilgrim which I would then overtake and be on my own again. The track was beautiful, apart from when I actually...

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May 25, 2014 - It's been a while

It's been a while since my last post. I am relaxing. Yes, Santiago was wonderful! The emotions, the gratitude, the people, etc. But I really wanted to go to Finestere. The rains were beginning and I didn't feel like walking in the rain on this particular section. So on Monday morning, the 19th, I hoped a bus and left Santiago in the pouring rain for a 3 hour bus ride to Finestere. An hour or so later, the rain had cleared out and sun was shining again. The coastline was stunning with the rocks on one side and the water on the other side....

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May 15, 2014 - Santiago update with photos

The walk into Santiago from Arco is generally quite nice until one reaches the suburbs of the city...and then it is just a slog through town until one reaches the lovely old part of the city. Near the centre there appears to be churches on every corner and in every square. There are two in the tiny plaza outside our hotel - located within 100 ft of one another - and just behind the churches rise the spires of the Cathedral (a 4 minute walk away). It is interesting to speculate about how these churches vied for faithful to fill their...

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May 13, 2014 - Santiago!!!!!

Sorry no photos but wanted you to know we are now in Santiago. We met up again with Pat's nieces who walked to Muxia and Finisterre after arriving in Santiago. They came back to met us at the end of our Camino. We went for dinner tonight. The girls are doing very well and have good stories to tell. We are all going to church tomorrow morning to see the Botafumeiro - we hope. It is not always used but I've been lucky every time I went to the church in Santiago thus far. From Wikipedia: "The Botafumeiro is a famous thurible found in the...

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Mar 5, 2014 - Santiago de Compostela

Yesterday we drove to Santiago de Compostela through steady rain and fog most of the way so there was not much to see. There were 3 tolls on the way totalling €11.60 and we arrived at Camping As Cancelas (N42°53'24" W8°31'26") early afternoon, a campsite very convenient to the “old centre” of town but rather expensive; €26.20 per night (including €5 for 5amp electricity!!) but WiFi is free on our pitch. It continued to rain for the rest of the day (David’s birthday) so we just had a few drinks together in Homer to celebrate. This morning...

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Sep 29, 2013 - Santiago to Cape Finisterre and return

Today we could have slept in because the Walkers World tour of the Camino was over but we woke by 7:00am anyway. After reading for a while we dressed and went for breakfast. It was strange not to see the whole crew there at the same time and no Garry, Deb or Pablo. After a leisurely breakfast we joined with Iris and Esther and made our way to the Cathedral to find a seat for the 10:00am mass. As we were expecting the Cathedral to be crowded we were seated by 9:30 and listened to some Latin chanting from a group of priests. Maree and I were...

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Sep 28, 2013 - Portomarin to Santiago

Another rainy morning today as we packed the bus for the last time. My walking shoes have not dried and I choose to wear my runners hoping that the rain will clear before we have to do any walking. There seemed to be hope of this happening as there were some breaks in the clouds. Our first stop was in a market town of Melide which is famous for octopus (fried, sauteed, boiled, grilled or any other way of cooking). There is also a medieval church and a leather goods store. Guess which one got the most interest?? All the while we were in the...

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