We were a little latter leaving today and ate eggs a bacon before getting on our way. It was quite cool and foggy when we left, so extra layers were needed, but once again the Way was a delight…
With the usual landmarks and the usual babbling brooks….
I loved this stand of trees just as we left O Pino……
And once more an amazing show provided by Mother Nature…..
We stopped to admire the sculptures at Mount Gonzo, but happened to arrive at the same time as three busloads of Japanese tourists, I can’t think what they thought of us, we were there tourist attraction…..
And from here we could look over the valley toward Santiago……
it was a good 3 or 4 kilometres into Santiago itself, and a hard slog through urban sprawl. I needed one more stamp today in order to fill my Pilgrims passport, we decided to stop at a bar just on the outskirts of Santiago to get the final stamp. I had ordered and paid for the beers before asking for a stamp, only to find that he didn’t have one, luckily a bar just up the street did and I was able to complete my Pilgrims passport…..
Then suddenly we saw what we had been hoping for, the official Santiago de Compostela sign…..
Followed by the city sign….
For some reason best know to himself Charlie thought this sign much more ‘him’…….
And on we went until we reached the cathedral, this is the side view, at the moment the lovely facade is coved in Scaffolding……
And down through the gate which leads to the square…..
And there stood a representation of my family, Eva, Holly, Jan and Trevor (Holly’s parents) complete with a lovely banner welcoming me back from my Pilgrimage…..
How amazing is that?
We had lunch and then I went off to the Camino office to present my Pilgrims passport… after it being scrutinised and answering some questions, I was granted my Compostela, which, because I was walking in Bernard’s memory has his name in it too, which I love…..
I was also given this certificate which shows exactly how many kilometres I have walked (not counting the times got lost……)
It was lovely meeting up with fellow Pilgrims that I have met along the way. There were lots of smiles, hugs and congratulations. The sun was shinning and all seemed very well in the world…..
Now I am in my room, admittedly shedding a few tears and wondering “what now?”
I need sleep and recovery, I need contemplation and peace, I need to step forward into the rest of my life. Taking the good with me and leaving the rest, all the weighty emotional baggage that I have collected during my 70 years behind……
I send you all love, peace, joy, courage, hope, and confidence…..
Love Susan x