After Michelle was (more or less) comfortably ensconced in Santiago hotel, we got back on track with the scheduled walks with nights in pilgrim albergues (hostels). Although my companions liked the idea of only paying 6 euros per night, it turned out that they were less enthusiastic about sharing a sleeping space with 30+ other people. A bit traumatic for them, but I was accustomed to this from prior trips. At the same time, I was feeling much better (having taken antibiotics) and Kim was miserable and not getting better. So for the final stages, she stayed in hotels (the coughing would have kept the whole hostel awake) and then stayed behind trying to recuperate. Ultimately she met the "final three" at the Pilgrim's Mass in Santiago, and then, after standing in line in the rain for more than an hour to get our Compostela, we all headed to Finisterre by the ocean for a couple days of sunshine and relaxation before returning here to Santiago.
Tomorrow we head back to our respective homes. It will be great to sleep in my own bed & see the kitties!
The waymarker that tells us that we are 115 kms from Santiago
Some of the wall art we saw along the way
My three traveling companions in a Camino sculpture.
So many beautiful flowers that I have never seen before
Yellow & orange poppies
Some Portuguese cyclists we met along the way.
The sign of the Camino: the shell representing St. James ("Santiago").
My trusty backpack, poles, gloves & camera.
A friendly Spanish woman on the Camino path.
Another sculpture of Santiago.
Just a picture of the scenery along the way.
I am always looking for cats who will allow me to photograph them.
I have NO idea what kind of flower this is, but it is just extraordinary!
Our morning prayer ritual initiated by Margie each day.
In the Santiago Cathedral
More at the mass
|Waiting in the rain to get our Compostela in Santiago|
More beautiful roses