Santiago

The morning mist in a field we passed

The morning mist in a field we passed

Well we made it to Santiago. It was kind of anti climatic. We only had to walk about 15 km, but we were also under a time limit. We had to check in before 2, get to post office before 1:30. We were told that once we checked into the hostel we could leave our stuff so we made that our first destination in Santiago. We arrived around 11:30 We were told we had beds 2060 and 2061, can you imagine. But they back fill, start in back and fill to the front. We were told yes there are lockers right next to our beds. Great, up three flights of stairs, checking all the doors, everything locked, back down , well we lock everything until 1:30. Ohhh, but there are also lockers in the basement. Down 2 more flights to basement, 2 euros to use lockers. I have to wonder, do they do this on purpose? Why not tell us when you see us go up that we can’t get in. And why not tell us that it’s 2 euros before you see us go down. 
So of course, we have no 2 euro coin. So what do we do, we just leave our stuff in the corner and go. Then Al remembers he needs the receipt for post office, after we are outside of course. And of course still in bag in basement. Back inside we go. 
Now on to post office, which even with map was very, very hard to find.
So you can see why when we finally got to the cathedral and then the pilgrim’s office, it was basically just a relief to find it. The Pilgrim office is not really marked as such, another challenge. We knew it was there, we just couldn’t find it. 
Did we cry like babies, no. I think I got it out of my system yesterday. 
You know the saying, it’s not the destination, but the journey getting there. Well i know its Something like that. Well it’s true. 
The journey here, the 30 days just walking together, being alone, just us, 24/7, we have never had that. Everyone should have that, or it should be a rule somewhere that every married couple should be alone with each other once in awhile. Every century or so. Mandatory seclusion. Too much wine, sorry. 
Oh this reminds me, the other night at an alburgue a man was making ratatouille, he told me, ” we’ll it’s only a vegetable stew” . I have never had it so I didn’t know. Well we decided to try to make, no recipe, just wing it. It was fantastic!! I loved it! Which brings me back to the wine, I got a bottle for the ratatouille, and a bottle to share. We had met Avril again yesterday and wanted to invite her to our dinner.Well we never found her today, bummer.
Al thought I was going to use a whole bottle of wine in the stew, so he opened both. Also I don’t know how to cook a small meal, so we shared with about 7 other people, but no one wanted wine. Well you cant waste it, so we sat around and chatted with several people until after lights out and had a really nice time.
I wished so many times that I had one of those pocket recorders to put what I was seeing or thinking into. Everyday was special and my memory is not that good, the pictures helped to remind me. But we also had so many conversations, sometimes with just each other or with others passing by. We made up silly songs about being day walkers, which were kinda funny! We even danced once in awhile. Well I did. It has been incredible! I will miss it. I think this is why just about everyone does this again and again. 
Who wants to go?
Until then, 
Be well.

Al carrying my pack today, I'm a day walker today.

Al carrying my pack today, I’m a day walker today.

Coming into Santiago, a mountain to the left

Coming into Santiago, a mountain to the left

The streets ahead, with the houses piled on top of each other it seems

The streets ahead, with the houses piled on top of each other it seems

Our alburgue, Semenario Menor, place was huge

Our alburgue, Semenario Menor, place was huge

Cathedral

Cathedral

Our pilgrims passports, stamped with all the places we stayed, and  our Compestellas, for accomplishing the Camino

Our pilgrims passports, stamped with all the places we stayed, and our Compestellas, for accomplishing the Camino

Churros in hot chocolate , ohh my Gosh! Fantastic!  I'm talking real chocolate!

Churros in hot chocolate , ohh my Gosh! Fantastic! I’m talking real chocolate!

3 comments on “Santiago

  1. Colleen says:

    Once we discovered how beneficial it was to our marriage to take a vacation together just the 2 of us, we have done it every year since. Now that our kids are all grown and moved out we have more time together but vacations together still are a must.

    Enjoy the rest of your trip. Talk to you when you get back home.

    Love and prayers to both of you, Col

  2. Nancy Bradley says:

    Hi, been reading your post with awe, admiration and prayers. This trip appears to be never easy but with unimaginable rewards. Thank you very much for sharing this experience with your thoughts and pictures. May your return home be safe and happy. Once again, thank you. Nancy Bradley. (Bill’s wife)

  3. Hey guys, are you planning this trip again? If I was able to, I would love to join you, but you know my health issues will not allow it. But because of the blog updates and pictures you posted, I feel like I walked along with you, and I thank you for that. and your comment about vacationing together just the two of you, you know that’s the one thing your Dad and I never did, unfortuneately. excuse the spelling.
    anyway safe trip home and keep in touch when you get back to the US.
    love and prayers always

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