We walked into Santiago today, arriving at the cathedral, the official end of the Camino, at 12:40 pm. Yay!!!! Walking through the arch and taking those last 100 steps was deeply moving. We were on the Camino for 34 days. The last 13 days we walked every day. We are very happy to be here and will rest for a few days, making the transition from pilgrims to tourists and enjoying this beautiful city.
Reflecting over the last 5 weeks we remember beautiful and varied scenery, many old churches and other buildings and monuments, and most of all the people we have met, other pilgrims and also many Spanish people who have reached out to us with assistance and kindness. We have been changed and enriched by it all.
We are disappointed that we were not able to add photos as we went along. We'll post a few when we get back home.
On May 27, 2011, we will lock our front door and set off on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, in northwestern Spain. We'll fly to Paris... Take a high speed train (TGV) to Bayonne, France... Change to a slower train that will take us to St. Jean Pied de Port, in the foothills of the Pyrenees -- where our walk begins. On May 29, Sunday, we will set out on foot for our 500-mile walk across Northern Spain.
The Camino de Santiago is a centuries-old pilgrimage trail. We join millions of pilgrims who have walked this path over the years.
Journey with us, as we post pictures and highlights of our adventure.