….. ah well – it’s early evening – I’ve got 5 hours to go – it’s been a blast – so how to end it ? .
– this blog ? as it’s being followed by friends and family of several Caminista will carry through to see Santiago . Which sadly for me will have to wait until spring.
They’ll send me pics and facts – I’ll make the rest up – and post it – should be cool 😎
Pre match G&T as I wait – raises my game – the last quiet part of the evening.
We head for the Barrios – Humedo & Romantica either side of Calle Ancha – we heard it was all going on there . That street is amazing – almost a cliché for Spanish Friday night buzz – the excitement is palpable. Let’s go ….
Plaza Mayór – and ….. Welcome to the pleasure-dome 💃🏼
An attempt at a conversation with Rikke is unashamedly bombed by my favourite journalist- Miss H. McClure 🙃
A generous welcome from Lithuanias own Lorenzo – ( he’s happy for us to approximate his name which is , in reality , a top scrabble score )
He’s pleased with my appearance on his best mans speech video at last Saturdays wedding – and expresses it in a traditional way . This never happens to me ……
Sort of sets the tone early for the evening though ….. 😳
You’ve seen all these fabulous characters over the past 20 days and this is a great place to say farewell and “Buen Camino” – Love them all .
I expect to see them running their own countries at least in the next 20 years –
Find a way for peaceful prosperity ? ✅ Coexistence, across cultures ? ✅ -……….they’ve had great training .
It’s a feature of this ‘way’ that you find yourself part of a wave – Rolando – top man – came to find us with Reiner – so pleased – didn’t expect to see him – we just roar with laughter at each other and communicate effectively with 50 common words , hugs and punches – it’s remarkably effective .
We have a venue in mind which has been recommended to our Brigitta- and we leave slowly due to a million goodbyes to Europe and Scandinavia and head of to the renowned ‘El Patio’ – to say goodbye to South America. – the restaurant sounds a tad ( a bit ) ‘ 70’s but what a place – ……
Columbian Dentist Miriam , and Gloria plus friend . Join Chilean Rolando , Reiner and the 3 Musketeers ( well 9 Musketeers if you’re Carmen ) ” One for 3 and 3 for all” as a toast is as well meaning as it is confused 😆🤣😆🤣💋❤️ thx Carmen.
In a city backstreet , vine covered , 200 sitting , 300 standing – chaos – Peak Time – no reservation , El Patio manage to find room , chat , serve , pour – a great example of Can Do Hospitality .
I love these photos – we’re all starved and sociable – no one posing – fast talking , Reiner and Brigs behind the camera – the occasion is just ……….. memorable ❤️
As memorable as their lack of portion control ! This is one persons dish – huge Pasta , king prawn , Chorizo and crayfish with wafer thin , crisp , home cooked potatoes – it works though
Clocks ticking – have that Cinderella feeling as realise my Coach leaves in an hour – on the stroke of Midnight – too much ! 🤣 and hard to leave.
More goodbyes and race across town , to grab backpack – final team selfie at Hostal fails in a way that makes this one of my favourites as Carmen loses interest and wanders off ( she’s there in the distance 😆)
Big emotional goodbyes – gifts , hugs , lifelong loyalty sweared , speed me on my way – it’s just intense . 😢
And unreal …. as 30 mins later I’m in the traditional backpackers ‘posture of patience ‘ at the bus station as the Madrid bus pulls in .
Life distilled to ticket , picnic , pack , boots …….. 😢
Xxxxxxx to you all .