Hard to believe that by the end of today we’ll be standing in Cathedral Square.
It’s odd – I do / but don’t want to get there. Unlike on the French way this recent green Portugués detour means we still have the route pretty much to ourselves and a few fellow peleginös
We’re only 7k out and we think , just maybe we can see the famous Cathedral towers …….. zooming in later ; same view below – we are right ! It’s just in the skyline – to the right of the vast Ferris wheel at the Ascension weekend fair.
Motivation 🤣 even from traffic signs
….. on this route we avoid the modern suburbs – well most – and soon are in the old town of Santiago
And SHOCKINGLY- from a narrow side street we are here !! Praza do Obradoiro – the Cathedral square – the end to all Caminos . Earlier than most travellers – but still surrounded by emotional cheers as each party arrives . 100 or more Spanish / Italian / French / teenagers – a huge group send chills as they arrive singing in amazing tones – marching fast and strong the last steps .
We’re laying on on our backpacks 🎒- just staring at this magical place , Sun still rising as stories unfold around us – when this moment occurs – dusty boots , big and and not so big , seems to sum up a family Camiño – the little girls have been amazing – Ciara strong , positive, engrossed in the physical and spiritual, they’ve made a million friends ……… who will soon catch up .
Just perfect . 💕
……. then across town to the Pilgrims Office to show our Credentiále / Pilgrims Passport – the multi stamped record of every town and sleeping place we passed through – To be awarded our Compostela- the elaborate illuminated certificates. Here in the peaceful garden of the Pilgrims Office.
…. We get a 📞 call so back to the square again …….
The Sun’s properly up as we head back to greet some of our extended Camiño family. Here – Sarah , Sam , John ( Charlotte N.C. 🇺🇸) Rachel ,Chris & Charlotte (California🇺🇸)
Great catch up late lunch – and later with our new member – Jess’s loudly mooing Galician Cow – 🤣
And – the girls drag us off to the huge Ascension 2019 fair .
And that Enormous Big Wheel – we saw 7k away this morning .
With a final tired 💤 flourish we’re back to our home for 2 nights –
But with a view like this from our roofline Family flat – it’s a end to our arrival day we won’t forget .
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