- July 3rd, 2014
- Santiago de Compostela: Last Stamp Hostel, €18 for a dorm
- Weather: Lovely and sunny, 27 degrees
The convent had a policy of offering breakfast to pilgrims at 7:30am and only after this you were allowed to leave… However as it was just the two of us staying there and we told them we were eager to get to the midday mass in Santiago, they allowed us to leave without breakfast.
It was a lovely cool morning on a trail that weaved through old stone villages and surprisingly no other pilgrims. I thought today would be like the last few days where I had been passing groups of pilgrims but amazingly we didn’t see any other pilgrims until we arrived in Santiago. We arrived just after 11am and made our way to the cathedral.
We had made it!
Through a heat wave, early mornings, long days, blisters, bed bugs and muscle pain… What I remember the most is the generosity of the people I met along the way. And the camaraderie of the pilgrims I met. Pauline in Tomar, Jeanie & Gerry in Rabacal then Coimbra and Barcelos, Gigi & Paulo, Vittorio, Franco & Luiza, Maria… And of course Joanna who I walked with more or less for 2 weeks, sharing stories and beds and making lunch and dinner together and sharing a very special camino friendship.
It’s so nice to be back in Santiago.