7th October, 2019
- Day 30: Santa Irene to Santiago de Compostela
- Distance: 23km
- Weather: Freezing cold morning but a gorgeous sunny day on arrival in Santiago
- Accommodation: San Martin Pinario, €25 incl breakfast
Santiago, here we come!
It’s 7.45am and still very dark when we leave (check out is 8am!). I’m half-asleep and in desperate need of coffee. Sigrid is just ahead but we catch up at the first cafe in a few kilometres.
We walk together the rest of the way. It’s a short day considering what we’ve been doing recently, but no-one’s in a hurry and we simply enjoy each other’s company. After the initial freezing cold morning, the sun bursts out and it’s a scorcher of a day.
We go via the Pilgrim Monument at Monte de Gozo for the obligatory selfie, colour coordinated and all!
We then proceed to stop at cafe after cafe, and although I don’t usually ‘drink and walk,’ all the rules are broken on the last day.
We walk into Santiago together and I’m filled with joy and emotion and gratitude for my new friends and the lessons this Camino has taught me. What started off as ‘just another walk’ became anything but. This Camino brought up raw emotions that I thought I’d suppressed. I found motherly figures in Linda, Cyndi and Barbara. I found kindness, generosity and pure friendships. I found freedom and happiness. The biggest challenge of every Camino is how to bring it home, into ‘real life.’
Thanks for following. If you’ve not walked a Camino, I can’t recommend it enough. Don’t wait until you retire or learn Spanish or feel fit enough. Just go. You’ll be grateful you did and wish you’d done it sooner. My wish is that everyone can walk a Camino at least once. Imagine if all the politicians in the world walked a Camino and broke bread together around a communal meal then washed the dishes together. Wouldn’t the world be a better, more understanding place? The Camino teaches you kindness, generosity, patience, forgiveness and so so many other lessons, you just need to be open to learn.