Madrid Camino Day 31 – Salceda to Santiago

Jun 5, 2017

I am in Santiago de Compostela. 

The long anticipatory walk into Santiago

29 kms today seemed longer as my feelings of anticipation built. Just as I got my first glimpse of Santiago from high atop the massive hill on the outskirts, it started to rain. The walk into town seemed endless – and took another hour and a half to get to the Cathedral in the center. Bumped into my old pal Jean on the way in and we took some pictures then went for a burger – I was starved.

I left alone and arrived alone. Fitting.

Then off to the office where they process the pilgrims and provide your certificate, but the line up was at least an hour and a half, so I’ve come to my hotel to clean up and rest. The plan is to stay an extra day in Santiago to play tourist. It is a beautiful old city with a colourful history, and besides, I have earned a day off!  My laundry is being done by the hotel and I will hunker down for a fat sleep and take a relaxed wander tomorrow. Maybe I’ll even attend the Pilgrim’s Mass at noon.

Not sure why people do this, but I did it anyway.

I will need much more time to process this journey, but at the moment I am happy and proud of my achievement and well deserving of a rest and a change of pace.