I’ll make this post quick – because it’s now well after midnight and I have to be up at 5am to leave early – to walk the last day into Santiago.
I will do this post with pictures largely –
I saw Jennifer and Marie leave the hotel in Caldas de Reis from my breakfast table through the window –
The walk today was about 23kms, through beautiful wooded glens along leaf strewn paths. It was overcast and at times slightly drizzling – but it never rained.
I walked with a number of people, including Tim and Cathy (delightful people), Steve (a true animal whisperer), I bumped into Jennifer and Marie at a church (where else would those two hang out?) and Angela and Julie, and Julie and Peter.
Look at these faces. These people look happy. This is the Camino. Jennifer and I call it the “Camino Shine.” You can see it in their faces.
This is a magic walk.
It was a long day – our feet were hurting as we walked into Padron, where we knew there was going to be a Good Friday Semana Santa procession. Steve and I bumped into some of the participants dressed up in their gear, walking to the town.
There was a mass at the town’s church, with hooded participants waiting to commence –
This hooded man, while waiting for the procession to start, did a quick check of his emails…
The procession wound its way through the street, to the heart pounding beat of drums, and the stamping of the wooden crosses on cobblestones. I am not a Catholic – as I’ve said many times before – but I found this deeply affecting.
Effigies were carried along in the procession, and you really did get a sense of what it must have been like, carrying Christ to his cross.
Tomorrow we enter the holy city of Santiago –