A Day in Santiago…

Hola family and friends.  Today is my first day without walking since April 23 and the wall of exhaustion hit me as the adrenaline waned.  Of course I was able to rally to eat a huge breakfast and lunch and do some shopping, but was disappointed to find that the daily Mass in English operates on the other 6 days of the week.  So I popped in to the Cathedral to hug St. James and catch the tail end of the 10 am Spanish Mass.  This time I sat on a different angle than yesterday to see the Botafumeiro swing above my head.  A bit scary to be sure, but certainly more so for the 6 Tiraboleiros as it appears to barely miss hitting their heads.  High risk, low pay job…but oh are the spiritual benefits amazing!

A beautiful morning dawns in Santiago.

Statue of Mary in the Cathedral.

This one is my favorite…so loving.

The back of the St. James statue they let you touch and give thanks for a safe journey.

​One of the impressive ceilings within the Cathedral.

​Just watch and be in awe…

So tomorrow I pack up again and start the 4 day leg to Finisterre.  The forecast is for nice weather tomorrow, but then my Camino gets rugged to finish as the final 3 days are forecast to be cold and 80-100% chance of rain.  Staying healthy as well as upright will be the goal.  Lord give me the strength to finish this pilgrimage.  I asked for this to end on my 63rd birthday in Finisterre; I have faith you’ll continue to hold me in the palms of your merciful hands.  Thank you for all the blessings you’ve given me Lord.

Pilgrims up and about early on Sunday.

And now you understand why pilgrims lose very little weight, even when walking long distances daily.  The pastries and coffee are superb.  Trust me….I’ve tried them all!

2 mimes performing in the Cathedral square.  Note that the one dressed as St. James appears to be floating.  I wasn’t about to ask how!

​I volunteered to have my swollen and bruised feet used for this sculpture.  Payment?  A pastry and cafe con leche, of course!

​Many street performers serenade the pilgrims in the squares.  This bagpipe player probably wouldn’t make the cut in Scotland, but in Spain he’s ‘prime time’.

Author: jtcaminoblog

A husband of 38 years, a father of 3, a Christian man and pilgrim on this earth. I am a devout Roman Catholic whose purpose in life is to love our Lord above all else and our neighbors as ourselves. I struggle with the latter but walk these pilgrimages for both atonement and guidance from the Lord to be the best version of myself.

2 thoughts on “A Day in Santiago…”

  1. I don’t know which picture is my favorite. The inside of the cathedral is amazing and the statues of St James and Mary are so lovely. How blessed you are to have seen the incense twice!
    Praying for your journey tomorrow. I know these last couple of days are really long and if the weather is bad, it will be even harder. Don’t rush it. Slow down if you need to. Remember to burn one piece of your clothing in Finisterre. You are a new person once you get there. Buen Camino!

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