Day 27 Lavacolla to Santiago
30.05.2015 - 30.05.2015
Day 27: Lavacolla to Santiago
I know you want ask but are shy....what's it like to sleep with Hans. You will have to ask Lo. Remember. ..I had my sleeping bag. I made a mattress out of blankets. Turns out I made a good choice as beds only had box spring so boys did not sleep well.
We start the final leg at 7:15. It is foggy and windy ... stop to put my wind breaker on. We arrive Santiago city limits at 08:30 and reach the cathedral square at 09:30. It felt good to reach the square...walking is done. Beyond that somewhat anti climatic.
The Thunder Bay twins are in the square. ..they are feeling pretty good about finishing the trip.
We proceed to Pilgrim office for official paperwork....done!
Some of the Pilgrims are very emotional once they have the certificate in hand; lots of tears and then cheers from everyone else in the line up. You can feel the satisfaction!
We find a hostel close by and book in for 3 nights.
Hans and Marty head for the Pilgrim mass at 11:30. I grab a coffee near the Pilgrims office to see if any familiar faces show up. While I watch I'm joined by a group of young folks who befriended on the Camino: Martin from Holland; Julie from Vancouver but now living and working in London, England, Jo ...young lady from Ireland; Jason from Florida and Ray from London, England. We talk about how quickly you connect with people on the Camino and how excited you get to see them again. It is quite amazing!
I see Alice from Nevada in line...she made it. She will hike to Finnestere before going home. Turns out she does some serious hiking in the States. I see Marion from London and Ray from North Carolina.
We will veg on Saturday and think about going to Finnestere on Sunday.
The old city of Santiago looks interesting. We will explore and check it out.