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Camino de Santiago

Last Day: Santiago De Compostela

It is May 31 as I start this note. If I do not finish tonight I'll finish tomorrow in Paris. Perhaps, after some time passes I may come back to add some closing thoughts.

First, I am surprised I did the the blog -- but now happy I did. I look forward to viewing it in a few days.

Honestly, I don't remember where I ended on the last entry and now too lazy to go check. Sorry if there are repeats.

Later in the afternoon of 29th(Friday) I sat in the main square with the twins from Thunder Bay. It was different! There was a calmness about them I had not seen before -- wonderful young ladies but buzz outs. So excitable - racing minds and thoughts. If you have been around twins - you know - times two. That afternoon they were so calm and deliberate in their conversation -- they were now young women. I believe they grew immensely on this journey. I'm proud and happy for them (and mom and dad). Jessica and Katrina -- it was a pleasure meeting and getting to know you.

More closure over past couple of days: Sylvie and her mom Clarissa from Switzerland, Klaus from Cambridge, Ontario, Tony from Belfast, Barry and Mary Ellen from Hamilton, and finally today Vicki from Hungary arrives. Vicki walked every km -- so proud of her. She is the first pilgrim we met leaving St Jean Pied de Port on May 3. We enjoyed a couple of celebratory wines with Vicki today. It was an important closure for all of us.

Matt, Jackie, Jean Marie and the Irish troop -- so special. Thank you or your friendship.

Vicki tells me my Norwegian friend Oiven is enroute and will arrive tomorrow. She will give him a hug for me. A number of pilgrims will have dinner on June 2nd --- those starting on May 3rd. Take a picture for us Vicki. Thank you kindly.

There are a few others I will wonder how they made out: Stephan , Petra, Eva, and a tall Austrian whose name escapes me at the moment.

Oh - the Camino spirit -- Vicki tells us about a Dutchman, Martin, who rescued some of her equipment days ago. It is the Martin I met on Friday 29rh.

It is over! As I took a last loop around the old city tonight it felt different, the excitement is over. I want to go home.

Hasta Luego

Al

Posted by al poole 13:31

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This journey is really all about the people. You now have a few more meaningful people to add to your list of worldwide friends and know that you will keep in touch, even if it's just once a year at Christmas. Or you become facebook friends and thereby can keep in touch with each other's lives. It's a wonderful postscript to the walk. Buen Camino.

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