Last Rest Stop

Monday, July 11, 2016
Day 41

This is our last rest day before our final push to Santiago de Compostela. We spent the bulk of the day doing chores, with me writing in my journal and reading about this part of the Camino while our clothes dried. We lunched in the hotel cafeteria, having salad and octopus. Yummy. Just the sort of light lunch we wanted.

James wished to see the two churches I had visited the night be‐ fore. We walked up to St. Marina, where a pilgrims’ mass was almost over. I went to communion even though I felt guilty for missing most of the service. A guitarist and a group of singers filled the church with music.

I found a shop that was still open and purchased my Sarria pin, which was in the shape of a tiny pilgrim.

Wanting a change from the usual Spanish menu, we went to an Italian restaurant for dinner. There was a very boisterous table of pilgrims from a variety of countries—Koreans, Americans, and so forth. They were celebrating someone’s birthday. James began playing his guitar, which he had brought along. The Koreans snapped a photo of us and immediately printed it on some sort of new technology they had. Cool. Sort of like an updated Polaroid camera, dispensing photos immediately, but very small ones.

4,814 steps today

Author: Camino for Boomers

I am the owner and editor of Bayou City Press in Houston, Texas. As a Foreign Service Officer, I lived and traveled all over the world for 33 years. My new book is "Savoring the Camino de Santiago: It's the Pilgrimage, Not the Hike."

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