Day Thirty Seven

Santiago de Compostela

Sleep, rest, eat, sleep.

We did the pilgrim thing and went to the mid-day pilgrims mass in the cathedral and fulfilled the cultural experience, watching the botafumeiro (large incense burner) swing the length of the cathedral.


Tomorrow we leave the city for the less travelled Camino Finisterre which is speculated to be a pre-Christian pilgrimage route to Ara Solis – a Celtic altar to the sun. I suspect it is the last stage of a pre-Christian pilgrimage route from France.

In Latin finis means end and terrae means earth. Before the discovery of the Americas, Finisterre was considered the end of the earth. 

For me it will be finis meditatio and no doubt the start of reflection on my experience.

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