Thu 22 Oct - Day 38: Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela 19km
A 785 walked. 0km left to walk.
Done. Dusted. The Camino Frances has been walked end to end. The right way:
- Carrying my backpack the whole way.
- No bus.
- No taxi.
- No support of any kind.
775km according to the Pilgrim Office in Santiago de Compostela rather than the 785km that the guidebook
I was out of a Camino albergue for the last Camino time around 7.30am. This last albergue in Pedrouzo was far too noisy and with too much light going on and off in the early morning for being able to sleep in.
My last breakfast while walking was a delectable mix of tea, orange juice, sardines in olive oil and a banana. Hey, it worked for me.
Coffee down the road a few kilometers and I just felt that I had to photograph the key, if you like, to all this. The pursuit of sellos or stamps. Nothing spectacular really. Most of the time it looks like this in a corner of bar/cafe. Help yourself and fill in the fecha / date yourself.
Getting closer all the time...
And here too. In the mid morning light.
And this graffiti had somewhat adverse view on tourist peregrinos aka Turigrinos. You may not see it but it says in there "Turigrinos no gracias".
When we are onto the topic of Turigrinos, the guy to the left has to be the worst example yet. Apart from all of the visible clues between him and the lady, he also suddenly as he was walking lit up a cigarette. Not worrying about who may be behind him. Which was me. And as you do.
For those of you who may recall yesterday's post, regarding the Turigrinos who jumped off a van on a hill to then quickly disappear into a cafe, here they are. They spoke German.
A stop in a second cafe today for a cuppa revealed some odd custom of placing copper coins against the inside wall. As you do. So I did. Add a few more copper coin to their collection.
The road into the centre of Santiago de Compostela was long and went through lots of outlying areas and suburbs. Then suddenly, the cathedral was visible between the buildings...
Another building along the way had clearly misspelt our family name...
We continued into the centre of Santiago de Compostela and suddenly there it is, the cathedral. An almost mandatory photo in front of it next. And the almost mandatory scaffolding around a cathedral in any of the Mediterranean countries.
As you walk through the opening, you enter a different and much more tranquil world. At least when I was there...
...and inside the Pilgrims Office it was almost empty. I had a choice of being immediately served by any one of four different people.
So, what happens at the Pigrim Office?
First, you have to get your Credentials verified. That you have walked at least 100km and you must have at least 2 stamps for each of those days.
No problems there. These are my Credentials at the end of my Camino. Plenty of stamps.
The Compostela is written in Latin. So you get your first name translated into Latin. Hans hence becomes Ioannem which I assume is Latin for Johannes. I understand that Hans is derived from Johannes.
Of course, a 775km long walk can only be celebrated in one way. And we did. There was a bar almost opposite the entrance to the Pilgrims Office.
My pilgrim team had decided to reconvene for more appropriate and in depth celebrations from 5pm. I took the opportunity to walk to the bus station and get an ALSA bus ticket to Oporto for Sunday. I've had only difficulties getting an online, but over the counter there were no problems and i had my ticket almost immediately.
Aaron had brought with him a tiny little bottle of spirit, some 70% alcohol spirit with a name I have forgot, that he ceremoniously emptied in front of the Santiago de Compostela cathedral.