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Day 39: Life after My Camino de Santiago

Updated: Mar 29, 2023

August 27, 2018


I am surprised how busy I have been in Santiago de Compostela. I feel like there is a lot I want to do before I leave.

The Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast I participated in a 2-hour walking tour of Santiago. After the tour I spent a lot of time visiting various shops to see if anything grabbed my attention. It reminded me what Paula from Spain told me when we were walking from Olveiroa to Muxia. She was sharing that she felt Santiago has become very commercial with the intent of “extracting Euros from pilgrims.” Maybe it has.


At 2:30 PM I went to the Pilgrim Office for an hour of facilitated reflection. There were four English speaking pilgrims in the English room. One was from New Zealand and the other two were a boyfriend and girlfriend from California. It did remind me how grateful I am for this experience, how grateful I am for my team and clients who made it possible, and how grateful I am for every little thing, including my shoes, that happened on the Camino de Santiago.


I met Karl for dinner at 7:00 PM. Karl walked from Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia and then he walked back to Santiago. I will confess that I gave it some thought—to walk from Finisterre to Santiago. But I was able to push it out of my mind. I completed what I had intended to do.


Karl leaves early tomorrow morning for Germany. I am guessing that I won’t see anyone I know for the remainder of my stay. I am truly grateful for each and everyone I got to know on the Camino.


The photo I am sharing is of the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela before sunset. After dinner with Karl we walked to a nearby park to get this view. And by the way, my Garmin watch says I walked 19.49 miles today.


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See additional photos from August 27th below:

Brief descriptions of the photos:

  1. This is a view of the Cathedral from Parque Alameda.

  2. This is a photo of the crypt of St. James where his bones are reported to be.

  3. This is a photo of the crypt of St. James where his bones are reported to be.

  4. This is a photo of the golden statue of Santiago. There is a small staircase behind it and to the side that pilgrims will climb. Most pilgrims give the statue a hug from behind and place their head on its shoulder. I will do that on August 28th.

  5. This is a photo of the golden statue of Santiago. There is a small staircase behind it and to the side that pilgrims will climb. Most pilgrims give the statue a hug from behind and place their head on its shoulder. I will do that on August 28th.

  6. This is a photo of the golden statue of Santiago. There is a small staircase behind it and to the side that pilgrims will climb. Most pilgrims give the statue a hug from behind and place their head on its shoulder. I will do that on August 28th.

  7. This is a photo of the Cristo de Burgos Chapel to the side of the main part of the Cathedral.

  8. This is a view of the Cathedral from Parque Alameda before sunset.

  9. This is a view of the Cathedral from Parque Alameda before sunset.

  10. This is a view of the Cathedral from Parque Alameda before sunset.

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