We reached Santiago and now ….

… We are on our way to Finisterre.  After 5 days of walking covering over 115 kms, we walked into Santiago at about 11.30am, making really good time.  We were delighted, but not emotional as some said we would be, maybe just relief?!  We missed Joe though, who had covered over 400km yet had to leave the Camino a little early to meet some commitments, what a shame.

We rested our weary bones that afternoon, went to the 7.30pm Pilgrim Mass which included the Botafumerio, it’s not always included.  I’ll try to upload a video later.

Along the route we had walked and partied with two girls from Boston – Maria and Nancy.  They were brilliant craic so it was great to head out after the mass, and celebrate our compestellas.  A fun night!

Saturday we spent getting ourselves organised for our 90km walk to Finisterre, accommodation has to be booked along the 4 days we have chosen to take, some take only 3 days which makes for long walking days.  We set off this morning from Santiago and arrived in Negerira today before lunch.  We are chilling and relaxing now, and enjoying the fiesta that is underway in the town – brass band and fireworks and all!  They must have known we were coming 😉

My feet continue to be a problem. But I have walked through the blisters like a true pilgrim should and I hope to arrive in Finisterre on Wednesday in one piece ….. Then I am never walking again!  Slight exaggeration but you get my drift.

I am on my sisters iPad so loading photos is a little challenging.  However, check out my Facebook page to get all the latest.  I’ll try to post my FB page link for you but maybe you already have it.

Stay tuned

About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2013-2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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One Response to We reached Santiago and now ….

  1. Debbie W says:

    Kate, you continue to amaze me and never fear – when you arrive back on Bowen I’m sure we’ll have a comfy chair for you and a lovely footrest – from which you can regale us with stories from your travels!!!
    X0 Deb

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