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 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. 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 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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