Santiago Cathedral photos

To be honest I did not think I’d be into the whole Pilgrim Mass thing upon arrival in Santiago, but to come so far, I realised it would be a shame not to miss it.  And what was really neat, we were fortunate to experience the Botafumerio at the 7.30pm Pilgrim Mass.

Scallop shell, the symbol of the Camino, embedded in the walls of the Cathedral

Scallop shell, the symbol of the Camino, embedded in the walls of the Cathedral

Beautiful cut stone arches

Beautiful cut stone arches

The main knave in the church

The main knave in the church

We stayed at this seminary which also housed an hotel and pilgrim accommodation.mmi'd say Uncle Jerry is laughing his socks off at the idea of me staying there!

We stayed at this seminary which also housed an hotel and pilgrim accommodation.mmi’d say Uncle Jerry is laughing his socks off at the idea of me staying there!

Finola and I waiting for mass to start

Finola and I waiting for mass to start

This is where we stayed.  We rounded the corner on arrival and for fun I said this is where we are staying - yeah right!  But it was the place!

This is where we stayed. We rounded the corner on arrival and for fun I said this is where we are staying – yeah right! But it was the place!

The breakfast room

The breakfast room

The hallway down to reception

The hallway down to reception

I tried to upload a video Grace took of the Botofumerio but for some reason it won't upload.  In the meantime, this will have to do!

I tried to upload a video Grace took of the Botofumerio but for some reason it won’t upload. In the meantime, this will have to do!

 

 

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 the past two years, my work in Nepal has expanded to the Bo M. Karlsson Foundation www.bomkarlsson.com and the Spinal Cord Injured Network Nepal. 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 the 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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