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Published: October 27th 2012
Since I have arrived yesterday I have had a great number of very emotional moments. First to get to the cathedral of Santiago, the real end of the trip. Later I went to an encounter of pilgrims; people that have gone through the same experience. It is ammazing how many people you know, some better than others and some just from seeing a couple of times. Everywhere people greet you as if you have known each other for years, even tough you may have walked with each other just a couple of hours or even less. The same happens in town walking around. Gives you a real nice feeling.This morning's pilgrims mass was very emotional. A beautiful ceremony that ended with the "swinging of the botafumeiro" ( un gran aparato de incenso) to send our wishes and petitions to Santiago the Apostle. A beautiful event.Tomorrow I go to Finnesterre the end of the world (most western spot of Spain) in medieval times.This is my last note of this trip. I need to give thanks to God for
protecting me and giving me the strength and opportunity to make this trip.Further I owe a great gratitude to Margarita for supporting me on this endeavor and give thanks to all that have sent me notes of support over the last 30+ days. All contributed one way or another in bringing me to Santiago. I owe you.Further I need to give thanks to that great number of people that I have met over the last number of weeks. Without you this trip would have been much, much harder. An addition to the original message above
Sunday I have been meeting up with people I had not seen for a while. To my great pleasure and emotion, I ran in Jane from New Zealand, who I had accompanied a number of weeks ago when she had leg problems. When we met, she cried out to her companion, this is St Peter I told you about. Other people that I encountered by sheer coincidence again were Jack from Ireland who insisted that I was one of his heroes of this trip. What earned me
this denomination was the fact that I am 66 years and he is 49. Gave him the reassurance that his could go on for at least an other 15 years.....Last but not least, sitting and having a drink with Jack and Michael from Germany, Lars from Norway appeared out of the blue. Again a great reincounter with a very colorfull person that has done the Camino 3 times now.
By e-mail, I hooked up again with Paul, with whom I spent a lot of time in the initial days. He also has arrived in Santiago.
On Sunday I went to Finnester today by bus, a 3,5 hour ride. Apart from the coastal scenery on the way, I could not find anything attractive in Finnester, but had a great lunch. Took a taxi back to Santiago, that saved me from another 3,5 hour buside.
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