Day 8 • Arrival in Santiago • 12.67 Miles
Today we ended our journey on the Camino. This morning, we began with our daily devotional and shared what we were grateful for. That gratitude set us off on the right foot to start the last leg of our journey.
We didn’t stop for lunch or snacks along the way. Instead, we moved through our 12 miles at a fast pace. Knowing we would see our destination at the end of the day, our energy was high and our feet moved fast. Along the way, Brendan needed to stop for a quick pee in the woods. Instead, he quickly realized he stepped on a hidden slope when his feet fell in front of him and his butt fell hard on the ground. It is safe to say we had a great laugh! Good thing Zack was with him to offer a helping hand. But, they both had stepped in some itchy plants and were paying the price the rest of the way.
Before we knew it, we had made it to the city of Santiago de Compostela. But a 2 mile walk was still ahead of us to get to the Cathedral. Through companionship, café con leche, Estrella Galicia, and strength from the Lord – we made it 70 miles from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela. Hallelujah! We enjoyed lying down on the courtyard stone, gazing at the Cathedral we had long awaited to see. We were in pure relief and awe at the beautiful scene ahead of us.
Lots of pictures were taken and smiles exchanged. We all enjoyed a full, yummy meal before meeting back at the courtyard for communion. Communion was a special time to share in fellowship with each other and the Lord. A reminder of where our strength came from through the journey, and how he will continue to provide us strength in our lives back in the states.
We then took a tour of the Cathedral. We got to see many of our fellow pilgrims participating in mass, and we especially found the incense to be a cool sight. Afterward, a live concert band was playing traditional Spaniard music in old town Santiago. Young dancers in traditional clothing were clogging, and it was a lot of fun after a long week’s journey.
Through fellowship, love, comfort, and strength from our Lord, we guided each other to our destination. We have made lifelong connections on this trip and are truly grateful for them. We are also extremely grateful for our guide Alfonzo – a kind, strong, fearless leader!
Now we can celebrate!
Cassie and Maya