Monday, October 12, 2015. Tomorrow Laurie D leaves for Finisterre and Muxia, and will return to Santiago de Compostela in a bit less than a week. The other Laurie and Salvatore left last night on a train to Barcelona, and then a flight back to Minneapolis. Ria will return to Germany today by a series of trains, and I get up early enough to have breakfast with her and walk her to the train station. We’ve had a great trip, together and separately, and we agree that our plan worked out perfectly . . . spontaneously allowing us a lot of time together in the evenings, solo walking time during the day, and a couple of stretches in which we were in completely different places. These latter times gave us each an opportunity to meet new people, knowing we would have three nights in Santiago at the Seminario Mayor before we each end our Camino journey.
Though I was to stay in Santiago until Thursday the 15th, I changed my flight to Milan airport to tomorrow, added two days to my Air BnB arrangements in Gallarate, near the airport, and I will fly out tomorrow afternoon. Neil and my friends Tim and Pat will join me on Friday, for 11 days in Italy. I’ve done all I can do in Santiago, all I want to do (but for another foot massage from the incredible Carmen), but since today is a national holiday, her office is closed.
So I’m sorting out my stuff, packing differently, more efficiently, perhaps, and will head for the airport tomorrow late morning.
I’ll leave this post with some of the images I wanted to include but didn’t, and some from my time in Santiago this year. And I am writing some post-Camino musings but haven’t completed them yet. Actually, I will probably never complete them, but will post them here soon.
And here are some photos from my time at the Seminario Mayor:
Lots more to process. I will return to this site . . . (and what would we do without ellipses?)