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Cruz de Ferro - rush hour
CarlaH

Cruz de Ferro - rush hour

We were expecting a solemn quiet and reflective place. The morning we arrived it was a crowded raucous event, with lots of people hooting and hollering. Was this unusual?
 
@leiper , I was there in May, 2013. Sadly, same experience, many people. But, the experience lingers for all the right reasons. Stayed awhile amongst the hubbub, wandered around people watching after leaving my stone from Australia. There was no disrespect from anyone, just different levels of enjoyment!
 
I will probably have the same expectations on my camino: To pray sincerely, place my stone and be quiet and reflective thereafter. Perhaps the lesson is to let go and have no expectations at all?
 
When we were there in June 2013 it was a cold, damp, dark day. There were 4 of us and when we arrived 2 other pilgrims were about to leave. It was a quiet, serene, place that was emotionally charged and will always live in our memories. It was a special place to leave your stone in rememberance of a loved one. I don't know how I would have coped if others were rowdy. Cruz de Ferro was foremost in our thoughts for several days before we approached it and after we left it behind us.
 
I was there on friday 16 may 2014, whe started that day early in the morning at Foncebadón, it was a quiet and pacefull moment on our camino to putt my stone at the foot off the iron cross with the moon as my whitness.
 
In September 2013 I found it uncrowned, respectful with a number of people with tears in the eyes. As with most things on the Camino, the earlier in the day you experience it the less crowded it will be.
 
I thought I'd got there early enough at just after 9am - will just have to go back for a 'do over' :)
 
It was quite busy when I was there in May 2015. I Stayed at Foncebadon the night before so I was a bit closer and aimed to get to the cross by about 7:30 am. That worked fine. Half a dozen others there... But it was starting to get noisy when I left 30-40 mins later.
 
We were expecting a solemn quiet and reflective place. The morning we arrived it was a crowded raucous event, with lots of people hooting and hollering. Was this unusual?
Hola - unfortunately this "less than reserved approach" is becoming the norm. When I was there in 2015 in late Sept I was able to find time for quiet reflection, & found a good sole to take a photo. In May 2017 it was like down town Leon and the comments, not to mention what was left laying at the foot the cross does not bear mentioning. So I left my stone and carried on very disallusioned!
 

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