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It's a quiet December day in Santiago

natefaith

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#1
Greetings from Santiago on a very quiet and mild December day! High season has finally wound down and the pedestrian streets in old town have been empty in the morning, gradually getting more busy as the day goes on. Today when I walked into work I was the only person on Rua Nova at 10:30am - an odd feeling as usually I see other people about doing something. Even the jewelry store on the corner and the nearby souvenir shops were still closed at that hour.

A truck pulled in front of Pilgrim House just now and its back was loaded with enormous, 5-foot decorative stars and lights - they're hanging Christmas decorations in the streets now, vendors are putting up twinkly lights, and soon we'll see Baby Jesus in a stable in Praza do Obradoiro (maybe he's there already, actually). Things are tranquil, and it's nice to take a deep breath, think back on the busy year that was, and get ready for winter projects and cleaning before next year's pilgrims come to town. Maybe in your part of the world you're feeling the same - winding down 2016, reflecting on what happened in your life these past months, and getting ready for next year.

All of us here wish you a very peaceful and joy-filled holiday season. If you stopped into Pilgrim House when you arrived in Santiago this year, we loved being a part of your pilgrimage and getting to know you! As you continue to reflect and think about your Camino, we hope the lessons you learned and the memories you carry would continue to take root and grow in your heart and life. And if you're just starting out on this Camino journey, anticipating a 2017 Camino (or later), we hope you enjoy all the planning. As someone once said, "You're going to like who you become at the end of this. But it will be really hard at times!"

Now it's time to head out to Froiz while it's still not raining and find something to eat. Take care and have a great weekend!
Faith
 

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alansykes

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Except the Francés
#4
Greetings from Santiago on a very quiet and mild December day! High season has finally wound down and the pedestrian streets in old town have been empty in the morning, gradually getting more busy as the day goes on.
Hope to be passing your place some time tomorrow as this year's wonderful camino comes to its end.
 

natefaith

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#5
Hope to be passing your place some time tomorrow as this year's wonderful camino comes to its end.
Hi Alan, how long will you be in Santiago? We're closed on Sundays (tomorrow) but hopefully we'll see you Monday. We'll be open from 11am - 6pm (winter hours :) ). Have a special time walking into Santiago tomorrow!
 

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CaminoDebrita

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Frances Burgos toSdC March/April 2016
W. Highland Way August 2016
Camino Somewhere September 2017
#8
Greetings from Santiago on a very quiet and mild December day! High season has finally wound down and the pedestrian streets in old town have been empty in the morning, gradually getting more busy as the day goes on. Today when I walked into work I was the only person on Rua Nova at 10:30am - an odd feeling as usually I see other people about doing something. Even the jewelry store on the corner and the nearby souvenir shops were still closed at that hour.

A truck pulled in front of Pilgrim House just now and its back was loaded with enormous, 5-foot decorative stars and lights - they're hanging Christmas decorations in the streets now, vendors are putting up twinkly lights, and soon we'll see Baby Jesus in a stable in Praza do Obradoiro (maybe he's there already, actually). Things are tranquil, and it's nice to take a deep breath, think back on the busy year that was, and get ready for winter projects and cleaning before next year's pilgrims come to town. Maybe in your part of the world you're feeling the same - winding down 2016, reflecting on what happened in your life these past months, and getting ready for next year.

All of us here wish you a very peaceful and joy-filled holiday season. If you stopped into Pilgrim House when you arrived in Santiago this year, we loved being a part of your pilgrimage and getting to know you! As you continue to reflect and think about your Camino, we hope the lessons you learned and the memories you carry would continue to take root and grow in your heart and life. And if you're just starting out on this Camino journey, anticipating a 2017 Camino (or later), we hope you enjoy all the planning. As someone once said, "You're going to like who you become at the end of this. But it will be really hard at times!"

Now it's time to head out to Froiz while it's still not raining and find something to eat. Take care and have a great weekend!
Faith
Thanks so much for everything that you do for pilgrims and for all of us!

Have a joyful Christmas season.
 

movinmaggie

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#11
Faith and Nate, you are forever in my thoughts and always with gratitude, as well as others at Pilgrim House who do such a remarkable service for Pilgrims.
I often share the experience and photos with friends (made a DVD) and the final photo is my 80th birthday cake that you presented to me at Pilgrim House.Who could ever forget such a kindness. My deepest and warmest wishes for a beautiful Christmas season to all of you. I'll be walking in Scotland come May/June, now at 81Blessings.
 

natefaith

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#13
Thank you for the beautiful post, Faith.
Wishing all of you at Pilgrim House a well-deserved rest--and lovely and reflective Advent season.
Merry Christmas and happy New Year!
Thank you for your kindness and for all the work you do.
Thanks, @Viranani ! SO great to meet you this year. I still remember your hug. You are strong! :D
 

natefaith

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#14
Thanks so much for everything that you do for pilgrims and for all of us!

Have a joyful Christmas season.
Thanks, Deb!! Wonderful to meet you, too, this year. So many lovely people coming in to Santiago in 2016! Glad we may have the chance to see you again next year. Hugs.
 
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natefaith

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#15
Faith and Nate, you are forever in my thoughts and always with gratitude, as well as others at Pilgrim House who do such a remarkable service for Pilgrims.
I often share the experience and photos with friends (made a DVD) and the final photo is my 80th birthday cake that you presented to me at Pilgrim House.Who could ever forget such a kindness. My deepest and warmest wishes for a beautiful Christmas season to all of you. I'll be walking in Scotland come May/June, now at 81Blessings.
It was an honor to celebrate such a milestone with you, Maggie! We loved it. That's great that the cake is in your DVD - now I'm really proud! Enjoy Scotland - you are an inspiration to many. Hugs.
 
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natefaith

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#16
I am so grateful for the hospitality and welcome offered by the Pilgrim House (and I got there on a hugely busy day). May you all have a Merry Christmas and a fulfilling and wonderful New Year!
Thank you for the encouraging words, Priscilla! Looking at your photo I think I might have met you? Take care and hope you had a wonderful Camino.
 

natefaith

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#17
Please consider sharing a pic or 2 of the Cathedral or surrounding area decorated for Christmas. Enjoy the advent season and Merry Christmas.
Good idea, linkster. I'll try to do that this week. No rain is forecast after all, which means it will be a good time to get some good pictures :) Merry Christmas and God bless.
 

Angie94

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#22
Faith and Nate, you are forever in my thoughts and always with gratitude, as well as others at Pilgrim House who do such a remarkable service for Pilgrims.
I often share the experience and photos with friends (made a DVD) and the final photo is my 80th birthday cake that you presented to me at Pilgrim House.Who could ever forget such a kindness. My deepest and warmest wishes for a beautiful Christmas season to all of you. I'll be walking in Scotland come May/June, now at 81Blessings.
Would love to see that pic Maggie, of you and your cake! I tell quite a few people about you walking into Santiago at the age of 80! They can't believe it!! Thanks for all you do Nate and Faith. I did not get a chance to meet you in June when I came thru Santiago but the Pilgrim House is awesome! Had a wonderful cup of coffee and spent some alone time in the back room, reflecting and being grateful. I donated some of my gear before I left that I did not want to pack home. Blessings to all!
 

natefaith

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#23
Would love to see that pic Maggie, of you and your cake! I tell quite a few people about you walking into Santiago at the age of 80! They can't believe it!! Thanks for all you do Nate and Faith. I did not get a chance to meet you in June when I came thru Santiago but the Pilgrim House is awesome! Had a wonderful cup of coffee and spent some alone time in the back room, reflecting and being grateful. I donated some of my gear before I left that I did not want to pack home. Blessings to all!
Very cool, Angie! Sorry we didn't get to meet you - if it was in June we may have already been in the US for the summer. But I'm so glad you got a chance to reflect and relax. Hope to see you next time!
Faith
 

natefaith

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#24
Per @linkster 's idea, here are some Santiago photos from the last few days. Last I saw they still hadn't put up the nativity scene in Obradoiro, but I'll check again.

The photos are of: Rua Nova decorated with stars, workers putting up Christmas trees in Praza do Obradoiro, decorations at the Mercado de Abastos, ornaments in Pilgrim House's window, and publicity for stores on Rua Nova. Enjoy!!

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movinmaggie

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#25
Would love to see that pic Maggie, of you and your cake! I tell quite a few people about you walking into Santiago at the age of 80! They can't believe it!! Thanks for all you do Nate and Faith. I did not get a chance to meet you in June when I came thru Santiago but the Pilgrim House is awesome! Had a wonderful cup of coffee and spent some alone time in the back room, reflecting and being grateful. I donated some of my gear before I left that I did not want to pack home. Blessings to all!
Angie, I'll send you a PM......
 
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#26
Me too, please, Maggie!
Faith thank you for these lovely pics, a Christmas present for all of us.
And thanks to @ivar we have snowflakes on top of them--it's quite wonderful.
Merry Christmas to all.
 

natefaith

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#27
Me too, please, Maggie!
Faith thank you for these lovely pics, a Christmas present for all of us.
And thanks to @ivar we have snowflakes on top of them--it's quite wonderful.
Merry Christmas to all.
@ivar is the best! :) And being from Norway, he should know snow :cool:;)
 

linkster

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#28
@natefaith thanks for the pics. Christmas is my favorite holiday.

Merry Christmas!
 
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