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Hi all,
We arrived back home on Monday to a wet and cold South Africa. It rains in springtime on the Inidan Ocen coast so we are still trying to get 'holiday' clothing washed and dried! (How mundane after walking el camino for over 5 weeks.)

If you are starting in Roncesvalles and arrive in the morning, it is worthwhile walking 3km up the road to the Ibaneta Pass where you can see the monument to Roland and stunning views into France.
This time around we were able to explore the monastery complex in Roncesvalles, take time for a tour and speak with the people who work there. When I expressed an interest in the mason signs in the stones, the curator of the museum spent some time showing me the remaining walls of the original hospice, which was demolished in the 1600’s, and pointed out some of the marked stones that were recycled to build the collegiate church. If you look left when walking up to the church, you will see an open field partially enclosed by an old stone wall. The cobbled street you walk on was built where the enclosing wall used to stand.
There is a lovely statue of Santiago Peregrino in the church with a faded painting of a Pelican underneath the statue. The Pelican legend was adopted into Christianity around the 2nd century and appears in the Physiologus, a Christian adaptation of popular animal legends and symbols.
According to the legend, in a time of famine a mother pelican would peck her own breast to draw blood to give to her chicks.
Thus the pelican symbol in Christianity, also called pelican-in-her-piety, symbolizes the sacrifice of Christ on the cross (because he gave his blood for others) as well as the Eucharist (because it represents Christ's blood and provides spiritual nourishment).
If you are vegetarian, or if you don’t eat fish and intend having the menu del peregrino at Casa Sabina, let them know when you book for your meal and they will prepare eggs or a salad. The meal for the past 6 weeks has been fresh water trout and french fries, shared salad, yoghurt, bread, wine and water - for 8 euro.
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A warm welcome back. You survived all the challenges - no doubt the richer and perhaps fitter with all of that healthy food and walking. :)

I'm off to StJdPP myself at the end of the month so your recommendation is very timely.

Best wishes

Good to hear from you again Sil, it was really nice to meet you and your husband in Santiago.

Sil told me that she was being recognized on the camino, by her South African flag. When they found out that she was "Sillydoll" they were really surprised. Sil is a "Rock Star" of the pilgrim community! ... and a lot of this is due to all of the good information that she is contributing with.

Thank you Sil !

Greetings from sunny and 17c Santiago,
Tak Ivar! I think "old crock star" is more like it! Thank you for taking time out to meet us at Suso's.
We went to see your Pension at No.30 and Finn took a photograph of me outside. It is in such a great position that I can't see how it can fail. Perhaps you should fill it with double bunks and turn it into an albergue del peregrinos instead!
Warm hugs from a sunny Durban-by-the-Sea.
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Clearing out some books before my move to the new office in a few weeks.
That video is making the rounds... I've shown it to my students... they love it! It reminds me of how my high school boys behaved at the clubs in Madrid this summer... they thought they were SO cool! jajaja
Hey Sil... I think I might've been in Santiago at the same time as you! I went on to Finisterre, then tumbled back to Santiago for three days of revelling. Hope you had a good un, I certainly did! There were highs and a few lows... but I did it!
I checked every stone pile along the way; every message centre; checked the notes pinned onto trees and painted onto stones - nothing from you! Our paths must have crossed in Santiago. Did you revel up and down Rua do Vilar at 2 in the morning? I thought I heard a Pommie accent outside our window!
Hope you had a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful walk Minkey.
Special hugs,

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