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Saint James Day in Santiago

Discussion in 'From Santiago de Compostela' started by SYates, Jul 15, 2017.

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Your opinion please ;-)

  1. I am in Santiago on the 24th July but have other plans

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  2. I am in Santiago on the 24th July and would love to participate

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  3. I am not in Santiago the 24th July but wish you all a Happy Saint James Day

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  1. SYates

    SYates Camino Fossil AD 1999 Donating Member

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    Hi,

    Just throwing an idea out here to the forum community:

    Saint James Day (25th July, but that you know already ;-) is close and I wonder if there would be an interest in having an impromptu bring and share/potluck dinner on the evening of the 24th July and then walk together to Alameda park (5min from my place) and watch the fireworks together?

    I completely understand if you just want to go with the flow and enjoy the fireworks with your pilgrim friends, just throwing some ideas around here ;-)

    Buen Camino, SY
     
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    What a lovely idea.
     
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    What a lovely idea and warm invitation - I wish I could be there, but wish you and all a lovely evening and wonderful St James day! :)
     
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    SYates, in the States "bring and share" is called "potluck". I wish I were in Santiago I would love to attend.
    Enjoy.
     
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  5. SYates

    SYates Camino Fossil AD 1999 Donating Member

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    Added the US term, thanks, would love to meet you also one day (again? we might have been hospitalera in Ponferrada at the same time?). BC SY
     
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    MikeC New Member Donating Member

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    Dear SYates,
    My wife and I would love to join you, but we will not have arrived as pilgrims. That journey has had to be postponed until next year for health reasons.
    We decided to come to Santiago anyway to celebrate the feast day.
    It would be lovely to meet you anyway.
    Mike
     
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  7. SYates

    SYates Camino Fossil AD 1999 Donating Member

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    @MikeC Aren't we all pilgrims of life? Looking forward to meeting you both! Buen camino de la vida, SY
     
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    I think we handed off. Or you were there visiting for a day in Oct/Nov 2002.
     
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    I'd be interested in this for sure. I arrive in Santiago for the first time on the 24th and I'm a bit worried I'll be overwhelmed by what I should do or avoid at such a busy time so it'd be nice to do something like this if I don't end up tagging along with other pilgrims I meet along the way.
     
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    SYates Camino Fossil AD 1999 Donating Member

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    Welcome to the forum @Vagrant Santiago tends to be extremely lively around Saint James day - make sure you have a reservation for a bed! Just go with the flow after that ;-) either with those that meet at my place or with other pilgrim friends. Buen Camino, SY
     
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    Yeah no worries there, I booked two nights at an albergue in town a month ago.

    With the likely high traffic, what recommendations do you have re: going to the office to get the compostella and the Pilgrim Mass? My understanding is that if I have the stamps I can potentially just do it on my return from Finisterre/Muxia?
     
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    SYates Camino Fossil AD 1999 Donating Member

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    12:00 mass on the 24th/25th will be extremely busy and access might be even restricted depending on the dignitaries/royalties attending. If you have set your heart on attending this mass, I would be at least at 10:00 inside the cathedral (or at least queuing at the entrance). Also security will be very high, so make sure you store back packs and even day packs elsewhere and only take the absolutely necessary.

    As for getting your Compostela, yes, do it when you come back from Finisterre/Muxia ;-) Use a different credencial for that Camino and just show your 'only to Santiago' credencial at the office - helps to avoid confusion. Buen Camino, SY
     
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    Will be at the other end of the Frances in St Jean. Have fun!
     
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    sounds great ... July 25 is my birthday ... have a piece of cake for me since I won't be able to join
     
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    SYates Camino Fossil AD 1999 Donating Member

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    @Christine Capitano I will light a birthday candle just for you ;-) Buen Camino de la vida, SY
     
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    What a wonderful idea Sybille!

    One day I hope to be part of the festivities on the 25th but this year I have - thanks to you - spent more time in Santiago then during the previous 7 years walking Caminos!

    Enjoy, however you spend the day!
     
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    I may be in Santiago on 24th and would love to join if I am
     
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    Many thanks. We leave for Bilbao tomorrow and will be in Santiago from 22nd so will contact you then.
    Mike
     
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    As a Forum member who is currently working until 15 August at the Pilgrim Office, I will be there. Just as an FYI, Sybilla told me today that it is "pot luck" AND BYOB (bring your own bottle, booze, bebida...). We discussed providing an ice bucket or pail large enough for shared use.

    I need to scrounge around to see what I can find locally. Need to find bulk ice too...

    I hope to see you there... The fireworks REALLY are splendid at midnight on the 24th.
     
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    SYates Camino Fossil AD 1999 Donating Member

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    Calma @t2andreo ;-) I can produce the necessary ice in my fridge in advance and I am sure I find a big recipient to keep it in also ;-) Some basic booze (plus non-alcoholic drinks) and a simple dish (most likely vegetarian) will be provided by me also. Vegetarian because the carnivores can eat that also, vice versa it is more complicated ;-)

    BC SY
     
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    We are now in Santiago and look forward to meeting with you all on the 24th. We will bring wine and food.
    What time had you in mind?
    Mike
     
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