- Past OR future Camino
- 08/2013 St. Jean Pied de Port-Belorado, 08/2015 Burgos- Santiago/Finisterre/Muxia, 08/18 Portugese
When we arrived at the Cathedral in Santiago in 2015, I was videotaping as we walked through the archway into the square. Grandiose notions of capturing the big moment of our arrival after all of our hard work, blah blah blah... I had no sooner stepped into the light when I was accosted by a young woman who was thrusting her little piece of note paper at me rather aggressively. This was immediately followed up by me seeing the clown train (as we referred to the tourist "train" that takes people throught the city.) Forever immortalized by the audio is my rather bad language expressing my frustration that this "moment" was not going according to plan. After some time laying on our backs in the square, where various tour groups tromped in front of us, our sense of humour returned as well as some perspective. Santiago de Compostela doesn't belong to us, every city has people who beg, and our experience is no more important than anyone elses. Quite frankly our own private scripting of what was going on around us made for a very humorous and enjoyable experience. Everyone is there for different reasons and has a different perspective. For me, I now look at the "end" point of the Camino as something of a gong show and a great illustration of human behaviour at it's best and worst. Thankfully we were able to walk on to Finisterre and Muxia. Muxia provided the ending we were looking for.