As I mentioned in my last post we arrived in Santiago de Compostela in the afternoon to beautiful sunshine and we were lucky because the next day it just poured all day long! After our night of celebrating, scroll down to see photos from the beautiful restaurant we had a pretty quiet day in Santiago. We read in our guidebook and lots of people said to us to give yourselves a day of rest and time to explore the town of Santiago. I think my mum and I both agreed that we didn’t think that was necessary. Perhaps it was the weather or we were just overtired but we were definitely ready to get back to London, sleep in a comfy bed and do our laundry (not in a hotel sink.)
We stayed two nights at Hotel Fonte San Roque, which was in a great location but it was pretty basic. Our room was tiny, as was our bed we were sharing. The breakfast was not great either but we only had it one morning. It was a funny feeling being in Santiago but not being excited about it. However, I would chalk it up to being overtired and sick of traveling. That morning we went to the Cathedral before mass, it was the perfect time to visit because it was so quiet and peaceful with few people inside. I would definitely recommend visiting it in the morning if possible because afterwards it just gets filled up with people.
After spending some time viewing the beautiful cathedral we went to get our credentials stamped and our official pilgrimage document. If you are a morning person I would get there as soon as they open or earlier because we stood in line for over an hour. It was very exciting to receive our final stamp and our document showing how far we had walked, definitely worth the wait in the line! We then went back to the church for the pilgrims mass. After standing in line in the rain to get in we realized just how busy it was and stayed for maybe 15 minutes then left.
We found a spot for lunch followed by our usual afternoon nap, which is always needed. Something we realized was how thankful we were for the Netflix app because when we were just exhausted and didn’t want to venture around the towns and cities we could relax with some English tv shows. I introduced my mum to The Good Place and she loved it, we watched two seasons while we were away. Our final afternoon was spent exploring the town and finding the best looking pastry shop for our last Spanish pastries. We went for a delicious, traditional dinner and early to bed to get up for our flight back to London the next day.
My mum and I really enjoyed the experience. Some days were definitely hard but I loved every moment of it. I was happy for it to end though and get back to family in London but I was most excited to come back home to see Dave. I could not recommend the Camino more to people, it was the experience of a lifetime and I think everyone should do it, religious or not.