Having traveled approx 150km from Porto, arriving at Santiago de Compostela I wasn't particularly expecting anything. On arriving at 9.40 this morning it was kind of an anti-climax. On reflection I think that it was the experience of walking from Valenća to Santiago that was more interesting for me.
We attended the 12 o'clock service but it was a bit like a circus attraction. Everyone with their camera/phones taking pictures of the spectacle. We chose not to take photos because it didn't seem right, thinking that I'd rather have the image in my head than on social media.
Santiago itself is a vibrant place with lots of old buildings and narrow streets and it has a bustling community.
It's worth a visit to the extensive market where you can buy wonderful looking food, including the fabulous Padron peppers.
Cafe culture is quite evident and an excellent opportunity to soak in the atmosphere. I may have mentioned that my Sony A7 camera decided to stop working two days ago. This is a shame as there is so many photographic opportunitues to be had. I will have to resort to the camera on my phone which I feel is not a sufficient tool for a professional photographer.
We are staying at the Seminario Minor, which in its day would have had up to 150 young priest trainees. I feel that my brothers choice was somehow directed towards instilling some kind of religious enthusiasm on me. I on the other hand was wondering where the ensuite was and what time room service was available.
It is also interesting to note that my brothers room is so much bigger, although given his tendency to expand his "stuff" to every surface available, perhaps he needs it.
Hoping for a peaceful sleep in the echoy and reverberating space that we are in.