Enlightenment

Day 8

 The journey has taken its toll!

The journey has taken its toll!

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.

 Arrival at Santiago de Compostela

Arrival at Santiago de Compostela

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.

 Detail inside Cathedral

Detail inside Cathedral

 Detail outside Cathedral

Detail outside Cathedral

Santiago itself is a vibrant place with lots of old buildings and narrow streets and it has a bustling community.

 Lively conversation

Lively conversation

 Sorting the Padron Peppers

Sorting the Padron Peppers

It's worth a visit to the extensive market where you can buy wonderful looking food, including the fabulous Padron peppers.

 Takeaway

Takeaway

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. 

 Accommodation!

Accommodation!

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. 

 All mod cons.

All mod cons.

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.

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