Santiago

Day 9

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Santiago 

The body still seems to be slowly recovering from the trek from Valenća.  Perhaps it's the Spanish Tortilla and Salad that's grown a little weiry.  It still seems to amaze me that Spain is such a difficult place for a vegetarian. Or is it that the UK is so diverse in its culture and cuisine that we are spoilt for choice, can that be a bad thing?  We will come back to this as I am passionate  about food, perhaps we could do a food edition on Saturday. 

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I sat for a while outside the Cathedral this morning whilst a certain brother attended a mass.

Soaking up the atmosphere and watching the local artists setting up to sell there art.

There was a couple of musicians playing classical guitar and a Hammer Dulcimer. A percussive instrument played by hitting the strings with hammer shaped spoons. The combination with the classic guitar was really great, whether its great when I play it in the car back in the UK, we will have to see. 

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We visited the Galician museum today, which used to be the biggest  and most powerful Bennedictine monastery in Spain. A massive and impressive church with the most amazingly ornate alters. Behind the alter is the seating area for the choir, each one carvered with images of saints. 

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The place seems to have a Tardis like quality, revealing room after room.

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Climbing the stone stairs revealed another area for a choir at the top overlooking the alter. Seating for 50 or more, the vocals must have been amazing given the shape and size of the church,

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it's a shame that they don't use it for appropriate musical and vocal concerts. 

The Pilgrim museum was equally impressive, lots of medieval art, 

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with extensive historic artifacts, from painting to carvings all housed in a modern building on the inside with an impressive atrium giving you views of the Cathedral.  

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Santiago has lots to offer, cafe culture, history, cuisine (jury's out on vegetarian), I'm hoping to expand on the cuisine tomorrow but Spain is a tough crowd.  Tonight it was home cooked food (by me) in the large refectory of the Seminario. All vegetarian, not a fritatta in sight,  football din in the background, washed down with local Galician wine.  Spain cuisine, let's see tomorrow.