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Brian "Gadget" Lewis
Begins: Sep 3, 2013
Date: Tue, Oct 15th, 2013
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Bronze children of another age dive for coins
Not too much to say about today, other than that our weather luck took the day off. Showers on and off today. This morning we went on what turned out to be quite a wet wild goose chase trying to find the Archaeological museum in town, only to ultimately find that it was moved to somewhere very close to where we're staying --- and closed both Monday and Tuesday (today). Maybe we'll hang around tomorrow long enough to look it over in the morning.
Much of what's great about Santander is outdoors --- multiple beaches, gardens, a funicular, some outdoor exhibits of things, etc. We picked a relatively dry time to walk to their Maritime museum this afternoon, which is right on the water (this city has lots of coastline). It was quite an impressive display, and includes not only historical stuff but also some big whale skeletons and an aquarium.
I think that in part, however, we needed a little quiet time before we fly home, and we got that today. Tomorrow we drive to Bilbao and then fly home the day after. Unless something extraordinary happens along the way, I won't add any more journal entries about the banal details of travel.
It's been a great adventure, and one that I think is more available to more people than most long-distance backpacking trips. One can hike a hundred kilometers of the Camino (from Sarria) or several hundred or more. The per-day distances can be quite modest, or quite aggressive. The hike can be done relatively on the cheap, staying in Albergues and buying food from local stores, or of course it can be done in much higher style via multi-starred hotels and nice restaurants. One can also bike vs. hike. And there are services to shuttle your baggage for you, either all the time or just some of the time when you want or need a break from carrying all of your stuff.
These options make this trail more accessible to people of various backgrounds, and regardless of how you do it you still get to experience Spain from the "pilgrim point of view", and to meet and interact with so many and varied people from all over the world. And of course it can be as much or as little of a spiritual journey as you want it to be too.
I want to thank all of those who have put nice comments in the guestbook for this journal, as well as those who have given us "positive vibes" via facebook, email, or whatever. I hope that each of you can have the opportunity in the near future to have wonderful adventures of your own. If so, let us know so that we can follow along in turn!
The Camino de Santiago is the name of any of the pilgrimage routes to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many take up this route as a form of spiritual path or retreat, for their spiritual growth.