Our final day of walking and also our longest day of walking distance-wise. On paper, it had the most uphill climb. Thankfully, it was also the last day and the placebo effect of being able to finish helped us all walk much faster than we usually did. Even our various injuries seemed much less of a difficulty.
We arrived in Santiago around four or five. Can’t quite remember. We were rushing headlong towards the main cathedral when we had a pit stop outside the police station as we waited for our teacher to get a new ID card issued. That task completed, we set off on our final stretch, reaching the omnipresent Cathedral of Santiago. We quickly found our german co-walkers whom we had met along the way while staying at the hostels the few evenings before.
I thought the cathedral was astonishing from the outside, but steeping in, you got a sense of the real size of it all. It was simply enormous, bigger than any cathedral I’ve visited. And as usual was full of the odd array of shrines and statues. Sadly, the swinging botafumeiro wasn’t hanging at the time.
After a quick shower and dropping our bags off at the hostel, we had a free evening in Santiago. Me, Laurence (Thai first year) and Eleri (Wales, 1st year) just sorta wandered around the streets, including a stop at the candy store, until we got hungry and settled down for dinner. Thankfully, there was a TV at the restaurant and we were able to see the Barcelona vs. Bayer Leverkusen match. During our 40 odd minute dinner, we saw only 1 goal by Messi. But somehow, between more wandering and dessert, Barca scored another 6 goals. When we rejoined the game at another place for dessert, it was already 7-0 and all we got to see was Bayer’s only goal of the night. Still, what a match!