Project Week 2012 – Camino de Santiago Day 8

A final day in Santiago, well mostly. The fact that we didn’t have to walk another 20 km meant we were all able to have a bit of a lie-in, until 10 that is. After a quick breakfast, we headed over to the cathedral of Santiago for our first mass of the day. It was over surprisingly quickly and marked a formal end to our Camino.

We had the rest of the day free so we decided to roam the streets again, this time in broad daylight. Hit a few tourist stores for a bit of shopping and spent ages staring at the Chocolate Factory and yet another candy store. Funnily enough, we never made it to any museums despite telling ourselves we would, until well after lunch that is. We actually had a bit of an afternoon nap in the sun in a park whilst doing some sight-seeing and only after a long time did we make it to the Public Library. Sadly, it didn’t seem to be open and we ended up wandering into some nearby music school followed by a museum about pilgrimages, how ironic!

A very filling dinner

After meeting up to collect our bags, we headed over to the Cathedral for a second time, to attend our 2nd mass for the day. This time, the botafumeiro was in use. The massive metallic structure filled with incense was swung using a rope operated by 8 pullers. It swung from ceiling to ceiling, or at least it seemed that was from underneath. It was a little scary, almost impossible for the mind not to consider the possibilities if the rope broke amongst many other scenarios. Thankfully, it didn’t break. Here’s my bad filming of the botafumeiro.