Santiago de Compostela (Summer in a VW campervan IV)
After Bilbao, we roamed around in Santiago de Compostela for a few days.
The Camino de Santiago (Latin: Peregrinatio Compostellana, Galician: Camiño de Santiago), also known by the English names Way of St. James, St. James’s Way, St. James’s Path, St. James’s Trail, Route of Santiago de Compostela, and Road to Santiago, is the name of any of the pilgrimage routes, known as pilgrim ways, to the shrine of the apostleSt. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwesternSpain, 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.
Driving up to the pilgrim’s town, we already saw many people walking up and down the surrounding hills, packed with backpacks. A natural sense of calm and contemplation came over me and I felt again what I’ve thought a few times before in my life: I’d love to walk the Camino. Alone. When the time comes.
About the town: it is a bit touristy of course, but what a lovely atmosphere! I really liked it. So many churches, parks, squares and such beautiful surroundings! There is a calmness in the town that really appealed to me.
We played guitar in the parks, walked the streets among the many pilgrims and visited some of the churches and chapels.
We parked the campervan alongside a stream with crystal clear water. There, we met a Ukrainian guy who hardly spoke English but generously gifted us arms full of cucumbers and zucchini. We invited him to help eat it all but he kindly refused, so we ate zucchini for dinner, breakfast and lunch :D.
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