No sleeping in today because we were off to Finisterre, the end of the earth. There are many pilgrims that walk the approximately 90 km from Santiago to Finisterre. It takes about 3 days and since we didn’t have the time or desire, we opted for the 2 hour bus ride. We got lost walking to the bus station and I feared we would miss the 9 am bus and have to wait an hour for the next one but we ended up getting there just in time.
Something about being in a moving vehicle puts to me sleep but what I saw when I was awake was quite beautiful as we drove along the coast. It was quite hilly which made me feel for the pilgrims that did walk it.
We arrived around 11 am and were lured by one of the many albergue owners when we got off the bus to check out his albergue. We really wanted a room with its own bathroom and when we saw that it did not, despite what he told us, we decided we needed to contemplate over drinks and food. We sat near the water and had sangria, a bowl of melted mozzarella cheese and pizza. We then decided we’re rather stay in a hotel so we booked one online while we enjoyed the sun, sangria and food. The hotel ended up being a little further out than we realized but it was a nice walk along the beach.
After getting settled in to our room and a quick nap, we ventured off on the 4 km walk to the lighthouse. It was mostly on the road and was a relatively easy walk. After checking out the area, we stopped in the bar for a drink. It was about 8:00 and we momentarily contemplated staying for sunset but the sun sets so late (10:30ish) and we were tired so we headed back towards town. As we walked back, we saw lots of people heading up to the lighthouse with bags of food and wine. We assume everyone was picnicking for sunset. The next day we found out from Robert from California that we could’ve taken a boat tour at sunset. Life is too short for regrets but if I was to have any regrets for this trip, that would be one of them, either not staying for sunset or not taking the boat cruise. Based on a few pictures that I saw from Robert, it was a beautiful sunset.
On the way back through town, we stopped for dinner. I finally had some paella. I’m not sure if it was authentic but it was quite tasty. (My second regret would be not having the paella in one of the albergues we stayed at because it looked authentic.)
We headed back to Santiago the next day on the noon bus and were back by 2ish. We checked back into the same hotel, only this time we ended up with rooms in the albergue part of the the hotel instead of the hotel rooms. We each got our own room and it was a bit cheaper than the hotel rooms but definitely not as nice. We had to be out the door by 4:30 am so we weren’t spending too much time in the room and it seemed appropriate to spend the last night in albergure style.
We wandered around Santiago a bit more and then had some very excellent tapas for dinner with Robert from California and Katja from Germany. As we wandered around, we realized we didn’t recognize anyone anymore. A new batch of pilgrims arrived and most of our pilgrim friends were either home or on their way home.
Katja had to catch a bus so we said good-bye and then got ice cream and wandered around a bit more with Robert. Since we had to be up early, we headed back to the hotel, but not without first running into Philip and Herman from Holland. With those good-byes and a good-bye to Robert, we called it a night.
I’m writing this somewhere over the Atlantic, between Madrid and New York. And the video system is down….bummer! Perhaps I’ll spend some time contemplating and reflecting on the past 6 weeks. Or maybe I’ll just sleep.
Cross in Finisterre
The beach in Finisterre
The beach in Finisterre
Heather and the pilgrim statue
View on the way up to the lighthouse
Pilgrim statue on the way to the lighthouse
Cross at the lighthouse
A couple of pilgrims at the cross
View from the end of the earth
Kristy contemplating at the end of the earth
Heather feeling powerful at the end of the earth
Another cross at the lighthouse
Zero marker near the lighthouse