These are three short videos that really capture the Incense burner called "Botafumiero" in the Cathedral de Santiago on June 9th and 10th. Each video shows different views of the church and the swinging incense burner. We were lucky to see it twice as it does not happen everyday.
Friday, June 15, 2012
|Entering the outskirts of Santiago|
I arrived and just before starting to look for where we had reserved a hotel, Ricardo was waiting for me in the street. We had a nice simple hotel with the luxuries that we had missed along the way....sheets, towels and comfortable bed with no sleeping bag and it was nice to spend a few days in one spot.
|At Monte do Gozo just outside||Santiago|
|The Cathedral in Santiago|
|Our friend Charles from Spain who read during the service|
|releasing the Butafumiero|
|During the Sunday mass|
Santiago is a great small city and the energy was very high with hundreds of pilgrims walking in on Saturday and Sunday. There are several rituals that become important for all of us and we did it all...getting the compostella which is the certificate of walking at least the last 100 K. Not sure why all the ones before do not count but that is the rule of the camino. They check our credencials for stamps along the way and we had to get at least 2 for each day of the last 100K. I got a compostella and Richard got a different certificate as he had walked over 300K but not the last 100. I loved getting the stamps and each small bar, restaurant and albergue as well as all the churches had their own stamp. This is a great souvenir for us to remember our "Way".
|My Compostella and Richardś certificate|
|my passport or "credencials"|
There is a crypt below with the body of St. James which we visited as well. We attended a mass on Sat. night and then again the special pilgrims mass on Sunday at noon. Each time we were able to see the special "Botafumiero" which is the very large incense that swings from one side to the other of the sides of the church. It takes about 5 men to release the rope that it swings from. In todays times it is an event but in the olden days it was used to coverup the smell of the thousands of pilgrims who had been walking for days with no means to shower or clean their clothes. I am grateful that I walked the camino in the current situation as even that was less than the normal of situations of our lives.
|Our friends from "down under"|
|octupus (pulpa) which we did NOT eat|
|scenic village on the coast|
|small granaries that hold corn|
Friday, June 8, 2012
|My first morning out before daylight|
|At the 100 K marker|
|The countryside in Galacia|
|Granaries in Galacia where we are now|
|A view on the way to Cruz de Ferro|
|friends along the camino|
|one of my new friends from Spain|
|Cruz de Ferro ... the place where|
pilgrims bring stones from their
home towns to place in this now
very large pile of rocks. It was
a moving moment as one could
feel the spirit of the thousands of
pilgrims who have walked this path
|Richard placing his stones|
|my two heart stones....one from NC and|
one from Mexico
|typical small town....one of so many|
we have walked through
|We are in cherry country in Spain|
|Richard´s red bandana|
|massage in our albergue in Villafranca -|
painful but helpful for sure. No pain since then!
|Rose garden in Villafranca|
|Dance fiesta in Villafranca|
|Monestery in Sarria|
I am also very grateful that Richard has given me this gift to travel my own camino as it was important to me. We have much to talk about each day with regards to letting go as he needed to let go of his worry about me and I needed to let go of my worry about him. Now we are stronger as a team as we are learning a few new things about ourselves and each other.
I feel sure that more lessons are coming after more thought and some time of rest. I have written a journal everyday and look forward to reviewing it for my important thoughts. Right now I am excited for tomorrows arrival and for the Sunday mass for Peregrinos in the large cathedral. We have made some new friends from Australia and will see them in Santiago as well. In fact we hope to see several of the folks we have passed along the way. We will head to Finestere (the coast) for a day and then go meet our friend Helen from NC in Burgos and travel with her to Barcelona before returning to US at the end of June.
Stay tuned for Richard´s thoughts and for our final days of this trip in the next blog.
Thanks to you all for sending updates about your lives as it is so important to us to keep connected with all of you. We love you.