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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Wily, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. Wily

    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

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    What a delight it was to walk from Santiago to “the end of the world.” Heading out of Santiago was as easy as walking in. However, just a few kilometers out, one has the best view of the cathedral of all the routes that I’ve been on approaching the city.

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    Brierley breaks down this walk into three days. As two of those stages were quite long, we chose to make the trip easier by taking four days.

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    This part of Galicia is marked with villages of wonderful stone houses and hórreos. The rustic town of Olveiroa was particularly charming and one worth passing through.

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    As we worked our way closer to the coast, vast open areas dominated this part of Galicia.

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    In a Quixotic moment, I contemplated tilting at windmills, but quickly recognized that these were not the imaginary giants that Cervantes wrote about.

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    Seeing the ocean for the first time certainly caused us to pause. I can only wonder what people in less modern times thought of as their journeys brought them to the sea.

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    At a crossroads, do I go to Muxía or Fisterra?

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    Although the trip was only four days from Santiago, reaching Fisterra brought this Camino to a perfect ending.

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    Once there, our last three kilometers took us out on the lighthouse point where nothing but the vastness of the sea lay in front of us.

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    The Camino a Fisterra, whether done along with another or by itself, is well worth the undertaking.

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    Buen Camino!
     
  2. Canadian Wander

    Canadian Wander When in doubt, rack out...

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    Love it, well done Wily!
     
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  3. Crepes4Suzette

    Crepes4Suzette Well-Known Member

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    Fantastic pictures, Wily, especially that view of the Cathedral -wow! So glad it was a good walk to Finisterre, and thanks for posting. I was wondering if you guys were done or not. Safe travels!
     
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  4. hindsfeet

    hindsfeet Collect moments, not things Donating Member

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    Absolutely awesome pictures Wily......I don't know why, but that last pic brought tears to my eyes. (The bronze hiking boot on the rock). Getting too emotional right before my Camino I guess! :D ( tired, and over-training perhaps?) Representing the myriad of Pilgrims that have gone before us... and so much history along the Way. But my own life journey flashed before me, trials I have walked through, wrong decisions I have made, great things happened despite me, smart moves, more bad moves, blessings, hopes and dreams fulfilled, dreams shattered, love found, loves lost. It reminds me of that beautiful poem by
    Linda Ellis:

    THE DASH

    For it matters not, how much we own, the cars, the house, the cash,
    what matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.
    So think about this long and hard: are there things you would like to change?
    For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged.
    If we could just slow down enough to consider what is true and real and
    always try to understand the way other people feel.
    And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people
    in our lives like we have never loved before.
    If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile,
    remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.
    So when your eulogy is being read, with your life actions to rehash, would
    you be proud of the things they said about how you spent your dash?

    Ha....sorry, I don't know what got into me! :D
     
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  5. Greg Canning

    Greg Canning Well-Known Member

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    Hey Hindsfeet

    What a lovely post and lovely poem. I’m sure the Camino won’t disappoint you.

    Don’t push too hard on the training. You have to keep something for the Way.

    Buen Camino

    Greg
     
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  6. Greg Canning

    Greg Canning Well-Known Member

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    Wily

    Fantastic post and pics. Looks like you had a great Camino despite the weather.

    Safe travels home.

    Greg
     
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  7. Wily

    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

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    Hey Hindsfeet - What a lovely poem! I particularly like the existential perspective of “choosing how we spend our dash.” Oh, how soon it might be over needs to be kept in mind by everyone and how easy it seems to be to forget this. I will promise you two things from your Camino. First, as in the poem, you will find your fellow pilgrims treating one another with the greatest respect. The prople are the Csmino! Second, rain, snow, or sunshine, the “smile” will be the universal greeting card flashed all along your Camino.

    You will experience a great many emotions as you walk. It can’t be helped and you wouldn’t want it any other way.

    The bronze boot in Fisterra was so symbolic of my walk and every walk that came before. I have to tell you that the closer we got to the end, the more we lallygagged! I’ve always been so excited to get to Santiago, but I felt just the opposite the closer I got to the coast. I didn’t want this walk to be over so quickly! But, the boot, at least for me, not only spoke to this journey, but to the future as well. As the dash is not yet over, my boots will return to touch Spanish soil again. Buen Camino!
     
  8. hindsfeet

    hindsfeet Collect moments, not things Donating Member

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    Wonderful perspective Wily....and just like the Camino, this forum is just a bit of information without the beautiful people investing in it!
     
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    hindsfeet Collect moments, not things Donating Member

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    Thanks Greg, taking a day off! :D :D
     
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    Wonderful post, Wily. I plan on doing the camino to Finisterre this fall after completing San Salvador and Primitivo. Will you be coming to Antigua this year? I'd love to meet you.
     
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  11. Bryan Morlock

    Bryan Morlock Pilgrim Bryan

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    Thank you Wily! Just looking at those pictures brought back wonderful memories. We just completed our Camino all the way to Finnesterre on October 14 and your post is a wonderful reminder. I would love to do it all again, but no plans in the works, at this point.
     
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