Día 29

On my last evening before arriving in Santiago, I finally got the urge to write some personal reflections. I had ditched my journal a long time ago, so I asked the guy at the front desk in the albergue for a piece of paper. I realized I hadn’t written anything down on paper for a month. It felt so good to get my thoughts expressed. Unfortunately I don’t have any grand epiphanies or revelations to share with you at this time!

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When I was woken at 5 am by some other pilgrims, something inside said “Go, go, go!!”
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When I entered this forest it was still dark, so I followed the beams of light far ahead from other pilgrims
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I listened to music and danced/sped-walked through the first 15 kilometres in record time.
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Singing sparrow
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The glory of the morning
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No rain!

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Almost there!

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Monte de Gozo — Mount of Joy!! This means only 5 kilometres left
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When I realized I only had about an hour left to walk, my footsteps slowed.

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First glimpse of the cathedral spire in the distance.
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Arrived!
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Luigi is the first familiar face I saw at the cathedral plaza! I met him on my first day in Pamplona but hadn’t seen him again since Burgos until yesterday.
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More friends reunited!
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At the pilgrim office getting our Compostela certificates
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I presented my pilgrim passport for inspection…
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And was approved! My Latin name is Gueneveram!
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I was happy, because I was finished! But I was also sad, because it was finished.

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The narrow streets are crammed with people and restaurants 
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There is a nice park across the street from my Airbnb
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So cozy! Only one bed in the whole room!
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Backpack still life
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Family reunion. We had such a great celebration dinner together!

Tomorrow morning I will be heading back to Canada! This month has simultaneously felt incredibly long and also very short. I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to walk the Camino, it was an adventure I will never forget!

 

 

Santiago!!

I have arrived in Santiago!!

Here is what I posted on Instagram and Facebook, the whole post will come tomorrow!

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I have walked “the way” for justice, and it was a thing of beauty — a joy forever!! To my wonderful, beautiful, funny, diverse Camino family, thank you for the gifts of your friendship! Whether we are on a long journey walking towards a particular city, or simply walking through the myriad challenges and milestones of daily life, I know with certainty and joy that our heavenly Father is running towards each one of us with outstretched arms ready to embrace us. May you find the Way we are all looking for in Jesus.
/// “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” Luke‬ ‭15:20‬ ‭///
My gratitude goes to everyone who supported International Justice Mission because of my Camino — to God be the glory, great things He has done!!! #untilallarefree #seekjustice #endslavery #walkingthewayforjustice

Día 28

The penultimate day!!! It was another rainy one, which means I have a dearth of photographs to share because my phone was tucked inside my backpack for safekeeping!

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Backwards look at Arzua
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The Golden Rule on a garbage can
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This made me think of you, Momma!
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Finally the rain let up a bit at 1 pm
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The only butterfly/moth I have been quick enough to photograph this whole trip, although I’ve seen many; she was resting to dry her wings. Which I also needed to do at that moment!

Now that I’ve showered and I’m waiting for my laundry to be done, safely ensconced in a warm albergue beside a large window, with the rain alternately pattering and pouring outside, I’m starting to get really excited about tomorrow!!!

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began
Now far ahead the Road has gone
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet,
And whither then? I cannot say.
~J.R.R. Tolkien

This quote is displayed in the sidebar when I log in to the admin portion of my IJM fundraising website. I always thought it was curious how it seemed to go with the theme of my Camino. Sarah, did you put it there? Or was it somehow put here by the fundraising platform?
I logged in to to copy and paste the poem, and discovered that the amount raised has reached 110%!! Amazing!!

Día 27

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This statute made me imagine an entire conversation between medieval pilgrims (with language possibly influenced by reading part of Pilgrims Progess)

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The little shed on the left is for storing grain
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Entering the town of Melide
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A menu showing the typical options, with octopus being a recent addition to menus in this region. The restaurants here all serve more or less the same things, and no one tries to be creative and stand out. The best way to succeed in business seems to be having your restaurant be the first one that people pass when entering town.
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Camino map! Only two days left!!
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Melide was full of people

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I started to miss my boxer, Cruz, when I saw these guys
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We passed through a forest that had a grove of eucalyptus trees. It had a very pleasant herbal smell.
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Someone must have read Rob Bell
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My bunk for tonight in a hostel called “The Way”. There is a real sheet but it isn’t quite big enough for the mattress.

This was the last long day of walking at 29.5 kilometres. The next two days will only be about 20 km each. It rained on and off all day, sometimes a light drizzle and sometimes a downpour!

I am feeling pretty tired today; it was a good day, but I am looking forward to finishing what I started!

 

“The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.

He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.

The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.”
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Psalm‬ ‭103:6-18‬ ‭