Muxia

It’s amazing, with the hundreds of pilgrims roaming around the city that you manage to keep bumping into friends you’ve made along the Way. We met Fr. Jim & Joe again. We were all planning to go to Finesterre the next day. Brian & I had planned to take the bus, and stay overnight, but they had arranged for a driver and invited us to come along. (Joe seems to have a few bucks!)
We went first to Muxia (pronounced Mushia). Do you remember the almost final scene in the movie when they are all standing on the rocks?
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There is a small lighthouse there.
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There is also a small church there which sadly was struck my lightening on Christmas Day last year and suffered quite a bit of damage. It is in the process of being repaired. This happened during a period of severe storms on the Galacia Coste de Morte last winter during which time a number of fishing boats were lost.
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If you Google muxia church fire you can see pictures of the fire and related stories. Also, Alberto, our driver, told us that during the storms in Jan. the ocean had come up all around the church. I Google muxia church storm and found a picture of that. Hope this works.
estudiantes.elpais.com/periodico-digital/ver/equipo/3042/articulo/storms-at-the-galacian-coasts. Hope that works.
Picture of the guys with the church in background.
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We walked up the hill for stunning views and an unusual monument. I wasn’t able to translate what it was about.
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I think I’ll go ahead and post this then do Finesterre.

Botafumerio

Not sure why Chris’ comment on Si, si Puede doesn’t show up so I’ll add the YouTube link of the botafumerio.

There shouldn’t be any spaces, but my phone won’t obey me.Let me know if it works.

Santiago – Pilgrim Mass

Every day at noon there is a special Pilgrim Mass for the hundreds of peregrinos pouring into the city every day. We attended the mass the day we arrived and the next day when Fr. Jim helped celebrate the mass.
The day we arrived we headed down to the Cathedral just down the hill from our pension.
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We didn’t know what side of the cathedral we were on so we just when in the first steps We came to.
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It was actually a side entrance into one of the trancepts.It was only 11:20 but it was already packed. There is destong for 1000, but the sides are full of standees. We found seats in front of the altar.
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The highlight of the mass for pilgrims is the lighting and swinging of the botafumerio. If you saw “The Way” you’ll remember it well. And it is indeed amazing!! It’s the largest one in the world weighing 175 lbs and 5 feet high. It is lit then takes six priests to raise it and get it swinging up to 80 kph. Originally it is said that it was to cover the ‘odor’ of the unwashed peregrinos and help with any diseases. Nowadays it is only used on special ooccasions or if someone or a group donates €400. We were very lucky in that we saw it on both days! Unfortunately the first day I didn’t get very good pictures, but on the second day we sat in the trancepts and it went right over head and I got a great video. But I don’t think there is any way to upload it to the blog. Chris sent a link to a video in a comment to the first Santiago post. Check it out. But here are some of my poor shots.
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Brian and several of the friends that Fr. Jim walked with were able to receive communion from him. He gave me a lovely blessing. I tried to get a picture of him in his borrowed red robe but he was exiting too fast.
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The Last Day on The Way

What a treat it was to be able end our Camino by getting a chance to walk again! It was a lovely trail through a eucalyptus forest then farmland.
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It was good to see the familiar way marks again.
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We went through the small hamlet of San Anton, really only a couple of houses each with several out buildings. One had used an old building to grow grapes in. And a pilgrim had left a message for his girlfriend on the wall of an abandoned building.
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Then the trail opened to grazing and cropland.
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More lovely trail.
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We met two couples from Ireland that Miriam & Ronan had met the previous day. They were taking turns pushing a daughter who had cerebral palsey.
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And finally a field of yellow flowers before we walked into Armenal to find a taxi for the rest of the way to Santiago. This gives you some idea of what we’ve been missing when we haven’t been able to walk and why we’ve issued it so much and why it meant so much to be able to do this last little bit.
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Santiago! Si, si puede!

So, the answer to the question in the title of this blog is: Si, si puede. Yes we can!
We didn’t make it to Santiago the way we planned, but we kept on truckin’ (okay taxiing) and didn’t give up. Brian has been a trooper, carrying on while not feeling his usual top top self.

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Two great things about the day. First, Brian felt up to walking the first two miles of this section to Santiago. It Was a Beautiful Mostly Level Walk on a dirt track through a eucalyptus forest then farmland. It was so wonderful to be walking again!! I took a ton of pictures which I’ll put in a separate blog.

And the second was going to the pilgrim mass at the Cathedral. I’ll deal with them in a separate blogs, but just wanted to let you all know that we made it to Santiago!
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O Pedrozo/Arco

Not much to say about Arco except that Miriam & Ronan did the whole 15 K from Arzua! Very impressive!

Also it’s the last night before Santiago!

We stayed in different places, us in a small hotel and they on a self catering which translated as a Golden Star. It was run by a man named ? , with a sort of hunch back and a voice that brought back memories of RRRamon from ‘The Way’.

Ending this part of the trip reminds me of ending a Sierra trek. Sad it’s over bot looking forward to the pizza in Yosemite Valley.

Off to Santiago!