Day 34 – Santiago de Compostela

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Well I made it! Walking into the square was a very emotional moment for me, emotional and painful. But I walked every step of the Way.

I walked this Camino dedicated to my first husband, the father of my children. I carried prayer requests for friends to St. James and placed many stones and additional prayers on the cairns along the way.

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I will forego my plans to walk to Finisterre and Muxia this time due to the stress and strain to my knee. I will be returning to the States tomorrow, Tuesday October 22.

It is now time for healing and letting the Camino affect the changes it will.

21 responses to “Day 34 – Santiago de Compostela

  1. Congratulations Arlene!

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  2. Dear Arlene – what an extraordinary journey it’s been! So much to process, I’m sure. Congratulations – I hope that knee settles down. Otherwise we’ll have more in common than we already have!

    Take care, safe travels back, and love and big hug to you from both Jen and me. You made it!!

    Bill

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  3. Amazing Arlene, Congratulations! Take care of yourself and the knee.
    Have a great visit with your family. See you soon and can not wait to hear of your journey in person. As you recuperate may the memories of the Camino uplift you and give you pause to reflect on what you have accomplished………
    XO Tami and Ed

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  4. Way to go Arlene. Too bad about the knee, but you pushed through the pain and completed your camino. I look forward to hearing about the new guide book you used and will send you a message when I return to the States in a couple of weeks. Again congratulations!

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  5. Congratulations Arlene, you did it. Safe journey home, suseya Ingrid

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  6. Congratulation Arlene! Thank you very much for sharing your journey to Santiago with us. All the best with the recovery.

    Justin

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  7. Dear Arlene, just made it back to Sydney and a computer in time to congratulate you on having done it again!! You rock 🙂 Enjoy all that this journey is throwing at you and the trip home, all the stories to come and all the hugs waiting for you there. 🙂 Britta

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  8. Well done Arlene! I looked forward to your daily updates and enjoyed each one. Also I donated to TWC. Safe travels back to the states and hope the knee recovers quickly.

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  9. Congratulations Arlene. What a journey it has been for you, but you did it. I am sure St James had a big hug for you and was so happy to see you.
    Have a safe return home. So sorry we didn’t get to meet on Sunday.
    Prayers and blessings
    Anne✈️ ✈️

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  10. Congratulations Arlene! It has been very enjoyable following your journey! I pray your knee recovers quickly and completely!
    Travel mercies!
    Debbie

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  11. Phylis DOnofrio

    I believe that the city of Santiago de Compostela is emotional for everyone that visits there. I know that I felt emotional when we were there not just because of the religious connection but the age of the buildings. If those walls and stones could only talk.

    Phylis

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  12. Bravo! Arlene, you did it! God has blessed you to reach this moment and time, but your journey is not over for I know God will lead your way to many other places which will bring you closer to Him. Come back to us safe and I’m certain your family is looking forward to seeing you soon. Arlene, I’m so happy for you! Congrats!

    Nelson

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  13. Congratulations Arlene ! Kathryn and I have enjoyed following you along the Way. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.
    Sleep peacefully tonight and safe travels tomorrow.
    Michael

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  14. Congratulations! Don’t stop blogging, as I’ll be interested in reading further reflections and observations.

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    • Hi Clare,
      I’m taking a few days with my kids and grands, but surely I will continue blogging. Lots of changes happened while on Camino, just have to get my head around them before I can write them.
      Arlene

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  15. Congrats Arlene. You did it. How wonderful. So proud of you. Take care now and look forward to your safe return.

    Xoxo

    Jill

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  16. Elizabeth Marshall

    Congratulations Arlene. I am proud of you.

    Have a safe trip home.

    Elizabeth

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  17. Arlene,

    You made it and in good spirits. The continuous rain dampened mine. You are a trooper . Congratulations.

    Again, we miss each other. Leaving Palm Springs today and spending the night with a friend in Tucson tonight.

    Safe travels. Vaya Con Dios.

    Steve

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  18. What an accomplishment Arlene – you have much to be proud of and much to get in touch with as you return to life as you knew it! Your words here on your last day, and reading the note and who you did this for, gave me chills……………..Cannot wait to talk to you at some point…..get home safe and enjoy relaxing with family for a while before you return to Arizona!

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  19. You did it – well done! Travel home safely.

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  20. Congratulations Arlene – to walk every step of The Way to Santiago, particularly when, towards the end, you were in pain, is so very wonderful. It makes the pain all worth while. (I unknowingly had a Grade 4 femoral stress fracture when I walked into Santiago so I can really sympathise with you – tremendous pain but I was determined to walk every step, and I did).
    I really hope that your knee settles down and heals quickly.
    I wish you a quiet and tranquil time so you can drift off with your thoughts in whatever direction they take you in acknowledging and processing all that has come up for you on your Camino.
    It’s been a privilege to follow your journey –
    Jenny xo

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