Day 9 – 20 August 2014 – Rest day in Finisterre

Last night I walked 3 kms up to the lighthouse to watch the sunset. For some reason I had the idea the 00.0 mark of the Camino would be a very special, quiet moment for pilgrims. 

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As I got closer and closer to the lighthouse the atmosphere seemed to turn to that of a major tourist attraction. There were cars parked this way and that and it seemed as though hundreds of people were milling around.

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I found a place to sit on a stone wall near the lighthouse to watch the sunset.  It was pretty but I have to say quite  anti-climatic.

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But today has been marvelous. I walked to the beach, gathered some shells, romped in the sea and lay in the sand. One of the nicest things I experienced today was a young peregrino running along the beach happy because he had arrived at the end of his Camino.

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After the beach, I lunched at a seaside cafe on grilled fish and a wonderful Albarino wine. Jonathan Livingston Seagull was my luncheon companion today 🙂

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22 responses to “Day 9 – 20 August 2014 – Rest day in Finisterre

  1. The grand finale I guess. Congratulations.

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  2. Congrats mate! Something to remember and savour forever! You’ve had another incredible journey, inner and outer. Great shots too btw!!

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  3. A lovely finish. Good work!

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  4. It’s interesting how our expectations sometimes dim the experience. The sunset is lovely.

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  5. Hi Arlene, I can feel your delight in walking the Camino, it is so prevalent in your words and beautiful photos. It is always an individual experience whatever the intent, the reason and beliefs.
    Love
    Angie
    xx

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    • Angie,
      These 2 caminos have been wonderful, very eye opening to say the least. I’ll b e in touch when I return home.
      Arlene

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  6. Anticlimatic seems to be the word you are looking for. I felt that way when I got to Ferro Crucio (Iron cross) on the Frances route. There were tourist and it was not peaceful for me. I began to realize that peace was found inside and not out with the toursts. I was able to enjoy the tourist milling around but inside I knew what I had accomplished and you should too. The end of the world and 4 Caminos walked; what a finish. Great photos. I liked the joy on the expression of the guy jogging on the beach.

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  7. Hi Arlene, I enjoyed both of your Caminos very much. So what’s next? Did you find your Casa Rurale? Suseya Ingrid

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    • Ingrid,
      I’m not sure what is next.
      This Camino seems to be directing me back to the seashore. Funny thing because I grew up on the water. I feel a strong pull to get back to the ocean and out of the desert SW.
      Arlene

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  8. Yes, congratulations! I’ve been following along and enjoying your enjoyment. Clare

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    • Hi Clare,
      It has taken me forever to reply to comments. Thanks for coming along for the ride, I’m happy it was enjoyable for my followers as well as for me.
      Arlene

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  9. Actually, the word is anticlimactic… but it doesn’t look it. It looks like a beautiful end and a beautiful sunset! But I know what you mean.
    I’ll be there soon! Brava, Arlene!

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    • Peter,
      Yes typing or should I say pecking on the tablet surely helps create new words and spellings. These Caminos have surely been wonderful. Here’s hoping your return is as wonderful!
      Arlene

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  10. What a lovely place to finish this adventure with this camino !

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  11. It might be the end of a camino, but the beginning of something – listen to what your soul is saying at this time!

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    • Yasmin,
      Wonderful words. Yes, this is my 5th Camino in 3 years, it’s amazing the changes the Camino has briught about in me.
      Arlene

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  12. Thanks for including us on your journey. I have enjoyed your postings so, and it is interesting to learn about different Caminos (not just the Frances). Love your images too! 24 days for me – I can’t wait!!!

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  13. Congratulations Arlene!!

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