Day Seventy Eight.
Written on July 6, 2012.
Today began with a lot of sleep! We slept until 8:30 a.m. We are looking forward to a cup of coffee and spending time In the Plaza. The Plaza is just a few minutes walk from our room. As soon as we arrived we saw Merle and Peter from Australia just arriving into Santiago. It was wonderful to see them and to share that profound time with them as they entered the City and reflected on what they had accomplished. Merle and Peter started their journey from Le Puy, France on April 19th.
Vern, Me, Merle, and Peter.
We walked with Merle and Peter to the Pilgrim's Office where they will also receive their Compostela. Just across the street we saw Remy and Anna. Marie saw us and we had a great reunion with her. It has been a few weeks since we have seen her.
I feel a strong connection to Pilgrims that I have seen along The Way and a connection to anyone coming into Santiago no matter how many days, weeks, or months they have been walking.
Vern, Remy, Anna, and Marie.
We were very interested in a large market not far from the Cathedral that we had heard about. We were getting hungry so it was time to find the market. As we were walking toward the market we saw Ana and her Mother, Consuelo. We couldn't believe it, we thought they were in Finisterre today. After we chose our raw food at the market we took it to a participating restaurant. For 10% of the purchase price of the food the restaurant will cook it. We had lunch and walked around Santiago with Consuelo and Ana.
Vern had heard a story about statues in a nearby park called Las dos Marias. We went to the park to find them.
Consuelo, Vern, and Ana with Las Dos Marias.
A photo of the actual Dos Marias.
The story we heard is that: The two ladies, both named Marie, were friendly to the University students in Santiago. They always said “hello” and spoke to the students. The students were moved by the women and created the statues of them.
We later had a fun dinner with a group of Pilgrims, including Tom, Kat, Merle, Peter, and two more Californians.
On our way back to our room we saw more familiar faces and good friends.
A group of Pilgrim friends including the California Boys!
Thank you to everyone who makes the arrival and time in Santiago so special!!