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Soggy Santiago

rain 20 °C

The rain in Spain doesn’t always stay on the plain. In fact, Santiago de Compostela in the northern region of Galicia is the second wettest city in Europe and now we know that!
Santiago is the place where El Camino ends; where, after forty or more days of slogging up and down mountains and battling through rain, wind and scorching heat, the weary pilgrims collapse triumphantly on the steps of the Cathedral of St. James…
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This year nearly two hundred thousand pilgrims from all corners of the world have conquered El Camino and, for many, the experience will have changed their lives forever. Here are the latest arrivals, carrying a scallop shell as tradition demands, waiting to get their final stamp of success…
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We too have arrived in Santiago after a journey marred by cramped conditions, difficulty sleeping and terrible food. We didn’t walk here but we understand the pilgrims' discomfort - because we flew here on Ryanair.

Santiago de Compostela is the land of backpacks and blisters. There are few fatties here, and this is a good job because the streets are very narrow…
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And the whole place is on the side of a mountain...
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But it is a beautiful old city bursting with historic houses, monasteries, churches, and restaurants. The food is very good, but don’t expect to eat much before nine at night. However, while you are waiting for the kitchen to open you can fill up on local wine – it’s the same price as bottled water. For dessert, the traditional Tarta de Almandras (almond tarts) are a must…
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Pilgrims have been hiking here from all over Europe since the announcement of the discovery of the remains of St. James in 812AD. However, this may have just been a stroke of marketing genius by the hoteliers of the day. Imagine that you are the publicity director of one of the rainiest places in Europe: how else do you get people off the beach?

We would like to salute people like our friends Ute, Sharron and Harvey who conquered El Camino, but we think that flying here on Ryanair was punishment enough for us.

Posted by Hawkson 11:42 Archived in Spain

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Hmm, sounds like "true grit" , and here, the weather could not be better... :-)
Thanks for the info on the airline..
Keep well you two
G

by gottfried

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, would love to do the same one day!!

by cynthia Chelsom

what an amazing cathedral. Congratulations too on your survival - you conquered air travel. There must be a Nobel prize for that.

by Janet

Sorry you are soggy. Sunny here. Temperature so so. Cathedral looks yummy. Tarts too. Eat well.

Ryanair off my list.

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by Tom

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL CATHEDRAL! Sounds like interesting times. Hope your weather improves-it has been lovely here. Buddi sends his best and his thanks again for the loving care.
Love Peggi

by Peggi

Sorry about the soggy weather. . our summer just keeps on coming. love the beautiful cathedrals . Take care . Love from mother

by Eileen Wilson

For those of you out there crossing Ryan Air off your list - yes, is cramped and has bad food. However, it also has extremely cheap fares all over Europe, and most flights are two hours or less, anyhow. Glamorous, no. An easy and cheap way to get around Europe, yes - especially from England.

by Jane

Yes Jane - You are absolutely correct - they are cheap - and we would love to have a similar service in Canada. We actually don't mind flying Ryanair, or Easyjet, especially as they fly to many places that major airlines don't service. But, as all writer's know, we mustn't let the truth get in the way of a good story.

by Hawkson

Of course there is always Yorkshire Airlines http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPjJFv1NDBg

by Janet

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