Day 40 Santiago de compestela – Finisterre – Muxia

Awoke to a rainy day, so i was glad that i had chosen to cancel my original plan of walking to Muxia-Finisterre and return to Santiago (250km),  and take a bus trip instead.

I had, had enough of walking. So after a good and large breakfast i met Marika at 9:00 and got the turist bus with 19 others and started our sightseeing trip.

We drove to Finisterre mainly in rain and misty conditions so the really beautifull countryside was hidden, with a stop to see a waterfall, Ezaro, Spains largest waterfall and the only one in Europe that falls directly into the sea

Marika
Marika
Drying Barn
Drying Barn

Later we saw the largest drying barn in spain. Here I must explain that especially in Galicen, nearly all the houses have a little barn/house on 4 legs that looks like mushrooms (to stop vermin crawling in,) the barn/house is ventilated with a cross at each end and these barns are used to store smoked meats and/or root food, potatoes, beetroot and so on. The large barn was 35 meters long and 2 m in width 3m high. The reason for these types barns is the huge amounts of rainwater, the ground is always soggy.

End of the way
End of the way

 

After a cop of coffee we drove to Finisterre which means the end of the world, which for Spaniards, at that time believed the world was flat, for them the land stopped at the Atlantic. Finisterre = end earth. It has now become part of the Camino where pilgrims go to end their walk and make a ritual bonfire and burn there worldly possessions.

There is now a “kilometer stone” with 0,00 km near the museum and lighthouse, the waves here are gigantic  smashing against the cliffs and the graveyard of hundreds of ships.

After a good lunch consisting of  a first course of fish paella and second course of meat and chip’s and desert of cream cake with white and red wine we got talking to the other passengers from the bus, when they learned that both Marika and I had walked all the way from France to Santiago they were aghast, we were heroes in their eyes, they had walked 100km in 2 weeks while their bagage was sent on ahead to the next hotel and everything arranged for them, and they all had blisters and hurting feet and were exhausted.

  1. Tom at Muxia and magic stone
    Tom at Muxia and magic stone

    We then drove on to Muxia where the ending of the film ” THE WAY” took place, fantastic scenerary. Unfortunately it was windy, raining, but who cares.

Martin Sheen was born in Galicen with the name Estevez his wife’s maiden name was Sheen his son Emilio Estevez. The second most popular name in Galicen.

We drove back to Santiago and said our goodbyes to the other passengers, it was then that it hit me I was just another turist.

When I got back to the hotel I asked the concierge to find me a cheap and quick flight to Denmark which he did, express train to Madrid and Norwiegen air to CPH lucky the last seat, it took him 10 minutes to book and print my tickets to plane and train, if I should do all that it would take a day.

Last beer together
Last beer together

Connie and Rick and Jim were waiting for me,  so after putting my stuff in my room we went to get tapas found a good tapas bar with many local customers and went about trying all the different dishes (the best was lightly fried cod covered in honey and safron) plus wine and beer on the way back to the hotel I thought I had  forgotten  my glasses so Rick followed me back to the bar, this was also a good excuse to say a quick goodbye to Connie and Jim without to much emotion. When we got back to the bar i found my glasses in the hood of my raincoat so while we were here we might as well have a beer and talk about our Camino have another beer and, and, and,and we said our goodbyes in the hotel and went to our rooms, luckely I packed some of my stuff before falling asleep.