There are no words to describe our arrival to Santiago. We most literally ran down the two flights of stairs into the Cathedral plaza bursting with excitement as we turned the corner and stood in the very square where so many pilgrims have gone before us, staring at the Santiago Cathedral which in that moment held so much more meaning and beauty than its mere architecture. We had arrived at the end, and at the same time the beginning, of a journey. Silence overcame us and tears of joy flowed readily as we embraced those pilgrims who arrived with us, missed those we left behind along the way or who arrived before us, and attempted to encounter the newness of our own person we became along the way.
As we have arrived earlier than expected to Santiago, and striving to remain open to the Spirit, we have decided to forfeit our plane tickets Santiago-Madrid (late evening on the 13 July) and will be boarding an overnight train to Madrid tonight. This will give us two days to spend time with a few friends who due to time commitments finished the Camino days before us. We are also lucky enough to be traveling with one of the Hungarian brothers who became our dearest friends on the walk, as we started in St. Jean together and finished here in Santiago together with only a few separations along the way. Such a blessing!
As my reflections on my time here in Spain become more clear, I look forward to sharing them with you. For now, thank you for your prayers. I can’t wait to see many of you in just a few short days! And know that it was all worth it. I can’t wait to share with you all in person how incredibly rich this experience has been!