8:30 pm Santiago
We returned to the cathedral around 2 pm. The noon Mass was over, but another one was going on. We were able to get inside but this one was standing room only, too. Things are really crazy crowded here, with it being Sunday during Holy Year and perfect tourist weather. Not too hot or cold and no rain. The lines for the compostela died down by late afternoon and it only took us an hour of waiting to get ours. At 7 pm, we met Gerhard and Chris and ate in the cafeteria that Kathy and I discovered last year. Here is our menu (and I took a photo too): Tortilla Española, shrimp in a garlic sauce, pimientos de Padrón, croquetas filled with cheese, and ensalada mixta with egg, tuna, asparagus, olives, onion, and pickles, plus a glass of albariño wine. It was heavenly and we were stuffed, all for 24€. the same meal would have been double the cost at Tapas in Sacramento and not nearly as good.
Now the bad news. While Marge's knee should have no permanent damage, she is still in a lot of pain and has difficulty walking around. So more long distance walking is not going to happen on this trip. Tomorow we will take the bus to Finisterra on the Atlantic Ocean. After that, we will sightsee for the next week. Perhaps A Coruña, Salamanca, Avila, before the last two days in Madrid.
Since we are no longer pilgrims this will be my last blog post until I am able to upload more photos, probably not until after we are home on Sept. 29. Thanks to all of you who cheered us on. I will continue to post our tourist itinerary as it happens.