Finding My Happy Place (Santiago de Compostela)

I needed a vacation (yes, I know I’m in Spain but I needed one nevertheless). Thus, Mary and I made plans for a weekend trip to Santiago de Compostela and La Coruña. We planned to leave Thursday and spend the rest of our long weekend exploring the new cities. At five o’clock, we got on an ALSA bus heading to Santiago de Compostela. It was a pretty nice ride (I definitely recommend using the ALSA bus company-very roomy seats with strong wifi and a lot of good entertainment).

We got to Santiago de Compostela around 21:00 and headed straight to our hostel Albergues Semenario Menor. We didn’t really do anything the first night except eat some sandwiches Mary had brought for dinner. The following morning however, we went to the Pilgrims Mass in El Catedral de Santiago. The place was packed to bursting! There were pilgrims from all over the world, singing together and listening to the bishop (who happened to be from California). Afterwards, we explored the city and I soon fell head over heels in love with Santiago de Compostela.

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Imagine for a moment that you’re wondering around an old plaza. On one side of the plaza is a beautiful hotel that looks like it emerged from an entirely different time period and right next to that hotel is a ledge overlooking the town below. The sun is setting, casting a golden glow on all your surroundings. The faint music of bagpipes wafts through the air, mixing with the sounds of a hundred different voices. You can discern half a dozen different languages from the surrounding conversations: Spanish, English, Russian, French and German. In your hand you’re holding a huge bocadillo (a sandwich made from a fresh loaf of bread). It tastes delicious. You close your eyes and let the warmth from the setting sun fill your eyelids and, just for a moment, you forget all the negative things in your life and just exist. That is Santiago de Compostela.

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It’s no surprise to me that this town is the end destination for the El Camino pilgrimage. The energy in this place is incredibly peaceful and welcoming to everyone who is lucky enough to find it.

Now before I end my blog post, I should probably talk a little about La Coruña. I think that if I had gone there before Santiago de Compostela, I would have loved it more, but after Santiago de Compostela it just seemed kind of- meh. That’s not to say there aren’t cool things to do in La Coruña. Mary and I visited a fascinating museum fortress-prison (free entrance!) called San Anton and also saw the Planetarium and Body Museum.

La Coruña felt more like an American city than Santiago de Compostela, but at the same time it was entirely different. I think I would go back if only to get better acquainted with the city and its vibe.

Thanks for reading and sorry for the wait. I joined a volleyball team last week (I know, I can’t believe it either!) so I’ve been pretty busy. I’ll explain more in the next blog

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I felt like I had found Narnia
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La Coruña: Plaza de Santa Maria
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The buildings remind me of lace
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Me standing next to the tallest man. Finally found my people.
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Rollins follows us #rollinslife
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San Anton
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La Coruña

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the Las Vegas Attack and all those struggling in Puerto Rico. 


4 responses to “Finding My Happy Place (Santiago de Compostela)”

  1. Shannon!! I loved your blog and pictures!! You write so well and you are always so entertaining and informative with your description of your travels!!

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  2. Have you ever seen the movie The Way, about a group of people walking the El Camino with Martin Sheen. If not you might enjoy it after being at the cathedral.

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    1. Mary was telling me about that!

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  3. I enjoy the article

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