Monday, June 3, 2013
Finisterre: The end of the earth.
June 3, 2013
Arriving in Santiago our plans were to take a couple of days to visit the church, see some fellow pilgrims, then walk on to Finisterre. Many people who walk the Camino feel the trip is not complete until reaching the western most part of Europe which is another 100 km (60 miles) from Santiago appropriately called "end of the earth."
Due to rain, us both developing sore throats and symptoms of a cold, and feeling a lack of energy, we rested for a few days then took a bus to the town of Finisterre. We stayed two nights there and hiked out to the lighthouse. Even though we had not walked from Santiago, we felt a sense of finality of our journey by sitting on the rocky shoreline, looking across the Atlantic Ocean towards the new world.
At the lighthouse, there is a "tradition" of burning an item from your pilgrimage. Here is an example of a fire. We did not feel the need to follow this trend.
Finisterre is a small fishing village with none of the hustle and bustle of Santiago, so it was a great place to gather our strength back again.
While there we met several hikers we had not seen in a while so we shared stories and caught up on Camino small talk.
Visiting the small church in the village, we noticed the close connection to the fishermen and their way of life.