January 26, 2003
hola from santiago! that´s right, we´re here! it´s awesome to finally be here. we were going to stay in monte del gozo last night (less than 5k from santiago cathedral) and then walk in this morning (sunday), but we just couldn´t contain ourselves, and we walked in last night at dusk. the sky was gorgeous, and the past few days have been splendid walking weather. i walked by myself for the first half of the day yesterday, and it was good thinking time. beautiful morning and beautiful countryside...what more could i ask for? we´re going to the pilgrim´s mass this morning (a camino de santiago tradition), and then we´re all going out for a group meal. since the last time i blogged, we´ve picked up a couple of friends. we´ve gained two foreigners to our group: vincent and ernesto. we had met vincent, a 19-yr-old french guy earlier, but he recently started walking with and staying with our group. ernesto is a crazy spaniard. he´s awesome. we met him in astorga (my last post) and he´s been with us ever since. there aren´t a lot of people that do the camino in the winter, so we were blessed to make these great friends. well, i´m going to get ready for the mass, i´ll hit you up later. i´ll be back in the states next wednesday night!