Now I'm approaching the city. I pass Labacolla, which is the airport I'll leave from in a few days. Then I come to Monte do Gozo where there is raised a huge memorial monument. Actually, this is the worst looking monument I've ever seen. I big concreat block on topå of the hill side. The whole construction conveys a heavyness that I doesn't have anything to do with the lightfooted pilgrim that is always on the road. It was erected in 1993 to mark the Pope Paul II's visit that year. So I come to the Puerta del Camino before I will go over the main road and see the sign that tells me that now I walk into Santiago.
After a nice walk in the narrow streets until I find the Cathedral, the pilgrimage cathedral. A giant building that I spend a lot of time studying. It is too large to get a picture of, but the picture I took at least gives an impression. I go in with my backpack on my back and meet many other pilgrims. It is almost time for worship and I find me a place to sit with my backpack on the floor in front of me. It's a great solemn occasion, and a little show and entertainment also when in great censer is thrown back and forth in front of the altar. After the service I go in a queue behind the altar and touch a statue of the apostle James. I thank him for the trip. Then I go down under the altar and into a room where the remains of the Apostle James are being held.
After the church visit, I find the official pilgrim office and show my pilgrim passport with stamps from each houses I've stayed in these 33 days. She checks all the stamps and put a last stamp in the passport, confirming that I have met the requirement to obtain a pilgrim diploma. She takes out a diploma written in Latin and enters my name on the diploma. Then I receive it from her with a handshake and a "congratulations".
After that, I find a hotel and book a room for two nights. I have actually gone so fast that I did not just arrive in time, I have arrived two days before schedule. So now I get two great days in Santiago before I have to take the plane back home. Do I regret that I having walked this long journey? No. Not at all. This has been an amazing journey and I can recommend everyone who wants a trip out of the ordinary to go in my footsteps, as hundreds of thousands have done before me for hundreds of years. This has been a journey I think about every day and will be with me the rest of my lafe. "Bon camino mi amigo."