We started this morning in Lires, with our last day of walking to Fisterra. I am so glad my wife endured today with her blister ridden feet. It was a beautiful, amazing day on The Way! The guidebooks describes today as “intermediate”, and we felt challenged by all the uphills. But the scenery made up for it. This Costa de Morte is seriously one of the most beautiful places on earth! Let me share some views…
We finally arrived, and booked into the Pension Mirador Fin de Terre. What a lovely view! After we have showered and we have taken a little siesta, it was time to finish our journey. We walked up to the lighthouse, the most westerly point of Continental Europe. It is a long and steep 3 km uphill from Fisterra! But the view more than compensates for the suffering!
Thought this might look familiar? I have been here 7 years before…
This time it was to show my wife the End of the Earth- Finisterre…
It just makes more sense for us as the final destination of the Camino- where you run out of road and can walk no more… In front of you is only the Atlantic Ocean…
As is customary (and forbidden according to some signs nearby) some people burned some clothing at the end of the journey, to symbolize the end of an old chapter in their lives.
Others have discarded their walking shoes here, no longer needed…
This ritual helps to draw a line in people’s lives… this is the end of this chapter. But a new chapter is dawning in your life, the journey of life continues. To symbolize this it was ritual to go jump naked in the ocean. Not at Finisterre, your body will wash up in America in 6 months’ time. At a beach, or as some have wondered:if I really jumped naked into the ocean behind the harbor wall in 2011?
Well, not this time, no… my wife is with me and we are decent people!
When you come down from the lighthouse, Fisterra is ready to feed you. This place has the most amazing variety of seafood.
We also finally tasted Padron Peppers, a Galicean favorite dish. It is like Russian Roulette- they should be sweet, but sometimes one will surprise you by being extremely spicy, and the locals have it that the one who gets the spicy pepper must pay for the meal…
We love Fisterra, it’s harbor, it’s vibe and it’s people. I am one of those who thinks that Finisterre just makes more sense as a final destination for your Camino.
Now the sun is setting over Fisterra. We have walked a long, long way today:
This is the end of our Camino at Finisterre. We have made it against all odds!
There will be some reflecting on the experience in the days and weeks to come. We still have a lot of traveling to do before we get home on Saturday.
There will be more blog posts in future. I will resume my normal day to day life as a rural pastor in South Africa next week. I will have a new dream one day..
But for now-This was our Camino. And I thank you who have travelled it with us, sharing in our story. The Camino has been going on since 980 A.D. It is open at this monent, with lots of Pilgrims on their Way to Santiago. IT is also waiting for YOU!
Ewald and Annelie
From South Africa