We arrived in Santiago on a rainy Friday evening and on a cloudy but dry Saturday morning we left our hotel after breakfast and climbed to the Plaza Cervantes on top of the hill and then walked down Rua da Acibecheria, the final leg of the Camino, to attend the 12 o’clock Pilgrim’s Mass at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. It was a short walk past a plethora of souvenir shops and soon we found ourselves on the Praza da Inmaculada facing the north facade of the Cathedral. And there we ran into Mahatma Gandhi.
He just stood there, all in white, holding his staff which was also white. Naturally, I took his picture and it will be my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.
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We then left Mahatma and made our way to the south side of the Cathedral where the main entrance is nowadays and after mass and lunch we walked back to the Praza da Inmaculada but Gandhi was not there. We came back again to tour the cathedral the next day but he wasn’t there then, either. I guess his pilgrimage was over. And so was ours. The next day we took the bus to Portugal.
People have been walking the Camino for over a thousand years. At first all the pilgrims were Catholic. But it is not uncommon today to see an Anglican from the U.K. or a Buddhist from Japan or a Muslim from Morocco on The Way. I don’t think the real Gandhi ever made it to northern Spain but I’m sure other Hindus have. One of the finest blogs I came across in my Camino research during the last couple of years was by an agnostic Jew from the U.S. He started in France and walked all across Spain to Santiago.
Australian photographer Leanne Cole hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Drop by Leanne’s website on Thursdays (Wednesdays in Europe and North America) to see what she and other photographers from all over the world are doing in monochrome these days.
I’ll be posting more photos of Santiago soon but first I have to finish a few more from Ponferrada.