We might not get much sleep tonight with the San Mateo wine festival going on here in Oviedo. We should be out there celebrating, too, after making it to our final destination, but we’re tuckered out after hiking 21.5 km from Mieres del Camino to Oviedo.
What a great day! What made it extra special was an invitation for coffee as we were coming down a narrow trail towards Casares. First a little dog started barking which alerted a Spanish family from Madrid who were vacationing there at a little house on the hillside. They are Balbiya (Babi); Yolanda (Yoli); and Javier (Javi). Javi spoke good English but said he doesn’t get much practice and is afraid of making mistakes. He welcomed the opportunity this morning to speak English just as I was happy to try out the little Spanish I know. Slowly I am gaining more confidence.
When Dave and I reached Oviedo mid-afternoon, we headed straight to the cathedral and presented our Credentiales at the entrance and received our Salvadoranas (special certificates of completion), “Congratulations!” (music to our ears), and free admission to the cathedral.
Now that our Camino de San Salvador is over, I would sum it up by saying it was my favourite Camino. I think Dave agrees. It was the most challenging, most rewarding, and most beautiful. We saw fewer than a dozen other pilgrims but we had more interactions with the wonderful local population. Unforgettable!
Here are some photos of our final day and one video of what’s going on outside our hotel window right now. I hope the video works and, if it does, turn up the volume! 🤣 Next: the north coast.