On Wednesday the 10th May, 10 students and 2 teachers left Castletroy College to walk El Camino de Santiago. This was the journey of a lifetime and we embraced every minute of it.
We arrived in Sarria on Wednesday evening, 118km away from our destination, Santiago. Thursday morning we began walking. We walked for five days straight, some days much harder than others. In each town or village we stayed in hostels. This was a first for most of us but a very interesting experience for all.
As this was a linguistic trip, speaking Spanish was a main priority. It was difficult to find a restaurant, supermarket and even the hostels at times. However, using our Spanish we always found our way.
Santiago is a city full of culture and history. It was an unforgettable experience to be in such an amazing place. We completely immersed ourselves in Spanish culture; going to mass in St. James’ Church, collecting our pilgrim certificates, trying to maneuver our way around Santiago and tasting intriguing, yet delicious (for the most part), tapas.
Not only did we become better friends with each other, we also made more along the way. We met pilgrims from Colombia, Puerto Rico, Germany and even Ireland. Each person had stories to tell and different reasons for walking the Camino.
I think we would all agree that this was one of the best weeks of our lives. We will never forget this exceptional journey and are only counting down the days until we can return. We would also like to thank Mrs C Murphy and Ms Griffin for giving us this once in a lifetime opportunity.