Our final day was devoted to savoring Santiago de Compostela, worshipping in the cathedral, learning about and exploring the city and celebrating our pilgrimage and journey at a final banquet dinner in the private dining room of the parador with a balcony overlooking the cathedral. We attended the Pilgrims Mass and watched as eight men hoisted the beautafemera – the world’s largest incensor – suspended by ropes and swung it like lightning in 100-foot arcs with fire belching out and the sweet smell of incense pouring forth and filling the cathedral. Afterwards, we toured the cathedral and Santiago de Compostela with a private guide, learning much about this wonderful city and cathedral before being met by the Episcopal priest who has recently arrived in Santiago to help the Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain minister to pilgrims walking the Camino and entering Santiago. A bagpiper or gaitero escorted us to our final dinner together and serenaded us with the sounds of the Spanish gaita or bagpipes. The Galicia region of Spain has deep Celtic roots, which are evidenced in the music, art, architecture and folklore. Santiago is one of my favorite cities in Spain. I have felt my friendship with each of our church members grow deeper. Each pilgrim had this same experience. We will build on these friendships for years to come. At Christ Church Greenwich we are all about building community, growing spiritually, sharing our gifts and talents, living generous lives, caring for each other and for the earth and serving those in need. Hats off to Joanna Wivell at Corazon Travel for organizing our pilgrimage!!!  It was amazing!!!