14 September 2015: We caught the bus from Padrón to Santiago de Compostela this morning then walked through the old town in light showers to our hotel.
Along the way we heard many loud explosions, some extremely loud. They seemed to be fireworks of the banger variety, and we thought they may still be remnants of the milk price protests, seeing as there are still many tractors on the streets.
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Then we heard bagpipes and drums and a procession came past, with people carrying very large candles and a couple of religious icons on floats.
At the hotel we were told this was a fairly typical procession for a Sunday and the fireworks were probably part of the celebrations. The notices in the paper gave this procession as ‘Rosario en honor de Nuestra Señora de Belén’.
I made a brief video, with bonus raindrops on the camera lens.
In retrospect: We spent our time in Santiago de Compostela wandering around the town and visiting cafes. One thing we set out to do was to visit the Sargadelos shop to buy a couple of items of pottery. It was open for only a short time before we were moving on to our next stop, but we managed to have a good look around. I bought a small figure of a pheasant (there are many pheasants where we live at the beach) and a quirky sort of a jug. I was mindful that I’d have to carry these things in my single bag for the rest of the trip.
Two things we decided before we left on our trip:
- Beyond groceries, we weren’t going to spend time ‘shopping’. I aimed to buy one thing in each country we visited — something worth keeping, that would remind me of the visit. Apart from a keychain at Montserrat, this pottery was my ‘one thing’ for Spain.
- We were travelling light and not checking bags on flights. We each had a Tom Bihn Aeronaut for all our clothes and so on, and a smaller Tom Bihn bag for an everyday carry with camera, water bottle and so on. I was using an Aeronaut packing Cube Backpack for that. Luckily I was able to tuck in the two small pottery items, in their protective wrapping, along with the two small tins of green tea I’d bought in Shanghai. The Aeronaut always seems to have room for one more thing.
While Santiago de Compostela souvenir shops were full of pottery items, especially those depicting pilgrims and their associated paraphernalia, it seemed to my eye that none of the other brands had the quality and appeal of the Sargadelos items.