Day 14. Astorga to Sta. Catalina de Somoza (10 km)

OK.  Today wasn’t an impressive distance. But we hung around Astorga until 2 pm,  drinking café and eating chocolate croissants, visiting the chocolate museum, and then catching  Palm Sunday Mass at the cathedral. The procession seemed to have been cancelled due to rain in the morning, but the sky had cleared by noon and families were in attendance at mass and in the streets afterwards.

There was standing room only at the mass. At the end we were positioned near the big door when a priest came back to open it. (I asked him if I could take photos.) Quite a variety of people had attended mass!

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Opening the door after mass at Astoria cathedral

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Let the light in!

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Sisters?

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Colour-coordinated family

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Family on scooters

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Brothers? Bearing palm branches

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Outside,  families milled about.

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Outside Astoria cathedral, Palm Sunday, 2016

We moved along on the Camino.

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Plowed clay!

Stopped at Albergue San Blas in Santa Catalina de Somoza, taking a private room as usual.

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7 thoughts on “Day 14. Astorga to Sta. Catalina de Somoza (10 km)

  1. Camino de Santiago is in my bucket list. I will be starting to read your blog from the very beginning. I haven’t read any of it but just want to ask why do the Camino twice if you’ve walked all 800km the first time?

    Following your blog. Glad I have found yours that is a complete blog on the Camino

  2. Yes of course. But not back to back. Well I’m glad to know that you enjoyed it so much, makes me want to do this experience soon!

    And by the way, the question wasn’t meant to be a snarky one. I was just curious.

    • Yes that is what I wanted to ask actually. If there are other ways to do it even if it’s repeated.

    • You can do different routes or different seasons. But the big difference, particularly if you walk “alone”, is in the people you start hanging around with and the circumstances that they bring.

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