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Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage

During the half-term, a group of Year 10s went to Spain for a religious trip. We mainly went to partake in a famous pilgrimage, however we only did the very last strip because the whole walk is about 6 weeks and some people do more. We did this on the last day which was a Tuesday. The Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage is a visit to the tomb of St James the Apostle and has been a popular place of pilgrimage for over a thousand years.

However, whilst we were there in Spain, we decided to go site-seeing and we went to many interesting places such a Cabo Finisterre, which is the most western point of the region of Galicia. Furthermore, we also went to the Tower of Hercules, which was built by the Romans and Hercules ‘supposedly’ ordered for it to be built and many more places.

The highlight of the trip for me was going to a church which was covered in the same type of shell. Many people wrote on the shells, their name and the date they were there. We did this too. The Church inside was as beautiful and magnificent as the outside. The stained-glass windows had intricate patterns on and the way the Church was set up was magnificent. After this, we went to the beach and messed around.

It was an amazing experience and I would encourage anyone who has the opportunity to go. I enjoyed it thoroughly because of the places we went and the people who went too.

Millie Nastali

The Santiago De Compostela trip was great fun! The 3 hours pilgrimage wasn’t until the end of the trip, so we did a lot of visiting other places of religious and cultural interest. There was only 8 students and 3 teachers which made the trip a lot more enjoyable as everyone got to know each other more and I think the relationship between the teachers and the students got a lot stronger. We went to a beautiful church which was covered in sea shells on a small island called La Toja where we had the privilege of having Mass. We also went to Miss Morelle's family's house and her mum taught us all how to make Spanish omelette. The pilgrimage was to St James's tomb and it has been a very popular pilgrimage site for thousands of years. Whilst in Santiago De Compostela, we were able to visit a Don Bosco place where kids were able to come after school. We meet loads of kids, the boys played footballs and Millie and I attempted to talk to the girls there. The whole trip was very laid back and I would definitely recommend others to go.

Ashwinnie Thushyanthan



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