July 11, 2016
Cooper and I enjoyed the hotel’s buffet breakfast. It wasn’t the best but it wasn’t bad either and very convenient. I had lots of errands to run. I picked up the box that Cooper and I mailed from Pamploma of items we didn’t need. I had forgotten about some of the items such as wireless keyboard and uncomfortable neck wallet. I’m ready for a cleansing of unnecessary items at home also.
Back to the hotel and Cooper and I just relaxed before heading out. This next series of events were so unplanned but the tummy was spectacular. We go to the cathedral and unlike yesterday we have to wait 15 minutes in line to enter. Then we wait to see the gilded St. James and hug him from behind. Service is going on and one can see arms reaching around the St. James statue and hugging it behind the priest.
We are walking around the cathedral when I see the botafumerio being prepared. It is a 160 lb silver plated incense burner. A young man offers his place to us so that we have a better view. He doesn’t speak English but points to his heart and gestures for us to take his place. We get to see and smell the botafumerio. It is a beautiful ritual made even more beautiful by this stranger. If Cooper and I had been 2 minutes earlier or later we would have missed it.
Cooper and I continue walking around the church after the botafumerio is finished. We see one of the friendly Scouts from Paris that we saw walking 2 days ago and give him a bracelet. He beams with joy and several others ask for and receive bracelets from us. We leave the church at the side entrance and are greeted by Giaseppe. He is so happy to see Cooper. He says that he has been looking for us because he wants Cooper to sign the bracelet that Cooper gave him. Again, if Cooper and I had been 1 minute earlier or later, we would have missed him.