One of the most exciting times to be in Galicia is during the Feast of Saint James. The annual festival in Santiago de Compostela is a wonderful time to see all the weary and blistered pilgrims gather at the cathedral as they complete their long journeys. They come from all parts of the world, carry walking sticks, straw hats and backpacks decorated with scallop shells (the symbol of St. James). The atmosphere is electric with parades, Galician music, food and wine, and the late night firework display in front of the cathedral. Next day the bleary-eyed pilgrims continue on to Fisterra (Spanish for ‘End of the Earth’) to leave their hiking boots on the cliff edge before beginning the long journey home.