This year’s awards once again reflect the special skills and contributions that all our fine pilgrims made along the way. They are adjudicated by our chaperones and professors, and presented each year in solemn ceremony (NOT) at our communal dinner in O Gato Negro, and this year read with appropriate embellishment by Louisa:
The Elvira Queen of the Night award for having most disturbed her dark schedule goes to Kim.
The annual Coco Chanel Award for fashion consciousness, and this year being the only peregrina to walk in a skirt (Jaws motif included) goes to Melissa.
The Disney “Selva Oscura” Award for the mastery of both Disney lyrics and the Divina Commedia goes to Cristina I (left). The Elizabeth Warren Award—“Nevertheless she persisted”—for finishing her Way goes to Grace (right).
The coveted and traditional Energizer Bunny Award for indefatigable walking goes to Megan.
For the extraordinary discernment of each pilgrim’s spirit-dog and for comprehensive breed recognition, the Cerberus Award goes to Christina B.
The Edmund Hillary Award for conquering the mountain with the heaviest of packs goes to Kas.
The Moonlight Award for her subtle but shining positivity even while walking the last days (50+ kms) in flipflops (!) goes to Caitlin.
For infectious, irrepressible joy in all aspects of camino life, esp. in finding burgers, the Sunshine Award goes to Stephanie, aka Roddy.
The James Bond Award for a wit as dry as a martini and a life so secret it should be classified goes to Angela.
The Achilles Award for being invincible except in the heel goes to Maeve.
The Patroclus Award for unceasing loyalty even unto near-death by blister goes to John.
For excellence in method acting and mafia narration, the Meryl Streep Award goes to MaryKate.
For the assiduous Cataloging of Saints, Relics and Churches, the Fulcrum Award goes to Jack.
The Madame President Award for winning the popular vote in the face of the NYC bureaucracy goes to Monica.
The Trailblazer Award for unmissable pants that marked the way, and got there fast, goes to Rachel S.
For embodying the spirit of the Codex Calixtinus pilgrim in fashion and suffering, the Aimery Picaud Award goes to Michael.
The Chaucerian Canterbury Award for a valiant first pilgrimage goes to Christina C.
The Socrates Award for his investment in argumentation and philosophic debate goes to Brett.
Finally, a pair of complementary awards was presented to our steadfast chaperones:
The Yeoman Pathfinder award for leading the Vanguard each day through dark and treachorous passes in rain or shine went to Louisa.
The Song of Roland award for leading the rearguard and succeeding without losing Durandel, sounding the Oliphant or ending with the ill-fated result of the award namesake, goes to Rachel P.
As the celebratory noise died down and the pilgrims bent their heads to pulpo, berberechos, chocos en su tinta and much else in near silence (LOL), our group shared a last meal together and prepared for the next steps.