We don’t expect to be able to walk 20km a day….day after day after day….not without preparing. So we are working up to it….



Today’s walk included 334m elevation gain so hopefully we’ll fly across those mountains in a couple of months (or at least plod!)


have you powdered your wig today?

Spain Sept 8 Sta Catalina (36)

“We must powder our wigs; that is why so many poor people have no bread.”
― Jean-Jacques Rousseau

It’s easy to dismiss that comment and perhaps even to think *we* wouldn’t have been powdering our wigs if we had lived then, *we* would have been different.
Well, we live now and we have the opportunity to be different now.
What modern-day equivalents of powdering our wigs do we engage in?

from Lugo to Melide via Boveda and Sobrado

from Lugo to Melide via Boveda and Sobrado

The monastery at Sobrado and the fourth century church at Boveda are both highlights we don’t want to miss. Fitting them both in to the itinerary means abandoning the “usual” routes and finding our own path. Kids are keen to return to Melide too, so I’ve mapped it out for us.
And putting the link here means I will have a copy available so long as we have an internet connection. (Clicking on the red words above will take you to the map if you want to take a peek)

Lugo = the place the little girls and I took a bus to last time we were on the Camino and Tessa had her arm put in plaster at the very flash university hospital there

Boveda = Santa Eulalia church

Sobrado = 1,000km achieved and a night in a monastery

Melide = memories of fantastic almond biscuits and croissants from the bakery (we have instructions to bring biscuits home with us)

a challenge to my heart

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“When people love each other, they are content with very little. When we have light and joy in our hearts, we don’t need material wealth. The most loving communities are often the poorest. If our own life is luxurious and wasteful, we can’t approach poor people. If we love people, we want to identify with them and share with them.”
― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth

water for life ………………….. (aka Kaleisha’s speech)

This is Kaleisha taking a break on the Camino.
She is fully supportive of us leaving her at home by herself <wink> and wrote a speech for charity: water to show her support.
(Then we offered her the opportunity to go to India….and she is supporting that too)

Spain Sept 10 El Acebo (13)

before you start: whenever you come across a red asterisk like so * you need to imagine Kaleisha clicking her fingers loudly – better still, maybe you could read out loud and click too. You’ll see why later.

Water For Life

charity: water is an organisation that is helping stop the water crisis that exists in our world today. Crisis is NO exaggeration. Every day people are going without clean water; over a billion of them. They have no choice but to drink water that animals have bathed in,* water from stagnant ponds, water that many people wouldn’t even dream of going near. Women and children all over Africa are spending at least 3 hours a day – every day – collecting* water. This is time that they could be spent raising a family and getting an education. They get up before dawn and go to bed late at night. This rough lifestyle, combined with drinking the dirty water, can lead to very bad health. Many people suffer from dehydration, diarrhoea and many even die!! Daily people are dying through no fault of their own.*

But as bad as this seems, there is a solution! In 2006 Scott Harrison started a non-profit organisation called charity: water with the mission to bring fresh water to every single person in the world who currently has to drink muddy and un-purified water. They mainly work in Southeast Asia*, Africa and Latin America. Drills are bought, wells dug, springs protected, rainwater saved, pumps fitted and more safe fresh water reaches more people.
Every twenty dollars that is received can bring fresh water to one person for the rest of their life. Every twenty dollars* can change another person’s life! One person at a time and slowly, but surely this crisis can be solved.

So what part can you play and how can you help? How can you help bring this water crisis to an end? One solution is fundraising. Many people* have walked across America knowing that every time they put one foot in front of the other, they are getting one step closer to bringing water to someone through the people who sponsor them. People have ridden bikes; they have sat on the side of the road selling lemonade. It isn’t hard to save lives.* Another significant way to raise money is to pledge your birthday. Instead of neatly wrapped presents you ask your friends to donate money that will go towards charity: water. Remember, it only takes 20 dollars to change a life.

All the public funds that are donated to charity: water are used on water projects.* They have found other ways to pay staff (they have an online store where you can purchase funky products and there are some big private donors who pay running costs) so that 100% of the money you give goes directly to a water project.

Clean water is a basic need and the lack of it is killing many. In fact, * every time that I have clicked my fingers a mother has lost a baby to a water related disease. That means that in the time you have been listening to me at least nine babies have died.

With your help we can solve this problem. The crisis can be brought to an end. Will you be someone to change some else’s life? *
Remember $20 saves one person. How many lives will you save?

Obviously the speech is not particular to our campaign – it was written as part of her Africa study last year at a time when we had not even fully committed to doing the walk-for-water. The good news for you is it’s even easier to make a difference than she suggests – you won’t need to man a lemonade stand or walk across America. We’ll do the walking, you can donate some dollars.
If Kaleisha’s speech is the catalyst to make you decide to give, would you mind leaving a comment saying so – this will encourage her to continue to use her voice to serve others. Thanks.

PS Hopefully later today our campaign will go live on the charity: water website… will be able to donate!