Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Santiago de Compostela

Dear family and friends,

Thank you for following me along the camino, Via de la Plata. I have arrived in Santiago and will be partying with my friends until Sunday. I will leave for Portugal on Monday and fly home from Lisbon on June 11, 2009.

I will add photos and notes from the unfinished days on my return to Houston.

Look for BIG news on Friday (maybe).



  1. Well done. Put your feet up and have a couple of cervezas. Take care,

  2. Anonymous7:03 PM CDT

    Dear Luiza: Oh, do I have to wait until Friday for BIG news (maybe)? O.K., maybe BIG news won't happen until Friday, BUT this will be torture! I hope that the BIG news will be that Rolf will get an "all clear" on Friday.....that's what I hope.
    In the meantime, all of you have a wonderful time, partying, visiting, reveling in your accomplishments, paying homage to The Saint, partaking of delicious food and drink, and enjoying life! Love, Dawn

  3. Dear Luiza, Congratulations on a maginificent achievement. Your fifth Camino - WOW! I foresee a wonderful, convivial time catching up with friends - enjoy it to the full! Kees, I hope your leg is better. Hugs to you both. Love, Andrée

  4. Luiza, just a few words: I am so proud of you and what a fantastic feat you have accomplished, 1100km of walking across some of the toughest terrain of Iberia. It will be good to have you home, after your well-deserved partying of course. And who better to share this with but Kees and Rolf!!

    Love you,

  5. Congratulations Luiza! Have a great time in Santiago, and greetings to all. Lots of love from Kim and Bauke. x

  6. Anonymous7:45 AM CDT

    Dear Luiza, I'm so happy for you. Congrats, I can't wait to see pictures and hear stories.
    Glad you'll be home soon. Hi to Kees
    love, Carol

  7. Dear Ashley, Dawn, Andrée, Garry, Kim, and Carol,

    Thank you all for your congratulations, it means a lot to me. As written on the Blog there was no partying in Santiago till the last two nights.

    Four lost days ...

    Kees drank the cerveza and Rolf the cerveza con limón (his favorite), and me ... water with electrolytes.

    I saw the Saint but at no point did I have the energy to walk up the stairs to hug him. I did not get to a pilgrim mass and barely remember getting my Compostela. I wanted to sit and look at the Portico de Gloria but it is covered with scaffolding so I could not see it.

    This is the first camino where I am walking well at the end and can now report that I did not have any blisters on the right foot and only two blisters on the left foot, each healed quickly. Which is great for over 1,100kms. So, I walked my first camino without blister problems. My knees are good now and were not a problem after Salamanca.

    I will need some quiet time, we all do after a camino. I will work on my photos and then be ready to share later.

    Bye for now ...