Travelers from Guemes, Spain
MEET THE TEAM!
A personal note from Ernesto:
Guemes, Spain is a little town on the north coast of Spain very close to the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by hills and farmhouses. Most people here live from breeding cows. I was born in Güemes myself, 80 years ago. Here I run a big shelter for pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela that also provides a platform for social & cultural activities. Over the past 20 years over 70,000 pilgrims have stayed in our shelter.
I have spent all my life trying to create links between people, especially international bottom-up ties among cultures, races, beliefs, and nations.
This trip is inspired by the same idea: cultivating friendship ties between four different places sharing one same name, in the conviction that, somehow, all 3 called-Guemes places in America share the original name of our little Güemes here in Spain and, somehow, keep a distant root here.
Moreover, our little research has shown us that Guemes Island, in particular, is of about the same extension as our municipality. Demographically, both Güemes and Guemes Island are two similar places: we are around 500 neighbors here scattered in little farm houses over green fields, hills covered by eucalyptus forests and cows. We seem to share a similar rural environment.
We would, therefore, love to use those days on your island to start a friendship partnership or somehow promote a stable and lasting contact between both communities, ours and yours, that remains after our trip.