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“A Very Guemes Adventure”

“A Very Guemes Adventure”

A warm welcome was extended on April 22 to special guests from Guemes, Spain - Ernesto, Francisco, Miguel, and Marina. The celebration of friendship lasted all week with many activities and opportunities to learn about our two communities and cultures. Our guests had the opportunity to meet many island residents, including several who have walked the "Camino de Santiago" (or the "Camino Frances"), the most famous pilgrimage in Spain.
 
There was a full house at the Community Center on April 26 for a community potluck with our Spanish visitors.  A spirit of shared community and heartfelt friendship filled the air.  Rob Carter, who was the first to tell Ernesto about Guemes Island (when visiting Ernesto's alburgue on the Camino del Norte 9 years ago), was a surprise guest.  There was much emotion in the reuniting of these special friends. The evening concluded with a presentation by Ernesto which included slides of Guemes, Spain and Ernesto's pilgrims' shelter. Ernesto used the path to Santiago as a metaphor for other Caminos, both spiritual and social. A reporter from the Anacortes American was present to provide coverage of this special evening.
 
After a very full week, we bid a fond farewell to our newfound friends on April 30, wishing them a good voyage and thanking them for having connected our hearts from one Guemes to another. We are so much richer for their visit.
 
Thanks to all who invested so much time and energy into making this incredible visit a fantastic success! We should all be proud to be part of the Guemes Island community. Our friends from Spain were overwhelmed by our generosity and our "embracing" spirit; they expressed their gratitude profusely.
 
To learn more about the "De Guemes a Guemes" adventure and see how our friends from Spain spent their time on Guemes Island (as well as other Guemes-es along the way and, now, on through Canada), please visit their travel blog, which can easily be translated to English on PCs by using a right-mouse click and selecting "Translate to English" from the menu that appears.
 
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