The walk is all over, I am feeling a bit sad, but my feet are happy. It was an amazing experience. Thank you for those who donated money to our FITE initiative and for everyone’s support.
29 June: We are so over walking that when we arrived in Lezamo on today we rode to dinner. Like 4 naughtly little girls it was great fun! Amazing how playfulness is great for the soul.
My skin looks great here despyte a very basic routine – fresh air – exercise, sweat, relaxation, good laughs and sleep.
1 July: The view from our room, looking into Santiago chapel. There are a lot more pilgrims around on this side vs the northern way which is where we commenced our ‘Hike’ let alone walk from San Sebastian to Bilboa.
This leg is Santiago to Finistere – what was known as the end of the world – since it’s right at the top and they believed the world ended there.
Sunday, June 24: Landing in Bilbao we took a scenic bus drive to the gorgeous San Sebastian. As we relaxed on the bus we took in what we are about to walk in the next 7 days noticing the rather hilly daunting terrains ahead of us. We enjoy the typical ‘Pinchot’ (tapas) for dinner and walked through the beautiful city. As the sun goes down so I prepare for our my first walk tomorrow.
Monday, June 25: This will be the third longest of all our walking days, 27 km challange. I found a cool natural stream where I nursed my hot burning feet with toe sausages and vaseline while chomping on much needed protein bars. This journey took us from sea level to mountain tops, through forests, farm lands and fishing villages. I arrived at my guesthouse in Getaria at 4:20 pm after walking for 8 hours. Dinner was a pleasant surprise on the beach eating beautiful fish and drinking ice cold Rueda which is a local white wine from the vineyards.
When we asked Cherie why she decided to connect this personal expereice to FITE, she answered:”I think when things have a higher purpose they have more personal meaning and besides it will drive my commitment when it is hard because it’s for something much greater than myself or personal gain. We can’t walk alone in life and FITE allows me to make a real difference I can see and feel”.
Dermalogica South Africa’s CEO, Cherie Keating decided to walk 200 kilometres to help support female entrepreneurs who dream of starting their own business or grow their existing business.
Taking part in the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, also known as ‘The Way of St James’, she plans to conquer the 200 kilometres in 11 days. This pilgrimage path start and finish in Spain and for more than 1 ooo years many pilgrims have travelled here.
Today many people make this journey simply because it is there, for others it’s an adventure holiday. “For me it is a privilege of time to just be and enjoy the surroundings and the experience to accomplish something like nothing I have done before. I am not going to find myself or look for some life changing anwers, I am expecting to get whatever I need”; says Cherie.
Many companies have already joined in Cherie’s walk for FITE (financial independence through entrepreneurship) by sponsoring every km she walks.
Let us know how you would like to get involved.