Archives for May 2014

Wild Roses along the Camino

We’ve got hours of walking ahead of us, and Gabriela is entertaining me with stories from her nearly 40 years in the hotel industry, most of them with the Paris Hilton (the actual hotel near the Eiffel Tower that the reality star is named after). Gabriela retired as Executuve Housekeeper, in charge of a large […] Read the full article…

Happiness on the Camino

(Poor formatting due to using an iPad with slow internet access and limited time.) Paco, Gabriela and I were soon eating what looked like a homemade cake with coffee, tea and juice while the woman went about readying her restaurant for another day. The morning chill and the rising sun came through the open door. […] Read the full article…

Three Days of Adventures on the Camino

                 Monday, May 19, 2014 Sitting here on a dusty plastic bench beside the wide-open doors of the albergue in San Juan de Ortega (population 24), I’m slightly warmer than a Popsicle. The wind and dust blew fierce for hours today while we pilgrims trudged 24 kilometers (15 […] Read the full article…

Worn Out on the Camino

I’m worn out. Getting up from the bed isn’t going to happen for a while. And walking? Fugetabout! The contents of my 11 kilo  24 lb. backpack, are strewn around the hotel room, and I’m feeling like a veritable princess. This is the first actual hotel I’ve stayed in since leaving home ten days ago. […] Read the full article…

Want to Walk the Camino?

May 5, 2014, Monterey, California Imagine 43 blank days on your calendar. Seriously. In less than 12 hours, I’ll be tossing my backpack in the Airbus for the hundred-mile ride to San Francisco International Airport. Two planes, three shuttles and 24 hours later, I reach the French village of St. Jean Pied de Port where […] Read the full article…

Longmire Consulting: Hard Data and Tough Words

When CNN, Fox and Univisión need an expert on Mexican drug wars or U.S. border security, Sylvia Longmire’s name is on all their go-to lists. In both the public and private sectors, Longmire is sought out for advice, presentations and expert witness in Mexican immigration cases. Her first book, Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico’s […] Read the full article…