Hi!! My name is Karmela, I´m a spanish woman who lives in an old stone-wood house in the galician country side, almost in the frontier with Asturias, at 150 kms from Santiago de Compostela, on the North Way to Santiago. I´m Anthropologist and Painter, lived many years in Latin América working in human rights and local development with NGO´s and international organizations, and once I came back to Spain I decided to make the Camino de Santiago, and finally, to stay in it as "hospitalera" (host) it and open my home to other pilgrims.
So, from almost five years ago I live in a beautiful and very little village in the mountains close to the Cantabric sea, where I have my own garden and chicken. The idea is to live in the most ecological way it´s possible, and to recuperate the land for home-providing agriculture and the traditional beautiful forest (oaks, chestnuts, yews, alders, birchs, elders...) and landscape, erradicating the eucaliptus from, at least, my territory. Lately, I´m also trying to grow my own shiitake (mushrooms) supply.
I live alone with my cat Wara (means "star" in Quechua), but there are many often friends at home, sometime to participate in any cultural activity (I organize several of them along the year at home). Often, anyway, I visit them in other villages or little towns around, such as Ribadeo, Vegadeo, Navia, etc.
Basically I survive with whatever the pilgrims leave as donation when they spend the night at home in their way to Santiago de Compostela. At home, they can take a shower after a long-day walking, wash their clothes and enjoy an authentic and I hope cozy atmosphere. I provide dinner and breakfast for them, and believe I´m quite good cook. Sometimes I sell some of my paintings and art work. I am also a qualified Spanish Teacher, so during the winter time, when there are not pilgrims at home, I accept students, who can therefor enjoy a cultural inmersion experience.
Many often I need people to help me, mainly to make reforms in the house, some gardening including vegetable plot or forestry. In return, I promise to feed you well, to teach you some Spanish, and to show you the local area, which it´s full of beauty.
What can I say about myself? I like cinema, reading and good music. I like a good conversation and I´m very curious about other people´s customs, history and traditions. I study paleoanthropology and cultural management at the University on-line. Love nature and art.
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I can offer a very unique experience, as I live in the Camino de Santiago and I host pilgrims from all over the world at home. Also, I can also help with Spanish to the person/s who stay with me and show a little bit the local area, which is very beautiful.
Hello!! I really need help as son as possible from someone who has carpentry skills. The most pressing task is to replace a wood floor inside the building near-by the house and to build an structure (like a simple winterhouse) to "host" my shiitake (mushrooms). I have all the materials and tools.
In second place, I would like to gather a small group of people with carpentry - building skils to remove and old roof and to build a new one.
I´m planning a short period stay, like a week, working 5 days 7-8 hours, and leaving you 3 more days free to stay and visit some places around. If we start to work, it´s very important for me to do it fast. I can bring more people to help, but the workawayer should have skills enought to tell us what to do and how.
There many other things, but this is the most important at the moment. Do you dare??
At home, I offer a cozy and very welcoming atmosphere, good food (organic salad), three meals a day (mostly vegetarian but we could make an exception), a bedroom to yourself (or shared if there is more than one "workaway" or pilgrims around) and shared bathroom.
Maariz, my little village, belongs to Mondoñedo, a municipality located in the province of Lugo, region of Galicia. In fact it´s very near to Asturias. Even we are in the mountain, the Cantabric see and the jurasic coast is very close. The surrounding includes many places to visit, of great interest from an historical, arqueological and ecological point of view. If you like anthropology, you will have the opportunity to meet the inhabitants of the galician countryside, and eventually to take part in traditional local folk festivities. If you like history, we have plenty of celtic sites, also museums, and megalitic monuments among others. But if you prefer to just enjoy nature, I live in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with great biodiversity and animal life. Cliffs over spectacular beaches with caves, waterfalls, magic misty forests and mountains with secret paths are waiting to be discovered.
In Mondoñedo we have basic stores, such as supermarket, pharmacy, hardware stores, bakery, stationary store, post office, etc. The village was very important in the middle ages, so we have a large cathedral, even though we´re just about 5.000 people. For other needs, Ribadeo is close (there you can find a Decatlon store, for instance).
There is no public transport from home to the next large town (Mondoñedo), but it´s within a walking distance (about 2 kms.) and from there it´s possible to travel by bus to several destinations: Santiago de Compostela (150 Kms.), A Coruña (160 kms.), Lugo (75 Kms), or Ribadeo (38 kms.) From Ribadeo, it´s possible to combine transportation (train or bus) even to Gijón and Oviedo (in Asturias), and to other places such as Santander or Bilbao.
I have my own (very old) car that I use to make short distances journeys, and that we will take to visit the surroundings or to get supplies. If needed I can also take the person/s who stay at home to the next bus/train station. Next airports are: Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña and Oviedo (Asturias).
We are a quiet rural community, which offers a peaceful retreat. If you´re looking for night life, this is not a place for you. For those stars-lovers... We don´t have artificial light pollution!!!! Full moon is outstanding!!!
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