Santiago de Compostela

view of Santiago de Compostela's Chapel from hotel window overlooking other buildings with red terra cotta roofs against a blue cloudless sky

Well, all good things must come to an end, as they say. Unfortunately for my husband and his sister, their walk came to an early end.

A few days ago, they overdid it and wound up getting sunburnt and dehydrated.

The town town they were in didn’t have Powerade or Gatorade so they just drank water.

I was kicking myself for not forcing him to buy the electrolyte tablets that you put in water. I had seen them while we were at REI and asked him if he wanted to take them and he said, “No, we’ll just buy Gatorade.”

Well, see, that wasn’t a good plan!

Because them my sister-in-law started vomiting. I got really concerned because I knew this good go downhill very fast. I texted her husband who called my husband and next thing I know, my husband has called a cab and is taking her to the university hospital.

Thank goodness she recovered with some IV fluids and rest. But, they decided to end their walk.

They took buses/trains to Santiago de Compostela and are just playing tourist for a few days.

They were due to come home on September 29th but yesterday my husband texted that they changed their plane tickets and will be home this Saturday.

While I’m sorry the trip didn’t finish as they had hoped, I’m glad everyone is well. It’s very difficult when someone you love isn’t well and they are so far away.

I have done my fair share of praying for them throughout this trip–mostly that they would have insight and healing, etc. but once I knew they had gotten dehydrated, my prayers changed to focus on them getting well.

I can’t wait to give them both a hug and hear all their stories!

I will share more next Wednesday.

Buen Camino!

14 thoughts on “Santiago de Compostela

  1. Wanda, so glad that your husband was able to communicate with you about the situation and you were able to contact your sister-in-lwas’s hubby. It sounds like everything worked out, although not like they intended. So good to know they are both well and safe.

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    1. Thank you so much for your concern. Yes, it was a scary few hours waiting for more information but they are well. I’m sure they have some disappointment but I think they will have many stories of blessings and healing too.

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    1. Yes, I’m glad they are okay too. The thing is we all knew better. My husband and I have done long distance bike rides and have worked supporting same. I should have insisted on those tablets. But, they did what they did. I am so very thankful for the kind doctors! I’m so glad they are coming home today! Can’t wait to see them!

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      1. Don’t be so hard on yourselves. You knew better but El Camino seems pretty easy, but it’s not. Sunburns, dehydration, ankle sprains, knee, and back injuries are very common. All of these should be advised to the pilgrims in the first place, so they could start and finish their journeys safely.
        On the bright side, now they have a great adventure to tell about 😊 I know you had a hard time, but they were not in the middle of the jungle 😉
        Big hugs to you all 👏👏👏

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