The sky darkens and the wind increases rustling the leaves of the trees. The fragrance of Eucalyptus is in the air, and it feels biblical. As soon as I step under a canopy of trees, the sky opens up. I leap up under a tree and lean against the muddy wall of the trail and wait as God unleashes His power.
Alda Petitti was born in Faial, Azores and moved to the United States at the age of eight with her parents and sister. She is a certified public accountant and a tax director with a national accounting firm. She is married to Ken, and they reside in Providence, RI. They have two daughters, Lauren and Margo.
My wife and I have decided to do the Camino Portugues next year and there are not a lot of books about this route (thank goodness for the Brierly guide), so I was naturally excited to find a personal experience of someone walking this route. Well, if you're looking for a guide to a 'true pilgrim' experience, this is not it. First, the book is only about 100 pages and the last half is ALL pictures. In addition, most of the historical info is copied directly from Wikipedia so the actual personal writing is about 30 pages. But the main problem is that her husband drives her (in a Mercedes!) to and from her start point each day and she nevers stays in a refugio/albergue but rather in high-end pousadas and paradors that are sometimes not even in places on the route! She even gets her husband to drive to get her passport stamps! I realize that the Camino is personal and each person chooses to approach it differently but for most, the Camino is about some level of suffering and that's not what happens here. Her experience is valuable to her and seems to have made an impact in her life but I don't think a published book was needed. This is NOT the Camino that I've read about!