El Camino de Santiago is a 1,200-year-old pilgrimage across Europe culminating at the final resting place of the Apostle St. James. Diana Glawe and Emily Foubert will share their distinct experiences on El Camino as they both chose different styles of travel. Glawe stayed in pre-arranged private room lodging, while Foubert stayed in albergues (hostels for pilgrims). Glawe paid for her belongings to be transported, while Foubert carried her belongings in a backpack. They both began their journey in France; hiked over the Pyrenees; wandered the plains of the Meseta; and met incredible people from all around the world. Glawe and Foubert will share their experiences, planning information, and practical tips for an enjoyable Camino adventure – whichever style you choose.
Diana Glawe – Diana began backpacking and camping in her late 20s. Hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail in the her late 40s with her spouse, Deb, and their friends became a favorite way to spend a week of vacation time. In 2018, at age 52, Glawe walked the Camino De Santiago in memory of Deb, who died in 2017. Glawe was joined by Deb’s college roommate, Connie, and Deb’s long-time friend, Rita. “Team Deb’s” journey was one of healing, bonding, and connecting with the spiritual energy and community of the Camino pilgrimage. Inspired by stories of older hikers, Glawe plans to continue hiking for years to come.
Emily Foubert – Foubert is an an environmental educator, nature mentor, writer, and bird language enthusiast who lives in her childhood hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio.
She loves trail running in wild places, traveling, and building fires with her hands. She feels most alive when she sings around campfires with friends and writes in the woods with the more-than-human world. She dreams of one day traveling to her ancestral homelands in Ireland, Great Britain and Germany, where she hopes to find traditional ways of building, cooking, foraging, hunting, grieving, and celebrating seasonal cycles.