As many of you will know I have been suffering for several years with arthritis and problems with my knees especially. I finally went for my first total knee replacement surgery last November which effectively kept Paddy & I from La Gomera and the mountains for all of 2016-17 season and now am in recovery but finding it slow going and still have to face getting the second knee done!!
However we have been extremely fortunate to have built a good support team around us especially Jesús Mora Mendoza and his delightful partner René Van Der Walt who between them stepped up to the plate and took over the organisation and management of our small but thriving business this past winter.
Jesús, a young local man from a long established Gomeran family joined us five or six years ago as a driver and part-time guide bringing with him a wealth of local knowledge including fluent Silbo....the Unesco-recognised whistling language unique to La Gomera.
René originally from South Africa but in La Gomera for almost 10 years followed him in 2015 after having established and run her own restaurant...one of the best on the Island. Between them this charming,vibrant and enthusiastic young couple proved very popular with our clients making 2016-17 our most successful season yet (while we convalesced in the grey and dismal Irish winter!)
So now as Paddy and I seriously have to contemplate our final retirement who else would we turn to but Jesús and René to take over Gomera Walking on a permanent basis. They have demonstrated beyond doubt their abilities and we commend them to you for the 2017-18 and future seasons.
As I write this.... our last group of the 2016-17 season is currently enjoying fine spring weather in la Gomera and organisation of the new season is well under way. Availability of suitable accommodation has increasingly become a problem in La Gomera as with the other Canary Islands because of other winter sun destinations decreasing in popularity and Gomera Walking is currently in negotiation with accommodation suppliers which we hope will shortly come to a conclusion and allow us to publish our new schedule for booking by end of April.
Best wishes to all.
Andy & Paddy
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La Gomera Walking
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Londonderry, N. Ireland, BT47 6NU
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