WHO ARE WE?

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Anita Oudega

 

Anita has been walking and hiking in Europe for over 30 years. She has travelled to 42 different countries and walked 18 long distance routes in Europe in countries such as England, Norway, Iceland, Spain, France, Italy, and Switzerland. Besides walking and hiking, Anita has been a locally competitive tennis player and internationally competitive crew rower.  She firmly believes that active fitness through enjoyable activities is the best way to maintain health and mental wellness.

Through her travels, Anita has gained a wealth of knowledge about all aspects of travel including transportation, how to find interesting lodging, packing lightly, and safety. She is well-versed about how to avoid injury on long-distance walks by being proactive about fitness and nutrition. She is passionate about history and culture and loves to learn about the places she visits.

An active member of several long distance walking groups in Los Angeles, Anita has designed and led many local walks. 

Anita is CERT trained in emergency response and speaks decent French. 

Sue Skelly

Sue is a mother of four adults and grandmother to one very cute 18-month-old grandson. She has traveled to 37 countries. In 2018, she walked from Saint Jean pied du Port, France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. In 2019, she walked from the Swiss/Italian border to Rome on the Via Francigena. In 2021 she walked the Via Podiensis in France.
 

Sue is a certified nutritional consultant based in Southern California. Her travels have provided inspiration to develop healthy recipes for her family, friends and clients. She empowers people to live their best life through a healthy lifestyle with a focus on anti-inflammatory foods. She has overcome her own issues with arthritic foot pain to be able to live an active lifestyle. 

 

Sue speaks Spanish, has been studying French for two years and studied Italian for a year before her walk through Italy. She is a certified NOLS Wilderness First Responder and leads hikes and Camino training walks in Southern California. She is passionate about mentoring new pilgrims who want to walk long distance routes in Europe.

 

Our Story

On a stifling hot day, walking into Villar de Mazarife on the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain, two peregrinas had no idea that their lives were about to change. Over pitchers of sangria, on the patio of the tiny Tio Pepe albergue, surrounded by pilgrims from all over the world, these two peregrinas looked at each other and knew they had met before.

 

Somewhere.

 

After half an hour of questioning each other, they figured out that they had, indeed, met before at a pilgrim gathering in Orange County, California. Then they realized they lived less than 30 minutes away from each other! From that day, they walked, talked, and experienced pilgrim life along the Camino. 

 

Upon returning home they started going on long distance walks together, participating in local Camino groups, and talking about their travel experiences. 

One of the common threads that kept coming up in conversation were the reactions of friends when they asked about our walks. Everyone said, "Take me with you the next time you go!" but were hesitant to try it on their own.

That's when we hatched the idea for

Women Who Walk the World. 

Our goal is to empower women to get out of their comfort zones,

try something they think they cannot do,

and give them an experience that will change their lives for the better.

We invite you to come with us!

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