Travel People: Living Authentic Lives, Finding Kindred Spirits, Fulfilling Dreams

Talking Spain with Monica Chantada, Camino de Santiago Guide, Life Coach

May 23, 2020 Host--Cindy McCain Season 1 Episode 1
Travel People: Living Authentic Lives, Finding Kindred Spirits, Fulfilling Dreams
Talking Spain with Monica Chantada, Camino de Santiago Guide, Life Coach
Chapters
00:00:00
Series Intro
00:04:15
Meet Moni in beautiful Galicia, Spain, Bucket List worthy for its mountains, coast, Celtic ruins, wine, wonderful people, and the Camino de Santiago (St. James Way).
00:05:17
What lockdown means in Vigo, Spain
00:06:05
Memories of Madrid: Attention chocolate lovers!
00:07:08
How Moni and I met in Nashville, Tennessee
00:09:30
Moni’s US Teaching and Traveling; Alaska, Peru, Mexico, Jamaica, and the Bahamas
00:11:00
The Wanderer Returns Home to Vigo. How to Reinvent a Life (Again)
00:13:17
Effect of Pandemic on 2020 Camino Tourism
00:13:30
Moni’s Call to Another Life, Spanish Financial Crisis, Realizing in India what she really wanted, Her Mom's Advice
00:17:15
Effect of Pandemic on Family and Finances; How Emergency State in Spain differs from US Lockdown
00:22:00
Dealing with Solitary Confinement after divorce
00:25:43
Beautiful Vigo--My visit with Moni and Ale on #St.John’sEve / SummerSolstice
00:26:12
Meeting Moni in Porto, Portugal
00:27:13
Cies,Islands--one of my favorite travel experiences ever
00:28:13
Other Journeys in Spain, Socializing/Eating in Spain
00:32:00
Toledo --Day trip from Madrid
00:34:24
Camino options based on distance, routes, fitness, goals
00:45:25
My journeys with Moni: Morocco
00:47:25
Traveling Tarifa, Spain; Reunion in Oregon
00:49:15
Moni’s Other Travels for Growth-- India, Kenya, Japan, New Zealand--and she affords Travel
01:03:10
Healthcare in Spain
01:04:45
What Moni would tell a 20something daughter or her 20something self
01:06:30
Join Spain's 8 PM Celebration of Solidarity and Spirit to Cope with the Pandemic
Travel People: Living Authentic Lives, Finding Kindred Spirits, Fulfilling Dreams
Talking Spain with Monica Chantada, Camino de Santiago Guide, Life Coach
May 23, 2020 Season 1 Episode 1
Host--Cindy McCain

Meet Monica Fernandez Chantada, a master of reinvention and growth. She'll inspire you with her journey to the life she wanted from Madrid HR Specialist  to Nashville, Tennessee teacher to Camino de Santiago Guide/Life Coach/Airbnb Super Host in gorgeous Galicia.  Learn how Spain is coping with the pandemic, how to choose the Camino right for you with her company, Spanish Steps, and how to explore the world, her country, and her backyard. Join the conversation as we relive terrific treks together across three continents and pump you up for the next quest of your own! Music Credits: Carole Edwards, "Come and Run Away with Me," Chris Haugen, "Casablanca Caravan," Dan Lebowitz, "Mysteries" To watch the Skype interview with photos go here. Photo Credits: Cindy McCain and Monica Chantada

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Meet Monica Fernandez Chantada, a master of reinvention and growth. She'll inspire you with her journey to the life she wanted from Madrid HR Specialist  to Nashville, Tennessee teacher to Camino de Santiago Guide/Life Coach/Airbnb Super Host in gorgeous Galicia.  Learn how Spain is coping with the pandemic, how to choose the Camino right for you with her company, Spanish Steps, and how to explore the world, her country, and her backyard. Join the conversation as we relive terrific treks together across three continents and pump you up for the next quest of your own! Music Credits: Carole Edwards, "Come and Run Away with Me," Chris Haugen, "Casablanca Caravan," Dan Lebowitz, "Mysteries" To watch the Skype interview with photos go here. Photo Credits: Cindy McCain and Monica Chantada

Note: This episode is available on YouTube (see link on podcast website) and includes photos, videos, and Skype interview video.

Welcome! Sometimes we have to get lost for a while to live found and free.Here we talk about essential journeys that lead us home to the people we were created to be. My guests, masters of reinvention and growth, will share their #travel go-to places and give insider tips on where and how to take timeouts in their backyards. They’ll inspire and empower you to plan your new adventure to find relationships, rejuvenation, rest--whatever you seek. You’ll be encouraged to take what I call "beauty breaks for the soul." Today we're off to Spain.

I’m Cindy McCain, travel writer and blogger at SouthernGirlGoneGlobal.com where I share my journey as an explorer of 27 countries, former expat, and empty nest survivor. When my children flew away, I did, too. I landed in Morocco. After two years there and one in the Caribbean, I’m back in Nashville teaching university English, telling travel tales, and coaching others as they write theirs.
 
I’m so excited to introduce you to some of the colorful cohorts I’ve met from around the world whose heads and hearts push me to press on in growth, live by my core values, never settle. They make me laugh and no matter how far or long we’re apart, they remain my ride or die friends.
 
We’ll start with where they are, where they’ve been, and how they got there. I will ask them to describe their trajectories using Joseph Campbell’s stages of the hero’s journey--the way he said we follow our bliss.  I’ll ask guests when they heard the call to a different life, what pushed them to cross the threshold into a new world, who became mentors and allies as they faced testing, whether or not they found what they were looking for, and how their lives have changed since.
 
Today’s guest is….
Monica Fernandez Chantada
 
4:15 Meet Moni in beautiful Vigo, Spain, which is in the province of Galicia, Bucket List worthy for its mountains, coast, Celtic ruins, wine, and wonderful people. Through here pilgrims since the 9th century have traveled to the Cathedral in Santiago on  the Camino or St. James’ Way. Monica is a Life Coach, CaminoGuide for Spanish Steps and an Airbnb Super Host .

She’ll tell us about reinventing herself more than once, international teaching and world travel. We’ve wandered 3 continents in the last decade together from the Sahara Desert to the Islands of the Gods. I’m so glad she’s here!
 
Learn how Spaniards do Lockdown (started March 14)
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6:20  Memories of Madrid: Attention chocolate lovers!
 
7:05  How Moni and I met in Nashville, Tennessee
 
9:30  Moni’s  US Teaching and Traveling; Alaska, Peru, Mexico, Jamaica, and the Bahamas
 
11:00  The Wanderer Returns Home to Vigo
 
11:30  How to Reinvent a Life (Again)
From Journalism to Working in Corporate Human Resources Job to Teaching Spanish is the US to Camino de Santiago Guide
“I always say ‘Yes!’ Every challenge, I take it!”--Moni
 
13:30  Effect of Pandemic on 2020 Camino Tourism
 
14:00  Moni’s Call to Another Life, Spanish Financial Crisis, Realizing in India what she really wanted
 
15:30   Moni’s Mom’s Advice
 
17:20  Pandemic Effects on Finances and Family
 
20:00  How Emergency State in Spain differs from US Lockdown
 
22:30  Dealing with Solitary Confinement after divorce
       
25:43  Beautiful Vigo--My visit with Moni and Ale on #St.John’sEve / #SummerSolstice
         
26:28  Meeting Moni in Porto, Portugal
 
27:28  Cies,Islands--one of my favorite travel experiences ever
 
28:30  Spain Photos from Other Journeys
 
29:37  Eating and Socializing in Spain
 
32:15  #Toledo --Day trip from #Madrid
       
34:40  Camino options based on distance, routes, fitness, purpose
 
40:08  Photos of Coastal Camino through Galicia; Pilgrims; Goals
      
45:40  My journeys with Moni: Morocco
 
47:45  Tarifa
    
48:40  Oregon
 
49:22  Moni’s Other Travels for #Growth ; Backpacking at 37 in India
 
50:20  Travel Deals Now
       
52:30   Moni’s Call;  Nashville, Kenya, Japan, New Zealand.
What’s on her Bucket List now
Moni:  “I’m rich because I have freedom.”
 
1:03:00  Healthcare in Spain
 
1:05:00  What Moni would tell a 20something daughter or her 20something self
 
1:06:00  Join Spain's 8 PM Lockdown Celebration of Solidarity and Spirit 
 
1:09:00-1:10:00  Closing
 
Contact Moni: mfchantada@yahoo.es or Cindy: cindylmccain1@gmail.com

Series Intro
Meet Moni in beautiful Galicia, Spain, Bucket List worthy for its mountains, coast, Celtic ruins, wine, wonderful people, and the Camino de Santiago (St. James Way).
What lockdown means in Vigo, Spain
Memories of Madrid: Attention chocolate lovers!
How Moni and I met in Nashville, Tennessee
Moni’s US Teaching and Traveling; Alaska, Peru, Mexico, Jamaica, and the Bahamas
The Wanderer Returns Home to Vigo. How to Reinvent a Life (Again)
Effect of Pandemic on 2020 Camino Tourism
Moni’s Call to Another Life, Spanish Financial Crisis, Realizing in India what she really wanted, Her Mom's Advice
Effect of Pandemic on Family and Finances; How Emergency State in Spain differs from US Lockdown
Dealing with Solitary Confinement after divorce
Beautiful Vigo--My visit with Moni and Ale on #St.John’sEve / SummerSolstice
Meeting Moni in Porto, Portugal
Cies,Islands--one of my favorite travel experiences ever
Other Journeys in Spain, Socializing/Eating in Spain
Toledo --Day trip from Madrid
Camino options based on distance, routes, fitness, goals
My journeys with Moni: Morocco
Traveling Tarifa, Spain; Reunion in Oregon
Moni’s Other Travels for Growth-- India, Kenya, Japan, New Zealand--and she affords Travel
Healthcare in Spain
What Moni would tell a 20something daughter or her 20something self
Join Spain's 8 PM Celebration of Solidarity and Spirit to Cope with the Pandemic