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Are you arriving late from a party on Friday, July 14th? Are you having trouble falling asleep? Are you getting up early for a bike ride or a run on Saturday, July 16th? The bottom line is Are you going to be awake during the night this coming Friday/Saturday**? ’cause, you should. Did you miss … Continue reading Did you miss Prime Day? “Cold Pressed Elixir” 20% off in Amazon Lightning Deals this coming Friday night!!

How do you say “Olive Oil Fraud” in Croatian?

Several nights ago, I was preparing a pasta dish and I was bowled over when I added an “extra virgin olive oil” from Croatia to a pot of very hot water.  It was late in the day, I had not turned the kitchen lights on so lighting was dim.  Below is the picture that will … Continue reading How do you say “Olive Oil Fraud” in Croatian?

How GringoCool Selects a Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Bottling

There are no road maps for small businesses.  Small businesses cannot sit still.  New business is critical for long-term success.  And in this climate of continual movement and business development, success or failure results from variables many times not fully recognized or understood.   Many times, small businesses have to “fly by the seat of … Continue reading How GringoCool Selects a Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Bottling

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Taste Test – Pullman, WA

Head to head comparison of olive oils just like the old Coke vs Pepsi challenge.  Here at GringoCool, we are encouraging head to head taste tests between our Spanish, organic extra virgin olive oil and any takers.  We want people to discover the difference themselves because we believe our organic EVOO is unbeatable for flavoring salads … Continue reading Extra Virgin Olive Oil Taste Test – Pullman, WA

30 Years of Pilgrim Statistics

Originally posted on The Camino Provides: Every January, the Oficina de Acogida de Peregrinos (Pilgrims’ Welcome Office) in Santiago, Spain and the American Pilgrims on the Camino (APOC) publish the pilgrim statistics for the previous year. Among the various data is a chart showing numbers of pilgrims receiving Compostelas for each year dating back to 1986. When I…

Lessons learned on the Camino de Santiago

After finishing my walk along the Camino de Santiago, I wanted to share some of lessons I learned, which I hope may be helpful for people planning on walking the Way. What’s in your backpack? During the first day, two pilgrims commented on the size of my backpack as we walked from Burgos to Hontana, … Continue reading Lessons learned on the Camino de Santiago

Making Friends on the Way of Saint James

The Way of Saint James is an intense experience.  It usually involves new experiences, exhaustion and levels of discomfort and this has a way of bringing people together.  The people on the Way are usually very nice people and with the shared intensity of the daily grind, people become friendly and friendships are made. When … Continue reading Making Friends on the Way of Saint James

Days 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 – Arrival to Santiago de Compostela

The last five days have been full of walking, rain and power outages.  The last place in the world you want to stay in when there is no electrical power is a municipal albergue in Galicia.  Without electricity, there is no water, no heat, no wifi:-) no capacity to cook and it is dark.  Basically, … Continue reading Days 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 – Arrival to Santiago de Compostela

Small Prayers Found on the Camino de Santiago

When you arrive to Santiago after walking, biking or horse backing riding the Way, you have to fill out a short questionnaire to receive your Compostela (certificate).  You have to check a box.  The questionnaire asks you to check whether the reason for your walk was religious, spiritual, or for sport. I think for most, … Continue reading Small Prayers Found on the Camino de Santiago