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18 Jan 2022

Saint James Way

Hello my dear followers! 

I'm so happy to share with you my significant plans for next year.  

Since I live in Ponferrada, I want to do "El Camino de Santiago" Saint James Way. Actually, I was planning to do it last year, but the COVID changed the plans for everyone. 

I am going to do Saint James Way in May 2022, from Ponferrada to Santiago with my son, who lives in Manchester, UK, and also friends of mine: Rodrigo, Arturo, Marlon y Gustavo. Yes, I am the only lady, and I love it. 

I’ve been planning everything, even chatting and making a YouTube Live Program with friends who have done El Camino. 

In fact, on 22th and 23th of August, I did by myself part of it, from Ponferrada to Molinaseca and back. Next day Ponferrada-Villafranca. 
It's a beautiful experience to do, share with people from all over the world, and you know something?

It's a beautiful experience to do because you can share it with people from all over the world, and you know something? The international language is English. I walked with one pilgrim from Ukraine, and we were talking in English.  

To be in good physical condition I'm walking at least 8 Kms a day. Sometimes more, around 15-20 kms. I try to do everything on foot. 

I can’t wait for May 2022 to come and make our Way-El Camino. I will share with all of you our pilgrim adventure.

See you… 

5 Apr 2020
Pancake Poster
Pancake Poster
5 Apr 2020

About me October 2019


María Luisa Arias-Ferrero

My name's Maria Luisa Arias-Ferrero, but my family and friends call me Magüicha. I'm Spanish but I'm not from Spain, I'm from Venezuela. I was born in Caracas, on 2nd February 1966. My parents are Spanish. In fact, I'm Venezuelan and Spanish. My mother's name's Esther, she was born in Bembibre and my father's called Luis, he was born in Alcázar de San Juan -Ciudad Real- By the way, I'm an only child. 

I have a son, he's called Daniel. He's an only child too. He's 22 and he lives in Manchester, in the UK. He works in a warehouse near Piccadilly Gardens. He studied performance arts at Pendleton college.

I'm a specialist in technology for distance learning and special education, but I'm unemployed at the moment. I've been living in Ponferrada since 2017, a city in the northwest of Spain, the capital of region of El Bierzo. My skills are technology for distance learning, teaching and taking care of people with special needs, storyteller, acting, and communicating with people. At the same time, I truly love reading and writing. I'm a volunteer at AFA Bierzo as a storyteller and I'm studying English and Italian at Official Languages School of Ponferrada. Actually, I'm a member of Totum Revolutum the OLS's theater group. 

I think my English is improving day by day. I read much better than I can speak, actually I have a really peculiar English accent, it’s a mix between American and British accent with "a pinch of" tropical flavour.

The website is for fun to communicate and share adventures, stories, photos and more with my family, friends and other people from all over the world. Let's do it!


Maria Luisa Arias-Ferrero (Magüicha)


Venezuelan and Spanish

Date of birth

2nd February 1966

Home address

Ponferrada Leon. Spain


Unemployed / Volunteer / Storyteller / Amateur actress


technology for distance learning, teaching and taking care of people with special needs, storyteller, amateur acting, and communicating with people


English A2 Italian A1

Type of website

For fun to communicate with my family, friends and other people from all over the world. 

5 Apr 2020

English A2 Activities 

I started A2 level 30th September 2019. I will share all the activities I am doing during this special and unusual course. 
21 May 2019

Reply an email 

My friend's reunion,: Mediterranean cruise, Roma, Nice
My friend's reunion,: Mediterranean cruise, Roma, Nice

Writing A1

Read your friend's email and answer it telling them about your own holiday in around 70 words. 



How are you? I'm fine and I'm with Pedro and Julia. We're on holiday in El Bierzo and it's great! There are a lot of things to do. Today we're in Las Médulas. Look at the photo - it's amazing!

Yesterday we went to Carucedo and swan in the lake. It was beautiful. 

Tomorrow we're going to visit a winery in Cacabelos. 

What about you? 




Hi Mayte! 

Thanks for your email. I'm glad you're ok and enjoying your holidays with your friends. I'm fine, too. I'm with Magaly. We're on holiday too on a fabulous Mediterranean cruise. There are a lot of things to do in and out of the ship. 

Today we're in Rome. This city's an open-air museum. Art and history for everywhere. 

Yesterday we went to Villefranche Port, Nice. I met my German friend Marc and his beautiful daughters, his friendly partner and his lovely parents. I had spoke English with them, because I don't speak German, ha ha ha. Was a lovely and exciting meeting. The last time we met face-to-face was 22 years ago in my home country. 

Tomorrow we're going to Barcelona port. My friend Yliana will be waiting for us there. We meet after 11 years. I can't wait to see and hug her. 

These holidays are a touching and lovely reunion of old friends. Look at the photos - they're amazing!

Let me know more about your holidays.



PD See more photos on my website

15 May 2019

Amazing architecture!! 


The John Ryland Library

I really love The John Ryland Library. It's in Manchester, in the UK. I love this building because looks more like a castle or cathedral. It's a masterpieces of Victorian Gothic architecture. 

When I get to Deansgate Road in Manchester, and see this building, I feel in a Harry Potter’s book. It's amazing, big, old, beautiful, and interesting. All in one. 

Inside the building, you can find a café shop, books store and rare books. 

With my cousin at The John Ryland Library (July 2017)
With my cousin at The John Ryland Library (July 2017)
15 May 2019

In another country

Valentina and I in London 2016
Valentina and I in London 2016


Imagine you are in another country. Answer the questions:

Where are you?        

London in The UK

Is it a nice place?

It's a beautiful, great, multilingual and multicultural city. 

Why are you there?

Ricky Martin concert and visiting the city

Who are you with?

My friend Valentina

Are you in a hotel?

We’re in a hostel

Where are you now?

At/on Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station

Hi, Ana. I hope you're well. How are things in the Language School? I'm in London for four days. I'm here with my friend Valentina. We're here on holiday for the Ricky Martin’s concert and to visit the city. We're in a hostel near to Euston Station. It's very cosy and cheap. We’re visiting some landmarks in London: St. Paul's Cathedral, London Bridge, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Millennium Bridge, London Eye, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, HMS Belfast Museum on the River Thames, The Shard, Buckingham Palace, City Hall, Big Ben, Hyde Park, Westminster Abbey, and Palace of Westminster. 

London’s a beautiful, great, multilingual and multicultural city. Usually people say, “Oooh, London is very expensive!!!”, but it's got a lot of free admission museums and galleries, free city tours, lovely antique book stores, fantastic street activities, amazing parks and the wonderful British Library. 

Now, we're on platform 9 ¾ at King's Cross Station with Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley to catch the Hogwarts Express with them. Ha, ha, ha, ha. 

Look at the photos on my Facebook account. We're really enjoying our holidays in London.

Message me soon, xxx


16 May 2019

Replay an email

HI Bernardo!

Thanks for your email. How are you? I'm in Ponferrada in León. It's a little city near Galicia. I get to Santiago train station tomorrow, but I don't know what time. By the way, I don't know your home address, neither. Is the train station near to your house? Do I walk from there to your place? What's your phone number? My mobile phone number is 666 666666.

Can't wait to see you! 



Ponferrada PHOTOS I taked.

Silent Valley (El Bierzo) de la Valle del Silencio
Silent Valley (El Bierzo) de la Valle del Silencio
15 May 2019

City of Manchester: An industrial revolution and eclectic city

At the Manchester Central Library, 2015
At the Manchester Central Library, 2015


Manchester (MRC) is the third most important city of England in the northwest of the Greater Manchester. The Industrial revolution was born there, Cottonopolis was a 19th century nickname for Manchester. It’s a singular, eclectic, multilingual and multicultural city. There are around 550,000 people. There are a lot of thing to do in this city. 

There are a lot of attractions in Manchester, many different kinds of museums, parks, cafés, beautiful libraries, big shopping centres, national and international banks, cathedrals, cinemas, shops, supermarkets, a huge and large transportation system, two big universities, two famous and rival football teams -Manchester United and Manchester City- and their football stadiums, and two famous international festivals -Christmas Market and Manchester International Festival (MIF)- Aaahhhh, I almost forgot, there is a Comic Con, too: Manchester Comic Con.

There is a beautiful and unique library, Manchester Central Library (MCL) in front of St. Peter Square. Its architecture is modern in and a little old at the same time, because it was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. It is the second largest public lending library in Britain. In this particular library, there are a lot of facilities: a reading room, free computer WiFi service, activities for people of all ages, a kid’s room, free books for tourists, a café with unusual tables with tactile multimedia information. MLC’s café is my favourite and special place to meet with my friends and son.

There are little and beautiful towns and villages around Manchester, with Victorian (architecture) houses in the middle of the forest.  

The Bee is the symbol of the City of Manchester, because it represents hard work and people working together. The people born in Manchester are called "Mancunians". There isn't enough space in one piece of paper to write about this amazing and historical city. 

15 May 2019

Why am I here? 


I'm was born in Caracas-Venezuela, on February 2nd, but now I'm live in Ponferrada in the northwest of Spain. 
I created this site because I was needing to share, chat, and interchanging information and feelings with other people who knows any person or has got a family member with dementia or Alzheimer. My reason is my father, he's got Alzheimer from 2017. 
I like sharing my experience with my father and his ill and the way I can care him and support him. I love writing because for me is the best way to learn and understand his new mental condition and his new behavior. From the other hand, I think it's a good way to give visibility that mental diseases and their impact in the family and society. The most important detail, anyone who has got a brain, can be able to have any mental disease. 

You can contact me by message, or chat or you can share in my GAM-V

My parents and I visiting Molina Seca
My parents and I visiting Molina Seca
14 May 2019

Email to friend about my family 👪 


Dear Marc

Let me tell you about my family. I live with my parents. We live in Ponferrada. My mum’s name is Esther. She’s Spanish and she's 84. She’s short and slim, she’s got short, grey hair and brown eyes. My dad’s name is Luis. He's Spanish, too. He’s a little tall and a little slim! He’s got short grey hair and brown eyes, too. He's 91.They're retired. They were 53 years living in Venezuela. I've got a son. He's name is Daniel. He lives in Manchester in the UK. He's an actor but he works in a warehouse in Manchester city centre, called Affleck's Palace. He loves listening to music. He listens to music all the time! He's got long brown hair and hazel eyes, like me. I’ve got long hair too. My son and I, love seeing films at the cinema. I miss him so much. Every single day!! 

Write soon and tell me about your family.



Daniel and I in Manchester Piccadilly Station 🚉
Daniel and I in Manchester Piccadilly Station 🚉
14 May 2019

Magüicha Hotel Review

NAME: Magüicha


HOTEL: Marriott Harbor Beach and Spa Fort Lauderdale 


Fort Lauderdale, Florida. USA


5/5 * * * * * 


This hotel is more than great, it's marvellous. It's a five-star hotel. All the rooms have amazing views because the hotel is in front of the beach. It's next to a beautiful marina with boats, catamarans and yachts from all over the world. It's got the facilities everybody needs and activities for all ages. It's near the city centre. There are colourful walk paths from and to the hotel. All the staff are lovely. There are good restaurants, actually the best burger I've ever eaten in my life was there. Delicious, yummy yummy!!!

Marriott Harbor Beach and Spa Fort Lauderdale
Marriott Harbor Beach and Spa Fort Lauderdale
21 May 2019


I'm with my friend Marlon
I'm with my friend Marlon


My names's Maria Luisa (Magüicha). I'm from Caracas in Venezuela. I'm fifty-two. I'm with my friend Marlon in this photo. He's from Venezuela, too. He's a gym trainner. He's a lovely, strong and funny person. He lives in Manchester in the UK. He works at Tesco. I'm a student at the Official Language School in Ponferrada, Spain. I'm a healthcare assistant trainee at Asociación de Familiares y Amigos de Alzheimer Bierzo (AFA Bierzo). 

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