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LIVE from the Camino A pilgrim is in need of help along CF

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Pilgrino21

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His name is Russell.

Came across this tent about an hour's walk from Viana. Turns out his things were stolen. Appears to be recent (but may have spent the night here). I gave as much as I can and left him a short note. I really felt for him. So many things you can only plan for (esp in a different spot, may be from the US), this shouldn't be one of them...

I hope he got some help in Viana or from the pilgrims behind me. If you're a local perhaps you can make things happen somehow? Hope I'm not giving too much away with the photo (taken after 2 pm today) but enough there to work with.

If you know this pilgrim or recognize his tent (he looks like a seasoned camper, unlike me), I hope you are able to help as well.

DM me if you wanna know more or have questions.

I hope the Camino will provide for this pilgrim with what he needs.....

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You have left so many questions unanswered that we cannot do anything. If there is cause for concern, you should report this to the police.

[Edited to add: My initial reaction was concern for Russell's welfare and whereabouts, as I had not zoomed in to read his note.]
 
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Faye Walker

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Doubt from US... the tent is new, and a decathlon in-house brand. Other features suggest a youthful traveller. One hopes that he will have found assistance in Viana. Odd to leave one's heart behind.... Strikes me as "unusual".
 
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Doubt from US... the tent is new, and a decathlon in-house brand. Other features suggest a youthful traveller. One hopes that he will have found assistance in Viana. Odd to leave one's heart behind.... Strikes me as "unusual".


Could have bought the tent in Spain.Decathlons enough.

" Odd to leave one's heart behind " as " unusual" ? The Camino attracts lots of seekers and searchers. Especially between Santiago and Finisterre I met some semi homeless in tents who prefer to go from place to place ( sometimes helping out in an albergue to do the odd job ).

Russell could be one of those or he could be someone with a completely different background.
 

Faye Walker

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Could have bought the tent in Spain.Decathlons enough.

" Odd to leave one's heart behind " as " unusual" ? The Camino attracts lots of seekers and searchers. Especially between Santiago and Finisterre I met some semi homeless in tents who prefer to go from place to place ( sometimes helping out in an albergue to do the odd job ).

Russell could be one of those or he could be someone with a completely different background.
Sorry -- that was an autocorrection to my text -- which was typed as "odd to leave one's THINGS behind". And my point is only that there is no harm in helping with a note or a few euros. or food -- have done similarly when I've met the kinds of permanent pilgrims you describe...
I think the OP might not know that there are permanent pilgrims... but I also really am a bit confused by the decision to leave one's things behind as those who "sleep rough" here would simply never leave their home behind unless it's in an actual encampment with others to watch out for it.
 

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Sorry -- that was an autocorrection to my text -- which was typed as "odd to leave one's THINGS behind". And my point is only that there is no harm in helping with a note or a few euros. or food -- have done similarly when I've met the kinds of permanent pilgrims you describe...
I think the OP might not know that there are permanent pilgrims... but I also really am a bit confused by the decision to leave one's things behind as those who "sleep rough" here would simply never leave their home behind unless it's in an actual encampment with others to watch out for it.
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Faye Walker

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I did that. And so?
It does not solve the matter of the unusual decision to leave things behind to travel an hour away on foot to get help. It's unusual for a typical pilgrim... it's even unusual for a permanent pilgrim.
My point really is that there is little to nothing we can do except be unsettled by what is beyond our capacity to help on the forum.
The person has not him/her/themself sought our help. The clues are unusual and minimal. One hopes that by now they've been and returned, reported the theft, not been treated badly by authorities, etc etc...
And that we cannot do much doe snot make us callous or uncaring. Just stymied by the unanswerable.
 

David

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I must be getting old - my first reaction was 'poor guy' then I thought of scammers ... sorry - but ... if he has been robbed why on earth would he leave his open tent behind unattended? Why not pack it away and take it with him? otherwise he would have to walk the hour back from Viana - and what help would he be hoping for there??? Something doesn't ring quite true to this .....
 
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