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A wonderful Birthday present: Camino Magic

andonius

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Ingles, Portugues, Norte, Primitivo, Aragones, Baztan, Sanabres, Finisterre
Today is my 60th birthday, and I wanted to share with all my pilgrim friends the wonderful present my family gave me last week-end.

We live in Madrid, and my wife Paloma told me we were going to take a long weekend together in an unknown (to me!) place. On thursday she took the car and drove us to Burgos, exactly to the same hotel in which we stayed when we were doing the Camino together, some years ago. It's Hotel Meson del Cid, just in front of the cathedral.

I thought: Great¡ . A romantic weekend in a nice city in the Camino¡¡¡. Good plan...

We went to have dinner to a nearby restaurant and what was my surprise when I saw my two sons and my daughter (31, 28 and 26 years old) entering the restaurant. I was completely astonished when my wife told me:

- Surprise¡¡¡, that's your birthday present¡¡¡. We are going to cover three stages of Camino all together, in family¡¡¡

I almost cried. Every year I go twice or three times to cover some part of the Camino, usually alone, and I've always told my wife how much I would like to do it with the whole family...and now they were making my dream come true.

My oldest son had flown fron Holland, where he lives, and the other two had picked him at the airport and they drove to Burgos following us. They have coolected at home all my Camino equipment (backpack, boots and all the rest) and I had it waiting at the hotel's room when we returned.

To make it short, we covered three stages in the weekend from Burgos to Fromista. They were three great family days of neverending laughs, shared efforts, easy understanding, unusual chats, fun card games, wonderful dinners....

It was the best birthday present I've ever had ,and I'll be always grateful for it.

And I wanted to share it with you all because after alll, It's also Camino Magic, isn't it?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
Today is my 60th birthday, and I wanted to share with all my pilgrim friends the wonderful present my family gave me last week-end.

We live in Madrid, and my wife Paloma told me we were going to take a long weekend together in an unknown (to me!) place. On thursday she took the car and drove us to Burgos, exactly to the same hotel in which we stayed when we were doing the Camino together, some years ago. It's Hotel Meson del Cid, just in front of the cathedral.

I thought: Great¡ . A romantic weekend in a nice city in the Camino¡¡¡. Good plan...

We went to have dinner to a nearby restaurant and what was my surprise when I saw my two sons and my daughter (31, 28 and 26 years old) entering the restaurant. I was completely astonished when my wife told me:

- Surprise¡¡¡, that's your birthday present¡¡¡. We are going to cover three stages of Camino all together, in family¡¡¡

I almost cried. Every year I go twice or three times to cover some part of the Camino, usually alone, and I've always told my wife how much I would like to do it with the whole family...and now they were making my dream come true.

My oldest son had flown fron Holland, where he lives, and the other two had picked him at the airport and they drove to Burgos following us. They have coolected at home all my Camino equipment (backpack, boots and all the rest) and I had it waiting at the hotel's room when we returned.

To make it short, we covered three stages in the weekend from Burgos to Fromista. They were three great family days of neverending laughs, shared efforts, easy understanding, unusual chats, fun card games, wonderful dinners....

It was the best birthday present I've ever had ,and I'll be always grateful for it.

And I wanted to share it with you all because after alll, It's also Camino Magic, isn't it?
Thank you for sharing this wonderful gift. Thank you. I can almost step the whole way with you, as it remains clear in my mind even after many years.
 

Walli Walker

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances '2009', Camino Portuguese from Porto '2015', Camino Ingles from Ferrol '2015', Finisterre and Muxia '2015'. Tentatively planning Camino from Granada '2017'.
What a wonderful gift. So much better than ‘stuff’!
 

Rozenn

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances , I walked Pamplona Burgos from 21 august till 3 September 2018 (April 2019 B to STC
Today is my 60th birthday, and I wanted to share with all my pilgrim friends the wonderful present my family gave me last week-end.

We live in Madrid, and my wife Paloma told me we were going to take a long weekend together in an unknown (to me!) place. On thursday she took the car and drove us to Burgos, exactly to the same hotel in which we stayed when we were doing the Camino together, some years ago. It's Hotel Meson del Cid, just in front of the cathedral.

I thought: Great¡ . A romantic weekend in a nice city in the Camino¡¡¡. Good plan...

We went to have dinner to a nearby restaurant and what was my surprise when I saw my two sons and my daughter (31, 28 and 26 years old) entering the restaurant. I was completely astonished when my wife told me:

- Surprise¡¡¡, that's your birthday present¡¡¡. We are going to cover three stages of Camino all together, in family¡¡¡

I almost cried. Every year I go twice or three times to cover some part of the Camino, usually alone, and I've always told my wife how much I would like to do it with the whole family...and now they were making my dream come true.

My oldest son had flown fron Holland, where he lives, and the other two had picked him at the airport and they drove to Burgos following us. They have coolected at home all my Camino equipment (backpack, boots and all the rest) and I had it waiting at the hotel's room when we returned.

To make it short, we covered three stages in the weekend from Burgos to Fromista. They were three great family days of neverending laughs, shared efforts, easy understanding, unusual chats, fun card games, wonderful dinners....

It was the best birthday present I've ever had ,and I'll be always grateful for it.

And I wanted to share it with you all because after alll, It's also Camino Magic, isn't it?
It is wonderful , your family loves you a lot!You might be a great husband and father ! happy birthday to you ! i have a son in The US, 2 daughters in UK and Sweeden an hopefully one close by in France. it would be a dream come true to share part of the Camino with them!
 

t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018
Good memories are the best gift you could ever receive. Photos that commemorate these memories are a close second.

Imagine the celebration when you reach Santiago as a group...
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Porto to SdC-Sept 2017
Camino Frances-(April 2019)
What a beautiful gift from a beautiful family! Thanks for sharing. May you enjoy many more camino in the future. Buen Camino.
 

Bala

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: SJPdP-Burgos, (2015); Burgos-Sarria (2018); Sarria-Santiago (2018).
Frances (2020)
What a wonderful, thoughtful, caring family! A beautiful gift of love. Your post made my day. Thank you for sharing with us. ❤
 

Jeff Titelius

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (León to Santiago) 2018
What a wonderful surprise this must have been and I would wager this is your best birthday yet!! All that love in your family is palpable!! Happy Belated Birthday Peregrino!!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Invierno (2019)
Camino Frances (2021)
What a beautiful birthday present 🎁 I almost cried of joy 🙏🏻 I hope one day my son will do the Camino with me 🥰
 

susanawee

susanawee
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances-(2013/14/18
Camino Salvado Perth -(2015)
West Highland Way (2016)
Lyon France 2017
Today is my 60th birthday, and I wanted to share with all my pilgrim friends the wonderful present my family gave me last week-end.

We live in Madrid, and my wife Paloma told me we were going to take a long weekend together in an unknown (to me!) place. On thursday she took the car and drove us to Burgos, exactly to the same hotel in which we stayed when we were doing the Camino together, some years ago. It's Hotel Meson del Cid, just in front of the cathedral.

I thought: Great¡ . A romantic weekend in a nice city in the Camino¡¡¡. Good plan...

We went to have dinner to a nearby restaurant and what was my surprise when I saw my two sons and my daughter (31, 28 and 26 years old) entering the restaurant. I was completely astonished when my wife told me:

- Surprise¡¡¡, that's your birthday present¡¡¡. We are going to cover three stages of Camino all together, in family¡¡¡

I almost cried. Every year I go twice or three times to cover some part of the Camino, usually alone, and I've always told my wife how much I would like to do it with the whole family...and now they were making my dream come true.

My oldest son had flown fron Holland, where he lives, and the other two had picked him at the airport and they drove to Burgos following us. They have coolected at home all my Camino equipment (backpack, boots and all the rest) and I had it waiting at the hotel's room when we returned.

To make it short, we covered three stages in the weekend from Burgos to Fromista. They were three great family days of neverending laughs, shared efforts, easy understanding, unusual chats, fun card games, wonderful dinners....

It was the best birthday present I've ever had ,and I'll be always grateful for it.

And I wanted to share it with you all because after alll, It's also Camino Magic, isn't it?
What a wonderful birthday present Andonius....this post has made my heart and soul smile, The joy and pleasure you felt about this beautiful present, are palpable....Very Special Indeed. 😍🌼🌻
 

mdelag

Member
Camino(s) past & future
**CAMINO FRANCES: LEON-SANTIAGO sept. (2015)
**CAMINO FRANCES SJPP-SANTIAGO 2017
First of all...HAPPY BDAY...what a great way to celebrate !!!!! Congratulation for your wonderful family !!!!!! I felt so happy for you...i will start may Camino in SJPDP this April and have planned everything to be in Burgos for my BDAY (may 10th)...happy bday again !!!!!!! Buen Camino
 

longwalker60

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
09/2018
Today is my 60th birthday, and I wanted to share with all my pilgrim friends the wonderful present my family gave me last week-end.

We live in Madrid, and my wife Paloma told me we were going to take a long weekend together in an unknown (to me!) place. On thursday she took the car and drove us to Burgos, exactly to the same hotel in which we stayed when we were doing the Camino together, some years ago. It's Hotel Meson del Cid, just in front of the cathedral.

I thought: Great¡ . A romantic weekend in a nice city in the Camino¡¡¡. Good plan...

We went to have dinner to a nearby restaurant and what was my surprise when I saw my two sons and my daughter (31, 28 and 26 years old) entering the restaurant. I was completely astonished when my wife told me:

- Surprise¡¡¡, that's your birthday present¡¡¡. We are going to cover three stages of Camino all together, in family¡¡¡

I almost cried. Every year I go twice or three times to cover some part of the Camino, usually alone, and I've always told my wife how much I would like to do it with the whole family...and now they were making my dream come true.

My oldest son had flown fron Holland, where he lives, and the other two had picked him at the airport and they drove to Burgos following us. They have coolected at home all my Camino equipment (backpack, boots and all the rest) and I had it waiting at the hotel's room when we returned.

To make it short, we covered three stages in the weekend from Burgos to Fromista. They were three great family days of neverending laughs, shared efforts, easy understanding, unusual chats, fun card games, wonderful dinners....

It was the best birthday present I've ever had ,and I'll be always grateful for it.

And I wanted to share it with you all because after alll, It's also Camino Magic, isn't it?
What a great story,and a great way to add the Camino Magic for the next generation. Everybody will have great memories for a life time, you are truly blessed. Buen Camino.
 

Corelacka

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances SJ to Sarria completed (20142017). Sarria to Fisterra (2018).
Happy Birthday!! What a wonderful birthday present walking in one of my favourite parts of the Camino. I will do Burgos to Astorga again in June and am especially looking forward to (hopefully) catching a musical evening in the lovely church in Fromista.
 

Dorpie

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia 2013
Camino Frances May 2015
Camino Frances July 2017
Happy Belated Birthday.

This story just made me so happy, thanks for sharing it with us.
 

CWBuff

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
in Planning stage: Frances (SJPdP --> SdC) & Finisterre "2021"
about the end of 2010 some 'light bulb' went off in my head 💡
(I am 51 at the time and my son just turned 26) - we got to do some 'cool' father-son outing before I get any older and he gets married (and gets caught up in all of that life)
so in May 2011 we did The Camino Inca to Machu Picchu with G Adventures. (totally clueless that this is the 100th Anniversary of Hiram Bingham's 'discovery'). A week full of camaraderie and just awesome stuff.
By far I still consider this to be the best vacation I've ever had!!!
Well.... fast forward to today and (although it took some time) he is getting married this November.
I am looking forward to my Camino (Frances) and who knows... perhaps in couple of years he just might join me.
(My wife would definitely like 'the trip' only she'd be taking taxis from one Parador to another and 'meet me in <applicable> town :oops:)
It is nice to have a family like yours! Congrats and Buen Camino!
 

andonius

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Ingles, Portugues, Norte, Primitivo, Aragones, Baztan, Sanabres, Finisterre
Thanks to you all. I'm happy that my little "Camino Magic" moment means something for some of you and made you happy for a moment. Life is made of a bunch of happy memories like that and It's good to share them with friends.
Just in case you want to know us, I leave you a picture of the whole family in the top of Alto de Mostelares, outside Castrojeriz.
 

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