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Buying socks from the old man in Castrojeriz

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#1
In the town square of Castrojeriz, this old man is selling almost anything from his tiny shop. I stop there every time to buy at least one pair of Lorpen socks, the best I have ever used for walking the Camino, and elsewhere. Each time, we share a good hug and chat. The price of the socks (17 Euros, worth every cent IMHO) may have added to his joy, I suppose...;)


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scruffy1

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#6
It was 10 years ago...gorsh! I arrived into Hornillos did my laundry and picked up the book I had brought along, "The Age of Pilgrimage: The Medieval Journey to God" by Jonathon Sumption, now Sir Jonathon Sumption, a favorite book then and now. Stopped reading for dinner and then continued reading until they turned the lights out on me. Next morning, bright eyed and bushy tailed set proudly off for Castrojerez...leaving behind a-l-l of my unmentionables hanging there on the clothesline. Even before stopping at Albergue San de Esteban right next door, popped in and restocked (rebooted-no perhaps rebutted?) in his shop. He had everything a pilgrim might need and it was a lovely experience.
 
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(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
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(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
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(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
#11
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#12
Pardon me, folks, but I’m just trying to remember. Is he the fellow whose store is just to the right of the stairs going up to what I’ve always thought of as the municipal albergue? (I cannot recall the town square.)
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
#13
Pardon me, folks, but I’m just trying to remember. Is he the fellow whose store is just to the right of the stairs going up to what I’ve always thought of as the municipal albergue? (I cannot recall the town square.)
That is correct!
 
#14
In the town square of Castrojeriz, this old man is selling almost anything from his tiny shop. I stop there every time to buy at least one pair of Lorpen socks, the best I have ever used for walking the Camino, and elsewhere. Each time, we share a good hug and chat. The price of the socks (17 Euros, worth every cent IMHO) may have added to his joy, I suppose...;)


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Thanks so much for posting this!

I also stop in whenever in Castrojeriz and am so pleased to hear that others also hold fond memories of him!

My first visit was 8 years ago and I just loved his store and him! I have no idea what I bought but what I do remember was our conversation. He told me that he was getting on in age and that there was no one to care for the shop when he no longer can, that his children were not interested. I felt then and there that his store must continue!

This past month I was once again in Castrojeriz, just passing through but in need of gloves which I had lost a few days before. Would he still be alive? Would the store still be open? What a wonderful surprise to see that he still is there! Once again we talked - about changes along the Camino, his store and the pleasure he has in still running it. "How old do you think I am?" he asked. "Around 80 by now I guess". With a twinkle in his eye he said, "I'm 86 but am still clear of mind". Once again he said that the shop's future was uncertain.

It was time to walk on so we said goodbye. He took my hand and thanked me for stopping in to check on him. What a lovely smile!

For days I thought about him and his store. It would be wonderful if someone would take it over, I even thought about it, although it would not be the same without him.

May he be healthy and happy for years to come.
 
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#15
Thanks Alex, that helps. Got snow? My mom just had 12" (30 cm) last Friday in upstate New York.

Here, at home, it is 76 (f) (24 celsius), got plenty of warm sun too...

LOL

Be well...
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
#16
Thanks Alex, that helps. Got snow? My mom just had 12" (30 cm) last Friday in upstate New York.

Here, at home, it is 76 (f) (24 celsius), got plenty of warm sun too...

LOL

Be well...
He he...

Thanks for asking; we have 2C and NO snow, way north in the Arctic. Today was last day of sunshine: The next two months will be more or less in the dark. Time for staying inside and planning a Camino! :D:D
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
#18
Thanks so much for posting this!

I also stop in whenever in Castrojeriz and am so pleased to hear that others also hold fond memories of him!

My first visit was 8 years ago and I just loved his store and him! I have no idea what I bought but what I do remember was our conversation. He told me that he was getting on in age and that there was no one to care for the shop when he no longer can, that his children were not interested. I felt then and there that his store must continue!

This past month I was once again in Castrojeriz, just passing through but in need of gloves which I had lost a few days before. Would he still be alive? Would the store still be open? What a wonderful surprise to see that he still is there! Once again we talked - about changes along the Camino, his store and the pleasure he has in still running it. "How old do you think I am?" he asked. "Around 80 by now I guess". With a twinkle in his eye he said, "I'm 86 but am still clear of mind". Once again he said that the shop's future was uncertain.

It was time to walk on so we said goodbye. He took my hand and thanked me for stopping in to check on him. What a lovely smile!

For days I thought about him and his store. It would be wonderful if someone would take it over, I even thought about it, although it would not be the same without him.

May he be healthy and happy for years to come.
:)

I hope other pilgrims will report here about him. He is a very special, nice man, and may he and his great shop live long.
 

scruffy1

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#20
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#21
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Walked in "2016"
#22
I was in Catrojeriz about a month and a half ago. I wish I had known about this gentleman then. I distinctly recall that I took a peek inside his shop while taking a stroll at the center of the town. He looked as gentle and humble as in the picture above. It was late in the evening and his place was one of the few ones seemed to be still open as if the owner still needed to cater to the needs of pilgrims. It would be real loss for his shop to close down for good. People like this gentleman make the Camino walk so meaningful!
 
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Walked in "2016"
#23
In the town square of Castrojeriz, this old man is selling almost anything from his tiny shop. I stop there every time to buy at least one pair of Lorpen socks, the best I have ever used for walking the Camino, and elsewhere. Each time, we share a good hug and chat. The price of the socks (17 Euros, worth every cent IMHO) may have added to his joy, I suppose...;)


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Alex, did you happen to get the name of this gentleman?
 
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#24
Hey, I have an idea.
@Rebekah Scott lives not far away.
Maybe we can bribe her to print this out and go over there to show this wonderful man that his kindness doesn't go out like an arrow into the dark, but that it really makes a difference to people. And about how peregrin@s all over the world remember him and his tienda.
He does partly know that, I have no doubt.
But it never hurts to see how much people actually appreciate what you do. ;)
It might simply make his day - as he has made the day for others.
 
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#25
For the exact location of this wonderful shop, Bazar El Peregrino, and many photos of its gracious owner and the well stocked interior
see
https://goo.gl/maps/xU6VBdruzvB2
...Long may this special man and his wonderful shop continue to be!
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
#26
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
#29
For the exact location of this wonderful shop, Bazar El Peregrino, and many photos of its gracious owner and the well stocked interior
see
https://goo.gl/maps/xU6VBdruzvB2
...Long may this special man and his wonderful shop continue to be!
Thank you very much for that link with pictures!!! It has never occured to me to get a sello from the shop :mad:

But now the man has a name we can greet him with the next time (There WILL be a next time!) Seems he is the 3rd generation running the business.
 

David from Freo

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#31
I too was in Castrojeriz last month and during my wanderings around the town entered this lovely shop in the late afternoon. This gentleman was sitting in attendance as I cast my eye around his eclectic range of wares. Indeed, if there was anything that I needed I would have happily given him some business, but alas, keen to keep my pack light there was nothing that I required. I did ponder on what the story behind the shop was, but without any Spanish I was too shy to attempt a conversation with him. I wish I had. I couldn't help but wonder, and speculate, about its history and his story. It seemed like looking into a time-tunnel. Thank you to all those who have shed some light into the story of the man and his store.
 

Espee84

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Camino Francés right now!!
#32
I specifically decided to stay the night in Castrojeriz in the hope that I might find a desperately-needed pair of new socks, and thought this would be my last opportunity before Leon.

Unfortunately this little shop was not as well-stocked as I had hoped and there were no socks in a sensible size for a woman with average-sized feet.

But - well worth knowing is that there is a super outdoor shop in Carrion de los Condes, stocking top quality socks, underwear, clothes, water bottles, blister kit, mini toiletries etc. Well worth a visit if you need new or replacement gear. I didn't see this shop mentioned in a guide book or on my app - it's across the road from the church of Santa Maria, if I remember correctly.

So worth carrying on to Carrion if no luck in Castrojeriz.
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
#33
Unfortunately this little shop was not as well-stocked as I had hoped and there were no socks in a sensible size for a woman with average-sized feet.
his shop has EVERYTHING you'll need.
 

Espee84

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés right now!!
#34
My point was that if it doesn’t have EVERYTHING you’ll need (and it clearly didnt have everything I needed) there is another family-run shop between there and Leon.
 
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#35
I bought a pair of socks, and asked if he would take a credit card. He smiled (a bit wickedly, I thought) and said in pretty good English: Money, money, money. Luckily there was a bank machine at hand ....
 

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