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Calzadilla de los Hermanillos interview with shopkeeper

SEB2

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2015), CP (2016), part of Vasco (2019)
For those of us who have fond memories of the excellent donativo albergue in Calzadilla de los Hermanillos, you might be interested in this piece about the village. It starts at 16.54 in the video and includes an interview featuring the wonderful shopkeeper who manages to stock everything a pilgrim might want or need. It is a Spanish programme and I cannot offer a translation - not even for myself.

 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
For those of us who have fond memories of the excellent donativo albergue in Calzadilla de los Hermanillos, you might be interested in this piece about the village. It starts at 16.54 in the video and includes an interview featuring the wonderful shopkeeper who manages to stock everything a pilgrim might want or need. It is a Spanish programme and I cannot offer a translation - not even for myself.

Oh yes, I remember him and his store. Some of the items in there looked like they may have been left over from the last century. 😊
 

Ian L

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances summer 2017 (SJPP to Fromista)
Camino Frances summer 2019 (Fromista to Santiago)
After eating a big breakfast at Via Trajana, I can't remember if we decided not to stop at the store or maybe we just never found it. Those Meseta small villages are one of my favorite parts of the Camino!
 

Pelegrin

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo June 2013
SJPP - Logroño June 2014
Ingles July2016
I think his name is Minio
He says that his is the only store in Calzadilla and that has more pilgrims customers than locals because the locals have cars and go shopping elsewhere. He has been in the store for 15 years or even more and the shop was inherited.
He also says that sells a good Serrano ham.
A woman that is buying at the truck says that she was a hospitalera.
The interviewer makes some bad jokes based on the village name (that is formed by two diminutives).
 

jsalt

Jill
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
I took a photo of this shop 6 years ago. It hasn't changed much!
20140703_161313 Calzadilla, Supermarket.jpg
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
He says that his is the only store in Calzadilla
His isn't the only store. I remember a small store close to the municipal albergue, but it didn't have as much variety as his store.
 
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Oh yes, I remember him and his store. Some of the items in there looked like they may have been left over from the last century. 😊
I stayed at Hotel Rural Casa El Cura in the village there on my last Camino Frances, and went to the store to pick up some stuff for the next day's walk. The video brought back that memory. . .
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances x5, Portuguese VdlP12, Sanabres, Aragones, Norte,Salvador,Primitivo, VdlP 17,Madrid18Norte
I have twice stayed at the Via Trajana and loved the rustic,friendly feeling .Shared an excellent dinner with other pilgrims and I remember the hospitalera from the Albergue joining us. The tienda owner and his brother, who gave us a lift next morning to the outskirts of Leon, are part of the original Hermanillos family,they both are short and look alike. Great memories of that pueblo.
 

Colette Z

Happy Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
CF- Finisterre-Muxia 03/17; Camino SK 10/17; Norte 03/18; Ingles 11/18; Augusta 03/19
Thank you! I remember him well as after almost 1 hour in his shop he opened the church for us! ❤
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015, 2017, 2019) and plans for 2021 (Sept, Oct)
My wife, my brother, his wife and I stayed at Via Trajana during our 2017 camino. The bar prices were a bit high at Via Trajana, so we went for a walk in town to see if we could find an open store. We "discovered" this small store and just loved it. The video reminded me of his enthusiasm and energy. It was great, we bought a few cans of beer, a bottle of wine for later in the day, and camino snacks for the next day. A great memory of our camino ! Bob
 

Pelegrin

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo June 2013
SJPP - Logroño June 2014
Ingles July2016
His name is Timio (Eutimio Andrés).
I am passing the lockdown at my mother's home and I don't know how to copy internet sites with my mobile (sorry), but if you google: "Eutimio Calzadilla de los Hermanillos", there is an article when he closed the tienda in May 31th 2019.
According to the article the store was open 50 years in total.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
His name is Timio (Eutimio Andrés).
I am passing the lockdown at my mother's home and I don't know how to copy internet sites with my mobile (sorry), but if you google: "Eutimio Calzadilla de los Hermanillos", there is an article when he closed the tienda in May 31th 2019.
According to the article the store was open 50 years in total.
I was there on May 29th, just two days before he closed!

Here's the article
 

marylynn

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2011-2019 CF, Arles/Aragones
2015 & 2017 HærvejenDK
Thanks for the information about Timeo and his tienda. I was a hospitalera at the Municipal Albergue in Calzadilla a few years ago and visited Timeo daily. I was there for the second half of October and it was getting cooler every day. The only source of heat in the albergue was a little wood stove that was not working and needed to be replaced. On one of my visits to the tienda, I mentioned to Timeo that it was quite cold in the albergue. A few hours later, he appeared at the door of the albergue with the loan of two electric heaters. I hope he is doing well.
 

danielle aird

La vie est belle
Camino(s) past & future
May 2018; September 2018; May 2019; Sept (2019)
For those of us who have fond memories of the excellent donativo albergue in Calzadilla de los Hermanillos, you might be interested in this piece about the village. It starts at 16.54 in the video and includes an interview featuring the wonderful shopkeeper who manages to stock everything a pilgrim might want or need. It is a Spanish programme and I cannot offer a translation - not even for myself.

I just checked it out. No distancing but I see it was done in 2015... Sweet shopkeeper.
 

Pelegrin

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo June 2013
SJPP - Logroño June 2014
Ingles July2016
The albergue is in the building of the old primary school. Timio didn' t attend class there because says on the video that he studied in Gijón (Asturias) till he was 14 when he moved to Calzadilla.
Now there isn't any school in Calzadilla. If there were any children (probably not). They would go to the primary school at El Burgo Ranero (that is the capital of the municipality).
 

SEB2

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2015), CP (2016), part of Vasco (2019)
Thank you everyone for providing all this fascinating information. When I stayed at the albergue in the old school in April 2015 the hospitalero was Juan from the Canary Islands. He went out of his way to make us all so welcome, and, Marylynn, the wood stove was working perfectly. It was one of the most perfect days on the way to SdC so I have very fond memories of the village and its residents.
 

4 Eyes

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF from SJPP 14, VDLP from Seville 15, DN&P from Irun 16, Portuguese from Lisbon 17, CF from SJPP 18
I met Timio the first time in 2014. His tienda was the only game in Calzadilla de los Hermanillos then. He was very sweet. I bought, among other things, cheese, from him. I asked him to cut the chunk of cheese into 2 halves with my very rudimentary Spanish. Instead of cutting it in two halves, he sliced the whole chunk into thin little slices for me, with a knife, not a slicer. It must have taken him about ten minutes to do it. I didn't know how to ask him to stop. I was uneasy since there were about ten other pilgrims waiting in line. He was smiling the whole time. Nobody complained. He made such an impression on me I remember it till this day. I returned to the town on my second CF walk in late Fall 2018. This time there was a new tienda opened next to the albergue. The new tienda is very clean and carries prepackaged items catered to the pilgrims, such as candy bars, cookies, soda, pasta, sauce, etc but not much real food, certainly no bulk bins. I went to Timio's tienda again to shop. When I got there it was closed for siesta. So I went for a walk in a field at the far end of town. Lo and behold I ran into Timeo walking his dog in the field. We waved at each other and he came over to talk to me. He then gave me a walking tour of the town, through all the little streets. He even took me to the home of the lady who keeps the church key and told me that after siesta I should go see her for the key to get in the church. Then he took me to his tienda and opened it for me, even though siesta was not over yet. Once we were inside his shop, he fed me with various samples of olives (the best I've had anywhere), cookies (hazelnut chocolate!), cheese, and chicharrones. After I did my shopping he reminded me of the church lady and the key as I left. Later that afternoon, my pilgrim friends wanted to go to the tienda so I took them there. There were local ladies there shopping and chatting. When they got done, he fed my friends and me more samples. After my friends got done shopping he again reminded me about the church lady, and held the shopping for us so we did not have to carry stuff to church. I went with my friends to the church lady's home. Her three year old granddaughter answered the door and repeated everything I said, very loudly. The church lady came out and took us to the church, opened it up, and sat with us till we were ready to go. Then we walked back and picked up the shopping from Timio. This is one of my fondest camino memories. Love Timio 4ever!
 

4 Eyes

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF from SJPP 14, VDLP from Seville 15, DN&P from Irun 16, Portuguese from Lisbon 17, CF from SJPP 18
The Via Tranjana family are also lovely people. I stayed at the Via Tranjana both times. When I got there in 2018 the volunteer hospitalero from the municipal albergue had just finished cleaning the albergue and went to Via Tranjana to have lunch. He invited me to have a tour of the albergue and hang out anytime I wanted. The Via Tranjana people invited me to share the bread, grapes, and big fat juicy figs on the table at no charge! Later than night I had dinner with my friends at Via Tranjana. They cooked us a fabulous meal! It was absolutely the best pasta and roast chicken. After dessert I asked if they had more of the lovely figs. They brought out a whole platter of them. Then they showed us the tree that was so laden with big fat juicy figs and gave more for me to have the next morning for breakfast since I was leaving before breakfast time. The family is warm, kind, lovely people. They made Calzadilla de los Hermanillos a very special place. Love love love!
 

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