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David's refreshment stand before Astorga

Discussion in 'Camino Frances' started by geraldkelly, Jun 6, 2017.

  1. geraldkelly

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    Hi

    A correspondent has told me that David is back in his place before Astorga.

    Can anybody confirm this?

    Gerald
     
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    If I recall correctly, @SabineP mentioned that she met him at his place., early spring this year. I was happy to hear that. Wonderful man.
     
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    Yes, he is there! I saw him around April 22.
     
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    DurhamParish Un Cerveza, Por Favor Donating Member

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    Is this the place you're talking about. Took this picture on April 14th.
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    Pilgrims that passed through my house lately also confirmed that he is back :) Buen Camino, SY
     
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    I didn't know he was missing. I didn't go there last year. Anyone fill me in?
     
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    SYates Camino Fossil AD 1999 Donating Member

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    Last year there were some news floating around the Spanish speaking Camino world that he had closed down the Casa de los Dioses because it all got too much for him. But it seems he reconsidered and is back again ;-) BC SY
     
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    Thanks. As you may well know I was out of forum touch a lot last year what with walking and being busy at University so I missed this news. Glad he is back. It is one of the highlights. Especially after reaching the top of the hill after the slep though the forest!
    PS Glad company is finding you and helping you settle into you new life.
     
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    He put videos online explaining there were issues with his son somewhere else in Spain and that he had to deal with that so his priorities were changing.
     
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    He was most definitely there mid-May :)
     
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    I stopped in on May 12 of this year. It was very cold and he had two warming tents in operation.

    I was able to thank him for helping me and many others cross the dry creek that became a raging river due to the torrential rains in 2016. He was standing in the water helping everyone get across. It was difficult to tell him how appreciative I was by his action because there were tears in my eyes. This is one very special guy indeed.

    Definitely a Camino highlight not to miss.
     
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    His barn is gone? Or has just just moved a bit?
     
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    I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
    I can see the walls on both photos.
     
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    Yep, a friend of mine met him a few weeks back
     
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    I am glad to hear that he is back. I hope that he has sorted out things with his son and that everybody is well. He has created an amazing place. It's hard to put into words just how special Casa de los Dioses is.
     
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    It reminds me in some aspects of Jesus Jato's place as it was in the early 90s. :p
     
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    6 May. He seemed to be alone. Boiled egg, the biggest cumquat I've ever seen, and a small sugar banana. A perfect lunch. Same location. Love that day of walking in the wilds. Saw deer. No wolves but maybe one day.
     
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    An oasis if ever there was one,now if only he sold ice cold beer :)
     
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    He is back. Cold guinness bernie. Serious. No electricity. He gets water by walking 4km and carrying containers 2 times a day. Runs along camino and picks up discarded pilgrims litter and a hug for everybody
     
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    That's more than the romans ever did for us !!!!
     
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    Without the road they built to Astorga, neither he nor any one of us would ever have met :cool:
     
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    I'm sure David built that road n all :p
     
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    I wouldn't be surprised. He's an incredible guy.
     
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    Can definitely confirm. It was a great and welcomed stop.
     
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    Yes, he is back saw him and got a big hug from him on the 22nd May 2017. He says hello to everybody on the Forum!

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    Does anyone know if "Suzy," his Australian partner is still there as well? She did most of the landscaping, creating the meditation garden, if I recall correctly. The last time we spoke was in April 2016 when I walked through from Leon and points south.

    Perhaps not related, I did read somewhere on the forum recently about an Australian woman named "Suzy" running an albergue somewhere along the Camino Frances, in the general area of Astorga. Did I recall this correctly, and could this be the same person?

    Just curious.
     
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    When I passed by there May 2016 he had a box of 2 week old kitties and their mom. Tired pilgrims passing through got some kitty love and all left with renewed spring in their step.
     
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    I remember a very hot day on the Camino in 2009. I said to my Spanish friend, I think Santiago- St. James- will be just ahead. We came up over the hill and there was David in the distance. It was like a mirage but such a welcome, refreshing, friendly stop. It made the rest of the walk into Astorga so much easier. That was without a doubt one of my best Camino memories!!!!
     
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    He is most definitely still there as of last week. Had the pleasure of giving him a little business. Delightful!
     
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    OK, thanks everybody for your contribution.

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    In 2010 David had long hair too.
     
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    It was great seeing him on my 2014 camino and am happy to hear he is there still, great guy, great stop.
     
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    David was delightful and there on the 9th of May.
     
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    Hi Tom - The two Susis are not the same person. Susi, the Australian, who set up the albergue at Trabadelo, worked to set it up for most of last year. I understand her albergue, Casa Susi, opened officially in April this year.
    Cheers Tom -
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