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How many of you have reconnected on the forum?

#1
We have lots of stories about people who have met others via the forum and later got together in real time, real life. I probably have almost two dozen new buddies,, forum members who are now real people to me and whose friendship I very much enjoy.

But how about the reverse? I just saw that @Davey Boyd and @SterreO had an unexpected rendezvous on the forum and it made me smile. It also made me remember that it was thanks to the forum that I reconnected with @mla1, whom I had met in 2000 on my very first Camino Francés. I think she noticed that it was me, because 15 years later I was still wearing the same green fleece. :)

I bet there are others who have fallen out of touch with camino pals and then happened upon them coincidentally on the forum. Just goes to show what a wonderful resource we have, both for making new friends and finding old ones. Thanks to Ivar, of course!
 

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Kiwi-family

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Future (God-willing): Madrid, Salvador, Primitivo (2018)
#3
We met an Australian who memorably recited a Banjo Patterson poem at Zamora one night,....we walked with him a bit, stayed in touch off-forum a little....and when he turned up on another thread recently it was exactly like bumping into an old friend. Hi @digger
Additionally I had someone very kindly PM me to check I hadn’t been offended on the “Not a serious thread” as I had disappeared from it. I had just been limiting my online time and as much as red socks and elephants were amusing, I just couldn’t keep up. Now it’s so long I could never catch up!
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. 2019? Who knows! ;-)
#5
and as much as red socks and elephants were amusing, I just couldn’t keep up. Now it’s so long I could never catch up!
I can’t either! :D;)

To keep on topic.... no, I haven’t recognised on the forum anyone I happened to walk with.... just the other way around...
Mind you, I lost my glasses quite early on on this last Camino and ended up not saying hello to anyone, just because I couldn’t see them! :D
 

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#7
We want to hear it! :)
I was in a cheap pensión in León, on my way to the shared bathroom down the hall, when I saw two people talking and gesturing about crashed phones or viruses or some modern technological problem. As I passed them, one of the two looked up and asked -- "Laurie?" Turns out it was Kinky, who must have recognized my head of short shocking white hair. Unfortunately, his phone problems got in the way of his leaving on the Salvador the next morning, so our only interaction then was a beer in the café down the street outside the phone store. But hey, we have since reconnected in Santiago, and of course we routinely hurl insults at each other with our political arguments (all in a PM, not on the forum, of course ;))

I've now decided that my white hair is a camino asset. I think it is what also led to my meeting @wisepilgrim on the route to Finisterre, when he decided who I was based on my forum picture.
 

andywild

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
april '2018'
#10
I met well over ten people(probably pushing fifteen) from here when I walked in April/may this year. It was great to be wandering along and then hear "you're that Andy wild guy!.. I recognise the beard".. some were a quick hello and others shared a drink or two..
I am also walking the Portuguese in a couple of weeks with another member from here (well, from the Netherlands but we speak on here) .. we haven't met in real life yet so maybe I should say we're starting the walk together.. there's a strong chance that after a day or two in my company she will decide she needs some alone time :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, Le Puy, Rota Vicentina, De Soulac, Norte, Madrid-Salv-Primitivo
#13
But how about the reverse?
In 2012 my husband came on my first camino, from Lisbon to Santiago. After about 10 days he had to stop walking as his leg would swell up, although he was on warfarin and using a compression stocking. He was worried about me walking on alone, and asked a nice young man, called John, if I could walk with him next day. John kindly assented. From Coimbra my husband flew home, I reunited with a couple from SA, and we never saw John again. About 3 years later I saw a post on this forum, and I knew it was him – we have since been in contact with pms – but thank you again @johns for looking after me that day!
Jill
 

Paladina

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Cycled caminos francés, Finisterre, primitivo & del norte (2017); VdlP/Sanabres, ingles et al (2018)
#14
Strangely, most of the pilgrims I encountered along the way, and some of whom I thought I could identify, denied being members of this forum. They weren’t under interrogation, honestly!
 

Chris Day

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances '14 '15 '16 Sect '17&'18
VdlP /Sanabres / Finistere 16
Portuguese & Ingles '17
Norte '18
#15
I met Bradypus on a Camino and was delighted to come across him on the Forum later and have some contact, picking his brains. Also folk such as Alan and Bill from Canada who I met up with and walked part of the VdlP after connecting on the forum spring to mind, as does Catherine from Sussex UK for the Frances Route - all great company and very fond memories. Meeting up again subsequently in a planned way whilst "on Camino", walking again in other years or meeting up again at the end in Santiago with folk I've met on previous Caminos is great too - Ton from Canada (four years); two different Pats from Ireland; Paul and Eileen also Ireland as well as Jo from Suffolk UK. All lovely folk.

However, what I find truly amazing and an incredible blessing is randomly coming across folk again by chance on the trails who I've met on past Caminos - this year checking in to an Albergue in Arzua, Buz from the States happened to be the third person sharing a room (after a three year gap); a couple from Washington State on Frances a year on from the first meeting. On my "Winter Camino" this year, when there weren't actually too many other folk on the trail, a young Spanish student who I'd come across the previous Spring. As I say, awesome experiences when they happen and always a delight....Camino surprises and such wonderful people to randomly reconnect with.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
#16
Connected, more so than re-connected. I have only once re-connected, with a pilgrim from Jerusalem who passed through the area where I was hospitalera and four years later we met on the way up to El Perdon. Others I have met in person as a result of connection on the forum. I look forward to meeting still more, so if anyone is passing through Dublin and wants to meet, just pm me.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2005,2008,2010,2015.camino Portuguese 2007 .primativo2012.camino Norte 2009.sjpdp to finisterre and muxia 2007. Le Puy to jpdp 2006. Via francigena vercelli to Lucca 2014. Lucca to Rome 2016.
#17
We have lots of stories about people who have met others via the forum and later got together in real time, real life. I probably have almost two dozen new buddies,, forum members who are now real people to me and whose friendship I very much enjoy.

But how about the reverse? I just saw that @Davey Boyd and @SterreO had an unexpected rendezvous on the forum and it made me smile. It also made me remember that it was thanks to the forum that I reconnected with @mla1, whom I had met in 2000 on my very first Camino Francés. I think she noticed that it was me, because 15 years later I was still wearing the same green fleece. :)

I bet there are others who have fallen out of touch with camino pals and then happened upon them coincidentally on the forum. Just goes to show what a wonderful resource we have, both for making new friends and finding old ones. Thanks to Ivar, of course!
I guess it's never too late to make a new friend......whether on or off the Camino
Some amazing stories about people reconnecting again.

Although we've never reconnected ON the Camino, we have met people again on returning home ......2 pilgrims that we walked with in 2015
Also in contact by email with some we met in 2005 on our first Camino

2 years ago and a PM got me connected with a lovely lady from north California ...
We emailed for some time and then she came to stay with us in London for 10 days whilst on her way to her Camino ..
We had a great time walking and talking, and she met all the family ...from Ireland and England. We certainly had a good knees up!

This year another PM and I was connected with Kirkie, a forum member ...we've already met in Dublin....and due to meet again in 2 weeks time ......a lot of "Camino talk" due to take place I'm sure!!!

I guess watching this forum is becoming as addictive as is walking the Camino!!!
Best wishes
Annette
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
#20
I was fairly new to the forum when I walked in 2013, having joined up only six months previously. A stranger approached me in the Burgos albergue when he recognized the forum badge on my pack - which I had forgotten was there - and we got talking; it was dear Sagalouts. My companions and I crossed paths with him several times over the next three weeks or so. Many of the forum members will know that he passed away two years later while on camino. This month marks the third anniversary of his death.

There is a very touching video of an interview with him the day before he died, in which he says, "I'd be happy if I died tomorrow." Rest in peace, Sagalouts.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. 2019? Who knows! ;-)
#21
I was fairly new to the forum when I walked in 2013, having joined up only six months previously. A stranger approached me in the Burgos albergue when he recognized the forum badge on my pack - which I had forgotten was there - and we got talking; it was dear Sagalouts. My companions and I crossed paths with him several times over the next three weeks or so. Many of the forum members will know that he passed away two years later while on camino. This month marks the third anniversary of his death.

There is a very touching video of an interview with him the day before he died, in which he says, "I'd be happy if I died tomorrow." Rest in peace, Sagalouts.
Sad. I wish I had met him too. Relish the memories.:)
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#22
I was fairly new to the forum when I walked in 2013, having joined up only six months previously. A stranger approached me in the Burgos albergue when he recognized the forum badge on my pack - which I had forgotten was there - and we got talking; it was dear Sagalouts. My companions and I crossed paths with him several times over the next three weeks or so. Many of the forum members will know that he passed away two years later while on camino. This month marks the third anniversary of his death.

There is a very touching video of an interview with him the day before he died, in which he says, "I'd be happy if I died tomorrow." Rest in peace, Sagalouts.
Oh, my,...

I remember that video at the bar counter, with a vloging girl (from USA I think). And you had the opportunity to meet THE man. I envy you!
 

Davey Boyd

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Seven Compostelas in Three years and counting......
#23
I was fairly new to the forum when I walked in 2013, having joined up only six months previously. A stranger approached me in the Burgos albergue when he recognized the forum badge on my pack - which I had forgotten was there - and we got talking; it was dear Sagalouts. My companions and I crossed paths with him several times over the next three weeks or so. Many of the forum members will know that he passed away two years later while on camino. This month marks the third anniversary of his death.

There is a very touching video of an interview with him the day before he died, in which he says, "I'd be happy if I died tomorrow." Rest in peace, Sagalouts.
I have only met one pilgrim in real life from this forum, even though I wear the patch on my rucksack. In 2015 I met a guy at a bar in Roncesvalles, we had a good chat, he was a funny and interesting man. When I asked him why he walks the camino again and again he answered 'I'm still learning to be a better pilgrim'.

Unknown to me at the time this was Sagalouts. He died soon (days) after on this, his last camino. I did not know it was him until I saw the video that was released. I was utterly shocked. I remember his funny posts on here well. Last year walking back from Santiago to France I passed his memorial by the wayside and said goodbye.

RIP Sagalouts, you were an inspiration to me.

Davey
 
Camino(s) past & future
Many, various, and continuing.
#24
I met a very outgoing and witty Australian lady on the camino in 2001, who saved my skin when I dragged my bedraggled carcass off the Dragonte Route into a packed-out and heaving O Cebreiro. Her deluxe en-suite hotel room had an extra single bed in it...! I took the finest, hottest bath of my life that evening.
I lost touch with Jill farther down the road.
But I found her again a few years ago, here on Ivar's forum, calling herself Kanga!
Still outgoing, still witty, and all the more wise for the passage of time. And now and then we walk again together. The Camino is a wonderful thing.
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#25
I met a very outgoing and witty Australian lady on the camino in 2001, who saved my skin when I dragged my bedraggled carcass off the Dragonte Route into a packed-out and heaving O Cebreiro. Her deluxe en-suite hotel room had an extra single bed in it...! I took the finest, hottest bath of my life that evening.
I lost touch with Jill farther down the road.
But I found her again a few years ago, here on Ivar's forum, calling herself Kanga!
Still outgoing, still witty, and all the more wise for the passage of time. And now and then we walk again together. The Camino is a wonderful thing.
Hey, that's really beautifully put!!!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#26
I'd seen posts by @jpflavin1 on the forum and after I announced in early 2017 that I was walking the Frances again, he posted "I'm going at the same time as you. Look for the guy wearing a 'Life is Good' hat." I thought to myself "Yeah, right, like that's gonna happen". Well, a guy started chatting to me as I rested on a rock at the Ibaneta pass, and sure enough he was wearing that hat, and yes, it was Joe!
Another forum person said to look for him, too, that he'd be bringing his 6 year old and bribing him with chocolate. I responded I'd be bringing my two adult sons and would be bribing them with wine. Well, Steve was from Hong Kong and on another hill resting a short time later, I heard a man telling someone he lived in Hong Kong. I then asked him if he was Hong Kong Steve, and sure enough it was him!
Also, I've had the pleasure of meeting up with one of the forum gurus for a local hike, @peregrina2000, Laurie, who started this thread, and Joe joined us, too!
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Many, various, and continuing.
#27
One great way to meet, or re-encounter old friends or Forum Legends, is to become a Camino Ditch Pig! This forum sent the very first Pig, Tyrrek, way back about 2009?? And has fostered several stalwarts ever since. SheffieldJames is a great standby, and JPFlavin, and Jacques Piguet, and BiarritzDon, and even WisePilgrim!
 

Davey Boyd

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Seven Compostelas in Three years and counting......
#28
I have actually thought about doing this before, unfortunately I couldn't at that time. Seems a great way to give something back to the camino, and meeting nice people too.

Is there a place to find out about it or can you keep us informed when/where etc?

Thanks for reminding me Rebekah
Davey
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#29
One great way to meet, or re-encounter old friends or Forum Legends, is to become a Camino Ditch Pig! This forum sent the very first Pig, Tyrrek, way back about 2009?? And has fostered several stalwarts ever since. SheffieldJames is a great standby, and JPFlavin, and Jacques Piguet, and BiarritzDon, and even WisePilgrim!
I might start a "Fund me" campaign to come :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Spring 2016
#30
We have lots of stories about people who have met others via the forum and later got together in real time, real life. I probably have almost two dozen new buddies,, forum members who are now real people to me and whose friendship I very much enjoy.

But how about the reverse? I just saw that @Davey Boyd and @SterreO had an unexpected rendezvous on the forum and it made me smile. It also made me remember that it was thanks to the forum that I reconnected with @mla1, whom I had met in 2000 on my very first Camino Francés. I think she noticed that it was me, because 15 years later I was still wearing the same green fleece. :)

I bet there are others who have fallen out of touch with camino pals and then happened upon them coincidentally on the forum. Just goes to show what a wonderful resource we have, both for making new friends and finding old ones. Thanks to Ivar, of course!


I actually met up with two gals I met on the Camino (Frances route) when I visited New Zealand. The three of us did a trek together while I was there. And, if my foot will cooperate, one of them and I are planning to walk the Camino del Norte this Spring!
 

wayfarer

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP-Santiago-Finistera-Muxia. April/May 2012
Sarria-Santiago Sept. 2013
SJPP - Almost Orrison April 2014
#31
I have had the pleasure of connecting with the following members along the way: Ivar, Faith, Lydia Gillen, Madidi, Pilgrim b, Don, Reb and Gidivet. It is always lovely to put a name to a face.
 

Mick McQueen

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I am escorting the Roll of Honour (Afghanistan) on Camino France on 20 May from SJPDP
The Roll of Honour details the 41 young Australians who died on Active Service in Afghanistan. In the centenary of the ANZAC’s, the Roll of Honour will be escorted to 41 prominent places and events around the World, laying 41 Poppies at each location.
#32
We have lots of stories about people who have met others via the forum and later got together in real time, real life. I probably have almost two dozen new buddies,, forum members who are now real people to me and whose friendship I very much enjoy.

But how about the reverse? I just saw that @Davey Boyd and @SterreO had an unexpected rendezvous on the forum and it made me smile. It also made me remember that it was thanks to the forum that I reconnected with @mla1, whom I had met in 2000 on my very first Camino Francés. I think she noticed that it was me, because 15 years later I was still wearing the same green fleece. :)

I bet there are others who have fallen out of touch with camino pals and then happened upon them coincidentally on the forum. Just goes to show what a wonderful resource we have, both for making new friends and finding old ones. Thanks to Ivar, of course!
There’s a thing called Facebook that’s all you need to keep in touch
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#35
Quite true, @Davey Boyd . I'm one of them.
E-mails or phone numbers work completely OK for me.

I have had the pleasure of connecting with the following members along the way: Ivar, Faith, Lydia Gillen, Madidi, Pilgrim b, Don, Reb and Gidivet. It is always lovely to put a name to a face.
Ahhh, that's nothing, @wayfarer ;)
I know I didn't put all the forum members on the list but there are (at least) 17 of them:
- 1 unknown (saw a Forum patch) and another one from USA,
- @m108 , @ivar , @peregrino_tom , @SYates , @peregrina2000 , @jerbear , @lovingkindness , @edandjoan , @timr and I can't leave out @Charrito of course ;),
- 2 Slovenians, 1 from NZ, 2 from Croatia and 1 from Spain (living in UK),
- not to mention those that are casual contacts through e-mails and phone calls.

But always opened for new experiences ;)
 
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#36
I have actually thought about doing this before, unfortunately I couldn't at that time. Seems a great way to give something back to the camino, and meeting nice people too.

Is there a place to find out about it or can you keep us informed when/where etc?

Thanks for reminding me Rebekah
Davey
Davey you can learn about it at www.peaceableprojects.org , or you can talk to me. This year we will clean up the worst bits of the Camino Portuguese interior, from Porto to Valenca... last week of November.
 

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