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A year ago today, while hiking from Bilbao to Probena on the North route, I met a fellow pilgrim called Silke and we shared an orange together. We were at the same alberge that night, then we bumped into each other again at Guemes. From then on we walked to Santiago together. By the time we got there we were completely in love. We have been together for the whole year. So how many other people have found long term romance on the camino? 579.JPG
 
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Did not find romance on the Camino, but sure wished I had been in my twenties again. Some beautiful young ladies from all over walk the Camino. Babes for sure, and I saw plenty of younger guys chasing them.
Oh the joys of youth, ha ha.
;)
 

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A year ago today, while hiking from Bilbao to Probena on the North route, I met a fellow pilgrim called Silke and we shared an orange together. We were at the same alberge that night, then we bumped into each other again at Guemes. From then on we walked to Santiago together. By the time we got there we were completely in love. We have been together for the whole year. So how many other people have found long term romance on the camino? View attachment 10167
Malcolm and Silke,
Beautiful pic, beautiful spot, beautiful story.
Big smile from me. I love the happily ever after stories !!

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I fell in love again on my second Camino, from Sarria in 2013, with a gutsy little woman who didn't walk much or train for the Camino, but who walked 23k's the first and second day. We walked and talked for six days and reconected. We have been married for thirty six years now.
Hi Wayfarer! This is such a lovely recognition of the value of walking - it really does allow you to talk properly and really share things. I would love to share a Camino with my husband but at the moment he is too busy "bagging Wainwrights". I need to a bit more persuading!
 

Jabaldo

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My wife and I are training to walk this September 2014
I will be walking with my love. For us both it is our second time around but I am happier for the love that my wife and I share. My only regret is that we did not meet years earlier. So every day we try to make the most out of it. This is one of the reasons why we walk the Camino, to be with eachother and to hold eachother and to love eachother.
Buen Camino to you and to us.
 
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Did not find romance on the Camino, but sure wished I had been in my twenties again. Some beautiful young ladies from all over walk the Camino. Babes for sure, and I saw plenty of younger guys chasing them.
Oh the joys of youth, ha ha.
;)

My husband enjoys getting older. He says it just increases the number of women he finds attractive.
 

soopi25

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May 2013 - July 2013
Thank you, MKalcolm for starting this thread! I shed some tears when reading these stories – so incredibly touching!!

I started my walk alone in St Jean on May 24 2013 and about a week or so later I met a wonderful man named Jose who was also walking the Camino with his amazing dog Rocky. While we started by walking together in a group, we eventually ended up just the 3 of us walking each day holding hands the entire way with Rocky in between. Despite our language barrier (I am from NYC and only spoke a little Spanish, he is from Valencia and spoke virtually no English), we managed to fall in love by the time we reached Santiago. After a week at his parents' home in Valencia, Jose announced he was moving to Stockholm with me where I was beginning a year-long professional studies program. Now, more in love than ever, we continue to happily plan our future and more adventures together. :)

Buen Camino to you and Silke. Your story warmed my heart, I wish you both a lifetime of happiness together!
 

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medora

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2013 Camino Norte, 2014 Camino Norte, Camino Primitivo, Camino Inglés
And what to do, when the Camino betrays you? When it brings you a broken heart and the biggest disappointment of your life? I met fantastic people on the way, I was happy, I was opened for new friendships, but I didnt plan any romance. I was full of doubts because of the distance and other circumstances, but we had so much in common and he seemed to be so sure of his feelings, I simply trusted him. In Santiago, on last day of our walking together I decided to give a chance to this relationship. But it was a mistake. Did the Camino lead me to this? When I think of Camino, I feel the pain.
 
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And what to do, when the Camino betrays you? When it brings you a broken heart and the biggest disappointment of your life? I met fantastic people on the way, I was happy, I was opened for new friendships, but I didnt plan any romance. I was full of doubts because of the distance and other circumstances, but we had so much in common and he seamed to be so sure of his feelings, I simply trusted him. In Santiago, on last day of our walking together I decided to give a chance to this relationship. But it was a mistake. Did the Camino lead me to this? When I think of Camino, I feel the pain.
Sorry to hear things did not work out for you. Never give up.
 

gapowell

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(2011 - from SJPP) (2012 - from Geneva) (2015 - from SJPP) (2016 - from Cologne)
I fell in love again on my second Camino, from Sarria in 2013, with a gutsy little woman who didn't walk much or train for the Camino, but who walked 23k's the first and second day. We walked and talked for six days and reconected. We have been married for thirty six years now.
Lovely!
 

gapowell

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And what to do, when the Camino betrays you? When it brings you a broken heart and the biggest disappointment of your life? I met fantastic people on the way, I was happy, I was opened for new friendships, but I didnt plan any romance. I was full of doubts because of the distance and other circumstances, but we had so much in common and he seamed to be so sure of his feelings, I simply trusted him. In Santiago, on last day of our walking together I decided to give a chance to this relationship. But it was a mistake. Did the Camino lead me to this? When I think of Camino, I feel the pain.

Medora, I am so sorry about that. A very similar thing also happened to me in 2011. I was very hurt when things did not work out after the Camino in Spain... and it was very painful for several months. But I was able to walk the Camino again in 2012 - this time from Geneva. While walking across France, I often thought of stopping in SJPP... even the day before I arrived there, I had my doubts that I would continue. I thought it would bring back painful memories... and I thought it might be a second rate experience doing it for the second time. But I DID continue over the Pyrenees, all the way to Santiago. And (of course) I met the most fantastic people en route. There were moments of sadness and reflection, remembering the previous year... But somehow time, and the Camino healed.

Give yourself time to recover, to heal. But don't blame the Camino... The Camino allows us to be open - with other people and with ourselves. It's an almost magical feeling, and in a way, I am just surprised that more people do not fall in love while on it! Maybe, just maybe, you should give the Camino another chance...
 
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cathal Ferris

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April to May (2015) starting in Burgos on the (27th April 2015) completing in Santiago on the 10th May flights booked from Dublin into Madrid and alsa bus up to Burgos
12th August 2015 Starting at Croagh Patrick Clew Bay to Downpatrick known as Camino Way of St Patrick
Nice one big man may you both live love and be happy the rest of your days a great story
 
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medora

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Medora, I am so sorry about that. A very similar thing also happened to me in 2011. I was very hurt when things did not work out after the Camino in Spain... and it was very painful for several months. But I was able to walk the Camino again in 2012 - this time from Geneva. While walking across France, I often thought of stopping in SJPP... even the day before I arrived there, I had my doubts that I would continue. I thought it would bring back painful memories... and I thought it might be a second rate experience doing it for the second time. But I DID continue over the Pyrenees, all the way to Santiago. And (of course) I met the most fantastic people en route. There were moments of sadness and reflection, remembering the previous year... But somehow time, and the Camino healed.

Give yourself time to recover, to heal. But don't blame the Camino... The Camino allows us to be open - with other people and with ourselves. It's an almost magical feeling, and in a way, I am just surprised that more people do not fall in love while on it! Maybe, just maybe, you should give the Camino another chance...
Thank you for sharing your experience and for your words. I made a collage of other persons, I met on the Camino and everytime when I look at it, I see happiness. One girl who also met love on the Camino and lost it afterwards, was a big support for me, because she knew, what I feel. I walked my second Camino just 3 weeks after breaking up and just for 6 days. I was searching for physical pain to forget the pain in my soul and in my heart. Now I know that it was too soon and too short to heal me. I don t feel prepared for the next Camino now, but when the Camino will send me an invitation, I will accept it. I will walk straight against my fears and bad memories and replace it with positive ones.
 

pilgrim b

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Caminos Frances 2013-Ingles 2014-Frances 2015
St Cuthbert's Way 2017-Via Francigena 2018 & 2019
Life is a Camino Anthony so you did meet your wife on one. Happy Anniversary to you both and have a safe and wonderful Camino.
Pat.
You are quite right Pat I just didn't think of it that way, I think I may get compostela for it next year. Thank you for your kind wishes too!
 

Annie Little

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Kanga said:
"My husband enjoys getting older. He says it just increases the number of women he finds attractive."
I agree
Problem is, as to attractiveness, when I look in the mirror in the morning, when shaving, the reverse for me has happened!

hahaha:cool: Bystander I hope you are a bloke then :rolleyes: otherwise you may well have a problem
 
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Loved, lost and loved again in 2012, and now living and working in Spain with love of my life and a renewed love of life; planning to walk every year a new camino, for as long as I can walk....buen camino!
 

jamataster

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Met a wonderful woman in the albergue in Logrono in July 2011. We walked the rest of the Way to Santiago together. Sweet music. She decided to move in with me in my country. We walked Sevilla-Santiago-Finisterre this spring. Difficult to hide questionable personality traits during hard walks. And positive sides tend to surface. So we will marry in July this year. :)
 
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A year ago today, while hiking from Bilbao to Probena on the North route, I met a fellow pilgrim called Silke and we shared an orange together. We were at the same alberge that night, then we bumped into each other again at Guemes. From then on we walked to Santiago together. By the time we got there we were completely in love. We have been together for the whole year. So how many other people have found long term romance on the camino? View attachment 10167

what a lovely story, it make me so happy to hear.

My boyfriend(from USA) and I(From Denmark) had our first date walking the camino last year. We had been penpals for a year, when we decided to have our first date and how better to get to know each other than walking the camino together. We met in Barcelona and took the bus to Pamplona and started our first long date :) we now live together in Denmark and planning to live in USA or Canada when I finish school. The camino gave us the best start on our relationship and next week we are going to France to walk the GR10.

I wish everyone good luck with their camino romances :D

Buen Camino
Jenny
 

david g

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Before our Camino in 2012, I told my friend we were going to meet and hit it off with some beautiful Australian women. I was half right....he did, I didn't. (Sigh) But, hope springs eternal, so maybe next time. (May of 2015)
 
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I remember meeting a poor guy soothing his legs in Ribadiso. He has pushed and pushed ahead hoping to catch up with a girl from Brazil he had met weeks before and regreted not getting to know better. Turns out she was not ahead of him, but back. Poor thing was in pain from terrible tendinitis and had just been getting further and further away from her as he pushed forward.

On that same Camino met a couple who had been together for a nu,ber of years. Bickering all time time. But he still popped the question in Santiago. Heaven help them;).

Met a man, in his 60s, who started walking with his wife only to dump her mid-way for another. Ouch.

The Camino is hard on the feet, but also the heart.
 

Al the optimist

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The original poster asked :-
So how many other people have found long term romance on the camino?
Yes I realise the intended meaning of the post but, you know it opens an opportunity to state the obvious.
I have found long term love many times on the Camino. Love with people,villages, towns, cities, scenery, albergues, boots, backpacks. Heck, even some bars, restaurants and wayside donativos! Some have disappeared from my life but all are not lost to me, the love remains. I am fortunate to have been able to "re-Camino" and so continue my relationship with some of those on this list.
 

TheTinkerBell

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....I started my walk alone in St Jean on May 24 2013 and about a week or so later I met a wonderful man named Jose who was also walking the Camino with his amazing dog Rocky....

Massive memory overload!!
I was walking the CF at that time and remember seeing you guys several times throughout the trip from start to finish. I used to say 'hi' every time we saw each other, but we never got around to having a chat or a beer.

Rocky was famous on the CF then. I'd see him tied up to poles and chairs everywhere - usually outside bars!!! So friendly and so affectionate. Always wondered about how you actually fared walking with a dog (I.e. accommodation, etc).

It was impossible not to fall in love with Rocky.........
 

janecaroline

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Camino Frances (May 2013) Camino de Madrid -( Aug/ Sept 2014)
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medora

"I hold it true, whate'er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all."

Alfred Lord Tennyson In Memoriam (1850)
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Geradine

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So how many other people have found long term romance on the camino?

Old thread but no less important. ;-)

On my 4th camino, the Camino del Norte in june 2015 I met my better half: a crazy Belgian who started his camino right in front of his door. We met on the camino, we walked together, got married last year and are expecting our little camino miracle for october 2017.

I guess, this belongs in this thread, isn't it? ;)
 
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Old thread but no less important. ;-)

On my 4th camino, the Camino del Norte in june 2015 I met my better half: a crazy Belgian who started his camino right in front of his door. We met on the camino, we walked together, got married last year and are expecting our little camino miracle for october 2017.

I guess, this belongs in this thread, isn't it? ;)

I'd say it does belong here. Congratulations!
 

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