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Meeting Ivar

Kiwi-family

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Year of past OR future Camino
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
Before I leave the Camino.....I had the pleasure of meeting Ivar today! He was totally not what I expected (for some reason I had imagined him as a short rotund Spaniard with an unusual (forSpain) name!
We had a lovely chat ( did pretty well for two introverts!) and what I would like to impress on everyone who has not met him, is he is a man of integrity. In this day and age, that is rare - and precious. We might only have talked for half an hour, but I left with the feeling you could trust him with your life.
Thanks for overseeing this community @ivar
 
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Carol Larson

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Year of past OR future Camino
April (2017)
Before I leave the Camino.....I had the pleasure of meeting Ivar today! He was totally not what I expected (for some reason I had imagined him as a short rotund Spaniard with an unusual (forSpain) name!
We had a lovely chat ( did pretty well for two introverts!) and what I would like to impress on everyone who has not met him, is he is a man of integrity. In this day and age, that is rare - and precious. We might only have talked for half an hour, but I left with the feeling you could trust him with your life.
Thanks for overseeing this community @ivar
I, too, had the pleasure of meeting Ivar. He is a kind, caring gentleman. Thank you for what you do for we pilgrims .
 

ivar

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Before I leave the Camino.....I had the pleasure of meeting Ivar today! He was totally not what I expected (for some reason I had imagined him as a short rotund Spaniard with an unusual (forSpain) name!
We had a lovely chat ( did pretty well for two introverts!) and what I would like to impress on everyone who has not met him, is he is a man of integrity. In this day and age, that is rare - and precious. We might only have talked for half an hour, but I left with the feeling you could trust him with your life.
Thanks for overseeing this community @ivar
ohh.. that was a nice thing to say!

Good to meet you as well... safe travels back home to summer (here it is still cold!).
Ivar
 

marciarsm

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances (SJPDP-SdC) - 2004, 2013, & 2017
And in June of last year I happily recognized him pushing his young son in a stroller near the Cathedral. It gave me the opportunity to thank him for all his contributions to us pilgrims.
 
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Rent a house in Santiago (1 month minimum)
300m from the cathedral and around the corner from the fresh food market in Santiago. Perfect place to tele commute from (1GB symmetrical connection).
Year of past OR future Camino
May 2016, completed 1/6/2016
(April 2018)
This past year I left my Saint James medal hanging in the shower at Albergue Lemos in Triacastela. They were kind enough to mail it to Ivar and he then mailed it to me at home in the states. Of course I met Ivar to discuss all of this and his kindness, understanding, and patience is beyond compare. He is a treasure of the Camino.
 
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances (2014), Camino Mozarabe, (3-days then aborted (2016), Via de la Plata/Sanabres (2018)
I too have made a point to meet, shake hands with, and thank Ivar for his attention to so many details. I felt like I was dealing with an old friend, who I had finally met. He does this on a daily basis for all of us who endeavour hiking in Spain, for whatever our intentions, or motivations. This Forum, the forum devotees, Casa Ivar, and you Ivar, have changed and improved the lives of thousands. Thank you for helping make the Camino experience possible.
 

igailfh

Active member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Português, Camino de Tejo (Fatima)
I met Ivar & his tiny baby son last year when I went there especially to buy some Camino buffs. A friendly man cuddling his son & helping me at the same time. So cool to meet him!
 
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300m from the cathedral and around the corner from the fresh food market in Santiago. Perfect place to tele commute from (1GB symmetrical connection).

mahz

Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Primitivo 2017
North 2016
French 2014
French 2012
I have not met Ivar, but I admire what he does here. Many would be happy to end the pilgrimage by saying hello to him in Santiago. He would be overwhelmed. We would force him to greet in Santiago only the most active members of this great forum. Maybe an extra stimulus to boost participation!!
Just kidding ;) Thanks Ivar! :)
 

Chris Howard

Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2013-14 CF
2015-16 CP Porto
2017 CP Lisbon, Ingles
2018 San Salvador
2019 CM, Primitivo, Ingles
and.... I did not meet Ivar, but spoke to him from Oviedo as he provided significant help to us after my wife fell and broke her arm on the Primitivo. He helped arrange a box to get sent back home for us that we had shipped ahead to Santiago! Great great guy! Yes, Thanks Ivar! :)
 
Year of past OR future Camino
2018
Before I leave the Camino.....I had the pleasure of meeting Ivar today! He was totally not what I expected (for some reason I had imagined him as a short rotund Spaniard with an unusual (forSpain) name!
We had a lovely chat ( did pretty well for two introverts!) and what I would like to impress on everyone who has not met him, is he is a man of integrity. In this day and age, that is rare - and precious. We might only have talked for half an hour, but I left with the feeling you could trust him with your life.
Thanks for overseeing this community @ivar
I have not had the fortune to meet him yet, however, he has been unbelievably helpful in all email communications and requests. I have appreciated him enormously.
 

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