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Special people and Diary opportunity

tony l

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Camino(s) past & future
September 2018
Good morning to all viewers of this site. I walked the Way last year in September 2018. Really enjoyed the experience and planning other walks. My one regret is I met some lovely people but never exchanged details. Just maybe they may read this article. Anyway had some great advice from a dutch/german lady who was keeping a diary open for her family and friends using Polarsteps(PS). I kept a simple written diary and converted it to a keepsake using (PS) later. Its a great idea and a lovely keepsake. Going back to missing getting contact details. I bumped into 'Dutch' a lovely women several times walking the same route and timescale. She was a really lovely person and I took it for granted would meet her again. The last time was 16 days in El Burgo Ranero. I had picked up a bug and was ill the previous day at Ledigos but walked it off on route to El Burgo. This lovely Dutch girl joined us for Dinner and was just fabulous company. I was really weak from being poorly so had to sleep early evening. Sadly did not see her again. The reason I write is to say dont take it for granted that you will meet again. If you are lucky to meet people you connect well with than take their details or at least their name. Attached is a linked to my diary I share so you know what a fab keepsake you can create either on route or on your return.

Wishing you all well on route and for miles yet to come. Best wishes - Tony or as my Dutch would say 'hello/hi English'. Buen Camino to all.


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Camino(s) past & future
Inglés 2009+2017, Francés 2012+2018, Astorga-Santiago repeatedly
Good point, we never know when we part if we will bump into eachother again. My top tip is to have your details written down, like in the front or back of your diary, and suggest they can take a photo of it (even the info in your credencial, though you might not want to share your passport details with people). Everybody has a camera or at least one on their mobile, and if you give them your details, it is up to them to respond. If they then decide to give you theirs as well to be on the safe side, all is good. And always be prepared not to hear from people again - life happens, things change, some people like to stay in touch and some don't. I am very happy I have stayed in touch with some people I met walking, and some sadly just disappeared, that's how it is.

David Tallan

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
I had the same regret after my 2016 camino. We met so many great people and I never took their contact information, just counting on the fact that we would meet again. It was my one big regret from the camino. So, before my next camino I had a personal sello made up with a drawing of me (the one I use for my avatar here), the word "Ultreia!" and my email address. It makes it easy to share my details - I can just stamp them in people's credencials or on a handy piece of paper.


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