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Tales of love found on the Camino??


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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#2
Somewhere on this forum is a thread where the same question was asked and quite a few shared their experiences of love found on the Camino that has lasted for many years. Hopefully someone more savvy than I can connect you with that particular thread...and good luck on your own quest for love! ;)
 

RJM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few times, but soon again I hope....
#3
A couple of times I have met someone on the Camino, and there seemed to be a spark there, but they were walking with a couple of friends, or our walking speeds were different etc. Things never seemed to had a chance to run its course and before we knew it we were in Santiago and it just faded away.
 

Charles Zammit

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances , St Jean Pied de Port - Finisterra May/ June 2017
Le Puy en Velay - Ales [2018]
#5
I met a delightful couple , Spanish woman and German man at Orisson last year . They were walking the Frances again to celebrate the 10th Aniversary of their meeting in an isolated chapel off the main Camino trail . The light in their eyes reminded me of how I felt for my wife of almost 40 years .
Somewhere there is someone for you Tilly . " if you seek then you will find ".
 

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Camino(s) past & future
Francis 2013-2014-2015,16 and June 2017
#6
In 2013 I met a young lady half way up the Pyrenees,she was married n I was in a relationship so nothing untoward happened but there was definately something quite strong happening,we didn't meet again for 4 years and only kept in touch periodically.However she was never far from my thoughts day to day and she has said same about me,so this year we will marry and once again walk the Camino,together this time.

PS I blame the red string ;)
 
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Camino(s) past & future
(2018)
#7
If you want a story about love, read I'LL PUSH YOU. If you want to know what it is about, go into YouTube and search I'LL PUSH YOU. There is a terrific 1 hour video (approximately) filmed at Calvin College where Justin and Patrick talk about their trip. Justin is in a wheel chair and Patrick pushed him from SJPdP to Santiago where they reunite with their wives. The entire journey was filmed and a movie is due to be released later this year if it is not already out. I'LL PUSH YOU is also a Facebook page.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francis 2013-2014-2015,16 and June 2017
#8
If you want a story about love, read I'LL PUSH YOU. If you want to know what it is about, go into YouTube and search I'LL PUSH YOU. There is a terrific 1 hour video (approximately) filmed at Calvin College where Justin and Patrick talk about their trip. Justin is in a wheel chair and Patrick pushed him from SJPdP to Santiago where they reunite with their wives. The entire journey was filmed and a movie is due to be released later this year if it is not already out. I'LL PUSH YOU is also a Facebook page.
I spent a week on the Camino with the lads,I turn up on page 159 ;)
 

Isca-camigo

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Various ones.
#16
Yes, but it didn't last( 2 years). People come into harmony on the Camino, and I have seen all kinds of relationships grow out of it, lovers, friends, spiritual teachers and so on. From my own experience it felt like the Way brought two people together by 'coincidence' and 'chance' over several days then one day we were just walking in Tune and telling each other our stories, and I'm pretty certain we weren't unusual in what happened, that's the Camino for you.
 

Aptrail

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Aug/Sept, 2016
Hospilatero May, 2018
Planning:
San Salvador & Primativo May/June '18
#18
I am convinced that the right person for me would be someone in the Camino family.

(If it's you, call me!!) :)

There must be many stories of love found on the Camino. Would love to hear some.
I’ve sort of wondered about and hoped for the same thing.
 
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017 Francés
March 2018 Inglés
(May 2019) Baztan
#19
If you want a story about love, read I'LL PUSH YOU. If you want to know what it is about, go into YouTube and search I'LL PUSH YOU. There is a terrific 1 hour video (approximately) filmed at Calvin College where Justin and Patrick talk about their trip. Justin is in a wheel chair and Patrick pushed him from SJPdP to Santiago where they reunite with their wives. The entire journey was filmed and a movie is due to be released later this year if it is not already out. I'LL PUSH YOU is also a Facebook page.
I read the book and saw the film. Incredible, absolutely incredible! I also met Justin and Patrick when they came to speak at a local university. They are among the most joyful people I have ever met.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francesx2, Le Puy, Primitivo,Mozarabe,Arles,Norte to Bilbao,Rota Vicentina,Porto to SdeC,Stevenson
#21
Hi Tilly.

Well I don’t know if it happens often, but it does happen.

In April 2014, I was walking the Camino Le Puy, solo. It was my third camino, having walked the Frances in 2011 and 2013. On the afternoon of my 19th day on the Le Puy route I met a Frenchman - we were staying in the same gite. I am Australian. I spoke little French and he had a little more English. Around the dinner table were all French and Spanish pilgrims. He kindly translated for me, as best he could.

We walked together, more or less, for the next 10 days or so, to SJPP and over the Napoleon route and on to Pamplona. It was time for me to head home to Australia. He continued to SdeC. Ours was not a romance - not a hint of that - just camino friends.

Long story short, some time later we began to correspond. And 6 months after that first meeting, we flew from Sydney and Paris respectively to Oviedo to walk the Camino Primitivo together. By the end of that walk and a few days in magical Barcelona, we had decided to see if we could build a life together. And we have. Since then we have lived mostly in Sydney but in October last year we came to live in France for a while ( our dog came too!). Through a series of small serendipities, we found a place to rent just a few kilometres from the town where we’d first met and less than one kilometre from The Way.

In between then and now The French and I have had many wonderful adventures including many long walks - Camino Arles, Aragones, Mozarabe, Portuguese, some time of the Del Norte, the Chemin du Stevenson and Cami de Ronda.

The Camino has given me many, many gifts - but none so entirely unexpected or special as my beautiful husband.

I was almost 57 years old when I met him. I had never been married or had children. The possibility of finding love - let alone a deep romantic love - at that stage of life - on the camino or anywhere else - was not in my thoughts at all. Who would imagine such a thing?

Serendipity? The Magic of The Way? Fate? I don’t know. All I can offer is - open mind, open heart, and the courage to be yourself, follow your intuition and take a chance.

I hope you find your love Tilly, as you make your way in the world. As my Frenchman often says to me, ‘Tout est possible’.

With best wishes
Jenny

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Pink Girl

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino September-October 2017
#23
I fell in love on the Camino. It was the kind of love at first sight, burn fast and bright, thing that I haven’t experienced since I was a teenager.

I met him in Belorado. @alexwalker and I got the last two beds in the hostel he was staying in with his family. I asked him if he wanted to walk together the next day (I feel like that’s the Camino equivalent of asking someone out) and he agreed, but we ended getting separated. For some reason our phones weren’t able to connect, but I was able to email him that I was walking through to Ages. Honestly that walk was my hardest of the Camino because I had TERRIBLE blisters and the only thing that kept me going was thinking that cute guy is going to be in Ages and I have to make it!

I finally made it and he got trough on the phone to me, saying he was also in Ages. He’d made his family walk through so he could see me I said let’s meet up for a drink and he agreed and hung up. But then I didn’t know which hostel he was in! I decided to go around to each hostel and ask the host if he was staying there. I finally found him and we had that drink. then he took me to dinner in Burgos. It was seriously the most romantic experience I’ve had.

I thought he was just going to be someone fun to enjoy on the Camino, but after Burgos, I knew it was much more than that. We had a connection that I’m not sure I will ever have with another person. It felt like we’d lived several lives with each other. He was everything I wanted in a significant other except that he was SWEDISH and lived in Sweden. We did long distance for 6 months, even though it felt much longer than that. He visited m in LA and I visited him in Sweden, but unfortunately we broke up. He didn’t like LA very much and I can only do my career in TV in LA.

I feel like we are our true selves on the Camino and sometimes that attracts a soul mate, but that doesn’t mean the timing or circumstances will allow the relationship to last.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 21 October 2014
Portugese Way October 2018
#24
Hi Tilly.

Well I don’t know if it happens often, but it does happen.

In April 2014, I was walking the Camino Le Puy, solo. It was my third camino, having walked the Frances in 2011 and 2013. On the afternoon of my 19th day on the Le Puy route I met a Frenchman - we were staying in the same gite. I am Australian. I spoke little French and he had a little more English. Around the dinner table were all French and Spanish pilgrims. He kindly translated for me, as best he could.

We walked together, more or less, for the next 10 days or so, to SJPP and over the Napoleon route and on to Pamplona. It was time for me to head home to Australia. He continued to SdeC. Ours was not a romance - not a hint of that - just camino friends.

Long story short, some time later we began to correspond. And 6 months after that first meeting, we flew from Sydney and Paris respectively to Oviedo to walk the Camino Primitivo together. By the end of that walk and a few days in magical Barcelona, we had decided to see if we could build a life together. And we have. Since then we have lived mostly in Sydney but in October last year we came to live in France for a while ( our dog came too!). Through a series of small serendipities, we found a place to rent just a few kilometres from the town where we’d first met and less than one kilometre from The Way.

In between then and now The French and I have had many wonderful adventures including many long walks - Camino Arles, Aragones, Mozarabe, Portuguese, some time of the Del Norte, the Chemin du Stevenson and Cami de Ronda.

The Camino has given me many, many gifts - but none so entirely unexpected or special as my beautiful husband.

I was almost 57 years old when I met him. I had never been married or had children. The possibility of finding love - let alone a deep romantic love - at that stage of life - on the camino or anywhere else - was not in my thoughts at all. Who would imagine such a thing?

Serendipity? The Magic of The Way? Fate? I don’t know. All I can offer is - open mind, open heart, and the courage to be yourself, follow your intuition and take a chance.

I hope you find your love Tilly, as you make your way in the world. As my Frenchman often says to me, ‘Tout est possible’.

With best wishes
Jenny

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Jenny yours is a lovely story. I'm back in October & although I'm 64 I welcome love and companionship so will keep my eyes peeled, my heart open and see what this Camino brings!!

Thank you for sharing your love story.

Lindy
 

RJM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few times, but soon again I hope....
#26
I asked him if he wanted to walk together the next day (I feel like that’s the Camino equivalent of asking someone out)
I have had pelegrinas ask to walk with me the next day, and a couple of times walked a few days with them. I never knew if that was due to interest/attraction or perhaps they just wanted, and I by no means intend to sound sexist by saying this, a man to walk with them for safety, or maybe both. Of course with that shared walk comes coffee together, perhaps a lunch break, long talks about anything and everything. Anyway, like I said in an earlier post on this thread, no romance ever developed. I did reconnect with a couple of them on facebook.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2017
CF 2018
#30
Saw and heard many stories like that on my last Camino. If you're the kind of person who is more drawn to similarities (versus "opposites attract"), it makes sense that you'll find what you're looking for there. Part of it also is that this kind of walk tends to open people up because we're all at our most vulnerable true selves.
 

Pink Girl

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino September-October 2017
#31
I have had pelegrinas ask to walk with me the next day, and a couple of times walked a few days with them. I never knew if that was due to interest/attraction or perhaps they just wanted, and I by no means intend to sound sexist by saying this, a man to walk with them for safety, or maybe both. Of course with that shared walk comes coffee together, perhaps a lunch break, long talks about anything and everything. Anyway, like I said in an earlier post on this thread, no romance ever developed. I did reconnect with a couple of them on facebook.
I don’t think it’s always romantic, but if you like (romantically or platonically) someone, you have to act fast otherwise you may not see them again.
 

Jules21

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2018
#32
In 2013 I met a young lady half way up the Pyrenees,she was married n I was in a relationship so nothing untoward happened but there was definately something quite strong happening,we didn't meet again for 4 years and only kept in touch periodically.However she was never far from my thoughts day to day and she has said same about me,so this year we will marry and once again walk the Camino,together this time.

PS I blame the red string ;)
 

Jules21

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2018
#33
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After reading Bernie’s story a few weeks before starting the Camino, and Liking it , I was amazed to come across him on it today. What a small world it is !! And what an amazing experience the Camino is x
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF: (2001, 2002, 2004, 2014). Hospitalera: 2002, Ponferrada. 2004, Rabanal del Camino.
#35
Hi Tilly.

Well I don’t know if it happens often, but it does happen.

In April 2014, I was walking the Camino Le Puy, solo. It was my third camino, having walked the Frances in 2011 and 2013. On the afternoon of my 19th day on the Le Puy route I met a Frenchman - we were staying in the same gite. I am Australian. I spoke little French and he had a little more English. Around the dinner table were all French and Spanish pilgrims. He kindly translated for me, as best he could.

We walked together, more or less, for the next 10 days or so, to SJPP and over the Napoleon route and on to Pamplona. It was time for me to head home to Australia. He continued to SdeC. Ours was not a romance - not a hint of that - just camino friends.

Long story short, some time later we began to correspond. And 6 months after that first meeting, we flew from Sydney and Paris respectively to Oviedo to walk the Camino Primitivo together. By the end of that walk and a few days in magical Barcelona, we had decided to see if we could build a life together. And we have. Since then we have lived mostly in Sydney but in October last year we came to live in France for a while ( our dog came too!). Through a series of small serendipities, we found a place to rent just a few kilometres from the town where we’d first met and less than one kilometre from The Way.

In between then and now The French and I have had many wonderful adventures including many long walks - Camino Arles, Aragones, Mozarabe, Portuguese, some time of the Del Norte, the Chemin du Stevenson and Cami de Ronda.

The Camino has given me many, many gifts - but none so entirely unexpected or special as my beautiful husband.

I was almost 57 years old when I met him. I had never been married or had children. The possibility of finding love - let alone a deep romantic love - at that stage of life - on the camino or anywhere else - was not in my thoughts at all. Who would imagine such a thing?

Serendipity? The Magic of The Way? Fate? I don’t know. All I can offer is - open mind, open heart, and the courage to be yourself, follow your intuition and take a chance.

I hope you find your love Tilly, as you make your way in the world. As my Frenchman often says to me, ‘Tout est possible’.

With best wishes
Jenny

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It is posts like this that make me wish one could hit the "like" button multiple times.

I love your story of love found on camino.

May God and Santiago continue to bless your union.

Buen camino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francesx2, Le Puy, Primitivo,Mozarabe,Arles,Norte to Bilbao,Rota Vicentina,Porto to SdeC,Stevenson
#36
It is posts like this that make me wish one could hit the "like" button multiple times.

I love your story of love found on camino.

May God and Santiago continue to bless your union.

Buen camino.
Thank you NYC walking. C’est the gentil. We feel very blessed that we met and got to know each other in the way that we did. I suspect that our friendship, and the love we found later, would not have happened if either of us were ‘looking for love’ on the camino. X
 

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