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This is not your normal forum! (A grateful thread)

Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
St Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
#1
This year in the space of three months I had the good fortune of meeting a number of forum members face to face. In each case it was a delight - either to put a face to a name for those I'd not met before, and to deepen friendships with those I already knew.

It no longer surprises me that people 'out there' are the same as they are here. Of course, perceptions are naturally more three-dimensional and vivid in 'real life' than they are here, but I've never experienced the surprise of dissonance. All my meetings with other forum members this year and in past years felt 'seamless' - just the continuation of an existing relationship in real time and in the physical realm.

That seamlessness extends to the sense of community that is so strongly fostered here. We often speak of the Forum as a virtual albergue and it very much is. We share the joys and challenges of the road, both on the Camino itself as well as on the more challenging camino of life. We may not always agree here , and sometimes the disagreements are strong and strongly worded. But in spite of this, we are here for each other in the same way as fellow pilgrims are when actually walking.
Coming from all backgrounds and many countries around the world.

Things being what they are today this is no small thing to be grateful for.

Thank you everyone, for being here.
Thank you to the hard-working moderators who remind us to be civil when we forget.
And thank you to Ivar for getting the ball rolling in the first place, and for keeping it rolling behind the scenes.
 

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
#5
Seriously speaking... yes, vnwalking. Yes actually, to everything you have said here just now. True, and so simple. If I can add a tiny piece: not for the first time yesterday, looking around me when I was waiting somewhere, I looked and saw again that we wear who are and who we are becoming, in every gesture, how we stand and walk and act, react and interact. That is also true here, as you say, in this forum, a sort of virtual albergue. Thanks for your words of encouragement to us all to try to become who we really want to see when we look in the virtual mirror!
 

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
St Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
#6
I have to admit that I was inspired to write what I did as a 'reset,' after writing a too-sharp response to @Morgan Holmes in the cell phone manners thread. It was she who got me to sit back and reflect that the forum (and the camino, and life) can bring out the best in us and the worst in us all - and in doing that I was remembering meeting and being inspired by all the very good people here, that I've met in the flesh or not.

It's hot. And maybe we're all more grumpy than usual. Thank you all for your words of encouragement -
to try to become who we really want to see when we look in the virtual mirror!
(I couldn't have said it better, @kirkie...we all lift each other up, on a good day...;))
 
Camino(s) past & future
Past: Francés, Inglés, Fisterra/Muxia, Baztanés x2, Primitivo, Norte. 2018: Portugues.
#8
What a lovely thread, @VNwalking, I couldn't agree more. I've met quite a few forum members in recent years and it feels like catching up with an old friend, rather than meeting a stranger.

I've been very busy lately with work and family commitments, but it's always a joy to dip in and out of the forum when I can. I love seeing the excited posts from those preparing for their first Camino and the generous and helpful advice from those who've done it before. We've much to be grateful for in this happy little place!
 
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.
#10
This year in the space of three months I had the good fortune of meeting a number of forum members face to face. In each case it was a delight - either to put a face to a name for those I'd not met before, and to deepen friendships with those I already knew.

It no longer surprises me that people 'out there' are the same as they are here. Of course, perceptions are naturally more three-dimensional and vivid in 'real life' than they are here, but I've never experienced the surprise of dissonance. All my meetings with other forum members this year and in past years felt 'seamless' - just the continuation of an existing relationship in real time and in the physical realm.

That seamlessness extends to the sense of community that is so strongly fostered here. We often speak of the Forum as a virtual albergue and it very much is. We share the joys and challenges of the road, both on the Camino itself as well as on the more challenging camino of life. We may not always agree here , and sometimes the disagreements are strong and strongly worded. But in spite of this, we are here for each other in the same way as fellow pilgrims are when actually walking.
Coming from all backgrounds and many countries around the world.

Things being what they are today this is no small thing to be grateful for.

Thank you everyone, for being here.
Thank you to the hard-working moderators who remind us to be civil when we forget.
And thank you to Ivar for getting the ball rolling in the first place, and for keeping it rolling behind the scenes.
Thank you VNwalking
Such wise, true and lovely words.

Like yourself, I had the good fortune to meet two wonderful forum members.
One....a lady from California who stayed with us in London for 10 days, on her way to the Camino
Then a meeting with a lady in Dublin....who has recently given a lot of encouragement and kind words

Both...ongoing friendships with frequent communication
And we will meet again
So......it's never too late to make friends ....from whatever direction they come!!

And yes,the word seamless comes to mind

With thanks and best wishes
Annette
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP - Finisterre (2005) ; LePuy - Muxia (2007) ; Porto - SC. (2009) planning Lourdes- SC (2018)
#11
Where else in the virtual world do we experience this opportunity to do safely lay our soul bare? No wonder we feel we already know people before we ever get to meet them . Even if our paths should never cross, we still walked in the same places , and through this forum can affirm our connection.
 
Camino(s) past & future
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
#12
This year in the space of three months I had the good fortune of meeting a number of forum members face to face. In each case it was a delight - either to put a face to a name for those I'd not met before, and to deepen friendships with those I already knew.

It no longer surprises me that people 'out there' are the same as they are here. Of course, perceptions are naturally more three-dimensional and vivid in 'real life' than they are here, but I've never experienced the surprise of dissonance. All my meetings with other forum members this year and in past years felt 'seamless' - just the continuation of an existing relationship in real time and in the physical realm.

That seamlessness extends to the sense of community that is so strongly fostered here. We often speak of the Forum as a virtual albergue and it very much is. We share the joys and challenges of the road, both on the Camino itself as well as on the more challenging camino of life. We may not always agree here , and sometimes the disagreements are strong and strongly worded. But in spite of this, we are here for each other in the same way as fellow pilgrims are when actually walking.
Coming from all backgrounds and many countries around the world.

Things being what they are today this is no small thing to be grateful for.

Thank you everyone, for being here.
Thank you to the hard-working moderators who remind us to be civil when we forget.
And thank you to Ivar for getting the ball rolling in the first place, and for keeping it rolling behind the scenes.
During my two weeks of volunteer work in Santiago I had the pleasure to meet several forum members .
And meeting you in Rotterdam was very special for me.
It's nice to talk with each other face to face.
And as you know , the first day traveling home was special and emotional. The reactions I got from forum members made my day. That's make this forum special.
Wish you all the very best , Peter .
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP to Najera Sept. 2017; Leon to SdC (Sept. 2018)
#13
@VNwalking what a lovely thread to begin my morning! I think this forum exemplifies the best in all of us as pilgrims. I am always so touched by how willingly people offer ideas and support to others. I'm returning to the Camino Frances in September; I would love nothing better than to cross paths with people on this forum. Thanks to Ivar, the moderators and all of you!
 
Camino(s) past & future
some and then more. see my signature.
#14
Thank you @VNwalking for posting these generous and compassionate words.
I can't add anything really because you captivated my emotions perfectly.

I am proud to call myself a friend to some of you! You guys know who I mean.
And I am very much looking forward meeting some of you in the ( near ) future.
Very grateful.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
St Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
#15
it feels like catching up with an old friend, rather than meeting a stranger.
Exactly. You put it better than I, Nuala, and in fewer words. :cool:
I would love nothing better than to cross paths with people on this forum.
Start in Santiago with @SYates at Egeria House and @natefaith at Pilgrim House. Other than that It's luck of the draw. And you may meet people without knowing it. I've met a couple of Forum members without being aware of it in the moment - only figuring that out later. And who knows how many we've all met out there without ever knowing it?
meeting you in Rotterdam was very special for me.
Same, Peter, same.
Oh, yes. That's the flavor of the day, here, after reading everyone's replies.
 

bib

Bridget
Camino(s) past & future
may/june (2018)
#16
the Forum as a virtual albergue and it very much is. We share the joys and challenges of the road, both on the Camino itself as well as on the more challenging camino of life.
love this quote...I never though of this being a 'virtual albergue' ...and yes, now I'm back home and at work, it's very much about the camino of life.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
#19
Yes, it is a fine description of the forum, and if I may say so, of this thread! Describe a virtual albergue... and by the hokey, it will have to have many mansions to house all of our menagerie! Ready, steady, go! (sorry: this is not in the Not a Seruous thread thread, so i have to draw a line through it)
 
Camino(s) past & future
There are many different Pilgrim Routes and Caminos in life.
#21
This year in the space of three months I had the good fortune of meeting a number of forum members face to face. In each case it was a delight - either to put a face to a name for those I'd not met before, and to deepen friendships with those I already knew.

It no longer surprises me that people 'out there' are the same as they are here. Of course, perceptions are naturally more three-dimensional and vivid in 'real life' than they are here, but I've never experienced the surprise of dissonance. All my meetings with other forum members this year and in past years felt 'seamless' - just the continuation of an existing relationship in real time and in the physical realm.

That seamlessness extends to the sense of community that is so strongly fostered here. We often speak of the Forum as a virtual albergue and it very much is. We share the joys and challenges of the road, both on the Camino itself as well as on the more challenging camino of life. We may not always agree here , and sometimes the disagreements are strong and strongly worded. But in spite of this, we are here for each other in the same way as fellow pilgrims are when actually walking.
Coming from all backgrounds and many countries around the world.

Things being what they are today this is no small thing to be grateful for.

Thank you everyone, for being here.
Thank you to the hard-working moderators who remind us to be civil when we forget.
And thank you to Ivar for getting the ball rolling in the first place, and for keeping it rolling behind the scenes.
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ksam

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese '08, Frances '11, del Norte '14, Invierno '16, Ingles '17, Primitivo October 2018
#22
I have on occasion meet people from the forum in the flesh and it's always been a plus! Camino Gen was the first. I will always remember her with great fondness and a smile. Then it was Silly Doll aka Sylvia from S.A., someone whose advice and information has been a great help over the years.

One other thing I am eternally grateful for is being able to come here to the forum with a question, that in the "outside" world would be meet with negativity. When I tell others I'm having PF issues and struggling to train etc (such as I do now!) they immediately assume I'm canning my plans. Only here do you meet others who promptly have advice AND encouragement. People here understand that yes it is possible to walk with difficulties. Here your not viewed s completely mad (well...perhaps because we're all a bit mad!)

SO thanks to all the pilgrims here who have made my walks possible! Gracias. And to Camino Gen who will always be rushing ahead of me with a smile and her lovely purple socks!
 
Camino(s) past & future
(Le Puy- St Jean Pied a Port (September 2018 )

St. Jean Pied a Port - Finisterre 2008
#23
This year in the space of three months I had the good fortune of meeting a number of forum members face to face. In each case it was a delight - either to put a face to a name for those I'd not met before, and to deepen friendships with those I already knew.

It no longer surprises me that people 'out there' are the same as they are here. Of course, perceptions are naturally more three-dimensional and vivid in 'real life' than they are here, but I've never experienced the surprise of dissonance. All my meetings with other forum members this year and in past years felt 'seamless' - just the continuation of an existing relationship in real time and in the physical realm.

That seamlessness extends to the sense of community that is so strongly fostered here. We often speak of the Forum as a virtual albergue and it very much is. We share the joys and challenges of the road, both on the Camino itself as well as on the more challenging camino of life. We may not always agree here , and sometimes the disagreements are strong and strongly worded. But in spite of this, we are here for each other in the same way as fellow pilgrims are when actually walking.
Coming from all backgrounds and many countries around the world.

Things being what they are today this is no small thing to be grateful for.

Thank you everyone, for being here.
Thank you to the hard-working moderators who remind us to be civil when we forget.
And thank you to Ivar for getting the ball rolling in the first place, and for keeping it rolling behind the scenes.
All true! I am a member of a virtual Caff that hides under a snooker table BTL of a famous crossword puzzle site. We've become friends across the globe and have Gatherings in real life- parties, hikes, museum jaunts., dog walkings, wakes ..many have been wishing me bon chemin but so far I've yet to persuade anyone to come along. I love these virtual communities.
 

Lurch

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
looking at 2018-2019
#26
As I head out from Burgos in a month, I, too, hope to meet forum members on the Way. My pack has LURCH velcroed to the back so if you see me say Hello as you pass. I have read so many posts from so many members that I feel like we are a "band of brothers & sisters". If we meet at an alburgue for the night, I look forward to conversations with others. Supposedly I have PTSD from my occupations, but this forum has assisted mightily and the Camino should finish the job. So Buen Camino to you all and may you Vaya con Dios!
 

Lurch

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
looking at 2018-2019
#29
Buen Camino @Lurch. May it bring you all it's best surprises. PTSD isn't rare among the good people in this place. Lots know where you are coming from and will be sending you good wishes.
Flying out of Las Vegas, if'n I can get past the ranks of one-armed bandits. Thank you...you have no idea how comments like this bring up one's spirits, although truthfully, they are already elevated, getting ready. At my age, I know better than to tackle the Pyrenees, at least this trip, so will start from Burgos on the 22nd .

Semper fi my friend and thanks again for the comment!
 
Camino(s) past & future
(Le Puy- St Jean Pied a Port (September 2018 )

St. Jean Pied a Port - Finisterre 2008
#32
Slow? Probably just American!

Virtual, come on you know that.
Caff - Cafe in Cockney English
Snooker Table- snooker is a game rather like pool. ( I don't play it, but that is my assumption).
BTL- below the line, ie the comment section after articles
the famous newspaper? not saying.

and you did have your tongue firmly clenched (albeit painlessly) between your teeth, didn't you?!

the Caff is where we have silly fun, something this thread seems adept at as well.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
St Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
#33
I still don't really get it, even though you translated the acronym. See? I AM slow.;)
But we do get your point, which is the point. And it's true!
you did have your tongue firmly clenched (albeit painlessly) between your teeth, didn't you?!
Well, mostly, But I'm OAOOT, so terrible at acronyms. o_O
 
#37
I still don't really get it, even though you translated the acronym. See? I AM slow.;)
But we do get your point, which is the point. And it's true!

Well, mostly, But I'm OAOOT, so terrible at acronyms. o_O

Okay .... I’m going to ask ... since I’m obviously OAOOT too (‘cause I haven’t a clue what this means ;)) and I’d like to know what it is that I am ...
Likewise what it is that you are ...
 

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