Here are photos of some people whom I met on my Camino, and who had an impact on me.
There are some others that I didn’t get photos of – like Boris, Renata, Meta, and some others too, and some whose permission I forgot to get, and so won’t post their pic.
Then there were those who I met who I never got their names – but their memory will linger. Like the bloke who’d walked from le Puy, and was walking to Santiago then Lisbon and back. And Pieter, from Holland, who I only met briefly outside Ponferrada but he showed me that walking could be effortless.
If I’ve got the names wrong, or the spelling wrong, please forgive me… But know that you had a strong influence on my Camino experience.
Balazs – from Hungary, who I met in the taxi to St. Jean, and who lent me his towel to ice my knee.
Laszlo – who was also in the taxi. The man most likely not to succeed, and he nailed it.
Rosa, also in the taxi to St. Jean – a beautiful soul…
The crazy Korean couple –
Balazs and Laszlo in Pamplona –
Bruce – a retired Professor of Veterinary Science from University of Southern California.
My Santa Domingo Angel – Estrella (she helped me with my infected heel blister)
Ivan the Terrible and Giovanna (outside Burgos) Ivan guided me into Burgos through the parkland, avoiding the terrible traffic of the main route in. He and his wife became my very good friends throughout the Camino.
Bob and Joan ( first sighting!) Bob and Joan, from Berkley California, also became close friends, and dinner companions. Wonderful extraordinary people – you can tell in this wide shot, right?
Emmanuel – an aspiring Austrian filmmaker. I gave him some advice on his career.
Soren and Francis (These guys helped me in Pamplona)
A wonderful couple from Boadilla –
Fernando (an Aussie) and the lasses from France and Romania.
Frannie and Lucy, sisters, from the US
Ben, the Chemical Engineer from South Africa who saw errors in the Universe. I wished I’d spent more time talking to him.
…. from the San Fernando Valley, California.
The Five Stork trio, from Australia. (These blokes classified the towns they walked through by the number of storks nesting in the church bell towers.)
A wonderful Spanish lady, from near the Iron Cross
The gorgeous Italian lass (Luana?). A bloke carried her backpack for her because she had bad knees. Why wouldn’t you?
Caroline and Francis
Caroline leaving Burgos – Caroline was from Australia too.
Andy and his wife Roberta from Newfoundland. Andy couldn’t see beauty in the crappy shack I was photographing…
Gordon – his second Camino within a year, because he felt he missed things the first time…
A Canadian couple carrying their 11 month old baby on the Camino. They started in Leon.
Dwayne – a terrific bloke from the US who was very kind to me, and we became close friends. He was a very strong walker and would always pass me, then be amazed the next day when he passed me again! (I walked longer hours than him!) He too developed knee issues.
Catherine, a beautiful Irish woman who, through vigorous conversations, helped me walk 22kms one day without stopping!
I’ve forgotten the name of this young lady. She was from Finland, and had recently finished her studies. We walked for a few hours and had a good chat. Never saw her again. That’s the Camino.
Ivan the Terrible. You can see from this shot why his parents named him so…
Nayoung and her mother – they were from South Korea and we traveled some distance together. Nayoung was very emotional when she saw me in the Cathedral in Santiago. She really didn’t think I would make it.
Sigrid, a wonderful lady whom I met in O Cebreiro, then bumped into her again a few days later. We had some good chats too… and she took my photo at the 100km mark.
The Spanish girls who invited me to join them for breakfast!
Soren, from Switzerland, who steamed past me going up O Cebreiro.
Laszlo, about 80 kms from Santiago. My goodness he’s lost some weight!
The two Irish girls who kept me laughing on the last day’s walking…
Some shots of reunions at Santiago –
The Five Stork Trio doing a side on shot to show their wives how much weight they’d lost –
Ivan the Terrible greeting me in Santiago –
Bob and Joan were exceptional walkers, and wonderful human beings –
The Taxi Trio reunited –
The symbol of the Camino on the side of a building in Santiago –