Mi Noche Americana – Global Galicia – Diana Pérez Morán

The Camino Connects us in so many special ways many of which we do not know where it will lead or what it will bring into our lives.  Friendships and wonderful adventures for sure, as well as, new beginnings supporting our dreams and creative passions to be expressed in ways we could have never imagined.  Just like the Camino it is taking the first step and following where we feel guided and opening up in ways that allow us to meet new people, explore and discover.  It was this way when I met Diana Pérez Moran and her wonderful family as I had wanted to visit their store for many months having heard about it from others in the town.  On this specific day I decided to explore and make a visit to La Bolsera Gallega and to my wonderful surprise it was to be a special visit that would lead to friendship and many fun experiences. In La Jolla my mother and I would visit a similar store, Warwick’s, that always delighted us with its incredible offerings of beautiful cards, specialty items for office and work, party decorations and so much more. I was greeted by Clara Morán owner and mother to Diana. Clara introduced me to Diana and it was the first of many visits and other special times together where I enjoyed meeting the rest of the family. Amazing how what we may think is just a quick visit to a local store leads to friendship and alliances that extend to the other side of the world.  With me now living in Galicia and Diana now in USA – truly a unique Vice Versa with more adventures surely to come. A very special thank you to Diana for including me in her article and to her and her family for making me feel at home in GALICIA – Muchisimas Gracias!!!

De Santiago de Compostela a los Estados Unidos… y viceversa…
Mi amiga Susan se refiere a las casualidades de la vida como Synchronicities … ella que de éstas entiende un buen rato ya que han sido una constante a lo largo de sus diferentes etapas vitales- Hace tres años la llevaron a dejar el paraíso de La Jolla en California por otro un tanto más lluvioso… el Camino de Santiago, y en Galicia se quedó.

Un buen día entró por la puerta del negocio familiar y nos pusimos a charlar, desde entonces hemos compartido trabajo, historias, muchas casualidades y una gran amistad. Susan me contó su proyecto para promocionar el Camino, si ella se había enamorado de estas tierras ¿Por qué otros no podrían hacer lo mismo?

y con nuestra pasión común por Galicia tanto yo como los amigos que la rodeamos habitualmente quisimos ser parte de las ideas que nos iba proponiendo: un libro, un documental, una promoción de productos gastronómicos… una experiencia…

Cuando decidí seguir mi camino personal, el que me llevó al Festival de Cine de Sundance al otro lado del charco, Susan me regaló una concha de peregrino que simbolizaba las diferentes direcciones que tomamos en la vida y me dijo “Creo que en las montañas de Utah encontrarás más de un camino”…

Cierto… casi un año más tarde sigo por aquí, caminando… y no he tenido que esperar mucho para cruzarme por casualidad con otros pasos, los de Lydia Smith y su documental “Walking the Camino – Six Ways to Santiago” en el Park City Film Series, organización que fomenta el cine independiente, en un lugar donde la cinefilia es una característica permanente.

Al igual que Susan, Lydia Smith hizo el Camino hace unos años, su decisión la inspiró para escribir esta historia real de seis peregrinos de diferentes nacionalidades que realizan el viaje a Santiago por motivos variados: una muerte, una búsqueda de respuestas, una fe desmedida, un cambio… La experiencia y las casualidades del camino serán decisivas en el transcurso de sus vidas.

El documental que se proyectó este verano en el Festival de Cine de Santiago de Compostela se ha llevado con éxito a diferentes salas y festivales de Europa, Canadá y Estados Unidos. De hecho en la web Rotten Tomatoes, una de las referencias en crítica cinematográfica la calificación media supera el 9, una nota más que merecida a juzgar por los aplausos de la sala del Prospector Theatre.

Películas como “The Way” de Martin Sheen y Emilio Estévez, y documentales como el de Lydia Smith han ayudado a situar Galicia en el mapa americano, poco a poco Susan va avanzando en la misma dirección con su marca “Bo Camiño”. Estoy segura de que ésta no será la última vez que escuche el nombre de Santiago de Compostela en los Estados Unidos…

“¿Saben ustedes qué es el Camino de Santiago? pregunta el presentador del teatro… Pues El Camino de Santiago termina en una tierra encantada llamada GALICIA…”

For more information please visit: http://www.globalgalicia.org/minocheamericana/2014/09/22/de-santiago-de-compostela-a-los-estados-unidos-y-viceversa/

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Mother & Daughter Camino – Grazyna & Beata

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It is always a very special experience for me to hear of pilgrims stories – the WHY’s, WHAT’s, WHEN & HOW’s of their Camino Journey.  I am always touched, moved and grateful for the sharing that occurs as it is inspiring and continually transformational.
It was a wonderful surprise to receive Beata Moritz’s email as I had been meaning to email those involved in the Rexistro 108 Vilei Global Pilgrims Photography & Video Project.  For German and I this is a fun  experience inspired by his creating the photography project in August 2011.  We when time permits take pictures and video at his families historic 150 + year old country house located 108 KM to Santiago de Compostela.  But as “synchronicity” and luck would have it I emailed Grazyna Boszko, Beata’s mother, on just the right day for Beata was traveling to Santiago 4 days later, June 5, and would arrive when we were setting up the exhibition in the Parador and participating as the inauguration event for the 1st Camino Film & Television Festival.
We loved receiving Beata’s email with the story and pictures of their Camino.  We enjoy seeing the pilgrims in their everyday lives and the pictures in the Camino.  It is wonderful to see the combination and also to hear how again and again the Camino calls to ALL.  It is truly something that transforms and keeps you wanting to return again and again for another Camino Journey Experience!  Wishing Beata all the best as she plans her next Camino – Two this year – so very special! Thank you Grazyna and Beata for sharing with us your story and some of your pictures.
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Dear Susan,
Thanks for the mail.
My name is Beata and I went the camino last year with my mum.
Her name is Grazyna Boszko , she is 63 years old.
My mum lives in Poland in the city  Makow Mazowiecki ( I live in Germany with my husband and son 10 j).
You make a picture of me to!
We started the camino sant jean pied de port.
Experiences: my mum have from logrono to Santiago shiver on the whole body when she prayed to the st. Jacobus and the shiver was the answer!
I attached pictures of my mum and me and my family .
My husband went the camino France’s 2x, portuges1x and in September 2013 via plata,  me – France’s 2x, mother France’s 1x
We walk the way every year.we love Spain , the Spanish people , the camino!!!!
Everybody say: ” if you want to go the camino- you recived  what you need ( want!)”!!! It is TRUTH!!!
You send the mail to me today and I fly to Santiago on 5.6.13. ! Next week!!!
And your photography exhibition is in parador on 5.6.! It’s perfect! I have a Facebook site : Beata Moritz ( krefeld/maków Mazowiecki ).please send me a picture of me .
Thx Beata Moritz
Mit freundlichen Grüssen Beata Moritz

Serdecznie pozdrawiam Beata Moritz

 

Muchisimas Gracias Parador Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos

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German Limeres and I would like to thank everyone that made this years Rexistro 108 Vilei Global Pilgrims’ Photography & Video Exhibition in Santiago de Compostela possible.  A very special thank you to Julio Castro Marcote, Director of Parador Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos, for making the exhibition this June and July 2013 available to share with the pilgrims and tourists visiting the city. It was time yesterday to take down the exhibition that we were so fortunate to share for two months with pilgrims and visitors to Santiago.  A celebration we hope to have the opportunity to share in again next year in 2014.

The exhibition is a dream come true for me as this special event was inspired three years ago, one year before meeting German, when I attended and met Christina Oiticica and Paulo Coelho at their special private party event celebrating Christina’s Art Exhibition during Xacobeo July 2010.  Paulo was very kind to personally introduce me to Julio Castro, and I knew that someday I wanted to share with others more of the Camino spirit and inspiration that it has provided in my life with others.  I am very grateful to German for sharing his passion of Galicia, the Camino and Pilgrims with me that has provided for so many incredible experiences in Galicia.  I have gotten to truly live more of the Camino and pilgrimage spirit for which I will be forever grateful.

This journey has shown me that you never know what will come from meeting people and where it will lead but that there is OPPORTUNITY and INSPIRATION waiting for us to CONNECT and SHARE using our gifts and talents working collaboratively with others to make a difference in the world.

We are excited to continue this journey as the exhibition moves onto Samos Monastery later this August and September connecting with more pilgrims and visitors along the Camino Frances.  We look forward to sharing it with others as it begins to make its way around the world inviting others to make their own pilgrimage journey.

JULIO CASTRO MARCOTE – DIRECTOR OF PARADOR HOSTAL DOS REIS CATOLICOS VIDEO LINK:

We would like to thank everyone who made the exhibition possible: Julio Castro Marcote, (Director of the Parador Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos), Dimas Gonzalez (Film Commissioner, Santiago de Compostela), Nazareth Martín (Director Of The Camino Film & Television Festival), Martin Cañedo, Maruxa Ledo (Director Of Turismo de Santiago de Compostela), Tórculo Printing, Imaxina Diseño Begoña Pérez, Jaime Pardo Valdés Jorge Diaz Luque, Stacy Elaine Lutsch (Friend, Translator, and Fellow Pilgrim), Marisa Granda Escudero (Friend and Fellow Pilgrim), and a very special thank you to German Limeres for his wonderful photographs of the pilgrims and creating Rexistro 108 Vilei sharing the inspiring faces and stories with others.

Thank You Christina Oiticica & Paulo Coelho

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