This special time of Autumn and Winter preparing for the holidays has brought many special experiences, memories and dreams coming true. Some of those dreams began on my first visit to Ribeira Sacra in Otoño 2011. A very special thank you to Mili Méndez of La Voz de Galicia periodico for interviewing me for De Vinos segment and letting me share some of my appreciation and experience of Ribeira Sacra – it truly is vibrant, alive, and magical. I look forward to discovering and sharing in more special times in this very special place.
As my synchronicities have continued I have journeyed 5 times on the Camino de Santiago and will continue to explore its other routes. I have met incredible people and my appreciation and love of Galicia has only deepened. I am very grateful to everyone who has been a special part of my Camino Life Journey without all of you this would not be possible.
The journey continues and I owe a very special thank you to my friends Lucie and Kaj Christensen of Cabo Do Mundo Casa Rural who invited to me to house sit and watch over their incredible casa rural during the holiday season. It is the perfect place to prepare projects for 2015 and to now write my synchronistic story of how the Camino called me to experience its beauty, history and magic.
Muchisimas gracias to Gérman Limeres for bringing me first to Ribeira Sacra in 2011 and introducing me to this incredible place and for taking my picture enjoying some of the fantastic wines and delicious tapas of the region.
We waited a long time for summer to arrive in Galicia and now it seems that soon it will be over as we are almost halfway through August… The Bodegueros – winemakers – will be paying extra close attention to Las Viñas – As VIDES – The Vines as they begin to make preparations for the special and important work of VENDIMIA – Wine HARVEST! So it is countdown for Bo Camiño TASTE IT! and El Camino Del Vino as the friends of Los Corchos – “wine lovers” – await this very special celebration in the fields and for us it will be the Ancient Roman Vineyards of Ribeira Sacra – so looking forward to it. Another 4 year dream coming to life 🙂
A very special thank you to German Limeres for the wonderful ancient photo of TESOROS – to include in the poster and for your beautiful Bo Camiño TASTE IT! Logo sure makes blogging a whole lot more fun! For more information please visit: http://www.gastrofotographia.com
La Noche Templaria – The Night Of The Templar Festival – had us back out filming Bo Camiño TASTE IT! in Ponferrada. The city so named for the “Bridge Pons Ferrata” that provided easier crossing for pilgrims who could choose from two different and important routes along the way. The Camino Francés that heads northwest to Villa Franca Del Bierzo or the Camino Invierño – The Winter way that heads west avoiding the snow topped mountains in winter of O Cebreiro the gateway into Galicia.
Jaime Pardo and Maria Santín of Imaxina Diseño, German Limeres of Gastrofotographia and I enjoyed meeting new people, taking in the atmosphere of the ancient town of Ponferrada and filming some of the unique gastronomy, fun festival events and ceremonies. A very special thank you to Jesus who coordinated our activities and for meeting some wonderful people in Ponferrada including Gabriel Vallejo Carnero – La Destileria Bar, Maxi Campelo – Casa Las Bombas Restaurant, and Miguel A. Varela – Teatro Municipal Bergidum for including us in some incredible gastronomy and festival ceremonies.
Living in Galicia and on the Camino Primitivo in Lugo has been a very special experience. An experience I feel blessed to have been a part of my Camino Synchronicity and continued Camino journey. Living in one of the areas that is a special part and heart of Galicia and the Camino has made for wonderful weekly adventures in many different parts of this beautiful, vibrant and alive land. The Camino continues to teach and inspire me. My insights and appreciation only deepen with time. I continue to have reflections on my own camino adventures and always enjoy hearing what has inspired, guided, and called so many to this ancient pilgrim path. I look forward to sharing more pilgrim stories that I hope inspire others to make their own personal Camino – Bo Camiño!
Thank you to Julio Castro Marcote, Director of the Parador Hostal Dos Reis Católicos, Jose Luis Penedo Del Rio and Helmut Weingarten of Expo Bike Germany, and Cándido Pazos López and Tomas Sanchez of Bikigrino for including me in their camino adventure. Thank you to Margarita Mosteiro of La Voz de Galicia – Santiago for interviewing me and letting me share a little of my passion and love for Galicia and the Camino.
Expo Bike and Bicigrino arrived in Santiago de Compostela, April 15, 2014, and were all smiles from their successful completion of their Camino journey. A special time shared among pilgrim friends Jose Luis Penedo Del Rio (Cologne, Germany), Helmut Weingarten (Cologne, Germany), Julio Castro Marcote (Santiago de Compostela, Spain) and Cándido Pazos López (Santiago de Compostela, Spain) along with their Bicigrino team mate and camino companion Tomas Sanchez.
In celebration of their arrival a press conference was held at the Parador Hostal Dos Reis Católicos to provide an overview of their camino experience and to share the 2015 Expo Bike & Bicigrino Camino Project Plans in which a special group from Expo Bike Germany will venture to Spain for another special experience along the way and more fantastic camino memories. Bo Camiño!
What better way than to start the Easter Holiday Spring Break week than being in the camino seeing pilgrim friends, as well as, making new ones. A very special thank you to Julio Castro Marcote, Director of the Parador Hostal Dos Reis Católicos, for introducing us to your friends Helmut Weingarten (Cologne, Germany), Jose Luis Penedo Del Rio (Cologne, Germany), and Cándido Pazos López (Santiago de Compostela, Spain) and for participating in Rexistro 108 Vilei.
A wonderful collaborative CAMINO project in the works for 2015 with German Expo Bike Group and sponsors such as Bicigrino.com.
Rexistro 108 Vilei is a creative photography project started by German Limeres in August 2011 where he captures the faces of the pilgrims as they pass his families country house along the French Route of the camino in Vilei. Just 3km outside of Sarria through the magical forest before entering Barbadelo/Vilei. In September 2011 I joined German in capturing the video testimonials of the pilgrims as they share their personal camino reflections on the “What” and “Why” of their pilgrimage journey. Rexistro 108 Vilei is the first visual register of the global pilgrims in the world as they make their Camino adventure.
Carlos Lema Devesa, a lawyer for Catedratico de Derecho Mercantil UCM of Madrid, was Pregoñero of Ceremonies for Samos Monasteries Gastronomy Event performing the honors of opening the celebration and welcoming special guests from Madrid, Barcelona and Galicia to participate in festival events and discussions of gastronomy in Spain and the Camino.
Samos Monastery is one of the most famous and significant monasteries in Spanish history and is an important Galician symbol because of the role role the monastery has played in the history and culture of the region. Founded during the Visigothic era, and the Benedictine rule first introduced to the monastery by monks from San Juan de la Peña in Aragon in the 10 century. The monks share the history and traditions of the culture of the region that date back to the beginning of the pilgrimage and continue to inspire the ancient traditions as the popularity of the The Way of St. James grows in interest bringing more and more pilgrims from around the world each year.
It was a wonderful event and we are grateful to Samos Monastery for the opportunity to participate and to all who made the event a success. Looking forward to sharing in the experience again discovering more of the Gastronomy Treasures of the CAMINO!