Harvard University Alumni Event- Spiritual Journeys On Physical Paths!

Class of 2000 – 15th Reunion Alumni Event

Spirituality in the Modern World: The Camino & Other Journeys of Faith

Today, May 29, 2015, marks a very special day for the Class of 2000 as they reunite in a special experience of reconnections of friendship and share significant life experiences at their 15th Reunion Class Celebration Weekend on the Harvard University Campus in Cambridge, MA, USA. El Camino Del Vino is excited to share in a wonderful event and participate as a sponsor in a unique panel discussion created by Sienna Leis Co-Chair of her 15th Reunion Class of 2000 and the Harvard University Alumni Reunion Event Team.

A very special thank you to Sienna Leis and the Harvard Alumni Event Team for including us as a sponsor to help share in a fantastic time of reconnection for her and her classmates. I would like to express my gratitude and special thanks to all who helped make participating in this event possible: Marc Heffner of Camino Estrella for your wonderful and creative artistic designs that have helped to bring to life my dream of more than 4 years of El Camino Del Vino as it is most exciting and a special time to share this special experience together. Special thanks and my heartfelt appreciation to: Cándido Pazos of Códice Calixtino Book & Los Portones Del Camino Wine, Francisco Javier Piñeiro and Ruben Garcia of Eidosela Bodegas, Marta Villén Sierra of Ruta Do Viño Da Ribeira Sacra, Alexandra Seara Consorcio De Turismo De Ribeira Sacra, and Centro Do Viño Ribeira Sacra for helping El Camino Del Vino with specialty items that make a unique and wonderful Invitation to Visit Galicia to Travel, Taste & Enjoy!!!

For more information please visit: http://www.elcaminodelvino.com, http://www.caminoestrella.com, http://www.bodegaseidosela.com, rutavino@ribeirasacra.org, and http://turismo.ribeirasacra.org/rs/en/

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Modern Day Renaissance Man Cándido Pazos Shares Códice Calixtino!

Modern Day Renaissance Man Cándido Pazos López shares his latest work of art – Presentación del Libro Códice Calixtino El Corte Inglés A Coruña. The last presentation in a series of special events recognizing this incredible work of art celebrating the history, tradition and culture of the Camino.  You will be amazed and in awe of this literary achievement a true “Jewel” sharing the passion for pilgrimage and the ancient history of the Camino. José Manuel Blanco Aldarix – Dirección De Comunicación y Relaciones Externas El Corte Inglés – Hipercor, S.A. made the formal presentation to the public with Cándido Pazos López the author and special guest José Antonio Ortigueira Arcipreste de la Dióceses en Santiago de Compostela.

It is a very special honor and privilege to have Cándido Pazos sharing in Our Collective Camino (working title) the first collaborative collection of Camino Authors from around the world representing 13 countries who have contributed their unique pilgrimage perspective through their special chapters that will be combined together making a wonderful ANTHOLOGY to help encourage, inspire and invite others from around the world to make their own camino journeys of discovery.

Muchas gracias Cándido Pazos for including me in this very special event and for sharing in our writing journey working collaboratively together with others using our gifts and talents to make a difference in the world.

Presentación del Libro Códice Calixtino El Corte Inglés de Vigo

Cándido Pazos López – A True Renaissance Man In Our Modern Age

A very special event with a truly inspiring man and his latest amazing artistic writing creation. An incredible life journey sharing his passion for the camino, art, architecture, sculpture, writing, and wine. It seems there is nothing that this modern day RENAISSANCE MAN Cándido Pazos López hasn´t done. His life´s work has been one passion project after another that touches all who are blessed to meet him and experience his incredible creations.

His latest masterpiece is the Códice Calixtino en los Caminos a Santiago Second Edition –  Shares the history, culture, and ancient tradition of all the Camino Routes to Santiago de Compostela.  All penned in his own hand you will be amazed and in awe of this beautiful piece of art. A true JEWEL and lasting gift of the CAMINO!

It was a pleasure to be invited to the Presentación del Libro Códice Calixtino El Corte Inglés de Vigo where José Manuel Blanco Aldarix – Dirección De Comunicación y Relaciones Externas El Corte Inglés – Hipercor, S.A. made the formal presentation to the public with Cándido Pazos López the author.

Muchísimas gracias Cándido Pazos López for your generous gift of such a special artistic creation and I will treasure it always as I do our friendship. Bo Camiño!

Felices Fiestas – Merry Christmas – Feliz Navidad

I would like to thank everyone for making this a very special and blessed year. Sending Happy Holiday and Merry Christmas Greetings to you and your families. Have fun celebrating with your loved ones this very special time of year 🙂 Bo Camiño!

Una californiana entre viñedos ribeiraos – Mili Méndez

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.

For more information please visit: http://www.germanlimeres.com and http://www.gastrofotografia.com

Please visit Cabo Do Mundo Casa Rural: http://www.cabodomundocasarural.com

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/

Camino Connections Continue – Germany & Spain

Parador Hostal Dos Reis Católicos – Santiago De Compostela

It has been a busy summer on the Camino and Santiago is welcoming pilgrims from around the world reaching record numbers arriving in a day. New Camino Connections Continue with the arrival of Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, to experience a little of the camino spirit with the President of Spain Mariano Rajoy and other special guests.

It was a very busy 24 hours with many special activities one of special note related to historic pilgrim experiences was the signing of the official Parador Hostal Dos Reis Católicos Guest Book. With the Parador being known as the oldest hotel in the world with its historic origin as a hospital taking care of the pilgrims upon their arrival it was most appropriate that the Parador was the meeting place for the official press conference and camino activities. A new beginning of country alliances and relations helping for the continued experience and growth of this important and historical pilgrimage.

Photograph: Angela Merkel – Chancellor of Germany, Julio Castro Marcote – Director Parador Santiago, Manuel Quintanar – Subdirector Parador Santiago, and Antonio Lois – Adjunto a Dirección Parador Santiago.

Photography by: Susan Mann ©