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Chinese Whispers or Radio Camino

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Chinese Whispers or Radio Camino

Stuart Profile SmallOver time, as you travel along the Camino de Santiago, you become part of a travelling community and aware of an organic grapevine. No, not the fuente de vino.  Whether it’s through phones and texts, or stones, notes and paper, fellow pilgrims send and share messages, chat and gossip up and down the road, and this helps create and sustain a wonderful sense of community and connection. Of course there’s no guaranteeing the accuracy of the information, as we found out when, over coffee one morning, we overhead this snippet of conversation (apparently about us). Do you recognise us? 

Shelter from the storm on road to Santiago

“I heard they were doing it the easy way…  “

Did you see that?

“Did you see that family arrive on those bikes over there?”

“Yes, I have seen them before, on the hill. They are Czech you know.”

“Czech? I heard they were Italian. ”

“No, Czech. I heard it from someone who spoke to them.”

“All that way with three children and a baby.”

“Yes it’s impressive. Three weeks from Roncesvalle is not much slower than us.”

“But I think they only started in Astorga.”

“That is not so good.”

“No. Very slow.”

Toddler in a Chariot

“They do not have a baby…”

No baby

“You are wrong about the baby though. It is two boys and a little girl. No baby.”

“So what’s in the other trailer?”

“I hear they have a tent.”

“No, I saw them at an albergue. ”

“No, they don’t stay in albergues. Can’t afford it. They camp at the roadside.”

“No way.”

“Yes, I heard that from some people who passed them one morning.”

Picnic by the roadside

“I heard from someone that they camp at the roadside”

Not the real camino?

“It must be hard for the children.”

“Yes but they are doing it the easy way.”

“Not the real camino?”

“No, only roads.”

“They are always drinking coffee and eating ice cream too.”

“Yes, I heard this. We each have our own ways.”

“But there is not so much spirit when you make it like holiday.”

“No, it’s OK for young people to have ice cream. ”

Eating too many ice creams

“Yes, they are always eating ice creams. Where is the struggle in that?”

Not real pilgrims?

“I heard they are just stamp collectors doing the last few kilometres.”

“Maybe. Is that so bad? You have collected many stamps on your journey.”

“Yes but to make a credencial for a dolly? This is too much.”

“I do not think the dolly will get a compostela.”

“But they are wanting one for her. That is my point.”

“Look now, they are going to leave. ”

“The little girl looks so cute with her dolly.”

“Beautiful. Beautiful family.”

“Shall we see if we can get a photo?”

Sunflowers on the Camino de Santiago

“Did you see that family cycling the Camino de Santiago? Shall we see if we can get a photo?”

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