Its a small small world on the Camino

Buen Camino from Espana, my name is Mariana. I have walked the Camino de Santiago many times and I think each time you meet people that make this world feel like a small place.

On my second walk, I met a man named Louis from Montreal, Canada. We walked for many weeks together, meeting up at cafes and at the albergues. He told me about life in Canada and where he lives. When the walk was over I made sure to email him every few times.


Several years later I was doing a small portion from Sarria to Santiago because I only has a few days off work. On my hike I met another man named Guillaume. He reminded me very much of Louis and looked like him too. I could not remember many details about Louis but I did remember that he was from Montreal. When Guillaume said that he was too from Montreal I immediately asked he was related to Louis. Guillaume said that they were brothers and that Louis said he met someone nice named Martine – ME!. I was really in shock that this happened. But I realized that everyone who walks the Camino must have such a great experience that they tell their family and friends to walk it too. Sooner or later you should be able to run into the friend or family of someone you know. It was all a very enjoyable experience. I kept in touch with both brothers, they also visited Spain and I showed them around Madrid. You can easily make life long friends on this trip.

I did not have a camera before but I only got one recently on my last Camino. This a picture I took one morning as the sun was rising. It makes me think of God when I see this.

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  1. Mara 26. Jul, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    I have never had something like this happen. I don’t think this happens very often but its pretty amazing.

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  2. quickhiker 13. Aug, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    Its pretty rare but something similar happened to an older fellow i was walking with. The two guys grew up a block away from each other over 60 years ago and met on the Camino,

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