‘Guess Who We Met’

‘Lynda’ with ‘Bobby’ from Back-Bay Boston.

Let’s spend a couple paragraphs, ‘Sharing The Camino’, literally.

No explanation is required for fellow Pilgrims of ‘The Camino de Santiago de Compostela’, and, no explanation will suffice for the uninitiated. ‘Sharing The Way’, through Life, is the perpetual Gift of an authentic Pilgrimage upon ‘The Way of St. James’. Yet, we fail in our efforts to humbly communicate, educate, or, illustrate our experience.

My Wife, ‘Lynda’, and I back-packed portions of ‘The Camino’ in 2016 and 2018, in France and Spain. We’ve completed 250 miles to date. Later this year, we intend to trek more, in Germany, and hopefully portions, in Poland and Austria. Next year, in 2020, we’ve scheduled a 62 day, 500 mile ‘Camino’ challenge. One may ask ‘why’. We wonder about that ourselves. The more pertinent question, actually, is ‘who’? I could spend a hundred pages telling you ‘WHO’ we met.

In 2016, after a couple days on ‘The Way’, we were ready to quit, due to ‘combination of factors’. During a brief break, to make our decision to end it, at a wayside table, a young Lady, with a friendly German lilted accent, informed us that we had ‘certainly found a lovely spot’ to enjoy. ‘Uli’ & her Mother, ‘Mimoke’, introduced themselves as ‘The Flower Pilgrims’, from Bavaria, and, said they stopped to enjoy the flowers at every possible opportunity. Sage wisdom, and food for thought, at the time. It was motivation enough to continue and finish. Long story short, we may have missed a few floral opportunities along our ‘Journey’, but we remain dear personal Friends with them to this day, and, in fact, will attend ‘Uli’s Wedding’ in July.

Consider ‘Merck’. A strong, sturdy 60-something Certified Physical Therapist, from Poland; he materialized out of nowhere one day, and began generously administering therapeutic massage skills to ‘everyone’. He was a Pro, and, he was a Saint! After beginning with my Wife’s knee, a line formed immediately. His English was no better than my Polish, but we ‘Shared’ a couple weeks of Mother Nature, Father Time, and mutual Spirit. My guess, he never leaves ‘The Camino’. ‘Service’ is his essence.

How about ‘Matsuro’? Perhaps a-typical, he was a lean athletic 6’4″; and, with, his warm smile and inviting manner, this tall, charming ‘Gentleman’, engendered fellowship and Community among all. After sharing an Albergue night with us, at daybreak, he used his Google Translate App to offer a ‘Hindu Blessing’ upon our health and our Journey. Amen.

So many others… ‘Annetta’ from Germany! Through humor, and aches & pains, and, a couple ‘sips’, her & my Lynda fell-in together and encouraged each other for several days. Finally, upon arriving in ‘Santiago de Compostela’, Annetta ‘confessed’, although she was not a person of ‘Faith’, this was ‘The Best Day Of Her Life’. Amen again.

‘Bobby from Boston’! An Angel! Perhaps our toughest day of all: logistics and other circumstances dictated Lynda & I ‘divide and conquer’. Thus, unwisely, we split-up for a while. Too long, really. About the time Lynda was becoming trail-weary, and/or frustrated with my absence. Bobby then appeared with confidence & strength, and, ‘Joyfully & Patiently’ escorted ‘My Girl’ all the way Home. I want to be Bobby when I grow up.

After several years of meticulously planning, saving, and anticipating, Lynnette and her pre-teens, Genvieve and Gage, were finally taking it ‘one step at a time’. We met them in Galicia. They were savoring every moment, like most of us, in the interior of their thoughts. They had much to think about. In a few days, they would return to Paris, France, with their precious keepsakes for Husband and Father, Charles. Their ‘Treasures’ would adorn his Grave site. Charles succumbed to a lengthy bout with cancer, three weeks before their ‘Family Camino’.

Guess who we ACTUALLY met on ‘The Way’. Buen Camino.

Introducing ‘Ambron’ Radio:

‘The Camino Concept’ is delighted to announce our recent addition to ‘Camino Nation’. We’re now enjoying the ‘Ambron Radio’ venue on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. ‘Ambron’ is out of the New Castle upon Tyne area of the United Kingdom, near London. Patrick McCough is their Owner/Manager. Our Friend ‘Paddy’ features a ‘Family Friendly Program Schedule’, which displays Professional, Technical, Entertainment, and Service Quality. Their Family plays Music together to stay together. That’ll work. Yeah, Baby!

‘Cause You Axed…

‘LyndyLou’ & ‘Studio Camino’s State-Of-The-Industry 2500 Series Command Center’

Okay, let’s make this as clear as mud. Inquiring minds continually ask about Studio Camino’s technology. ‘Camino Nation Musical Pilgrims’ want to understand our State-Of-The-Industry ‘2500 Series Command Center’, and why any Internet Broadcasts require a Signal Tower at the top of Mt. Washington, above the ‘Duquesne Incline’, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Furthermore, Loyal Listeners want to know how many Studio Locations we have, and why Internet Programs are some times Broadcast via Satellite transmissions. These are excellent questions with complicated answers, and we’re so impressed with your astute shomulations. Regarding our Facilities, until we finalize on-going negotiations for additional Sites, our Studio Network is as follows: (1) Studio Camino Headquarters at the ‘Singularly-Unique Casa Lynda’, in ‘The Valley of The Sun, near Phoenix, Arizona; (2) Studio Mai-Tai Remote Location, near Lahaina, on the North Ka’na’pali Shore, of ‘The Valley Isle’ of Maui, Hawaii; (3) Studio Toy-Land Remote Location, near ‘The North Pole’; (4) The good ship & true, ‘Camino Island’, for all ‘Off-Shore’ Broadcasts; and, (5) ‘The Tank Mobile Unit’, for all ‘Road-Tripping’ Broadcasts. Please note that we are aware of how our System may seem quasi-nebulous, and, sincerely appreciate your fascination. Continued Best Wishes and Buen Camino.

In Case You Missed It…

As per LyndyLou, October 30, 2018: “FYI, in case you missed it, Billy Camino was in action today, with a 2-Hour Power Point Slide Presentation in the Maricopa Room of the Chaparral Building, over at Sun City Grande, in Surprise, Arizona. Three dozen Camino Pilgrims attended the Class titled: ‘Sharing The Way of St. James… The Camino de Santiago de Compostela’. He nailed it! Buen Camino.”

As of this date, March 30, 2019, we’re looking ahead, for the near future. Keep an eye on this Site because further Presentations are in the works. In fact, the next one is scheduled for the first week of April, 2019. That will be conducted at the PORA Adult Education Center in Sun City West, Arizona. Additional Modules are planned for the fourth quarter of this year, as we return to Sun City Grande.

Everyone is welcome! We encourage veteran ‘Peregrinos’ to Share their treasured Memories and experiences with us, and, we’re always delighted to meet ‘Neophytes’. It’s exciting to enjoy the questions, suggestions, humor, and Plans that everyone brings with them. Hope to see you soon. Continued best wishes and Buen Camino.

Whaz-Z’appenin’!!

This may or may not be a recent ‘Team Camino Meeting’ at ‘The Singularly Unique Casa-Lynda’. Believe it, …or not.

Justa’ quick note of appreciation to our unbelievably awesome ‘Camino Nation’. We’re having a blast, enjoying our ‘Mostly Eclectic Oldies & Fun Novelties’ with you, yeah, Baby! Please check our updated Schedule. We are presently ‘On-The-Air’ worldwide with 4 of the most impressive Internet Radio Stations in the entire Industry. At least one more is in the works for the very near future. But, as our priority remains: ‘Making New Memories’ with the ‘Most Memorable Music’ of our Journeys, we’ll always strive for Quality Stations; we’ll never be distracted by quantity. Continued Buen Blessings, my dear Oldies Musical Pilgrims.

Launching Our Brand NEW Web-Page: ‘The Camino Concept’ Radio-Show

Hi there ‘Camino Peregrinos’, ‘Cursillistas’, ‘Musical Pilgrims’, ‘Camino Nation’, Arizona Zonies’ and ‘SWPA Yinzers’!!

Whatta’ Blast, yeah Baby.

On March 2nd, 2019, ‘Studio Camino’ launched a separate page for
‘The Camino Concept’; which is our Radio Show.
Check out the Page, and tune-in to our Program for your listening fun.
We are a work in progress, and are on several Internet Radio Stations.
Schedules are Posted on the Page.

Your Host ‘Billy Camino’ is a Volunteer Presenter.
He Produces a Weekly 2-Hour Program of ‘Mostly Eclectic Oldies & Fun Novelties’.
The Music is ‘The Concept’, and, ‘Team Camino’ is ‘The Show’. Believe it… or not.

Disclaimer: ‘The Camino Concept’ is in the ‘Fictional Vortex’: “…many names and places have been changed to protect the innocence of those who may or may not be fictitious…”.

Welcome to ‘The Playground of a Licentious Imagination’. Buen Camino.

Mark Your Calendars

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This is down the road a ways, but we have a confirmed date for a public forum presentation of ‘Sharing The Camino’.

On February 16th, 2017, our Team will conduct a Class at the PORA Adult Learning facility in Sun City West (AZ).

It’s a 90 minute class, starting at 9:00 AM.  It is featured in the PORA Spring Class 2017 catalog.

The module is titled:  The Camino de Santiago de Compostela: Sharing ‘The Way of St. James’.

Seating is limited, but Registration is easy.  Simply call 623-242-6864; or do so online at www.poraadultlearning.org; or visit the PORA office at 13815 Camino del Sol, Sun City West, 85375.

Other sessions are being scheduled, but until confirmation, we are indeed excited & delighted to be at your service in February.  This module is a lot of fun, and is perfect for those that want to learn, as well as for those that want to share.

Our passion remains ‘Sharing The Passion’ with you.  Buen Camino.

 

 

Camino For Cancer

Pictured below is our Friend, Geri (left) from Gilbert, Arizona, with her Daughter Shannon.  They trekked 400 miles, from Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela, in April & May, 2013.  Their “Way” offered a singularly unique Generosity of Spirit.  We’ll let Geri’s own words, below, define the powerful intentions of their Pilgrimage:

“I am so blessed to be a cancer survivor and to walk the Camino with my beautiful daughter.  We would like to give back to the American Cancer Society who gives so much to so many.  We hope that you will consider sponsoring us, even if it is just 1 cent per mile… If there is anyone you would like us to pray for while we are walking, please email us their name… thank you for all your generosity, wishes, and prayers.  God Bless you… Geri “.

Suffice to say, Geri & Shannon indeed harvested quite a sum to submit to the A.C.S.  cfcancar3spn24zamhllcntngprvs

To contact Geri, please forward your contact info to sharingthecamino@cox.net.  Buen Camino.

FUTURE WAYMARKS

Something to look forward to:

Our Manager, ‘Pilgrim Bill’  will soon be ‘Sharing The Camino’ at public venues.

He’ll present modules in January through March 2017, in Sun City West (AZ), at the PORA facility.  PORA is the Property Owners & Residence Association, located at 13815 Camino del Sol, Sun City West, AZ 85375.  You can Register at the office, or online (www.poraadultlearning.org), or by calling 623-242-6864.

Bill’s presentation is titled, The Camino de Santiago de Compostela (Sharing “The Way of St. James”).  What fun this 90 minute module is!  It is conducted in a classroom environment, and features a brief Video, a narrated Slide Show, and an inter-active discussion forum.  It is perfect for all Pilgrims & Peregrinos, past and future.  The material is fascinating for new folks, and a nostalgic joy for veterans.

Come learn why the Camino is so challenging and so inspirational.  Buen Camino.

Giving Credit Where Due

The photo is titled ‘The 500 Mile Man’.  It’s a classic shot.  Millions of Pilgrims have one of themselves that are almost identically posed.  Many people are also ‘500 Mile Pilgrims’.  Some have traversed even further.  So, what is the reason for the credit?  The credit goes to the photographer, Rita Vargo of Phoenix, Arizona.  In this case, Rita traveled to Santiago, Spain in 2009, specifically to be the Welcoming Committee at St. James Cathedral and to take this shot of her Husband Greg (married 42 years at the time), as he completed his solo Pilgrimage.  That’s right, in fact, he did over 500 miles alone, starting in Bayonne, France.  Best news yet:  They’re now married 49 years, and Greg has another 500 miles planned for 2018.  Guess who will be at the Finish Line.  Buen Camino.