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The Camino is all about connection. Reconnecting to your soul and connecting with the people you meet while walking. Pour a glass of Vino Tinto at The Camino Cafe as we feature the stories of Pilgrims. We hope to inspire those that want to walk the Camino someday and to nurture the Camino essence for those that have already walked through telling the stories of our pilgrimages. Join Host, Leigh Brennan, as she discusses all things Camino with fellow Pilgrims. Interviews are also available on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6VN9ze3z61n6tRLtDXWuQw and at our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/thecaminocafehttps://linktr.ee/leighbrennan

The Camino Cafe Leigh Brennan

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The Camino is all about connection. Reconnecting to your soul and connecting with the people you meet while walking. Pour a glass of Vino Tinto at The Camino Cafe as we feature the stories of Pilgrims. We hope to inspire those that want to walk the Camino someday and to nurture the Camino essence for those that have already walked through telling the stories of our pilgrimages. Join Host, Leigh Brennan, as she discusses all things Camino with fellow Pilgrims. Interviews are also available on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6VN9ze3z61n6tRLtDXWuQw and at our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/thecaminocafehttps://linktr.ee/leighbrennan

    Anne Born - Little Old Lady Walking and Cathedral Expert

    Anne Born - Little Old Lady Walking and Cathedral Expert

    It was my pleasure to sit down with U.S.-based, Anne Born, for a chat following her most recent Winter Camino this past December. Anne has walked numerous times documenting her journeys on social media with the hashtag, “littleoldladywalking”. I joked with her that in my opinion, she is anything but a “little old lady walking”. To me, she is one brave, smart, and accomplished Pilgrim! Anne is an expert on the Catedral de Santiago.  and on walking winter Caminos. She is an award-winning author, now working on her third Camino book. She has already published If You Stand Here: A Pilgrim's Tour of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and Buen Camino! Tips from an American Pilgrim.  In this interview, you will get to know Anne better through the stories and tips she shares about walking The Camino and you will hear so many interesting facts and stories about the Cathedral. I love learning from Anne and I feel blessed to call her a friend and fellow Peregrina. Buen Camino!  

    Connect with Anne:
    http://thebackpackpress.com
    http://tumbleweedpilgrim.com

    To connect with Leigh:
    https://linktr.ee/leighbrennan

    The Camino Cafe's intro and outro song is possible with the generosity of fellow Pilgrim, Jackson Maloney.
    Original Song  -  "Finnis Terre"  - written and performed by Jackson Maloney - Pilgrim, Singer, Musician, and Songwriter.
    Connect with Jackson:
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/3fdQsSqq9pDSwKcWlnBHKR

    The Camino Cafe Pilgrim Family:

    Spanish for the Camino
    Heading to walk soon? Here's your chance to learn some Spanish specially designed for walking the Camino. Schedule your first lesson with Maria Seco or buy a workbook today and begin feeling more confident about your upcoming Camino.
    Spanish for the Camino IG
    Spanish for the Camino Facebook

    Camino Concierge
    Questions about walking the Camino? Looking for practical advice? The Camino Concierge can help! Contact veteran pilgrim, Michelle Lessard, today and gain valuable insight on preparing and walking the Camino.
    Camino Concierge IG
    Camino Concierge Facebook

    The Stone Boat Guest House
    https://www.thestoneboat.com/caminocafepodcast

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Carlota Valenzuela - From Finisterre to Jerusalem - 1st Episode of a Year Long Series

    Carlota Valenzuela - From Finisterre to Jerusalem - 1st Episode of a Year Long Series

    29-Year-old Spanish Resident, Carlota Valenzuela, is currently walking a year-long,  6,000 plus km pilgrimage from Finisterre to Jerusalem.  During this discussion, I caught up with Carlota as she was walking the Camino Norte backward heading out of the Galician province. I am so intrigued by her mission, what drove her to do this pilgrimage, that she's walking a Camino in the opposite direction, and walking solo for over 6000km. She plans to arrive in Jerusalem this Christmas. We will be following and supporting her journey closely. More interviews to come! Please share this interview with your friends and follow Carlota on her social media pages. Buen Camino! 
    Carlota's Blog:
    https://proyectofinisterrejerusalen.blogspot.com/
    Follow Carlota's Journey on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/finisterreajerusalen/?utm_medium=copy_link

    Carlota's YouTube Channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XjHyoFczzE&t=33s
    From the Blog post I read in the interview:
    https://proyectofinisterrejerusalen.blogspot.com/2021/12/camino-no-hay-solo-uno.html?m=1

    The Camino Cafe's intro and outro song is possible with the generosity of fellow Pilgrim, Jackson Maloney.
    Original Song  -  "Finnis Terre"  - written and performed by Jackson Maloney - Pilgrim, Singer, Musician, and Songwriter.
    Connect with Jackson:
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/3fdQsSqq9pDSwKcWlnBHKR

    To connect with Leigh:
    https://linktr.ee/leighbrennan


    The Camino Cafe Pilgrim Family:

    Spanish for the Camino
    Heading to walk soon? Here's your chance to learn some Spanish specially designed for walking the Camino. Schedule your first lesson with Maria Seco or buy a workbook today and begin feeling more confident about your upcoming Camino.
    Spanish for the Camino IG
    Spanish for the Camino Facebook

    Camino Concierge
    Questions about walking the Camino? Looking for practical advice? The Camino Concierge can help! Contact veteran pilgrim, Michelle Lessard, today and gain valuable insight on preparing and walking the Camino.
    Camino Concierge IG
    Camino Concierge Facebook

    The Stone Boat Guest House
    https://www.thestoneboat.com/caminocafepodcast

    • 32 min
    Rocco Rossi -13 Caminos and still counting!

    Rocco Rossi -13 Caminos and still counting!

    Canadian Pilgrim, Rocco Rossi, has walked The Camino thirteen times!  His first walk was to help him process the grief he felt after the untimely loss of his best friend and business partner. Rocco, while struggling to deal with this tragic loss, luckily came across a  newspaper article about The Camino at one of his lowest points.  A week or so later, he was headed to walk that first of thirteen Caminos. Rocco’s entire outlook on life and work completely changed after becoming a Pilgrim.  During this talk, you will hear several wonderful stories about his Caminos, the various routes he's walked, the folks he met along the way, and his first time leaving stones at Cruz de Ferro. Most inspiring to me is how the Camino helped him process his grief, transform his life,  and how he is now paying it forward. Rocco says the  Camino reignited his inner light.  I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation. Please share it with a friend that hopes to walk a Camino.

    Here’s a link to Albergue de Peregrinos Duesos. This is the Albergue Rocco mentions that his dear Pilgrim friends recently opened on The Camino Norte:  https://www.facebook.com/alberguedeperegrinosduesos

    Here's a link to The Camino Cafe's intro and outro song that Rocco mentions in the interview. Many thanks to Pilgrim, Jackson Maloney, for giving us the credit to use the song he wrote  upon arrival at Finisterre. 
    Original Song  -  "Finnis Terre"  - written and performed by Jackson Maloney - Pilgrim, Singer, Musician, and Songwriter.
    Connect with Jackson:
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/3fdQsSqq9pDSwKcWlnBHKR


    To connect with Leigh:
    https://linktr.ee/leighbrennan


    The Camino Cafe Pilgrim Family:

    Spanish for the Camino
    Heading to walk soon? Here's your chance to learn some Spanish specially designed for walking the Camino. Schedule your first lesson with Maria Seco or buy a workbook today and begin feeling more confident about your upcoming Camino.
    Spanish for the Camino IG
    Spanish for the Camino Facebook

    Camino Concierge
    Questions about walking the Camino? Looking for practical advice? The Camino Concierge can help! Contact veteran pilgrim, Michelle Lessard, today and gain valuable insight on preparing and walking the Camino.
    Camino Concierge IG
    Camino Concierge Facebook

    The Stone Boat Guest House
    https://www.thestoneboat.com/caminocafepodcast

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Suzanne Maggio - Estrellas you meet on the Camino

    Suzanne Maggio - Estrellas you meet on the Camino

    Felices Fiestas from Rabanal del Camino and The Camino Cafe! See the notes below for the names of Albergue and Cafe owners in the opening of today’s interview. I’m so happy to post this interview that is so full of hope, love, and light as we close out 2021.  Suzanne, Camino Pilgrim, social worker, teacher, and writer, offered so much wisdom about walking the Camino. What started as a way to “reset” at age 60, turned into way more than Suzanne ever anticipated. So much so, she wrote a book  to help her process the amazing journey she started in St. Jean. Many times during this interview, I just wanted to stop, and, as they say, “drop the mic”. I found her insights and the way she articulated them so profound. I can’t wait to read her book about walking the Camino Frances and how the connections she made along the way turned into moments of wondrous illumination. Buen Camino! 

    Thanks to podcast friend and supporter, Mark Krahling, for introducing me to Suzanne! 

    Thanks to the residents of Rabanal del Camino for so warmly welcoming me to the village. They are so eager to see everyone in 2022! In order of appearance:
    La Posada de Gaspar - Nati 
    La Taberna del Pueblo Rabanal del Camino - Adrian, Maria Jose, Angel 
    Tienda la Despensa - Susana  
    El Refugio Hosteria - Cristina 
    La Candela Hostal-Restaurante -  Monica and Rosa
    Albergue Nuestra Señora del Pilar - Isabel 
    Monasterio de San Salvador del Monte Irago - Father Juan Antonio 
    Albergue Nuestra Señora del Pilar - Esperanza

    Please come visit us in Rabanal as you walk through our lovely village in the heart of the Camino Frances! 

    To connect with Suzanne:
    https://www.suzannemaggio.com/
    Estrellas - Moments of Illumination Along El Camino de Santiago


    To connect with Leigh:
    https://linktr.ee/leighbrennan


    The Camino Cafe Pilgrim Family:

    Spanish for the Camino
    Heading to walk soon? Here's your chance to learn some Spanish specially designed for walking the Camino. Schedule your first lesson with Maria Seco or buy a workbook today and begin feeling more confident about your upcoming Camino.
    Spanish for the Camino IG
    Spanish for the Camino Facebook

    Camino Concierge
    Questions about walking the Camino? Looking for practical advice? The Camino Concierge can help! Contact veteran pilgrim, Michelle Lessard, today and gain valuable insight on preparing and walking the Camino.
    Camino Concierge IG
    Camino Concierge Facebook

    The Stone Boat Guest House
    https://www.thestoneboat.com/caminocafepodcast

    • 56 min
    Roger and Ruth - Walking to check-off a bucket list item leads to radical transformation and deep connections

    Roger and Ruth - Walking to check-off a bucket list item leads to radical transformation and deep connections

     In this conversation, we caught up with Roger, who we last spoke with when he was in Astorga in mid-August (Season 1, Episode 28). Since then, he completed his Camino, returned home to Seattle, and made a major life change. Ruth, his partner, joined us for part of this conversation as she met Roger in Sarria and they walked on together to   Santiago.  Roger’s walk did check off a major bucket list item, but his main intention was to connect with people he met as he walked. Along the way, he formed very deep bonds with fellow pilgrims. We talk about doing a Camino the way you want to do it without shame. Roger faced judgment during his walk for taking a taxi and on social media for a daring photo by the 100km Marker. Roger also discusses what it was like to walk with 2 major celebrities that were walking at the same time he was. Ruth added so much to the conversation when she joined us. She talked about her own pilgrimage, changes she saw in Roger after he had been walking for several weeks, and how fun it was to meet all of his pilgrim friends. Both, Roger and Ruth, talked about the challenges in walking with someone and what it’s like when your partner meets you for the last part of your journey. I think Roger and Ruth are just delightful and I would’ve been honored to have walked any stage with them. You can connect with Roger on his popular podcast, “The Crossing It Off Podcast, What’s on your Bucket List?” I hope you will give his podcast a listen and that you enjoy their  Camino stories. 
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-crossing-it-off-podcast/id1574787210
    https://www.facebook.com/CrosserOffer
    https://www.instagram.com/crosser.offer/

    To connect with Leigh:
    https://linktr.ee/leighbrennan
     
    The Camino Cafe Music Credit:
    Original Song  -  "Finnis Terre"  - written and performed by Jackson Maloney - Pilgrim, Singer, Musician, and Songwriter.
    Connect with Jackson:
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/3fdQsSqq9pDSwKcWlnBHKR

    The Camino Cafe Pilgrim Family:

    Spanish for the Camino
    Heading to walk soon? Here's your chance to learn some Spanish specially designed for walking the Camino. Schedule your first lesson with Maria Seco or buy a workbook today and begin feeling more confident about your upcoming Camino.
    Spanish for the Camino IG
    Spanish for the Camino Facebook

    Camino Concierge
    Questions about walking the Camino? Looking for practical advice? The Camino Concierge can help! Contact veteran pilgrim, Michelle Lessard, today and gain valuable insight on preparing and walking the Camino.
    Camino Concierge IG
    Camino Concierge Facebook

    The Stone Boat Guest House
    https://www.thestoneboat.com/caminocafepodcast

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Sanjiva Wijesinha - No longer strangers, a Pilgrim story of deep connection on the Camino

    Sanjiva Wijesinha - No longer strangers, a Pilgrim story of deep connection on the Camino

    Welcome to the first episode of Season 2! 
    Camino Pilgrim, Sanjiva, is a doctor in Melbourne, Australia and he walked the Camino with his adult son, Shivantha. He later wrote about this journey in the Camino memoir, Strangers on the Camino. In this interview, you will hear several unique tips for walking a pilgrimage. You will also hear how the Camino transformed a Dad and Son relationship into one with deeper friendship, increased love, and respect for one another. If you are planning on walking a Camino with someone, you’ll benefit from hearing how they approached their walk and how those approaches strengthened their relationship and enriched their walk. I love how Sanjiva’s pilgrimage shows how one man went from being a stranger to a deep friend to his son, to Spain, to Catholicism, to the people he met along the way during and after his pilgrimage. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did!

    To connect with Sanjiva:

    Shivantha's speech at the book launch of Strangers on the Camino:
    https://www.facebook.com/strangersonthecamino/videos/2526946677545063
    Link to purchase Strangers on the Camino:
    https://www.amazon.com/Strangers-Camino-Father-Holy-Trail-ebook/dp/B00JO1ZC40
    Sanjiva's  article 'The Camino - a Way back for Veterans' that was published in the Journal of Military and Veterans Health
     https://jmvh.org/article/the-camino-de-santiago-an-ancient-way-a-way-back-for-veterans/
    Sanjiva's website
    https://sanjivawijesinha.com/


    To connect with Leigh:
    https://linktr.ee/leighbrennan
     
    The Camino Cafe Music Credit:
    Original Song  -  "Finnis Terre"  - written and performed by Jackson Maloney - Pilgrim, Singer, Musician, and Songwriter.
    Connect with Jackson:
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/3fdQsSqq9pDSwKcWlnBHKR

    The Camino Cafe Pilgrim Family:

    Spanish for the Camino
    Heading to walk soon? Here's your chance to learn some Spanish specially designed for walking the Camino. Schedule your first lesson with Maria Seco or buy a workbook today and begin feeling more confident about your upcoming Camino.
    Spanish for the Camino IG
    Spanish for the Camino Facebook

    Camino Concierge
    Questions about walking the Camino? Looking for practical advice? The Camino Concierge can help! Contact veteran pilgrim, Michelle Lessard, today and gain valuable insight on preparing and walking the Camino.
    Camino Concierge IG
    Camino Concierge Facebook

    The Stone Boat Guest House
    https://www.thestoneboat.com/caminocafepodcast

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

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Thileepan ,

Great episode

Great episode with my friend and colleague Sanjiva and his experience on the trail. This talk motivates me to get on the Camino Trail.

SanjivaW ,

Inspiring stories!

I have enjoyed listening to the many interviews Leigh has done with such a wide and varied number of persons who have journeyed on the Camino de Santiago. Bring back great memories for those of us who have done this pilgrimage ourselves - and a wonderful motivation for those thinking of doing it! Highly recommended !

Amanda Crockford ,

It’s become a weekly favourite

Thank you Leigh. I had planned to walk the Camino in 2020 after retiring from teaching for over 40 years and then COVID happened. I live in Australia and listened to your interview with the wonderful and inspiring Dan Mullins while I was walking 160 kms of the Centenary Trail near my home city of Canberra. Your story resonated deeply in my soul and I am grateful for your weekly pilgrim Camino stories. I never mind an interview 🙏

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