Day 18: Hans-Georg Schneider

(Note: Hans-Georg is a hospitalero at albergue Casa Paderborn just as you enter Pamplona on the Camino de Santiago. He serves there about a month each year and it’s my good fortune I passed through in each of the last two years when he was there.)

Dear Hans-Georg,

It was such a pleasure to see you again last October as Dana and I began our camino in Pamplona. Thank you for allowing me to reserve two beds several weeks in advance of our trip. It pays to know people in high places!

Departing Casa Paderborn after a good night's sleep in Pamplona. That's Hans-Georg (right) and Heinrich. Fortunately, I lost nearly 30 more pounds after that photo. Ha.

Departing Casa Paderborn after a good night’s sleep in Pamplona. That’s Hans-Georg (right) and Heinrich. Fortunately, I lost nearly 30 more pounds after that photo. Ha.

Before we arrived I shared with Dana the kindness you and Heinrich showed me in 2015. I will always remember it as one my most special camino experiences – especially the morning over breakfast when you both permitted me an interview and we discussed “camino magic” at great length. What a wonderful and enlightening conversation.

That discussion, you should know, created a change in direction for my spirit on the pilgrimage, and stayed with me all the way to Santiago.

You are one of the kindest and most pleasant men I’ve had the pleasure to meet. I hope you will know of my great gratitude for your help to a weary pilgrim not once, but twice, and for always making me feel at home.

When you can make someone feel at home, that is a special gift, indeed. I treasure your gift for hospitality.

Many blessings to you, and a buen camino, my friend.

Your’s truly,

Steve “High Roller” Watkins

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