WorldPeople is our weekly series to introduce you to the amazing people we meet on our journey – and share the life lessons we’ve learned from spending time with fellow WorldTowners, as well as locals.
Camino de Santiago, Spain
Birth country: Sweden
What makes Åke a wonderful human: He appreciates the connection between mind, body, spirit and living in the moment.
It is with great pleasure that I share Åke with all of you. He was not the first person we met on the Camino Frances, but he was the first person we had lengthy and deep conversation(s) with. I think we met him because of the drone. Dronie is a dude magnet. Men just love her, which means whenever she flies the men cluster in droves.
After our drone meeting, we all introduced ourselves. Åke said, “I am OK, how are you?” Ha! We all laughed out loud. His name is pronounced somewhat like OK in English so it’s easier to make a joke than go into the whole pronunciation debacle.
Åke is from Sweden. He is a two-time stroke survivor and a wealth of knowledge on how to change your eating, exercise and mind habits in order to live a healthier life. If you have watched our vlogs about the Camino you have seen him featured quite a bit. I guess we could actually call him a guest star. At this point, we have fallen behind him because of our work days, but we intend to hit it hard and catch him again at some point.
Åke is our gear hero, as well as bag adjuster to the stars. He has done his research on backpacks and back aches. He has bought the most efficient, lightweight and helpful gear. I think he would be a perfect person to write a guide/gear/logistics book about his journey on the Camino.
My favorite thing to ask him each morning was, “how far are you going?” His response would be “well, I will go as far as my body wants or when I see something I want to stop for.” This is how the Camino Frances should be done, but most people we meet have a flight home within 31-35 days. Since he is retired he has the luxury of time to truly take the journey as it comes.
Everyone needs an Åke on their Camino hike. It has been a pleasure walking with him.