Camino de Santiago guide

ABOUT Who is Marie and Torben?

We are a Danish couple who have given our hearts to this ancient Spanish path and feel a profound call to share this love with the world. This is why we started our blog Camino Life

Imagine a fireplace in a classic, Nordic home. This our nest, 40 kms north of Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen. Or should we rather say our camino planning head quarters? Since we walked our first camino, the camino has been calling us, and we spend all the time we can on the camino.

Who is Marie?

Marie works with internships and web-designs at the Forest and Landscape College in the University of Copenhagen. Marie’s love of nature shapes her spare time and vacations. She prefers the tranquility of trekking shoes to the hustle and bustle of shopping and sunbathing. Marie writes the articles of Camino Life, so when there is an ‘I’ – it is Marie. My husband and I both work behind the camera.

Who is Torben?

Torben is an education tutor. His curiosity for the world and especially other people has opened a lot of doors when travelling. He is without comparison the best accountant when it comes to our family, and is an expert at getting more camino for less money. When Marie takes the wrong path (which happens surprisingly often), Torben is the one who guides her back on track.

Our first trek together

Reading this, you probably won’t be surprised, but after clicking on a Danish dating site, we agreed to meet for a walk in the woods. It was the 3rd of January 2013 and we our meeting point was in front of the church by the woods. As fate would have it, we looked each other in the eyes for the first time and then the church bells rang! Returning to our meeting point after an hour’s walk and talk, Marie asked: Shall we go for another walk? We did, and many more since then.

Exactly how many children did you say you have?!

We have a total of six children. We each have three children from previous relationships. We travel with all of them and we travel with some of them. We also travel the two of us. Three of our children have walked the Camino with us. Marie is the mother of Frida (born 1998), Tille (born 2001) and Alfred (born 2007). Torben (1974) is the father of Josephine (born 1997), Victoria (born 1998) and Lucas (born 2001).

And this is what we look like:

Family portrait with six kids

How can you afford to travel the camino so often?

We plan! And we save! When we met, we were both notoriously bad at making our travel dreams come true. So we planned our lives and home to include time for travelling. We live low budget in our daily lives. We don’t live in a fancy nor expensive house and we have worked hard to learn and become experts at getting more magical experiences while spending less. We prefer eating our homemade lunch boxes on a hill side to having expensive Michelin meals, if this allows for one more camino walk.

Camino Life – podcast with Dan Mullins

Wonderful Dan Mullins called us from down under to a profound camino talk – suddenly Australia’s not that far away when you share camino passion:

Hear the podcast here (yes, it’s in English…)

How come you keep on walking?

We enjoy life’s greatest freedom when hiking. We are what you would probably call “minimalists”. We do not like travelling with more than what we can carry in our small backpacks. Meaning under 6 kilos. Saying goodbye to all unnecessary material belongings gives us the simple freedom for being right here, right now.
Check out our ultimate, minimalistic camino packing list

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Write us

If you are curious or have questions, feel free to comment under each article or send us a mail at marielau@florin.dk. If a few days should pass before you hear from us, don’t worry, we’re probably just hiking somewhere without internet connection! We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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