Niall Gooch

The night my friends went missing on a Spanish train

A cautionary tale

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The Spanish model Teresita Montes in 1955 (Getty Images)

Twenty years ago, the Spanish railway company RENFE stole my girlfriend’s father. There were four of us – my girlfriend, her dad, and a university friend of ours. We had been in Spain for more than a month, walking the Camino de Santiago. Now it was time to head home, first by train to Bilbao and then on to Stansted by air.

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