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  1. Damien Reynolds

    Where do you carry your valuables?

    Yeah, sure, they work for keeping physical pieces of wealth near your person. I'd rather have a digital form, that requires my face (or code) to use.
  2. Damien Reynolds

    Where do you carry your valuables?

    Money belts/ Fanny packs are old school, imo.
  3. Damien Reynolds

    Please review my packing List

    Darn it! That happened to me in April 2022 on The Norte. After a "communal laundry" I lost a pair of my beloved exofficios, or whatever they are called. I joked that some skinny guy will not be satisfied with my size! For me the solution was a china store with cheap male quick dry imitation...
  4. Damien Reynolds

    Where do you carry your valuables?

    So I'll avoid some details, but nowadays nearly ALL transactions for me take place using my iPhone and ApplePay. My phone is kept in my pocket, so I can take pictures, look up places to see, monitor GPS directions, etc. I pay for nearly everything with my phone. Passport/credential kept in...
  5. Damien Reynolds

    Please review my packing List

    I like to have 3 sets of underwear/socks. Sometimes laundry can be complicated by weather or location, and I can walk fer sure in a dirty shirt or shorts... but feet and underwear I like to always be clean... just me though.
  6. Damien Reynolds

    Walking Sticks! (yes, i know)

    Um, I enjoy myself immensely, hence my Camino habit! Like everything else on the Camino, however, there is certainly more than one way to skin a cat (or walk 500 miles).
  7. Damien Reynolds

    Necessary to book train tickets from Santiago to Madrid in mid-October?

    Yah, that's why I haven't done it! But I've been tempted!
  8. Damien Reynolds

    Walking Sticks! (yes, i know)

    Regardless of the other reasons poles make sense (less joint trouble, etc.) I love the Nordic style for the following reason: Upper body workout! If you are at all tempted to walk the Camino to get in better shape I can attest to greater arm/chest strength (and muscles) after the walk.
  9. Damien Reynolds

    Necessary to book train tickets from Santiago to Madrid in mid-October?

    Interesting. I usually book my inbound/return flight from the USA to Madrid and back separately from my in country travel. Usually it's because I want to be flexible about timing and which route I actually want to take. I stay in Madrid the night before I go back home, so the risk is...
  10. Damien Reynolds

    Pamplona to Saint Jean in September

    Ok, so this is just my advice based on previous trips and all just related to personal preferences. I don't check luggage ever. I know my bag is in the overhead bin... I grab it, I leave. 36L backpack, poles to be purchased in country.
  11. Damien Reynolds

    Pamplona to Saint Jean in September

    Well totally usually, with caveats. See it's a small airport, few flights arriving. When my flight arrived late, the taxi stand was painfully slow. I have a feeling the local taxis know the schedule but not the delays. So, it took a little while longer than I would say is "easy", but taxis...
  12. Damien Reynolds

    Walking Sticks! (yes, i know)

    Ok, so in 2019 I met a German woman just outside of Leon. I was actually walking by when I overheard the following, "and one breast was bigger than the other." It caught my attention. Later when we connected I asked her about it. She was not shy. Apparently in a walk previous, from SJPdP to...
  13. Damien Reynolds

    Walking Sticks! (yes, i know)

    I set poles so that when standing upright my forearms are level. That's it,
  14. Damien Reynolds

    Pamplona to Saint Jean in September

    So I land in Pamplona airport on the 1pm or so flight arriving. Then I scope out others with backpacks. Then I talk to them. Then we share a cab to SJPdP. Last time it was 35 euros each. Shared by 3.
  15. Damien Reynolds

    How Far to Book in Advance?

    When I like to have a private room, 1-2 days in advance is sufficient, in my experience. But that is in May or Sept/Oct. I use booking.com mostly.
  16. Damien Reynolds

    Critique my packing

    Yah I've never been there in 100 degree heat! Buen Camino.
  17. Damien Reynolds

    Critique my packing

    In my opinion, lose the bladder, just use water bottles instead. Bladders are heavy (when filled with 2 L of water, which is overkill, and they leak on occasion (user error) and it's hard to refill or know when you have to refill because you have to dig into your pack. 17 lbs is pretty good...
  18. Damien Reynolds

    Necessary to book train tickets from Santiago to Madrid in mid-October?

    In my opinion, skip the train and fly Ryan Air back to Madrid from SDC. It is inexpensive and faster. 20 euros or so for taxi to airport, then like 20-60 euros for flight.
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