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  1. ShoshTrvls

    What would you change about the CF - if you could?

    This downside makes a lot of sense, but I would suggest that it depends on how it is framed and how the money is used - do the people paying it understand and see the benefit of what it is used for? Bhutan charges a daily fee to all travelers (at least they did - I haven’t checked lately)...
  2. ShoshTrvls

    What would you change about the CF - if you could?

    I wonder how they would define a “suitcase.” On my next walk I plan to carry in my backpack a very light zippered bag that I can put things in to send ahead if I choose to - for example on a day that may have a steep incline. I certainly wouldn’t (and couldn’t) carry a second backpack for just...
  3. ShoshTrvls

    What would you change about the CF - if you could?

    Amtrak has “quiet cars” and, trust me, they are very self-policing.
  4. ShoshTrvls

    Pocket coin pouch for those EU coins?

    I totally forgot about all that signing!
  5. ShoshTrvls

    Has the Camino lost its way?

    There was a “Welcome Certificate” that did this but I don’t think they are routinely used, even if the person checks off “non-religious.” At least, I got a Compostela in December even though I was expecting the Welcome Certificate.
  6. ShoshTrvls

    Has the Camino lost its way?

    Indeed, those of us above 30 have all “managed” without cell phones. And as a ski patroller (and EMT), yes one can stabilize an ankle* and get someone out of a “backwoods” area (which describes very little of the Camino) without an ambulance. But while there are certainly downsides to having a...
  7. ShoshTrvls

    Scam - again..

    For most bookings you can reserve with PayPal or GooglePay. One benefit to doing so is that, as I understand it, booking.com doesn’t get or store your card info - only PayPal or GooglePay have that info.
  8. ShoshTrvls

    Has the Camino lost its way?

    Remove "Camino" and replace it with ... the college you went to, the neighborhood you grew up in, Europe as you saw it as an 18 YO, the Masai Mara before "Out of Africa" was released ... and this same conversation is held daily, everywhere. There are *2 billion* more people on the planet...
  9. ShoshTrvls

    Scam - again..

    My bank has definitely called me (and texted me) when they believe someone is trying to place a fradulent charge on my account. They don't ask for private information, just something along the lines of, "an internet charge is being made on your card for Joes' Scam Shop in Mongolia. Is this...
  10. ShoshTrvls

    Pocket coin pouch for those EU coins?

    Add: Protect you disposable razor blade.
  11. ShoshTrvls

    Guides in Nepal

    1989.
  12. ShoshTrvls

    Guides in Nepal

    I did the same “hire a guide at a cafe” for the Inca Trail and joined up with another woman who had flown direct from home to Lima then Cuzco that morning and we started the next morning. That first night we had to visit the campsite of one of those fancy expensive tours for oxygen for her and...
  13. ShoshTrvls

    Guides in Nepal

    I did this in (gulp) 1987. A friend and I hired a guide, who came with a porter, that we found (rather, who found us) as we were sitting in a cafe in Pokhara. According to the Lonely Planet guidebook of the day, that was how you did it, so that's how we did it. A solo guy at the cafe asked if...
  14. ShoshTrvls

    Topo Wearers!

    The Terraventure3.
  15. ShoshTrvls

    Choice of backpack for daily packing (Ingles in October)

    Agree -- mine is the Maya, and it has very good support. The torso length is also adjustable for a perfect fit.
  16. ShoshTrvls

    Choice of backpack for daily packing (Ingles in October)

    I have a 20L Gregory that I think is just the right size for a day pack (see photo!) -- enough room to include rain gear, a puffer jacket or light fleece, and all the other essentials and potential essentials. In addition, if for some reason you want or need to send your bag two days ahead (e.g...
  17. ShoshTrvls

    Topo Wearers!

    I did my first walk in Hokas, meaning the first two days of the walk in Hokas, and then switched into sandals because the Hokas did not have enough room for my expanding feet. My second walk I did in Topos and definitely prefer the wider toe box; it made a substantial difference. I'm...
  18. ShoshTrvls

    On Cloud Ultra 2

    Prelude: I tried to search the forums for input on On shoes but "on" is a word that's used pretty often so ... it didn't work. Has anyone tested these out as potential Camino shoes?
  19. ShoshTrvls

    Where do ( did ) you walk locally in 2024?

    I was in Puerto Rico this past weekend. It felt familiar.
  20. ShoshTrvls

    Not everyone happy about pilgrim/tourist pressure.

    This is really the truth of the matter, plus they are less expensive and the styling is also so much better. And the glasses! I swear that that the optomistrist shops in Spain are the second* best in the world. *Seoul, South Korea is, I think, the best for finding handmade frames.

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