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From which country this pilgrim is from?

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Jean Ti

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Norte, Primitivo, Frances,Via de la Plata

Camino Portuguese november 2019
While waking the camino you are pass by a pilgrim and wonder from which country he or she is? And to shy to ask?

Try this.

Try to identify the packsak brand...

If the brand is Lafuma, Millet or Quechua there are good chance they are from France!

Osprey Fjallraven Haglosfs from Sweden

Deuter and K-Way from South Africa

Halti from Sovenia

Marmot FJALLRAVEN from Danmark at 80% chance

Osprey from Mexico

KELTY REDWING from Chile

Altus Trango Quechua from Spain

Deuteur and Vaude from Germany

North Face from Korea

Haglof from Scandinavian

Norrona from Norwegian

Osprey Millets Blacks Mount Warehouse Karrimor from UK

Mount Warehouse Osprey MEC and Arcteryx from Canada

Gregory Ula Gossamer Zpacks REI Osprey lowe and Nortface the USA

Sea to Summit One Planet AARN Macpac Fairy Down Kathmandu from Australia

Osprey AARN Macpac Fairy Down Kathmandu from New Zealand

I am shure this is not 100% but it is almost 90% OK with Deuter and Germany...

What is your experience?

If they wear long pants 50% chance Italian or from Spain

If they wear shorts good chance from New Zealand!



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KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
While waking the camino you are pass by a pilgrim and wonder from which country he or she is? And to shy to ask?

Try this.

Try to identify the packsak brand...

If the brand is Lafuma, Millet or Quechua there are good chance they are from France!

Deuteur and Vaude from Germany

Karrimor from UK

MEC and Arcteryx from Canada

Osprey lowe and Nortface the USA

I am shure this is not 100% but it is almost 90% OK with Deuter and Germany...

What is your experience?
Hahaha, I do the same guessing and in my experience the results are also the same :)


Quechua also for Spaniards.
 

Jean Ti

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Norte, Primitivo, Frances,Via de la Plata

Camino Portuguese november 2019
Thank you for participating I just update your comments to the list.

What about Australia and New Zeland?

Asia?

South America?

The rest of Europe?
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011 (2019)
Brands sold mainly in AS/NZ that I have seen on the Camino:
Aarn
Macpac
Fairydown (taken over by Macpac, but I saw one pack in 2010)
Kathmandu
Paddy Pallin (not packs, but clothing items)

As for the basic premise that this gear branding might be a reliable indicator of nationality - I doubt it very much. Brands like Dueter, Rab, Berghaus, Jack Wolfskin etc are distributed around the world. In terms of my current gear, I have gear from Austria, Canada, Germany, Norway, Sweden, the UK and USA as well as kit manufactured for Australian and New Zealand brands.

Perhaps it will be more reliable for brands that aren't widely distributed. Millets and Quechua both come to mind as examples from Europe, or Aarn from AS/NZ.
 
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trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Another brand that's popular in the US is Gregory. Then there are the small manufacturers of ultralight equipment : ULA, Gossamer Gear and Zpacks which will most likely have a pilgrim from the US wearing them.
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdeP-SANT-FIN (09/2018)
PORTO-SANT (11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe, BR (01/2019)
SJPdeP- SANT (29/09/2019)
As for the basic premise that this gear branding might be a reliable indicator of nationality - I doubt it very much. Brands like Dueter, Rab, Berghaus, Jack Wolfskin etc are distributed around the world
I would agree with @dougfitz but in my experience some nationalities are more patriotic and you can almost always guess there place of origin from the colour of their clothing or flags and patches. In particular, the Brazilian pilgrim is usually dressed in the colours blue and yellow, the Irish are more obvious in green with a tri-colour sticking out of their pack and farmers tan with milky legs. The Scandanavians, Norway and Denmark are particularly patriotic. Being Irish I flew a Brazilian flag just to confuse anyone else playing similar game walking behind me. Might also explain why I met lots of Brazilians on last year's Camino and continued my journey on the Caminho da fè🤠🇧🇷
 
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Jean Ti

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Norte, Primitivo, Frances,Via de la Plata

Camino Portuguese november 2019
Thank you for participating I just update the list!
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011 (2019)
Being Irish I flew a Brazilian flag just to confuse anyone else playing similar game walking behind me. Might also explain why I met lots of Brazilians on last year's Camino and continued my journey on the Caminho da fè🤠🇧🇷
You are a bad, bad man!! Fancy even contemplating defeating these simplistic views of national stereotyping, let alone following through on it as well.
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011 (2019)
Being Danish, my backpack and walking shoes are of a German brand and the rest of my outfit is American or British brands
Likewise. If you assessed my nationality by the brand of my outerwear, I am some strange combination of Italian/German/New Zealander/Australian/Norwegian/Canadian/American. If you assessed it on the location of manufacturer, I would be Chinese/Thai/Filipino/New Zealander.

Noting that Decathalon has a bricks and mortar presence in 54 countries and Deuter has a dealer network covering around 30 countries around the world, treating this as any more than a bit of fun would be itself quite funny.

Some identification 'mistakes' I would not want to make:

a. confusing people from the US and Canada - they are both rightly proud of their national identities and deserve that we recognise the distinction.
b. and the same for Australians and New Zealanders, who delight in their differences unless you offend both at once, when you will have created an unholy coalition the bonds of which will not be broken.
c. suggesting a French person is anything but that - I used to think this was snootyness, but time has changed my mind on that.
d. suggesting to a Briton not from England that they are - still cannot figure out this one
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdeP-SANT-FIN (09/2018)
PORTO-SANT (11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe, BR (01/2019)
SJPdeP- SANT (29/09/2019)
I never realized that -how does that manifest itself?
Being Danish, my backpack and walking shoes are of a German brand and the rest of my outfit is American or British brands 🙃
Elementary my dear @Turga both myself and @dougfitz share similar opinion as yourself with regard to gear as per post #14 but in my experience any Danes I met proudly but discreetly displayed the Danish flag in the form of a patch on their pack and either came from Aarhus or Copenhagen and hadn't tasted Danish bacon 😋
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
d. suggesting to a Briton not from England that they are - still cannot figure out this one
When working in a hotel in St Andrews I once gently pointed out to an American guest that his well-intentioned observation that it was "the cutest little town in England" might not be received with wholehearted approval by the locals. I also explained that England started quite some distance to the south. "England" and "Britain" are not synonymous. And let's not get into the subtle distinction between "Great Britain" and the United Kingdom either... :( Perhaps an analogy may help. Would a Texan welcome being called a Californian? After all since California is the largest state numerically and economically in the USA surely it must be acceptable to label all US citizens "Californians"? And I am sure that the residents of Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs would have no objection to being labelled "Sydneysiders" or "Queenslanders" on similar principles. :cool:
 
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Turga

Camino tortuga
Camino(s) past & future
CF (Aug/Sep 2017)
CF (Aug/Sep 2018)
Elementary my dear @Turga both myself and @dougfitz share similar opinion as yourself with regard to gear as per post #14 but in my experience any Danes I met proudly but discreetly displayed the Danish flag in the form of a patch on their pack and either came from Aarhus or Copenhagen and hadn't tasted Danish bacon 😋
You would never identify me as a Dane! I don't wear a flag-patch on my backpack and I thrive on bacon... :p
 

Nekodemus

Certified insane
Camino(s) past & future
Been there, done that. Keep coming back.
Most likely addicted.
I thrive on bacon
Perhaps, but, en realidad, few Danes know "Danish bacon", as it's rarely sold in Danmark. The best cuts are reserved for export. What we Danes know as bacon, is what cannot be sold abroad ;)

Judging from my backpack, which is a Gelert, I'm British. It does not have a Danish flag. When it's worn out, I'll most likely be getting a ÜLA from the Danish dealer.
My rain gear places me in either Europe (poncho + brolly) or the US (some Zpacks stuff).
My hat style places me either squarely in the Southern Midwest US, or in Australia.
Most of the rest is either sold worldwide, or unknown brands.

So, apart from my passport and other papers, no ties to Danmark in my gear and the sum is .. er .. contradicting itself
 

Dani7

Stop wishing, start doing.
Camino(s) past & future
(2020) Camino Frances
Likewise. If you assessed my nationality by the brand of my outerwear, I am some strange combination of Italian/German/New Zealander/Australian/Norwegian/Canadian/American. If you assessed it on the location of manufacturer, I would be Chinese/Thai/Filipino/New Zealander.

Noting that Decathalon has a bricks and mortar presence in 54 countries and Deuter has a dealer network covering around 30 countries around the world, treating this as any more than a bit of fun would be itself quite funny.

Some identification 'mistakes' I would not want to make:

a. confusing people from the US and Canada - they are both rightly proud of their national identities and deserve that we recognise the distinction.
b. and the same for Australians and New Zealanders, who delight in their differences unless you offend both at once, when you will have created an unholy coalition the bonds of which will not be broken.
c. suggesting a French person is anything but that - I used to think this was snootyness, but time has changed my mind on that.
d. suggesting to a Briton not from England that they are - still cannot figure out this one
Thank you for point a). I lived in Australia and can attest that point c) is true also. Plus French is my mother tongue (as French is the official second language in Canada. I am proud of my heritage and mindful of others’. It is so nice to experience and witness patriotism. We are one big community if we choose to be so.
 

FLEUR

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
Voie de Paris / Tours Aulnay to Saintes 2017
Camino del Baztan 2018
Lidl rucksack bought in France
Quechua bought (2nd hand) in France
Osprey bought in England

I am a British.
 

Jean Ti

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Norte, Primitivo, Frances,Via de la Plata

Camino Portuguese november 2019
I never realized that -how does that manifest itself?
Being Danish, my backpack and walking shoes are of a German brand and the rest of my outfit is American or British brands 🙃
It must be your smile that distinguishe you from others 😊
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances and Invierno (2019)
Camino Frances (2021)
While waking the camino you are pass by a pilgrim and wonder from which country he or she is? And to shy to ask?

Try this.

Try to identify the packsak brand...

If the brand is Lafuma, Millet or Quechua there are good chance they are from France!

Altus Trango Quechua from Spain

Deuteur and Vaude from Germany

Haglof from Scandinavian

Norrona from Norwegian

Millets Blacks Mount Warehouse Karrimor from UK

Mount Warehouse Osprey MEC and Arcteryx from Canada

Gregory Ula Gossamer Zpacks REI Osprey lowe and Nortface the USA

AARN Macpac Fairy Down Kathmandu from Australia

AARN Macpac Fairy Down Kathmandu from New Zealand

I am shure this is not 100% but it is almost 90% OK with Deuter and Germany...

What is your experience?
I only have Osprey, but I am not from Canada 🇨🇦 I am Danish 🇩🇰
Put a little flag on your backpack so it’s visible for everyone and we will all know where you are from 👣🎒😎
 

Jbirk

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, SJPP to Finesterre April (2018)
Via Francigena Sept (2018)
Del Norte Aug (2019)
I try to do the same evaluation with the shoes they are wearing.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Roncesvalles to Sahagun Oct 2016
Sahagun to SDC April 2017
When working in a hotel in St Andrews I once gently pointed out to an American guest that his well-intentioned observation that it was "the cutest little town in England" might not be received with wholehearted approval by the locals. I also explained that England started quite some distance to the south. "England" and "Britain" are not synonymous. And let's not get into the subtle distinction between "Great Britain" and the United Kingdom either... :( Perhaps an analogy may help. Would a Texan welcome being called a Californian? After all since California is the largest state numerically and economically in the USA surely it must be acceptable to label all US citizens "Californians"? And I am sure that the residents of Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs would have no objection to being labelled "Sydneysiders" or "Queenslanders" on similar principles. :cool:
While walking the West Highland Way, I had a Scot identify me as American. I replied that I was Canadian to which he replied: "what's the difference?" To which I replied: "oh you are English are you"? For some reason my question was more offensive to him than his was to me. ;)
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
While walking the West Highland Way, I had a Scot identify me as American. I replied that I was Canadian to which he replied: "what's the difference?" To which I replied: "oh you are English are you"? For some reason my question was more offensive to him than his was to me. ;)
In Australia recently I met a young woman on a group tour. After a minute or two of conversation she asked me if I could tell where she was from and I scored big bonus points for correctly saying "Canada" rather than the USA. Apparently I was the first person she had met in weeks who didn't immediately assume she was from the USA :)
 

mary_mh

Buen Camino
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sept (2019)
Brands sold mainly in AS/NZ that I have seen on the Camino:
Aarn
Macpac
Fairydown (taken over by Macpac, but I saw one pack in 2010)
Kathmandu
Paddy Pallin (not packs, but clothing items)

As for the basic premise that this gear branding might be a reliable indicator of nationality - I doubt it very much. Brands like Dueter, Rab, Berghaus, Jack Wolfskin etc are distributed around the world. In terms of my current gear, I have gear from Austria, Canada, Germany, Norway, Sweden, the UK and USA as well as kit manufactured for Australian and New Zealand brands.

Perhaps it will be more reliable for brands that aren't widely distributed. Millets and Quechua both come to mind as examples from Europe, or Aarn from AS/NZ.
Also One Planet from Australia (packs). You’ll see mine in September 🤓
 

Jean Ti

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Norte, Primitivo, Frances,Via de la Plata

Camino Portuguese november 2019
I only have Osprey, but I am not from Canada 🇨🇦 I am Danish 🇩🇰
Put a little flag on your backpack so it’s visible for everyone and we will all know where you are from 👣🎒😎
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Good idea to put a flag of your country on your bag. But it is not 100% accurate because some people are putting a flag of contries they have visited...
 

Chris66

Castanja di Mana
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Lebaniego 2020
Picos de Europa 2020
Me neither are wearing a flag-patch. My native is Moluccan, island part of Indonesia and i live for 53 years in Holland. Many people think i am from Brasil or Cuba or another south America place. Its funny when you walk along the camino or sit on a terrace and people next to you speaks dutch, the language i know so well and where i live. From my brown skin they think i am from another country. Mostly i just be quiet and enjoy there conversation..:). Its also funny when they talks to you in englisch, and you answer back in Dutch..:D
 

André Walker

Never loosing my way: always standing on it
Camino(s) past & future
Holland-St.Jean, Frances, Del Norte, VdlP.
Arc'terix: worn by people from all over the place.
 

Mera

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino France, Camino del Norte, Camino de Madrid
Camino Porto, Camino Primitivo
While waking the camino you are pass by a pilgrim and wonder from which country he or she is? And to shy to ask?

Try this.

Try to identify the packsak brand...

If the brand is Lafuma, Millet or Quechua there are good chance they are from France!

Altus Trango Quechua from Spain

Deuteur and Vaude from Germany

Haglof from Scandinavian

Norrona from Norwegian

Millets Blacks Mount Warehouse Karrimor from UK

Mount Warehouse Osprey MEC and Arcteryx from Canada

Gregory Ula Gossamer Zpacks REI Osprey lowe and Nortface the USA

One Planet AARN Macpac Fairy Down Kathmandu from Australia

AARN Macpac Fairy Down Kathmandu from New Zealand

I am shure this is not 100% but it is almost 90% OK with Deuter and Germany...

What is your experience?
Covered with North Face gears? South Korean
 

LTfit

Veteran Member
But the Dutch are notoriously hard to spot. We walk among you, wearing a mix of brands and invariably speak your language. The only thing that will give us away, we just can't help it, is our bluntness.
I always turn it around into a positive trait - at least you know what we're thinking 😉 , no beating around the bush, lengthy introductions or guesswork needed:)

Ospreys are also very popular in The Netherlands although many walking assume that you are American if you use one. All three of mine were bought here.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF April/May 2019
My husband and I walked the Camino Francés in April/May this year and our gear was a mix of brands: Osprey, Icebreaker, Lorpen, Outdoor Research, Swazi, Kathmandu, Macpac, Under Armour and Pacerpole. We are Kiwis - New Zealanders.
 

Fritz

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances SJPDP- Muxia (2013)
Frances San Sebastian-Bilbao-Belarado-SDC (2016)
Frances SJPDP(2019)
Kelty? Anyone? Anyone?
 

Anamiri

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
While waking the camino you are pass by a pilgrim and wonder from which country he or she is? And to shy to ask?

Try this.

Try to identify the packsak brand...

If the brand is Lafuma, Millet or Quechua there are good chance they are from France!

Altus Trango Quechua from Spain

Deuteur and Vaude from Germany

North Face from Korea

Haglof from Scandinavian

Norrona from Norwegian

Millets Blacks Mount Warehouse Karrimor from UK

Mount Warehouse Osprey MEC and Arcteryx from Canada

Gregory Ula Gossamer Zpacks REI Osprey lowe and Nortface the USA

One Planet AARN Macpac Fairy Down Kathmandu from Australia

AARN Macpac Fairy Down Kathmandu from New Zealand

I am shure this is not 100% but it is almost 90% OK with Deuter and Germany...

What is your experience?
You wouldnt pick us from NZ, my sister had a Deuter, mine is Osprey - BUT my sleeping bag is Kathmandu
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
Osprey and Deuter also often used in Skandinavia, at least in Finland. But I guess you're about right there 😊👍
As a Slovenian I have a huuuge Halti backpack. It might be 80l I'd say. But it was used back in the backpacking & hitchhiking days not for the Camino of course. It's from Finland I think. ;)
 

DBride

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances from Burgos April 2019
You made me smile. I vote for Gregory for sure - USA.
But in fact I walked my Camino with Spanish brand. And I'm not Spanish woman. So this is 90% only.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2017, 2018, 2019, Ingles 2018, (Madrid 2019 partial - retired hurt!) (more planned)
But the Dutch are notoriously hard to spot. We walk among you, wearing a mix of brands and invariably speak your language. The only thing that will give us away, we just can't help it, is our bluntness.
It’s not difficult, you’re all about two meters tall.
 

ranthr

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C Frances 2005, 2007
Le Puy en Velay -SdC 2009
Via de la Plata 2011
gr 653 from Oloron to Puente la Reina 2012
Gr65 from le Puy to Figeac 2013
Irun to Santander 2013
Porto to SdC 2014
Astorga to SdC 2015
I never realized that -how does that manifest itself?
Being Danish, my backpack and walking shoes are of a German brand and the rest of my outfit is American or British brands 🙃
And I´m Norwegian. I hope I´m not put in the American/Canadian box because my backpack is an Osprey or Japaneese because I wear Hokas.
Norwegian backpacks are most often Bergans!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2017, 2018, 2019, Ingles 2018, (Madrid 2019 partial - retired hurt!) (more planned)
In Australia recently I met a young woman on a group tour. After a minute or two of conversation she asked me if I could tell where she was from and I scored big bonus points for correctly saying "Canada" rather than the USA. Apparently I was the first person she had met in weeks who didn't immediately assume she was from the USA :)
It is not unknown for Americans travelling abroad to purport to be Canadian. I have never met a Canadian who purported to be American, although I do know very well an ex-Canadian who took American citizenship,

I have many friends and colleagues from the States and they would explain that as a response to a real or perceived security issue, or concern over the perception of political or international relations issues abroad.
 

Marcus-UK

Old Git
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Ingles (2016) Camino Portuguese (2017) Considering Invierno 2019
Also those who wear an Akubra hat and/or smell faintly of Vegemite? ;)
I wear an Austrian broad brimmed wool felt hat that I bought in the Tyrol many years ago. I have been accused of being Australian in many countries including Turkey. I probably smell of goat or bovril depending upon weather conditions. But this better than the ammonia smell generated from my tweed jacket (when wet) that were preferred attire for engineers of my generation. The fixatives for the dye is based on natural ammonia products.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
@LTfit and @henrythedog beat me to it but I'll say it anyway:
But the Dutch are notoriously hard to spot. We walk among you, wearing a mix of brands and invariably speak your language. The only thing that will give us away, we just can't help it, is our bluntness.
Not so fast @Purky. There IS another giveaway: people who grew up in Holland (especially younger generations) are really tall. You don't even have to open your mouths.;)
And not buying a round of drinks🙃
Ah, yes -but you can be frugal and very generous. (That's my experience of many Dutch people.)🙏

 

Roland49

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2019 July
Hello fellow pilgrims,

for more confusion ;) on the Camino I did wear a wild mix of brands as a german man:
Meteor Backpack 38l (I think it's the OEM of Decathlon-Packs), OCK Trekking-Pants shortable, Dynamics Bike-Shorts, Teva Sandals, no-name hat, LIDL Merino-Shirts, Wrightsocks, Meindl Boots.
No shell, no book, no flag.

I am almost fluent in english (obviously with a german accent). Most British could tell on spot what country I am from. Most US, Australians, New Zealanders, Koreans, most Scandinavians, Portuguese and Spaniards couldn't tell.

The only hint giving by me was the fact, that I ordered a Radler first almost on every stop in my Albergues.
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011 (2019)
I know that it is an American equipment brand but as a Scot who lived and worked in Fife for a number of years I couldn't possibly see the word "Kelty" without instantly thinking of this instead :)

I found the lyrics, but even then some bits are completely indecipherable to me!!
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
I found the lyrics, but even then some bits are completely indecipherable to me!!
I'm not surprised! Fife is sometimes known as "the kingdom of Fife" because before the advent of road bridges and the railways the relative isolation of the peninsula gave it a distinct local identity and that showed up in dialect and accent amongst other things. A place apart :) A neighbour and family friend in my childhood had in fact been a bus conductress in Fife in her younger days and might easily have been the inspiration for the song :cool:
 

Marcus-UK

Old Git
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Ingles (2016) Camino Portuguese (2017) Considering Invierno 2019
@LTfit and @henrythedog beat me to it but I'll say it anyway:
Not so fast @Purky. There IS another giveaway: people who grew up in Holland (especially younger generations) are really tall. You don't even have to open your mouths.;)
Ah, yes -but you can be frugal and very generous. (That's my experience of many Dutch people.)🙏
I have worked in the Netherlands off and on for over 30 years and found the locals to be friendly and good company and generally have a better work life balance than most other nations. But to paraphrase an ex colleague of mine. "The Dutch are like Scots but with their sense of generosity removed" But he was a contract negotiator:cool:
 

hel&scott

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2004 St Jean - Santiago, 2008 &18 Seville - Finesterre, 2010 Ferrol - Lisbon, 2012 from Cartehenga.
As I usually wear plated pigtails on the Camino people assume I am German or Dutch, until I speak and it's clear I'm neither.

Once, post Camino in Paris I was waiting to cross a street and a woman came up to me and said, you must be a kiwi no one else would come to the fashion capital in of the world with hairy legs like those... I was glad I was wearing shoes so she didn't see my hairy hobbit toes.
 

Jean Ti

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Norte, Primitivo, Frances,Via de la Plata

Camino Portuguese november 2019
It is not unknown for Americans travelling abroad to purport to be Canadian. I have never met a Canadian who purported to be American, although I do know very well an ex-Canadian who took American citizenship,

I have many friends and colleagues from the States and they would explain that as a response to a real or perceived security issue, or concern over the perception of political or international relations issues abroad.
During my last Camino this year I meet 5 women carrying a packsac with a Canadian flag. When I say hello they told me they were from New York ...
 

LTfit

Veteran Member
The only hint giving by me was the fact, that I ordered a Radler first almost on every stop in my Albergues.
I'm not so sure that qualifies. In The Netherlands every major brewery makes a Radler (and the 0,0% option): with Lemon, lime, a combo of the two and even grapefruit (quite nice)!. I personally ask for a "clara con limón" which is the same thing but cheaper. They make it on the spot with tap beer and lemon Fanta. You can even tell them the proportions you want.
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
During my last Camino this year I meet 5 women carrying a packsac with a Canadian flag. When I say hello they told me they were from New York ...
I remember the same with the group of 6 young (25-30) Americans in Eastern Turkey back in 2007. After arrival I asked them why they said they were Canadians to the driver of our minivan they explained it (or they didn't) with "don't you understand?". ;)

But I did and I do. Being Slovenian same as the FLOTUS even more so...
 

Barbara

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte (twice)and Primitivo, Sureste, In France From home Tours and Vézelay, also Le Puy
Ok, Scot living in France. Swiss bike, Vaude saddlebags, Decathlon backpack, Meindl shoes, generic cotton hat. CSJ patch.
 

hecate105

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2009 Portuguese Estellas 2014 Aurelia 2016 St Davids 2017 Via Augusta/V dl P. 2018 Michael Mary Way
But the Dutch are notoriously hard to spot. We walk among you, wearing a mix of brands and invariably speak your language. The only thing that will give us away, we just can't help it, is our bluntness.
I can always tell the Dutch cyclists - they have the best bikes!! AND they can hold a conversation whilst pedalling uphill despite coming from a flat country.... Whereas I come from Devon (the God/Goddess' own country! ;)) where roads only point up or down and spend my time gasping for breath....
I was told by a German cyclist that he knew we were English because we had tomato boxes tied on the front of our bikes....
But no-one has ever guessed our 'national' flags - cos their Devon....(yay)
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Camino(s) past & future
Camino inglés October 2016
Camino Primitivo May 2017
Camino Portugues Central October 2017
Heyyyy, where is Fjällräven on this hilarious list?
Fjällräven backpack = Start speaking Danish (80 pct. chance), otherwise switch to Swedish (15 pct. chance). If this doesn't work, shift to German (=5 pct chance)! I never understood why our Norwegian friends don't wear Fjällräven though... maybe because they have Bergans?!? camino-portugues-variante-espiritual.jpg
 

Chica36

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo
While waking the camino you are pass by a pilgrim and wonder from which country he or she is? And to shy to ask?

Try this.

Try to identify the packsak brand...

If the brand is Lafuma, Millet or Quechua there are good chance they are from France!

Altus Trango Quechua from Spain

Deuteur and Vaude from Germany

North Face from Korea

Haglof from Scandinavian

Norrona from Norwegian

Millets Blacks Mount Warehouse Karrimor from UK

Mount Warehouse Osprey MEC and Arcteryx from Canada

Gregory Ula Gossamer Zpacks REI Osprey lowe and Nortface the USA

One Planet AARN Macpac Fairy Down Kathmandu from Australia

AARN Macpac Fairy Down Kathmandu from New Zealand

I am shure this is not 100% but it is almost 90% OK with Deuter and Germany...

What is your experience?
Osprey and I am from U.K.
 

treeman43

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2019)
Walker: "Hey, look! There's a guy with a Gregory backpack. And, he's wearing Altra shoes...and he's tall...and has a funny hat on. I bet he's American. Well, hello partner!"
Gregory/Altra guy: "Excuse me? Please forgive me, and accept my apologies. Oh, Hello. It's a pleasure. Nice to meet you. It's such a beautiful day."
Walker: "Oh, so you're from Canada."
 

Jean Ti

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Norte, Primitivo, Frances,Via de la Plata

Camino Portuguese november 2019
Heyyyy, where is Fjällräven on this hilarious list?
Fjällräven backpack = Start speaking Danish (80 pct. chance), otherwise switch to Swedish (15 pct. chance). If this doesn't work, shift to German (=5 pct chance)! I never understood why our Norwegian friends don't wear Fjällräven though... maybe because they have Bergans?!?View attachment 62890
I just the add the Fjallraven for Danmark sorry for the 2 dots on the a I do not know were to find them!
 

Doughnut NZ

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2019)
During May and June on the Camino Frances Osprey was easily the most popular pack brand. Almost 60-70 percent of Pilgrims used one. While nationalities were much more diverse. I use an Osprey and I am a Kiwi.
 

Lillamy

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Going on my first in october, for two weeks. (2017)
While waking the camino you are pass by a pilgrim and wonder from which country he or she is? And to shy to ask?

Try this.

Try to identify the packsak brand...

If the brand is Lafuma, Millet or Quechua there are good chance they are from France!

Halti from Sovenia

FJALLRAVEN from Danmark at 80% chance

Osprey from Mexico

Altus Trango Quechua from Spain

Deuteur and Vaude from Germany

North Face from Korea

Haglof from Scandinavian

Norrona from Norwegian

Osprey Millets Blacks Mount Warehouse Karrimor from UK

Mount Warehouse Osprey MEC and Arcteryx from Canada

Gregory Ula Gossamer Zpacks REI Osprey lowe and Nortface the USA

One Planet AARN Macpac Fairy Down Kathmandu from Australia

Osprey AARN Macpac Fairy Down Kathmandu from New Zealand

I am shure this is not 100% but it is almost 90% OK with Deuter and Germany...

What is your experience?
Both Haglöfs and Fjällräven are Swedish brands... not Danish or Scandinavian or anything else.
 

Jean Ti

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Norte, Primitivo, Frances,Via de la Plata

Camino Portuguese november 2019
During May and June on the Camino Frances Osprey was easily the most popular pack brand. Almost 60-70 percent of Pilgrims used one. While nationalities were much more diverse. I use an Osprey and I am a Kiwi.
I just add Osprey to N.Z.
 

Jacobus

Pilgrim since 2008
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2008 09 14
Del Norte 2011. Portuguese 2015, 2017Ingles 2015 Fisterre 2015.
While waking the camino you are pass by a pilgrim and wonder from which country he or she is? And to shy to ask?

Try this.

Try to identify the packsak brand...

If the brand is Lafuma, Millet or Quechua there are good chance they are from France!

Halti from Sovenia

FJALLRAVEN from Danmark at 80% chance

Osprey from Mexico

Altus Trango Quechua from Spain

Deuteur and Vaude from Germany

North Face from Korea

Haglof from Scandinavian

Norrona from Norwegian

Osprey Millets Blacks Mount Warehouse Karrimor from UK

Mount Warehouse Osprey MEC and Arcteryx from Canada

Gregory Ula Gossamer Zpacks REI Osprey lowe and Nortface the USA

One Planet AARN Macpac Fairy Down Kathmandu from Australia

Osprey AARN Macpac Fairy Down Kathmandu from New Zealand

I am shure this is not 100% but it is almost 90% OK with Deuter and Germany...

What is your experience?
I am from Canada. I have two packs that I wear depending on which route I take. AARN for del Norte and Francés and Osprey for shorter routes.
Regards from 🇨🇦
 

Jane Erasmus

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances ('14)
Portuguese ('17)
Ingles ('17)
Muxia/Finisterre ( 14 & '17 & '18)
Del Norte ('18)
While waking the camino you are pass by a pilgrim and wonder from which country he or she is? And to shy to ask?

Try this.

Try to identify the packsak brand...

If the brand is Lafuma, Millet or Quechua there are good chance they are from France!

Halti from Sovenia

FJALLRAVEN from Danmark at 80% chance

Osprey from Mexico

Altus Trango Quechua from Spain

Deuteur and Vaude from Germany

North Face from Korea

Haglof from Scandinavian

Norrona from Norwegian

Osprey Millets Blacks Mount Warehouse Karrimor from UK

Mount Warehouse Osprey MEC and Arcteryx from Canada

Gregory Ula Gossamer Zpacks REI Osprey lowe and Nortface the USA

One Planet AARN Macpac Fairy Down Kathmandu from Australia

Osprey AARN Macpac Fairy Down Kathmandu from New Zealand

I am shure this is not 100% but it is almost 90% OK with Deuter and Germany...

What is your experience?
Hi

I am from Cape Town South Africa and have a Deuter
K-Way would also be from South Africa

Jane
 

AneMur

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Portugues, Fisterra
While waking the camino you are pass by a pilgrim and wonder from which country he or she is? And to shy to ask?

Try this.

Try to identify the packsak brand...

If the brand is Lafuma, Millet or Quechua there are good chance they are from France!

Halti from Sovenia

FJALLRAVEN from Danmark at 80% chance

Osprey from Mexico

Altus Trango Quechua from Spain

Deuteur and Vaude from Germany

North Face from Korea

Haglof from Scandinavian

Norrona from Norwegian

Osprey Millets Blacks Mount Warehouse Karrimor from UK

Mount Warehouse Osprey MEC and Arcteryx from Canada

Gregory Ula Gossamer Zpacks REI Osprey lowe and Nortface the USA

One Planet AARN Macpac Fairy Down Kathmandu from Australia

Osprey AARN Macpac Fairy Down Kathmandu from New Zealand

I am shure this is not 100% but it is almost 90% OK with Deuter and Germany...

What is your experience?
Im from Sweden - Ospray is very popular here! ( We have our own brands Fjällräven and Haglöfs so of course a lot of swedish pilgrims have these brands..)
 

Jean Ti

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Norte, Primitivo, Frances,Via de la Plata

Camino Portuguese november 2019
Im from Sweden - Ospray is very popular here! ( We have our own brands Fjällräven and Haglöfs so of course a lot of swedish pilgrims have these brands..)
I just update the list thank you!
 

Mycroft

Member
While waking the camino you are pass by a pilgrim and wonder from which country he or she is? And to shy to ask?

Try this.

Try to identify the packsak brand...

If the brand is Lafuma, Millet or Quechua there are good chance they are from France!

Osprey Fjallraven Haglosfs from Sweden

Deuter and K-Way from South Africa

Halti from Sovenia

FJALLRAVEN from Danmark at 80% chance

Osprey from Mexico

Altus Trango Quechua from Spain

Deuteur and Vaude from Germany

North Face from Korea

Haglof from Scandinavian

Norrona from Norwegian

Osprey Millets Blacks Mount Warehouse Karrimor from UK

Mount Warehouse Osprey MEC and Arcteryx from Canada

Gregory Ula Gossamer Zpacks REI Osprey lowe and Nortface the USA

One Planet AARN Macpac Fairy Down Kathmandu from Australia

Osprey AARN Macpac Fairy Down Kathmandu from New Zealand

I am shure this is not 100% but it is almost 90% OK with Deuter and Germany...

What is your experience?
You are well versed! I have done this to a minor degree--not at all as comprehensive as your research. Being from the US, I am familiar with REI, Osprey, Lowe and Northface, but not with the others. LL Bean is another popular brand from the US but I don't know if you have seen many on your travels.
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011 (2019)
Both Haglöfs and Fjällräven are Swedish brands... not Danish or Scandinavian or anything else.
Indeed, but both available in many other countries. I am not planning to take use my beautifully designed and constructed Fjallraven Raven 28 for my next pilgrimage, but were I to do so, it would give no indication of my nationality than most of the other gear and outerwear that I use. It was purchased in Trondheim and is reasonably readily available in my own country.
 

cbacino

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino del Norte - Primitivo (2018)
Via Francigena (2017)
Appalachian Trail (2016)
While waking the camino you are pass by a pilgrim and wonder from which country he or she is? And to shy to ask?

Try this.

Try to identify the packsak brand...

If the brand is Lafuma, Millet or Quechua there are good chance they are from France!

Osprey Fjallraven Haglosfs from Sweden

Deuter and K-Way from South Africa

Halti from Sovenia

FJALLRAVEN from Danmark at 80% chance

Osprey from Mexico

Altus Trango Quechua from Spain

Deuteur and Vaude from Germany

North Face from Korea

Haglof from Scandinavian

Norrona from Norwegian

Osprey Millets Blacks Mount Warehouse Karrimor from UK

Mount Warehouse Osprey MEC and Arcteryx from Canada

Gregory Ula Gossamer Zpacks REI Osprey lowe and Nortface the USA

One Planet AARN Macpac Fairy Down Kathmandu from Australia

Osprey AARN Macpac Fairy Down Kathmandu from New Zealand

I am shure this is not 100% but it is almost 90% OK with Deuter and Germany...

What is your experience?
If the person is wearing long pants, likely they are from Spain or Italy.
 

jsalt

Jill
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, Le Puy, Rota Vicentina, Soulac, Norte, Madrid, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés
Deuter and K-Way from South Africa
Deuter products are SOLD in South Africa (same as Osprey, Karrimor and several other makes), but I think Deuter might get a little bit upset if you said they were "from South Africa” ;).

Some homegrown South African products are FIRST ASCENT, K-WAY and CAPESTORM.

When I arrived at an albergue in Boadilla, before I had said anything, or given him my credencial, the hospitalero welcomed me with "Ah! A South African!" (He had seen the First Ascent logo on my shirt 😃.)
 

Angelo

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2014)
Portugues (2015)
Madrid (2017)
Inglés (2017)
Invierno (Apr. 2019)
This is a fun thread!
In 2017, I walked wearing a pair of Zamberlan shoes, Arc'teryx, Columbia, and Kathmandu gear, Tilley Hat, and an Osprey backpack with a Kangaroo patch on it.
Five months ago, when I walked the Invierno, there were no clues except for the Aarn backpack (a Kiwi pack available in Australia)
 

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