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Lost Lost and found on the camino...

Discussion in 'Lost and Found on the Camino' started by dgallen, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. dgallen

    dgallen New Member

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    Last week I lost my much liked camera between the pilgrims statue in Logrono and the lake park on the outskirts of Logrono. It had the usual Pilgrim photos between St Jean PP and Logrono as well as some shots from back home in Canada, so anyone finding it would know it was a pilgrims camera. I'm actually getting good at losing cameras on the Camino since I lost another in Jaca on the Aragones a number of years back. I did retrace my steps with no luck and "put out a bulletin" on camino radio at the municipal albergue in Navarette, but unfortunately it never turned up :( .

    If it was my first camino I would be upset... now it's just dollars,which of course can be replaced. But it sure would be nice that a formal lost+found could be set up along the way, that would receive, tag and even reward those who found items and got them back to their owners (service via post office?).

    On the bright side, the weather has been spectacular on the calendar camino this year. Aside from a few drops in SJPP, all sun at the way to Burgos. Just moved up to the Primitivo today and Oviedo also bright and sunny...
     
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  2. Jotown

    Jotown New Member

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    Via Francigena, Ramsgate,Canterbury ,England to Rome,
    via France,Switzerland and Italy. April to July 2016
    It may yet turn up ...

    Whilst on the CF in 2014, in an Albergue ,the red lens off my small torch became detached during the night... and I couldn't locate it in the morning..
    a fellow pilgrim ( who I had only met that once) enquired what I was searching for , but the lens couldn't be found... and off I went...

    11 days later I was breakfasting in a bar, when that pilgrim rushed up to me ' I have something for you he exclaimed ' and then produced from his wallet the small red disc I had lost ' I found this after you left and have been tracking you ever since, hoping to find you and return it... !!'

    I was amazed he even recognised me - I still have that disc !!

    A story I often tell of the type of good hearted people you meet on the Camino !!
     
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  3. t2andreo

    t2andreo Veteran Member Donating Member

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    As we say...and you will learn... Saint James (Santiago) works in strange ways. Sometimes the results are truly weird indeed.

    If all else fails, when you arrive at the Pilgrim Office, inquire there. Strange things turn up in the mail, or deposited by Pilgrims who picked them up along the way, every day.

    I hope this helps.
     
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  4. Michael Mattalo

    Michael Mattalo New Member

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    We will be on the lookout for your camera next week :)
    A suggestion I have seen is to purchase Trackr which is a crowd sourced GPS location gizmo. I use it for my golf bag and luggage back here in Canada . . .works like a charm to locate anything lost.
     
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  5. Charles Zammit

    Charles Zammit Active Member Donating Member

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    I bought one of these some time ago .
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Security...871602?hash=item280d0128b2:g:HjoAAOSwnipWXP4E

    It is a strange little device and a bit quirky but really quite invaluable , especially for the very modest cost .
    I use it when in airports and on public transport , once you turn on both units you set an acceptable separation distance via a small adjusting wheel anything from a few centimetres to three or four metres . When this distance is exceeded the alarm goes off , reminding you that you have left the item behind or that it has been ' removed ' .
    It has another function as a finder , when set to this mode it will sound as you near the lost or misplaced item .
    The batteries will last for a long time especially if only used when required .
    The sender unit is small enough to attach to a camera or mobile phone without it being cumbersome .
    Not the most precise or technical of gadgets , but useful , easy to use and well worth the few dollars it costs .
     
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  6. Neoscan

    Neoscan New Member

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    Sorry to hear about your lost camera- hopefully it'll somehow turn up! Losing anything is annoying but cameras particularly so, especially if they contain a substantial amount of our 'memories'.
     
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  7. Jotown

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    And another useful tip for cameras...

    The first picture should be of
    Name
    Contact details ( worldwide)
    - I'd suggest your email
    Or mobile number ,
    Although it could be your home address

    Just need to remember to do this with all Memory / internal storage devices ...

    Then it makes it easier for the finder to locate you
     
  8. Michael Mattalo

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    Awesome Tip! Thanks!
     
  9. Anemone del Camino

    Anemone del Camino Anemone

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    And on your smart phone as a screen saver. Together with emergency contact person and health insurance contract number and phone number, in case you are found unable to communicate.
     
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  10. t2andreo

    t2andreo Veteran Member Donating Member

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    Digital camera memory can be readily erased.

    As a second tier, consider a small adhesive contact information label on the outside. Over with clear "scotch" tape to protect the label. If you have a Brother, or similar brand labeling machine, this might work well.

    But, the idea of taking a picture with your contact information is still a sound one.

    The screen saver idea for a smart phone is brilliant. But it your phone, like mine requires a password or fingerprint to get past a sign-in screen, no one will ever see the screen saver, unless they come along in the first 10-15 seconds after I misplace the phone. :eek:

    All said, if someone wants to misappropriate your camera or other device, they will do so. These measures will not impede them. However, these measure WILL assist an honest person, or Santiago, to have the item returned to you.

    I hope this helps.
     
  11. Jotown

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    Not quite accurate...

    On my Smartphone , when locked, there is still the ability for someone to press the 'emergency' button , which brings up the dialler... and , if you've filled it in your medical I'd info, which includes emergency contacts '....

    Another way for honest ( the majority ) people to find/ and /or help you
     
  12. Mike Savage

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    On my Android phone (and I suspect all phones) I am able to put one line of text on the lock screen. This is enough for my name and email address. This should help if an honest person finds the phone.
     
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    Will be there in 2 days and will keep an eye out.
     

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