How Long Have You Had Your Backpack?

I was standing in line ready to check into my flight from Lima to Mexico City, and this guy stepped in line behind me. It was clear from first sight that he was a nomad — not just a backpacker, but a nomad. I took one look at his worn Deuter ACT Trail rucksack and asked, “how long have you had your backpack?” What a strange question, Emma! He didn’t…