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Monday, 3 March 2008

Language barrier scuppers walker

A man who planned to walk from Bristol to India without any money has quit, after getting as far as Calais, France.
Mark Boyle, 28, who set out four weeks ago with only T-shirts, a bandage and sandals, hoped to rely on the kindness of strangers for food and lodging.

But, because he could not speak French, people thought he was free-loading or an asylum seeker.

29 February 2008
BBC website

1 comment:

Bill Chapman said...

Oh, dear! This poor fellow could have done with Esperanto, a much neglected tool for international communication. Thee is a widespread network of Esperanto speakers willing to help the traveller unwilling or unable to l;earn the language of each country through which he happens to pass.