Apologies that I omitted to post this snippet headed 'Poles apart from
destination' yesterday, from the [London] 'Evening Standard' of Tuesday 11
"Sixteen Poles found wandering by police near an autobahn in Passau, Bavaria
thought they were 800 miles away in northern Portugal.
The Poles said they had lost their way during a pilgrimage from Warsaw to a
religious festival. Officers found they were using maps which were 50 years
out of date."
Comment. Good enough sense of general direction, but not of distance ; and
what of landscape interpretation, language, beer, etc.? Could have been
worse as, had they had Rome as a pilgrimage venue in mind, they might well
have been using a purposely-designed and printed map of Europe for pilgrims
of around *500* years old : 'Das ist der Rom Weg von meylen zu meylen ...'
of c.1500. But I doubt whether the Poles' adventure will make even a short
note in the next issue of 'Peregrinus Cracoviensis' (ISSN 1425-1922) - as
some of you, Dear Readers, will be asking yourselves. Or maybe they will
lie the blame at the door of the map-maker?
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