Lost Lithuanian tries to walk home from Germany
28 November 2007, Vilnius - A farmer walked part of the way from Germany to his native Lithuania after he was left behind at a truck stop, a Lithuanian newspaper reported on Tuesday.
28 November 2007
Vilnius - A farmer walked part of the way from Germany to his native Lithuania after he was left behind at a truck stop, a Lithuanian newspaper reported on Tuesday.
On the way to an agricultural fair in Hanover - his first foreign trip - 41-year-old Saulius Marcinkevicius walked off the bus in Leipzig and got lost in the city on November 13 with a passport and 100 euros in his pocket, Lietuvos Rytas newspaper said.
Having realised he would not be able to find the bus, Marcinkevicius decided to walk home to the small town of Antasava in north-eastern Lithuania, about 1,300 kilometres away from Leipzig.
The German police stopped him several times for walking along a highway, but he didn't ask for their help because he couldn't speak any foreign language, the newspaper reported.
Having walked more than 200 km for nine days toward Poland, he survived on apples he found along the way and drank water from puddles and ponds.
When he reached the border, he was stopped by the German police, who called in a Lithuanian translator. Marcinkevicius wrote down his account in Lithuanian. On the Polish side of the border, he saw a truck with Lithuanian licence plates, which took him home, some 170 km north of Vilnius.
The farmer was exhausted, had lost five kilos and had injured his feet, the newspaper said. "I have served in the military and I have survival skills," he told the newspaper.
Marcinkevicius didn't blame the organizers for his misfortune: "I got lost myself. I had an extreme experience that people pay big money for," he added, pledging to never leave Lithuania again.
Subject: German news