Waving at cars

August 11, 2011

I’ve just been talking to Matt Gross, the ex New York Times Frugal Traveller, who walked a section of Paddy’s route — from Vienna to Budapest — last year. Matt Gross is a man who specialises in getting lost in foreign countries, and one of the things we discussed was the potential, mind-aching dreariness of trudging alongside major highways (numerous people have warned me that this is something I’ll have to face, especially in Slovakia and Hungary). Two fine pieces of advice stand out:

Wave at each oncoming car. The proportion of people who wave back will tell you a lot about where you are.

and:

Keep track of trash along the roads. See if the things people throw out of their cars differ from country to country.

Matt’s Getting Lost column is well worth following. (If you can follow the lost.)

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