Reminds me of a story a few years ago about a Japanese tourist in England who wound up in my home town:
[quote=“The Daily Telegraph”]A Japanese tourist who wanted to catch a flight to Turkey was put on a train to Torquay after asking for directions at Paddington.
Kumiko Tsuchida, who was on her first visit to Britain, arrived in Devon at midnight, convinced that she had been through the Channel Tunnel and was in Istanbul.
She was found wandering at 2am by police who instigated an operation involving social services, a home for the elderly, a travel agent and the Japanese embassy.
Mrs Tsuchida, 40, who teaches Japanese at Istanbul university but has only a limited grasp of English, eventually caught a flight to Turkey yesterday morning.
Things started to go wrong on Monday when she left the house of a friend in London to catch a train to Heathrow. At Paddington she inquired about the best way to travel.
Speaking through an interpreter, Mrs Tsuchida said: “I told the staff at Paddington that I wanted to go to Turkey. I kept saying ‘Turkey, Turkey’. But because of my pronounciation they put me on a train to Torquay. I thought it was a long way to the airport but when I asked people ‘Turkey? Turkey?’ they told me I was on the right train.”
“She told officers that she had been on the train so long, she genuinely believed she was in Turkey already,” said a spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police.
Torbay social services received a call from police at 2am. “They had a lost and exhausted lady from Japan who needed a bed for the night,” said a spokesman. “We were happy to oblige. She was too tired to eat and went straight to bed.”
Mrs Tsuchida slept at an old people’s home and was taken to a branch of Thomas Cook before being handed over to the Japanese Embassy. Yesterday morning she found herself