On a recent trip to Vienna (which is in Austria), I bought a t-shirt that shows a yellow diamond traffic sign containing a kangaroo silhouette, and the words “NO KANGAROOS IN AUSTRIA.” I asked my hotel clerk if he’s ever encountered tourists who went to Austria but thought they were going to Australia. He said it happens frequently, especially with people who plan their trips online and misspell Australia. Many of them don’t even know that there’s a country called Austria, so they assume Vienna and its airport are located in Australia. So they fly to Vienna, take a taxi to the hotel, and ask the clerk where they can see kangaroos, and which way is the outback?
He also told me that most of these people wind up going back to the airport and catching a flight to Australia; they’re not at all interested in any of the wonderful things in Vienna.
So, have you ever been confused about two place names, even to the point of actually going to the wrong one?
(I know this conjurs up images of little singing wallabees scurrying through the outback, trying to escape the Nazis.)