According to newspaper reports, a Belgian lady intended to drive from her home to a train station in Brussels to pick up a friend… But somehow, following the indications of her car satnav, she ended up driving all the way to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia – Roughly 900 miles and 2 days away.
Also, Gizmodo here.
I - simply - don’t - get - it.
HOW can you mistake a 900-mile and 2-day trip for a drive that, AT MOST, should have been like, 1 or 2 hours?
Either the story is bullshit, or the lady is hiding something, or she is showing very serious symptoms of dementia. The story can be found in many many newspapers all over the place, but that doesn’t mean it is not bullshit. If it is not bullshit, the most charitable option would be for her to be suffering from dementia (and she keeps her driver’s license because, in Belgium, once you get your license it’s forever - no checks as you get old, nothing).
Anyway, I am astonished. And (if the story is true) I feel sorry for her son, who ended up calling the police, which was on the verge of starting a country-wide search operation when the lady apparently called from Zagreb to say that she had ended up there.
I have had my own GPS send me in weird directions – who hasn’t? But even then, I would say that after, like, 6 hours’ driving, I would at least begin to be suspicious…
(Regarding borders – to go from Belgium to Germany, from there to Austria and from there to Slovenia, I can accept that you can do that without noticing it. In the Schengen area, when you drive and cross a border the only thing that shows it is a small-ish blue sign that gives you the name of the new country – It is easy to miss if you are absent-minded. Croatia is a bit more problematic. They still have technically border controls. However, I remember driving to Croatia once and finding that the border post was empty, there was nobody there, and I just drove through).
In any case, this is beyond weird. I think that there must be more to the story.