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Usually One Has to Hire a Taxi to Go This Far Out of the Way

When Noel Santillan, 28, arrived in Iceland from New Jersey, he rented a car and punched his destination into the car’s GPS navigation system: Laugarvegur. He actually wanted Laugavegur, a road in Reykjavik, where his hotel was — a very short distance from the airport. He apparently thought nothing of the 6-hour ETA, and after driving on some pretty dicey roads, he arrived in the absolutely wrong place. The hapless Santillan became a hero in Icelandic media: he liked Siglufjordur, his accidental destination, so much, he vacationed there, rather than return to Reykjavik. (RC/BBC) ...Because he couldn’t spell Reykjavik well enough to punch it into the nav.
Original Publication Date: 28 February 2016
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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