A British man who planned to walk to India to show that you don't need money instead ended up proving that you need to know French.
Mark Boyle, 28, planned to walk for 2 1/2 years from Bristol, England, to Gandhi's birthplace in India without using any money, hoping to barter his friendship and labor for food and water along the way.
Crossing in to France with two friends, he reported on his blog earlier this week, he found that his mission didn't translate.
"Not only did no one ... speak the language, they also see us as just a bunch of freeloading backpackers, which is the complete opposite of what the pilgrimage is really about," he wrote.
"That really scared us, and given that we now were pretty much out of food, hadn't slept in days and were really cold, we had to reassess the whole situation.
"We spoke to a few people who were willing to talk and they said that France would not go for this unless we could speak fluent French, which none of us could."
Boyle now plans to walk around Britain instead.
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