Hitch-Hiker Arrives in Lahore
("C. & M.G" Special) March 1949
Thirty-year-old Robert Marchand, a world-wanderer, has arrived in Lahore
hitch-hiking from London through Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy,
Trieste, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran and
Afghanistan, and plans to go round the world through India, Ceylon,
Singapore, Australia, Newzealand, Japan, China (if possible) and the
United States of America.
With £5 in his pocket, half a dozen shirts, trousers and shaving
tackle in his travelling bag, Marchand, who used to cycle about in Europe
since his school days, started off on his "last" trip from
London on July 21, 1948. Depending on the usual hospitality of the people
towards a wanderer and hitch-hiking all along, he is determined to make
a success of his adventure.
"Most people want to go round the world but they change their minds
due to immediate obstacles, settle down and cannot leave their families
behind. They want to see me and appease their curiosity," he said
in an interview. "I hitch-hike along."
Marchand, who hails from Southgate, London, is a mechanical engineer
by profession but nourished a strong desire in his school days to move
about in various countries to see new towns and, new faces and develop
new ideas." When he left school at the age of 17 he undertook and
8-month-long cycle tour of the continent - Europe - and slept in farms
or youth hostels. He stayed in Belgium and Holland for his apprenticeship
in shipbuilding and joined the Admiralty when the last great war broke
After demobilisation Marchand again set out to hitch-hike through Holland,
Belgium, the south of France, Algiers, Morroco, and Tunic. He could
not get across the desert and so returned to his hometown through Italy.
He said that he felt like settling down when he decided to undertake
his "last journey round the world"