Travel writers spend a lot of time on the road, and not everything always goes according to plan. My recent trips, thankfully, have been pretty much without major incident, but I still figure on one at least unexpected setback per journey (usually around the midpoint, when I’m furthest away from home). Earlier on this blog, I wrote about a time a few years ago when I was on a multi-week research trip in Romania and happened to twist my ankle pretty badly after stepping off the back of a staircase. That one laid me up for about a month.
This past week, I started another longish research trip -- this one in Kraków, for Lonely Planet. Don’t worry, there’s nothing bad to report so far, but a couple days ago I happened to see a note on Facebook from one of my fellow Lonely Planet Poland researchers, checking in from the Polish city of Płock (see map plot, below). That one triggered a long-buried memory. You see, I still have a score to settle with Płock -- in fact, they still owe me a bicycle.