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In GPS He Trusts and Gets Lost Again

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In GPS He Trusts and Gets Lost Again

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The Blue Lagoon. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The tourist who last week became famous for driving all the way to Siglufjörður, North Iceland, looking for Laugavegur, was fooled again Friday by his GPS, Vísir reports. You might have thought his five-hour-detour would diminish his belief in the GPS, but technology is technology, and in it we trust.

So, when the now world-famous 28-year-old Noel Santillan from New Jersey decided to go to the Blue Lagoon, he put his trust in technology again. As he told Vísir, “I was going to the Blue Lagoon, relied on the GPS, and it led me to the wrong place. I ended up in an office building, walked into a meeting room, where there was a meeting in progress, and to my astonishment, there were the staff members of the Blue Lagoon. When I knocked on the door, they looked at me in surprise: What does this man want? I told them I was on my way to the Blue Lagoon, and then they asked whether I was the one who had driven all the way up north. I told them, ‘Yes,’ and then they all laughed and wanted to pose for a photo with me.”

When asked by Vísir whether he had gotten lost again, Noel answered, “Yes, but this time the GPS was completely to blame.”

It turns out that the office of the Blue Lagoon is located closer to the town of Grindavík than the Blue Lagoon itself. A staff member commented, “He forgot to make the turn by the exit. He must have been looking at the landscape and been absent minded. This is very well marked and shouldn’t escape anyone.”

Noel was subsequently invited to the Blue Lagoon, where he enjoyed relaxing after a hectic week of new-found fame. The rest of Friday was spent giving interviews and answering questions.

He told Vísir the reception he has received in Iceland has been amazing, ever since he knocked on the door of the woman on Laugarvegur in Siglufjörður, looking for Laugavegur in Reykjavík.

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