Huld Palle (w2347)

  • Alias-Pseudonimo-Pseudonyme: -
  • Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: Denmark-Danimarca
  • Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: -
  • Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: Various-Diversi-Différents
  • Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: Around the World-Giro del mondo-Tour du monde
  • Wikidata: Visit Website

A Boy Scout Around the World (Danish: Jorden Rundt i 44 dage, literally: Around the World in 44 Days) is a travel description published in October 1928 and written by Danish Boy Scout and later actor Palle Huld at the age of 15 following his travel around the world in spring 1928. His trip was sponsored by a Danish newspaper and made on the occasion of the 100 birthday of Jules Verne a French author of adventure and science fiction. Palle Huld was chosen after having answered to an ad in the newspaper; applicants had to be boys, 15 years old, able to manage in English and German and of good health. Like the characters in Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in 80 days. he was only allowed to travel by land and sea, not by air. The travel (on first class) went from Denmark to Great Britain, across the Atlantic Ocean to Canada. From the American west coast he continued to Japan, China, Soviet Union, Poland, Germany and back to Denmark. He had to travel alone but was helped along the way by reporters of the newspaper, members of Danish embassies and local Boy Scouts. The travel was followed by not only Danish newspapers but newspapers around the world and at his return to Copenhagen he was met by a crowd of 20,000 people.

Rest not
Life is sweeping by
go and dare before you die.
Something mighty and sublime,
leave behind to conquer time.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe