There's something so touching about this snippet from The Daily Telegraph:
Robert Wladyslaw Parzelski flew from London to Sao Paulo on June 17 but did not have a return flight or any money for accomodation and a friend he was expecting to meet did not turn up.
He got through customs and then simply decided to stay where he was, sleeping on a concrete bench.
Unable to speak any Portuguese, Parzelski simply responded: "I'm Poland" when staff at the airport asked how he was.
The 44-year-old electrician was then labelled 'the German' by workers who could not understand him but gathered food, cigarettes and even vodka for him.
Eventually a 70-year-old Polish doctor living in Sao Paulo was summoned to talk to Parzelski, who claimed he had been sent to Brazil to collect two telephone handsets.
Parzelski was ordered to leave Brazil on Tuesday after 18 days and boarded a plane to Switzerland before returning to Britain.
His story echoes that of the central character in the 2004 Spielberg film, played by Tom Hanks, who was refused entry to the US but could not go back to his fictional homeland due to a revolution.
However, Hanks' character enjoyed somewhat better fortune when a romance with a beautiful air hostess played by Catherine Zeta-Jones ensued.