Via Sunday Miscellany: Inter-railing with a passport photo you no longer resemble can lead to an Incident on the German-Czech Border - listen to Noel Harrington's audio essay above...

I was not used to seeing soldiers in real life. And I certainly wasn't used to having one stand in my train compartment with a very large gun over his shoulder, and a look of suspicion in his narrowed eyes. For the umpteenth time, he looked at my passport photo, and then back to my face. Neither seemed to please him...

Sunday Miscellany, RTÉ Radio 1, Sundays from 9.10 am - listen back here.