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Europe's journeymen keep the past alive

These young men and women have finished their required training in any number of trades and are travelling to gather experience

Wandergesellen, or journeymen, heading to the outskirts of Faurndau, Germany, for an initiation rite.

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THEY hitchhike across Europe, instantly recognisable in the wide-bottomed, corduroy trousers, white shirts and coloured jackets that identify them as bricklayers, bakers, carpenters, stonemasons and roofers.

They are wandergesellen, or journeymen - a vestige of the Middle...

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