Deep Travelling on Foot


To walk in the world’s poorer countries is to enter the orbit of their inhabitants. An attachment to the earth—to the vital soil or rock underfoot—is still the lot of most of the world’s population.

Colin Thubron has walked most happily in small countries—Cyprus, Lebanon, Kyrgystan—where the regional changes are close and intimate. The footpaths and goat-tracks thread a network of sites—villages, fields, wells—whose genesis belongs to a time before tarmac. Sometimes they give you the pleasing sense of walking through the ancient character of the land.

Shorn of the steel straitjacket of aeroplane or car, this might be called “deep travelling” if only your feet were less transient on the track.


Quoting Colin Thubron  who is an award-winning travel writer and the president of the Royal Society of Literature


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Traversing the Mountain of God: A North Korean Odyssey PART FIVE

Finally, in a moment of drowsy dream

I see the last impediments fall away.

Papers are stamped and shuffled and stone faces nod.

My feet awake from pins and needles.

The endlessness of night is over.

In a blink of the eye

The last step has been taken


And I have arrived

I have moved from the underground

To Holy Ground.

From fetters to freedom.

I only ask that as You unbind my feet

To walk this new land

That I continue to run every new risk with You.

And Heavenly Father,

That Your release of power

On earth as it is in heaven

Would bring life

To the dead men walking

Bumping into walls

In my old land.


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