Arriving overland is the best way to enter a country

“The whole point of traveling is to arrive alone, like a specter, in a strange country at nightfall, not in the brightly lit capital but by the back door, in the wooded countryside, hundreds of miles from the metropolis, where, typically, people don’t see many strangers and were hospitable and do not instantly think of you as money on two legs. Arriving in the hinterland with only the vaguest plans is a liberating event. It can be a solemn occasion for discovery, or more like an irresponsible and random haunting of another planet.”
–Paul Theroux, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star (2008)

Posted by | Comments (2)  | September 26, 2011
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

2 Responses to “Arriving overland is the best way to enter a country”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Good quote from a wonderful book.

  2. Roger Says:

    Jeff, I’m impressed with your blog. The Theroux quote was perfectly applicable to your recent adventure.