“The best travel is a leap in the dark. If the destination were familiar and friendly what would be the point in going there?”
It is a strong statement and surely not to the taste of all travellers, but I can not agree more.
To read all the 500 pages of Dark Star Safari took some time – I did not read it at one go – but it was worth of it. Paul Theroux, who writes in this book about his trip from Cairo to Cape Town, is known by thick books of long train journeys.
I have criss-crossed Europe by InterRail during 1970’s, I have used trains in Asia (partly the same tracks Theroux has travelled), but trains in Africa and Americas I would like to experience one day, like Theroux in his books, observing the life of ordinary people, with no hurry.
“Everyone always available at any time in the totally accessible world seemed to me pure horror. It made me want to find a place that was not accessible at all … no phones, no fax machines, no even mail delivery, the wonderful old world of being out of touch; in short, of being far away.”