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A Vagabond World travel book Many years ago as a younger man, I spent two years circumnavigating the globe primarily by sea, bus, and train. This around-the-world travel odyssey indellibly shaped the years to follow. As our world has become increasingly interdependent and Americans more aware of our connections to peoples the world over, the journey has taken on a greater significance.

A Vagabond World speaks to the universal themes surrounding travel and the personal transformations that greet one on the road each day. As an exploration of the poignance, import, and changing dynamic of the long-term travel experience, this solo journey around the globe is a rite of passage that turns the outward experience inward so as to examine ourselves and our place in the world. The journey becomes a guidepost to a greater world. Once we buy the ticket, all of our life is transformed.

E-book contains 110 photographs. Web gallery provided for print edition.

* Selected sections available to read online. See below.

Sample Chapters:

Forewordviii*
Prologue: A Wisp of Smoke1*
Angels75*
Off The Page122*

Table Of Contents:

Forewordviii*
 
Prologue: A Wisp of Smoke1*
 
I: Bewitched
The Drama8
The Coup11
The Breech15
Fellow Travelers18
The Father of the Forest21
Men and Boys23
Heads25
Farewells28
Into the Void32
 
II: Shanghaied
Part Way There36
Cattle and Sheep44
Mark50
The Station53
Wilpena58
No Troubles61
 
 
III: Latitude and Bearing
Kupang64
Emma68
Gotong Royong72
Angels75*
Timor Timur (East Timor)80
TV Dreams83
Vanity of Distance88
Two Worlds91
Moni93
Cheeseburgers95
Dragons97
A Place On The Food Chain103
The Vomit Express107
Artists110
The Hungry Tigers114
To The Airport119
 
IV: Every Place in One Place
Off The Page122*
The J-People127
Divisions131
Happy Birthday135
Photo Prohibited137
Small Worlds139
The Outsiders148
No Sleeping154
Perfection156
Gliding Into Night158
The Shanti160
 
V: Crab Art
The Traveler's Prerogative168
A Cheap Way To Be Rich173
Trapped178
Cowboys and Sand Crabs187
 
VI: Borders
Dreamers192
The Regiment196
Cracking Nuts200
The Dissidents204
The Proletariat208
The Pursuit211
Students214
 
VII: The Foreign and The Familiar
The Time Warp222
The Chestnut of Truth226
The World's Best Hitch228
Erika230
The Colonel234
Earning It238
When Cauliflower Equals Clubs241
It's Own Character246
Carried Away250
Skinner255
The Foreign and the Familiar259
 
Epilogue: The Good Fight264
 
Acknowledgements267

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