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Full Circle

Introduction

Michael Palin - Full CircleMany times, over the last couple of years, I have found myself nodding in agreement with these sage judgements without being at all sure what I was nodding about. Where exactly is the Pacific Rim everyone talks about with such authority? Which countries does it include? What are the people like in these countries? Do they share a sense of the destiny so many think lies ahead of them? I felt it was time to stop nodding and to learn something.

After Around the World in 80 Days and Pole to Pole, the question I was most often asked was 'Is there anywhere you haven't been?'. As soon as I started getting out my Pacific maps, it became clear that there were lots of places, and that a journey round the Pacific Rim would cover a great many of them, as well as shedding some light on a huge part of the world I knew so embarrassingly little about. Having made the decision to set out again, with much the same team, we began to join up a few dots on the map. The more closely we looked, the more the journey grew in size and scale. A circle may sound a neat controllable entity, like a hub-cap or the face of Big Ben, but when its diameter is 11,000 miles it takes on epic proportions. And Full Circle indeed proved to be an epic.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Full Circle
  • Chapter: Introduction
  • Country/sea: England
  • Place: London
  • Book page no: 6

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