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Pole to Pole

Introduction

Michael Palin - Pole to PoleThe bulk of the journey was made between July and Christmas 1991. With one ten-day break at Aswan we travelled and filmed for five months, passing through seventeen countries and making over seventy overnight stops.

We were unable to film at the North Pole in July as no plane would take the risk of landing on the summer ice, so the section from the North Pole to Tromsų in Norway was filmed separately, in May.

1991 was an exceptional year. A quarter of the countries we visited had undergone, or were undergoing, momentous changes. Communism disappeared in the USSR and apartheid in South Africa. We arrived in Ethiopia four months after the conclusion of a civil war that had occupied parts of the country for thirty years and in Zambia on the day Kenneth Kaunda's 28-year reign ended.

Pole to Pole is, like Around the World in 80 Days, based upon diaries and tape-recordings kept at the time. They describe the pain and the pleasure of the journey as it happened. I have deliberately not used the benefit of hindsight to change any of those entries. What you get is what we saw and experienced in those extraordinary months between the Poles - warts, bedbugs and all.

London, 1992
MICHAEL PALIN
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Pole to Pole
  • Chapter: Introduction
  • Country/sea: England
  • Place: London
  • Book page no: 6

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