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Around the World in 80 Days

AFTERWORD

Michael Palin - Around the World in 80 DaysReflecting on the journey from a safe distance of five and a half months back home I cannot imagine quite how I did it. After all, I was exhausted at the end of Day 1. My body must have produced a Niagara of adrenaline to keep me on the road for the next 79. There was only time to keep going.

Of course I would do it again, but I know it would never be quite the same. Despite the best laid plans of the BBC we ended up bustling, hurrying, rushing, improvising to get ourselves home only by the skin of our teeth. And that's what made it worth doing. The smoother the journey, the duller it would have been.

The generosity with which people we met along the way gave us their time and their help increased my optimism for the future. Travel of this kind, travel when the hands get dirty, when contact is made, brought home to me how much we all see of the world on television and in the newspapers, and how little we know of it. Journeys like this can only be good for us. Perhaps it's time for 80-Day Circumnavigating to become a recognised pastime, then a sport and who knows, eventually an Olympic event.
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  • Series: Around the World in 80 Days
  • Chapter: AFTERWORD
  • Country/sea: England
  • Place: London
  • Book page no: 256

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