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Introduction

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
Saint Augustine

I think everyone should travel more, like those who now travel a lot to study the ordinary people wherever they go, rather than the people they meet on business or those with whom they share a holiday. One would get a different outlook on how the world works and how problems build up.
I suspect that greater understanding would help solve many problems. After leaving Reuters in 2003, I decided to take a year off and travel around the world.

Originally it was just a wild idea because I wanted to see so much of the world, and didn't see it happening at the way I was travelling before.

After spending 13 hours on motorcycle from London to Berlin I got the handshake from former U.S. Sectatery of State Henry Kissinger at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
* Meeting Henry Kissinger in Berlin.

My original plan was to travel around the world by visiting Brazil, India, China and Hawaii. I bought a ticket with stops in 9 countries but after becoming more familiar with travel destinations, I ended up going to 18 countries in a 3 months single trip.

I was able to meet many interesting people and visited many great sites including the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall, the Great Barrier Reefs, Iguaçu Falls, Angkor Wat, The Glaciers in Patagonia etc... I also participated in the Rio Carnival and climbed mountains and volcanoes  - something I never thought I would ever do. I've caught the travel bug and still planning to travel more as and when I have the time.

Through my interest in foreign affairs and cultures, I am drawn to travel, to exploring, and to experiencing the reality of other people's lives around the planet. I was continuing what has always been a fascinating interest to me. I want to know more about this world that we live in.

This has never been an ultimate quest or challenge, nor do I lead boring life. For years I wanted to do do some travels which will give me a chance to evaluate places to live and work in the future. I realise I'm exposing myself to new ideas and cultures that will broaden my outlook and understanding of the world, and allow me to learn more about ourselves us human. I also know that I will not be the same when I return. Every day I can see and feel this is all leading to things I cannot possibly imagine for my future.

While travelling I take photos and video that are good to share with friends and users of this Web site. My home is full of wonderful artefacts and souvenirs from the many places I visited and my address book is full of contacts from around the world. These days, I don't do much sightseeing or visit museums, cathedrals or galleries. . . Instead, I like to get on the street and see what makes a country tick. I have covered over 106 countries so far and will continue to explore more of our wonderful planet.

Eli Coory
March 2008

* ) While travelling around the world I met many fascinating people. In the photo above is Dr Henry Kissinger and I at the Brandenburg Gate. I met Dr Kissinger when arrived to the Brandenburg Gate after 22 hours of motorcycle ride from London to watch the 2006 World Cup for the first time.


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