Silk Road 1992. Source: Wikimedia Commons

You draw back the curtains (if there are any) on a rectangle of wasteland at dawn, and realize that you are cast adrift from everything that gave you identity.  Thousands of miles from anyone who knows you, you have the illusion that your past is lighter, scarcely yours at all.  Even your ties of love have been attenuated… Dangerously, you may come to feel invulnerable.  You fear only your failure to understand or to reach where you are going.  Sometimes you are moved by a kind of heartless curiosity, which shames you only on your return home.  At other times you are touched, even torn; but you move on.     – Colin Thubron, Shadow of The Silk Road


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