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A recent article written for an edventure touring guide covering Namibia.  I was honored to write the article and hope to inspire others to get out and enjoy Southern Africa.

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An article written by Tyler that was recently published in ADVMoto Magazine.

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This is a parable I read in "The Unleash Your Adventure Packlist", a book on the hows & whys of overland motorcycle travel by Sherrie McCarthy & Patrick Schweizer.  This short story had a significant impact on my personal decision to travel Africa by motorcycle and the unforgettable memories that trip has given me. 

The Evil Neighbor

Somebody was living in his village, much like people do all around the world. There were a lot of nice people in his village. Some of them were his friends. One day he heard of a country called Poland. He wondered what the people were like there. He did not know. So he decided to go and investigate. He told his friends about his plan.

"You're crazy! Poland is full of thieves! They steal everything."

"How do you know? Were you ever there?" Somebody asked his friends.

"No, of course not, but still, even little children know that the Poles are thieves."

But Somebody was not convinced. He wanted to form his own opinion.

So Somebody went to Poland. He met a lot of nice people. Some of them became his friends. He was not robbed. He stayed a while in Poland. One day he heard of a country called Russia. He wondered what the people were like there. He did not know. So he decided to go and investigate. He told his new Polish friends of his plan.

"You're crazy! Russia is full of robbers and murderers."

"How do you know? Were you ever there?" Somebody asked his Polish friends.

"No, of course not, but still, even little children know that the Russians are robbers and murderers."

But again, Somebody was not convinced. He wanted to form his own opinion.

So Somebody went to Russia. He met a lot of nice people. Some of them became his friends. Robbed and murdered however, he was not. Somebody stayed a while in Russia. Then he heard of the country of Mongolia. He wondered what the people were like there. He did not know. So he decided to go and investigate. He told his new Russian friends of his plan.

"You're crazy! The Mongolians are barbarians! They only drink moldy milk and eat children!"

"How do you know? Were you ever there?" Somebody asked his friends.

"No, of course not, but still, even little children know that Mongolians eat people!"

But again, Somebody was not convinced. He wanted to form his own opinion.

So he went to Mongolia. He met many nice people. Some of them became his friends. He drank fermented mare's milk with them. Children, however, were not eaten. Instead they were lovingly reared in the best mongolian traditions.

Somebody traveled in various countries throughout the world. He met many different people. The vast majority were nice. He also met some bad and evil people. But he did not have to go far to meet them. These people lived in his home village as well.

This excerpt was taken from Fernweh - Mit dem Motorrad um die Welt (in German) and translated into English. Written by Patrick Schweizer in 2005

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