The Random Thoughts of a Random Traveller
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Spurred on by Fernweh, 'a longing for faraway places', Walter Stephen shares thoughts sparked off by destinations which have intrigued and attracted him. Using these places as inspiration for musings on subjects such as history, culture and science, Walter builds up a unique picture of the world that you won't find in any guidebook. But are these ramblings really as random as they seem? Soon his personal reasons for choosing each location become clear, with an awareness of the duality of man's relationship with the world coming into view.
Facing his own mortality, Walter contemplates both the powerful beauty of the world and man's capacity for destruction in a book that is poignant, entertaining, informative and thought-provoking. And just what are Walter's Wiggles?
A unique escarpment path leading to Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Utah; one of the many fascinating places on Walter's travels, and part of a journey that is not as random as it first seems.
[The book] is witty and erudite, occasionally whimsical, often inspiring. Mungo Park on Willie Park Junior
... a well researched and thoughtfully written book. Scottish Review of Books on The Evolution of Evolution