THE SEARCH IS OVER

When you travel, you search. You search for that place that will make you happy. It’s an end­less search… Or is it? Be­cause when you ar­rive on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Tan­za­nia, ev­ery­thing changes.

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Is this par­adise? Here, in a dis­tant cor­ner of Tan­za­nia, where my tent is pitched next to Lake Tanganyika, where the beer is cold and the food is cheap? Or is par­adise the un­bri­dled wilder­ness of nearby Katavi Na­tional Park? Or how about Kip­ili, a fish­ing vil­lage fur­ther down the lake, where a mys­tic ruin of a mis­sion church stands guard? Or maybe par­adise is a com­bi­na­tion of all of these places, plus the jour­ney to get to them… When you leave home on a trip, you set out on a search to find that myth­i­cal place where you’ll be at peace. When you reach the fur­thest point of your trav­els, and you turn around to start the jour­ney home, does that mean the search is over? Or does a true trav­eller never turn home­ward? Is a true trav­eller’s home the road it­self? Al­ways look­ing, al­ways search­ing?

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