Ryan Murdock

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Ryan Murdock has been writing about travel, culture and the world’s marginal places for over 20 years. His journeys have taken him to 74 countries, including desert expeditions and long solo trips through Central America and East and Southeast Asia.

His first book, Vagabond Dreams: Road Wisdom from Central America, explored the process of psychological and emotional change experienced by the traveller. It was given a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly, which described him as “a powerful new voice in creative nonfiction.”

He is Editor-at-Large (Europe) for Outpost, Canada’s national travel magazine, where his popular print column “Adrift on the Continent” explores odd corners of Europe, strange bits of political, human or physical geography
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Vagabond Dreams

4.11 avg rating — 76 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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The Cold War spy station on Devil’s Mountain

Teufelsberg — ‘Devil’s Mountain’ — is a man made hill that rises 120m above sea level and provides a 360 degree view of flat Berlin and the surrounding Grunewald.

The hill was built from an estimated 12 million cubic metres of war rubble, the remains of all those shattered buildings that were left of the city after WWII bombing. They dumped the broken

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Constantinos P. Cavafy
Ithaka

As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope the voyage is a long one.
May there be many a summer morning when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors seen for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.”
C.P. Cavafy, C. P. Cavafy: Collected Poems

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