The World is a Wondrous, Welcoming Place
Ann von Lossberg and boyfriend Jim Hudock stand at the dock at Baltimore harbor and wave goodbye to their screaming-red VW bus en route to bonny England-- “just about the most beautiful magic carpet I’ve ever seen.” Ann says. Quitting their jobs and selling their possessions, they travel around the world with no fixed itinerary—daring to believe that their odyssey will be no less magical than Ali Baba’s classical odyssey. The first overland trip, two and a half years, takes in the Middle East and Africa; a second trip to Asia is thirteen months. The love affair with the developing world continues today.
From Syria to Mozambique to Cambodia, 1089 Nights spans twenty-five years of travel.
“In the end, it’s more than the sights and people that draw us back again and again. It’s something more elusive: it’s how travel changes us, makes us softer, and satisfies something soulful. How it promotes the most personal kind of peace.” The sixteen stories of 1089 Nights challenge the countless, negative, subliminal messages we get every day about the world—messages that have nothing to do with our personal experience of a place. Over and over, Ann and Jim’s experiences reinforce what we’ve always believed: that people everywhere are good. Even when things go awry, as they do frequently, there is redemption.
“There are things we can’t imagine outside our door,” Ann says, adding an urgent plea. “But go! The world passes us by faster than we know. If we don’t catch it soon, the airwaves will immutably wash over us in the same likeness. We will become as one.” “Hurry,” she says, “the camels are waiting.”
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