“Never did I think so much, exist so vividly, and experience so much, never have I been so much myself - if I may us that expression - as in the journeys I have taken alone and on foot.  There is something about walking which stimulates and enlivens my thoughts.  When I stay in one place I can hardly think at all; my body has to be on the move to set my mind going. The sight of the countryside, the succession of pleasant views, the open air, a sound appetite of an inn, the absence of everything that recalls me to my situation - all these serve to free my spirit, to lend a greater boldness to my thinking, to throw me, so to speak, into the vastness of things, so that I can combine them, select them, and make them mine as I will without fear or restraint.”

Rousseau

Journeys taken alone

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