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If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It Isn't Big Enough: A Solo Journey Around the World

Kristine K. Stevens

Top 10 Best Quotes

“While National Geographic magazine had given me a taste of the world, the three-dimensional details of this moment - the tickle of the rain drops, the suck sound of my feet in the mud, the challenge of getting photographs of the monkeys, my immature urge to make the driver wait even longer because he was annoying - would feed me for years to come.”

“I like the idea that when I die, I will have a long sit-down chat with God and get answers to all my questions. For example, those apple cores that I threw out of car windows when I was a child—did any of them become trees? Few boys or men had ever asked me out. I told myself that it was because I was almost 6-feet tall. Was that true or was there something humbling I needed to know?”

“Slowly, all the days became Saturdays, full of more sunlight than I could remember seeing in a long time.”

“It’s weird,” I said. “In one way I feel almost crushed by all the freedom, but the longer I travel, the more I feel like I’m exhaling after holding my breath for years. It’s like I’m breathing normally again.”

“You have to learn to expect the unexpected here.”

“There were a gazillion new details to take in and so many things to learn that I did not know what to make of it all.”

“People dream. They talk about escaping from it all. Their friends and family diligently listen and politely ignore it when the ruminations fade into oblivion. So quite a few eyebrows went up when I made this trip a reality.”

“In a tree-shaded pasture, seventeen adult tortoises randomly stood around. As I fed them spinach leaves sold by an opportune vendor, they tolerated my gentle strokes to their boney skullcaps and the warm black skin on their necks. It was as thin and delicate as the skin on a grandmother’s hand. Their obsidian black eyes gleamed with deep wisdom and patience—Dalai Lamas on the half shell. Back”

“I was 8,569 miles away, 37 butt-numbing hours of travel across seven time zones in the last two days, or was it three? Amelia Earhart, eat your heart out.”

“I finally decided to adopt guidelines rather than set a budget. If it could be done at home, skip it. If I had done it before, skip it. If the odds were that I would never have another chance to do it, do it. Scrimp on meals, transportation and accommodations.”

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Book Keywords:

adventure, tanzania, freedom, travel, time, inspirational, truth, exploration, flying, travel-writing, god, journey, distance, pilgrimage

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