“Of the gladdest moments in human life, me thinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of Habit, the leader weight of Routine, the cloak of many Cares and the slavery of Home, one feels happier. The blood flows with the fast circulation of childhood. A journey, in fact, appeals to Imagination, to Memory, to Hope – the three sister graces of our moral being.” ~ Sir Richard Francis Burton
Sir Richard Francis Burton was a British explorer, geographer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer, and diplomat. He knew how to speak about 29 languages and dialects.
BOOK REVIEW: The Lost Expedition of Sir Richard Francis Burton by Walter Bosley (Corvos Books via Amazon Digital Services, Inc.) 2015Having read several of Walter Bosley’s books about the esoteric nature of Walt Disney’s Disneyland (I Will See You in Time and Latitude 33: Key to the Kingdom), I came away both impressed and with a desire to learn more.
Sir Richard Francis Burton - First non-muslim to sneak into Mecca in disguise, one of the first white people to discover Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile. Had a system to learn languages in 2 and 1/2 weeks. Was fluent in many. Translated Kama Sutra and many other classics from the East