The whole wide world was before me

Only those who have left their country for a lengthened period, and with the clouds of uncertainty before them, can conceive the feelings which such a break occasions. But, on the other hand, the whole wide world was before me, and I determined to do all that lay in my power to solve the problems which I had set myself.

—Sven Hedin. "The Plan and Objects of My Journey." Through Asia.

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