Walking the Earth for 9 years plays tricks on your mind

Downshifting to three miles an hour accordions the days, Paul Salopek writes. You wander into what might be called sacramental time—an eternal present.

Year five of Paul Salopek’s global storytelling trek saw him into Afghanistan’s mountainous Wakhan Corridor. On the other side: Pakistan.
Photograph by Matthieu Paley, National Geographic

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