Tourist roamed the world in '23
44-year-old traveler, furrowed the globe and has the title of "the first tourists who visited Mogadishu tormented by war", he decided to finally unpack my backpack after 23 years of wandering.
Mike Spencer Bown in Mogadishu
Mike Spencer Bown (Mike Spencer Bown), emanating walk the world and visited in 23 years of continuous wanderings 195 countries finally returns home.
Mike in the sands of the Sahara in the south of Algeria, in June 2013.
Mr. Spencer Bone can be called the most stubborn traveler in the history of mankind. He made a single marathon from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, visiting all the countries that lie between them.
He became the first tourist in war-torn Mogadishu, during the US invasion of Iraq hitchhiking reached the hometown of Saddam Hussein, and lived with pygmies in the Congo.
In Mongolia, 2009.
Mike Spencer Bown at Lake Namtso in Nepal.
With his partner Molly travels at Lake Namtso in Nepal.
Mike Korean national costume in Seoul.
Mr Spencer Bown lost count of arrest and detention. But despite visiting some of the most dangerous places on Earth, he escaped serious trouble or disease, with the exception of two brief attacks of malaria.
Most of his trips he moved hitchhiking, but - in contrast to most other travelers - it was delayed for a long time in the countries he visited.
And all this - with the same reliable backpack, which he first left his native Canada in 1990.
in Bone dragon tree on Socotra.
Mr Spencer Bown said: "Every day of my adult life - a real adventure.
When I was 21, I started thinking about my future and asked himself: anyone ever tried to start walking the entire globe? I thought, if not, then why do not I try it? So I hit the road. "
He added: "On the Earth lives more than 300 people who have visited all the countries of the world, but I do not consider them real travelers. They - the passengers in the full sense of the word, they do not travel, and make a trip. "
On the pilgrims Tibet.
Over the years, Mike visited Indonesia 20 times, twice visited Egypt, India six times, five times in Cameroon, Peru twice, three times in China, dozens of times in Africa and almost 50 times in Thailand.
He financed his trip by completing tasks of different companies: trading in Bali silver, furniture exports from Java and precious stones from Africa.
He says: "I have never had a problem with money. I go to a justified risk. Set up camp, spending the night only in cheap hotels, I stop the locals and do what they do. In third world countries is easy to make money if you know how (as you will learn if you will live there long enough). If you want to make a tour around the world, do not expect to lower than 200 dollars a day, that is not enough for any budget. Forget about the "vacation" and begin to live together with the locals. If you do not know the price of something, then most likely you can not afford it. " During his odyssey Mr Spencer Bown often looked death in the eye in the mountains of Nepal and repeatedly ran into the barrel of guns. He drove on a reindeer sleigh with drunk Yakutia in Russia, helped the healers in Mali and was sailing in a canoe past the sleeping tigers in Bangladesh.
The most memorable moment was the visit to Mogadishu, Somalia's capital for him in 2010. Mr Spencer Bown went there in search of the legendary beaches, called the most beautiful in the world and ran there on hostility. Somali immigration officials thought he was a spy, and he only barely managed to convince them of his loyalty.
"Somalia was the last and most dangerous country on my list. When I was in Mogadishu, I realized that I did it, "- he says.
Mike Spencer Bown in Papua New Guinea.
Bone Molly with his companion in Iran, 2003.
With a guide in the mountains of Mongolian Altai.
Mr Spencer Bown traveled to Afghanistan in the back seat of a motorcycle, sipping wine during the Taliban firefight, and through Iraq - during the second Gulf War.
In Pakistan, he was detained by the CIA staff in South Asia has picked up a mysterious strain of herpes, and hanging out in Antarctica with penguins.
Other adventurers saw him living in a tribe of pygmies Bambuti (Bambuti) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, hunting antelope and fleeing genocide Hutu rebel (Hutu).
But, despite some risky situations, he says that he never intentionally sought danger. He says: "The greatest danger is not the country, and groups of people in the" bad "areas on the outskirts of the cities that are not part of the community - beware of such areas.
Many of the most interesting places is a real danger - there you can easily kill. "
Mike Spencer Bown on the background of the gorillas in Rwanda in 2010.
Bone during the second hike to Machu Picchu in 2009.
With herders in Russia.
in the mountains of Karakorum, Pakistan.
Mike Spencer Bown other in Pakistan.
Mr Spencer Bown, filled during his marathon more than a dozen profiles for a variety of passports, completed his journey in Ireland last month, where he spent a few weeks, before heading to his mother's house in Calgary, Canada.
After many years of loneliness, he finally met a woman on Facebook, which is waiting for him in Canada.
But when asked if he was ready to settle down and finally stop his odyssey, he says: "At long enough - at least for a while."
Mike Spencer Bown with Bambuti Pygmies in the Congo.
Bone in Tehran, 2003.
With his companion Molly (Molly Macindoe) with herders in Yakutsk, Russia.
Mike Spencer Bown in Damascus, Syria.
Bone fuck with pygmies in Tari, Papua New Guinea. Photo:
KIT RECOMMENDED Mike - What to bring on a tour around the world:
1. Mosquito net
2. Old shabby backpack, less attractive to thieves
3. Knife for cleaning Mango, to deter potential burglars 4. Sturdy shoes
5. A set of questionnaires to obtain visas and many photos
6. The metal cup
7. shirt with a collar to visit the Embassy
8. Shirt khaki from quick-drying fabric with lots of pockets - helps to impress officials
9. An impressive business card with a good logo
10. The waterproof cover for documents
Bone in Somalia against the backdrop of a rusty skeleton of an American tank.
Mike Spencer Bown in Mogadishu.
10 golden moment: that it was necessary to test and to see MIKE
1. To visit the cemetery of blue whales, the island of South Georgia, Antarctica
2. Run from the police on a boat on the Niger Delta, Niger
3. Apply the sprint down on black cone volcano in Guatemala
4. Must be freed after pirates capture Puntland (Puntland), Somalia
5. Meet Sikh pilgrims in the Golden Temple of Amritsar, India
6. Communicate with penguins under high blue floes, Antarctica
7. Go to Angel Falls dolblonnom canoeing, Venezuela
8. Meet face to face with the silver mountain gorillas in the Virunga Volcanoes National Park (Virunga), Rwanda
9. Walk the Way Inca to Machu Picchu, Peru
10. Think about the world in the base camp of Mount Everest