It is said travel expands mental and behavioural horizons, exposing the traveler to new ways of viewing and dealing with the many challenges that life poses, a process greatly abetted by immersion in the languages and cultures visited. This is what I try to do. As part of my broad interest in “the human condition”, I have explored the various roots of our current civilization- first in extensive European trips, in a minor way in the Middle East, and more recently in crossing both China and India. Understanding where humans have been, literally and figuratively, generates a deeper understanding of current issues of conflict and survival. We have been there before!