2012 Nieman Visiting Fellow Paul Salopek and his epic 21,000-mile walk around the world are the focus of National Geographic’s December 2013 cover story. In To Walk the World, the first in a series, Salopek writes “Walking is falling forward. Each step we take is an arrested plunge, a collapse averted, a disaster braked. In this way, to walk becomes an act of faith. We perform it daily: a two-beat miracle—an iambic teetering, a holding on and letting go. For the next seven years I will plummet across the world.” He is tracing the ancient paths of human migration and telling the stories of the world along the way.
During his “Out of Eden” journey, Salopek is traveling from Ethiopia to Tierra del Fuego by foot, tracing the ancient paths of human migration and telling the stories of the world along the way.