Kate Harris longed for adventure and exploration from a young age. Inspired by the travels of Magellan and Marco Polo, she swore to herself that she, too, would one day explore the world, and maybe even the universe. Between studying at MIT and Oxford, she and her best friend Mel set out to travel the Silk Road on their bicycles.
Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road, by Kate Harris, is a biographical account of Harris’s experiences traveling the silk road and learning about who she wanted to be in the process. They traveled through dusty deserts and across glaciers, froze and sweated and suffered from hunger and starvation and malnutrition…They met friends they would never forget and made memories that would live with them always. They tried the most exotic local foods and learned hard lessons about politics across the globe. They hid from dogs and police and border patrol when necessary, and rode in the dark to get across borders undetected. They battled with immigration departments in several nations, and dealt with sexism in many forms.
Lands of Lost Borders is a biographical account which examines the physical and emotional elements involved with geography and cartography, and the sociology intertwined with both. It’s a study of humanity, and it’s a study of deep consideration into who one person truly is. If you love travel writing, Lands of Lost Borders is a must-read.