American Way: What are some of the most awe-inspiring places
Le Bon: People always ask me that. They expect me to recount
this awesome scene in the Himalayas or some fantastic South
American waterfall. That's not the way I look at it. I remember
emotions. What inspires me internally, at that particular moment.
It may be a very ordinary place, but if you have a great feeling
about it, that changes it instantly.
American Way: An example?
Le Bon: One time we were in the Algerian Sahara doing a camel
expedition. We came to a small oasis and there was an old ruined
fort where a big battle had been waged a hundred years earlier. I
climbed up there by myself early in the morning and I just sat
there for half a day meditating. In the middle of the Sahara, with
these awe-inspiring vistas of nothing really - sand and rocks and a
few palm trees here and there. I'm thinking, Here I am in the
middle of the Sahara, by myself in a place from another world, with
nothing around me for hundreds and hundreds of miles. You have a
tremendous feeling of just being, and being so elated you feel
almost like you rise above the Earth. It's hard to explain. But
those emotional highs stick with you.
American Way: What have your travels taught you about
Le Bon: There are two kinds of people: Those who live in a
modern society, the travelers, and those who live in the primitive
societies where we like to go - the Bedouins in Arabia, or the
Tuareg nomads of the Sahara, or the Bushmen in South Africa. But
basically we're all the same. Excepting cultural differences, we
really are all alike.
American Way: What does a lifetime of exotic travel bring to a