Le Bon: Well, like the Dalai Lama says, we are transient beings,
here only for a short time. Things come to pass, and then things
pass by, and then they come to an end. The Indians have an
interesting philosophy of life. They say the first 25 years of your
life, you learn. The next 25 years, you accumulate. And the last 25
years, you try to get rid of everything. The first thing you give
back must be your brain. I'm 68, and because I've done so much,
people say my life must seem long. But it's just the opposite. It's
like a flash, and it's gone. I am left with fading memories. That,
and about 100,000 slides.
American Way: What is your first rule of travel?
Le Bon: Get away from windows. The window of an airplane, the
window of a bus, the window of a car. Get right in there with the
people. Once we were in India, heading for a trek to the source of
the Ganges. We were driving in a bus and we came to a village.
There was a wedding with street dancers and music and dust and
women singing from the rooftops. And I jumped right out of the bus
and joined right in with the dancers. We ended up meeting the bride
and the groom, and the father of the bride invited us to stay for
tea and cookies. Of course, some people are shy and that just won't
Not long ago my wife went to Angkor Wat [Cambodia], seeing the
temples. I saw them 30 years ago. A friend and I rode bicycles
through all these old temples, and it was really awesome because we
were like the only people there and we almost got lost when it got
dark. I asked my wife how she'd seen the temples and she said, "Oh,
I had a private car with air-conditioning and a driver and a
guide." I said, "Oh my God." I told her she should have just rented
a bicycle. But she said that was impossible now - too many people,
and she was a woman by herself. But see, that's the difference.