It’s the centre of the earth, the navel of the world. For millennia the people around the Mediterranean have influenced all aspects of humanity: from warfare to wines, feasting to philosophy, Jehovah to Jesus to Allah. All of us, especially those of us in the west, owe a debt to the Mediterranean. And once again, movements, ideas and actions from the shores of the million-square-mile sea dominate the headlines and force armies and governments to react.

On June 22, 2004 Bramwell, Sharon, Benjamin and Emma Ryan started traveling through 18 of the 20 countries around and on the Mediterranean Sea. For six months, beginning in Morocco, they’ll be backpacking, taking local transportation and living with modern day inheritors of ancestral ways of life we also draw upon. We’d like to take you along on this trip.

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