Click on thumbnails to enlarge them The Silk Roads and Eurasian Geography Traversing as they do all of Eurasia, the Silk Roads encompassed almost every climate and vegetation zone and crossed every kind of terrain. This sketch of Silk Road geography has the modest aim of introducing a few of the important features of Eurasian physical geography which help us to understand patterns of human habitation and interaction across that vast expanse.
Is less a road than a floral collection of spongy and soft bodies, a gathering of the myriad colors of nations-burnt umber, puce, kiln red, olive drab, hot steel. It is a road that stretches eternally into the ochre mocha of the horizon. The road to Baghdad has its own atmosphere and sound, so unlike the roads I have driven in the States-here, the road is silent but for the pops and spits of flame where trucks clutch the bright and colorful bodies of the unfortunate dead.
The road to The long road to baghdad thesis is like the aftermath of a Fourth of July parade-streets littered with the chaos of celebration, where dyed paper and the bright hulls of fireworks gather in the gutter.
Sometimes, I look for the road to Baghdad in old maps or on the web, but I can never find it-the distance of time has cleared it from the record books, has erased it from everywhere but my mind, and from the minds of those soldiers who saw it with me.
Today, I awake in the morning with unexplained scratches on the bridge of my nose, and I ask my empty room, where has that road gone? I understand that if there is no road, then there is no me.
But if none of this ever really happened, how do I awaken every morning to the sun burning my outline into the wild asphalt of that beautiful highway?
Falling In Love During Wartime I am missing eleven months, nine days, and give or take, fourteen minutes from my life. A good portion of is lost, and a large piece of has disappeared.
People talk to me about Brokaw's War Time America as if I were there, as if these pieces of someone else's life could exist.
I missed the yellow-ribbon orgy, the flags flying for "the boys over there," the night when everyone closed together around their radios and televisions ready to mourn the fallen, or exult for their heroes.
The robbery was complete and crimson, it was ancient, it was cleansing, it was eternal. I'm sure that the beaches in North Carolina were quiet that year; the water was warm, the sand on the beach yielding, and the girls too- worried for strangers like only beautiful, uninvolved people can be.
Here is what I want: I want that night, that night when I am twenty-one, when I can buy a alcohol legally, when I can sit in the dark night of the park with the girl I should be in love with.
I know her because she existed for me in the desert, at night rising with the cold roasted moon. She is fair and olive skinned, her hair a light brown, and she is thin and muscular as a fawn.
It is no secret that she comes from the only pornography we had in the gulf: And she understands me like only I understand me, and we are leaving the party on campus, we are holding hands like people hold hands when holding hands is new to them--anxiously, moistly, tightly.
We are leaving the party because we cannot bear to watch this war that is on television. Maybe we are too sensitive to violence, or maybe we just don't want to be reminded that there are people just like us in a desert that has turned cold and hungry and mean, a desert that is trying to swallow up everything above it, and we don't want that on our conscience, we don't want to think of men walking into white flashes of light, into red tracer rounds, into the blackest fortress of sound imaginable, into faces streaked with tears, into faces streaked with blood and tears, into faces streaking in front of their vision, soldier fingers tightening around triggers uncertainly even though those fingers, those hands, have been trained to obey, and these boys, who are as handsome as they will ever be, wonder if the bullets hitting their chests will feel like paper cuts or like explosions, if it will be clean or if it will be messy.
We walk out of that party, in love, our eyes linking like bodies copulating, and the bottle of wine is in my hand. We are both feeling high-we are six beers and a half bottle of Boone's Farm Strawberry Hill into it, drinking while we watch faceless soldiers push up on an invisible border that is already in flames above the skyline.
We had to leave, our feelings for those soldiers impelling us to rise and escape with our wondrous love intact. We walk to the park. It is cool out, the grass is cold where the dew has touched, yet the earth still harbors the heat of the day underneath. We are barefoot and the streets are empty.
The static sound of gunfire is far off, pouring from the blue flickering lights of the houses, and we are walking away, letting the sound fade until only our breath can be heard, swallowed up by the simple sounds of our sweet and innocent blood moving through muscle and bone.
We sit on a peeling park bench, I wipe the wet night off before she sits, and we move close-the heat of our bodies swirls with the cool night as we move, and we drink wine from the bottle and she has a glistening shade of pink wine above her lip for a split second before she licks it off.
And the look in her eyes right then-like there is a metaphor for that. The darkness is swallowing us, it is closing around us, pulling the light from the stars away, and the moon, and there is only reflected light to see by, and her face is pale and sharp, as if the dark has outlined her face in pastels, and all I can think about is how lucky I am to be this guy, here with her, and the night agrees; the night takes us and lets the alcohol do its work.
We embrace, and I can feel the soft ripple of her ribcage against mine, and I can feel the side of her breast with my arm, and her breath is moist against my ear as she whispers things about love past our long hair, which is entwined like the dark grass of the park.
She tells me she will never leave me alone, that we will be together forever, and I know she is lying, but it feels so good to hear it that I will believe it eternally.
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Lee David Evans is a graduate of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, where he studied Politics, Psychology & Sociology. Latterly, he completed the MA programme in International Political Economy at the University of Sheffield, where he wrote his dissertation on the application of modified neorealism to pre-modern China.