The Jolly Pilgrim: A True-Life Travel Story


There’s never been a better time to live on this planet

London – the Jolly Pilgrim sets off on a bicycle ride to Istanbul,
planning a rendezvous with the girl he wants to marry.

Eighteen months later and halfway around the world,
following hospitalisations, financial meltdown, torment and heartbreak,
he goes to live as a hermit in South America,
to explore some ideas about humanity’s place in the universe.

He swims the Bosporus and works in a drag club,
hitchhikes across Australia and dances salsa in an Ecuadorian prison,
experiences rapture and revelation amidst talismanic historical and religious sites,
endures love, voyeurism, bees, ants, sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll
and in response, conceives …

a message of hope for civilisation.

Part adventure story, part reflection on the state of our species,
this profoundly uplifting, real-life odyssey ends with a call-to-arms
for the human race to be more honest about itself.

It’s time to think bigger

Welcome to Enlightenment 2.0


The most important decision you have to make
is whether you live in a hostile or a friendly universe.
– Albert Einstein


The Jolly Pilgrim, by Peter Baker

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