There is something that seems out of place about John Waite the first moment I see him. We’re in a youth hostel and the common area is full of backpackers – chatting, drinking, playing guitars and doing whatever else backpackers do on a sunny afternoon to pass their elastic view of time.
John is hanging out with everyone but he’s not like the others. He doesn’t have the impetuous spirit you sometimes find, nor does he have the veiled insecurities of some of the other travellers.
John is grounded. John is content. John is 89 years old.
When John’s wife died in 1982 he decided to leave his adopted home of Melbourne. He didn’t pack up his house or break ties with his children and grandchildren. He just decided to make the world his home – and almost 30 years later he is still on the road.
He travels on the cheap… the life of the backpacker suits him. Every night he stays in hostels, surrounded by young travellers who are separated by generations but brought together with a simple introduction and a chat.
“I went into a hostel in Dubai one time,” he remembers.
“The woman at the reception said ‘this is a hostel for young people and they make a lot of noise’ and I said ‘well if I can’t sleep when I go to bed then you’ll probably find me in the middle making the noise with them’.”
He chats with the other guests at our hostel as they wander in and out of the common areas and he brings a cheeky but innocent tone to the conversations. Those who have been here for a while know him well and they share stories about the day – and about the past. John says he enjoys the company and community of the backpacking life.
“I was in the army for long enough to get used to sleeping in dormitories,” he explains.
“I meet wonderful people. They’re all younger than me, ok, but everyone likes to talk.”
John prefers not to talk about the war, even though he mentions it quite often and uses it as a reference point for many of his characteristics and decisions. He just doesn’t go into detail because it’s still something that’s just too raw.
“Sure I have a nightmare or two,” he says.
“I think I was shouting out in my sleep last night and the two who were in the room must have thought ‘what the hell’.”
“But it’s more entertaining than snoring.”
We both laugh.
Originally from England, John moved to Australia decades ago when a pound could buy you a boat ticket to the other side of the world. He’s always had a sense of excitement and you can see the adventure in his eyes. During his travels he’s collected an anthology of stories that would leave any global nomad impressed.
He’s trekked with monks in the snow of Pakistan, worked with the United Nations in Sudan and even parasailed in India. Oh, and he was 75 when he did that.
Whenever he returns home to Melbourne to see his family, he shares the stories. There’s always one thing the young ones notice, though.
“My grandsons go through my photos,” he says, “and they say they want to come away with me because I get better girls than they do!”
John travels light – really light – and his backpack normally weighs just 5 kilograms. He has one change of clothes on and one change in the wash. When he’s in colder climates he finds someone is usually happy to lend him a jacket or a jumper. He’s not one for creature comforts. One hostel he tells me about in China had a room where he slept with more than 40 other people.
Over the 30 years of travel he’s developed a few favourite countries. He loves the United States and has a lot of good friends across America. He also likes Denmark, Norway and, slightly ironically, Germany.
John is the one who uses the word ‘ironically’ when he mentions Germany. Many people assume he would dislike the country because of his past. He says it’s actually quite the opposite.
“The army never taught me to hate,” he says. “It taught me how to kill but not how to hate. I’m sure the Germans were the same, and I’ve got wonderful friends there.”
His travels have brought him into danger many times. Sometimes in places you wouldn’t expect but, more often than not, in regions that are embroiled in conflict. John doesn’t go looking for trouble but, at the same time, he wants to see the world. That’s why he’s on this journey. He’s had 89 good years on this planet and he’s spent the last 30 exploring it. He’s not prepared to compromise at this stage in his life.
“I don’t have a death wish but if you’re going where there’s troops and firing going on you’re going to get your collection as well somewhere down the line,” he says.
“But I want to live, I love it.”
** Part 2: The adventures – John meets Mother Teresa, gets stoned in Islamabad, and is left for dead on a road in Mexico
191 thoughts on “The world’s oldest backpacker”
Great post. One of the best things about traveling is meeting interesting people and you definitely got one in John.
Did I ever! We sat there for so long chatting about everything. And I think I could have sat there for days more and listened to his stories. Such an interesting guy!
I met John at the India House in Nola & he just makes the place even more magical.
That’s where I met John too. He’s a great person to have around the hostel. And those stories – wow!
Agreed. I’m reading this piece 5 years later and it still inspires me to keep on the road. Great inspiration!
What an amazing person! Travel has no age restrictions – I’ve realized this while meeting some great mature backpackers on the road.
I’ll tell you what – he was a lot more fun and active than many of the young backpackers at that hostel!!
you have found a true gem. this man is amazing and i hope he can countinue for as long as he likes. life is a journey and you found one of the guides.
What a lovely way to put it. Thanks for taking the time to read about John’s journey!
Fabulous article as always. Looking forward to the next issue!
Thanks Fabio. Just wait until tomorrow when John shares a few of the exciting things that have happened to him on the road.
Noooooooo. I want to read the second instalment now!!
My dad is 78 and travels the world a couple of months at a time, staying in a mix of cheap hotels and hostels. He’s not quite like John though, more like Mr Bean. He returned from his latest adventure last month, recalling the time he ended up in a Belfast nightclub til 3am with two 24 year old nurses. He complained about not recognising any of the music so I asked him why he stayed out so late. He answered, “Because it was open.”
With age I have realise that I am indeed my father’s daughter.
Can’t wait to hear more about John. 🙂
Well, exciting news! The second part of the story is up now!
And that’s cool about your dad – you’ve really got to admire people who keep on moving.
He is really an amazing person. I learned a lot from John, but I’m sure there are more valuable things to learn from him. He will serve as my inspiration. Such person is worth remembering. I salute you John.
The most important thing I learned from John was that nothing’s standing in your way – not even age!
What an inspiring story! I hope I meet John in a hostel one day.
If you do ever meet him, make sure you take some time to sit down and have a good chat! You won’t believe half his stories!
89 Years old and still travelling. that is my kind of hero
Yeah, exactly! If we could have even half the energy that John has, then we’d have some big lives ahead of us!
Thanks Sophie – glad you enjoyed it. I definitely enjoyed writing it!
Great story. There is a guy I see on a regular basis here in Appleton who runs wearing nothing but a pair of shorts and tennis shoes. He’s in his early 90’s. He looks like he’s going to fall over dead any second, but he’s out there every day. Amazing!
Unless styles are different in your region, I could see he has the typical out-of-style look of too short of shorts. I see a lot of older men wearing shorts that were in style 20 years ago. It always makes me smile!
Ha ha – yeah, there’s something about fashion and old people that always makes you wonder when they stopped buying clothes 🙂 At least John’s shorts keep the weight in his backpack down…
This is such a great story! How nice it is to read about someone doing what he loves, even if he’s not your “average” backpacker!
He’s certainly not your average backpacker… although I tend to think that even if he was 30 he still wouldn’t be your average backpacker 🙂
Fascinating story, and John seems like a fascinating character. Reminds me of my favorite poem, Dylan Thomas’ “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night,” where he says “old age should burn and rave at close of day.” Hope i”m still as spry and spunky when I reach that age!
Great quote! I’m going to look up that poem – sounds like it might come in handy in a few decades 🙂
As a Welsh woman, also one of my favourite quotes. I intend travelling as long as possible
Wow. What a great story. You were very lucky to have met him. He makes me feel like such a baby when I don’t want to sleep in a dorm room! Good for him – I hope he’s my roommate in Paris!
I know exactly what you mean! Never again will I complain about a dorm room. If John can do it for 30 years then it’s about time I manned up a bit!! 🙂
“But I want to live, I love it.” i will remember this words.
I am gonna stop worrying about everything and enjoy life, just like him.
Apparently if you live without worries you live until at least 89! 🙂
keep on going mate well done you only live once enjoy so much more to see and learn
What a truly inspirational man to have met, fantastic! I would love to hear some of his stories. Good for him! 🙂
Who knows – maybe you will meet him one day. John’s hard to miss! 🙂
This is so inspiring. Makes one wanna go travel the world. Thank you for this wonderful post.
Glad he inspired you! It’s never too late to start your travels!
Thats amazing! Good for him!
Yeah, a really amazing story!
What an amazing story!! I loved hearing about his life and his adventurous spirit. I hope I run into him somewhere, I would love to hear his stories
Thanks. It’s been fantastic to see so many people get behind him!
What an inspiration! Good on him. Hope he keeps going.
What a wonderful story! I hope that I am at the same hostel as John someday – would love to have a chat over a cup of tea with him. Looking forward to the next installment!!
What an amazing guy. I love the fact that he doesn’t let his age stand in the way of anything. A lovely post 🙂
Wow — what an inspiring and entertaining read. It’s been a long time since I read a long post like that all the way through. (Am I allowed to admit that?) Bravo!
Ha – I think that’s a fair admission. I know the long posts can be a bit intimidating but for ones like this, I think it’s worth it! 🙂
We can only hope that we bump into this guy at some point on our Trans-Americas Journey. What an inspiration!
Hopefully you do get to bump into him. If only John had facebook and we could keep track of where he was!
Hes getting old 🙁 hes my pop but he’s starting to lose his memory sadly
this is really incredible and inspiring!
This was a splendid read on this stuffy Monday for me. Thanks for highlighting John — the world needs more folks like him!
Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the comment!
Great article. John is a great example, inspiration and my kind of guy 🙂 I hope I still will be able to be on the road at that age! I wish him many more travel years!
Hopefully there’s no reason why you can’t still be on the road then!
I wonder if he was the gentleman in Brooks-Silva Braga’s backpacking documentary?! There was a very old backpacker in that film who I so admired and his story was not unlike this one.
Oh, I hadn’t heard of the doco. I’ll check it out – thanks!
This is a great post! I can just imagine meeting this guy – wow! To have been a traveler for the last 30 years… Just think of the changes he’s seen, countries that have come and gone…. Amazing. I’ve been gone for just over two years now, and can only hope to aspire to this!
Only 28 more years for you! Easy!! 🙂
When I get at his age I hope to be still traveling …
No reason why you can’t be! (Well, to be honest, there are probably lots. But good luck anyway!!) 🙂
This must have been absolutely inspiring! It’s lovely to see people living the philosophy of “Forever Young”.
You’re right – it’s a great philosophy!
Love these blog posts – John is my hero! I hope I am still backpacking at 89! This backs up my belief that age is all in the mind. If we decide to get old, we do .. if we decide not to, we don’t. Way to go, John .. I wish you a good many years of backpacking and you have a place to stay if you ever come to Vancouver (BC, not Washington).
If only John had facebook or email. I’m sure he would now have invites for places to stay all over the world!
This reminds me of a man that was staying at my hostel in the Atacama Desert in Chile, although John seems much more spry. This man had to have been at least 90 and I never saw him do anything but sleep or shuffle back and forth from the bathroom. He must have been doing something out there in the desert though, and I was just impressed that he was there at all. I hope I’m still travelling at that age!
Ha ha. To be honest, if I was out in the Atacama Desert and was 90 years old, I wouldn’t be doing much either! Good on him for still giving it a go, though!
one of the best interviews i’ve ever read, John is quite a fascinating man…
Thanks. He was a great person to chat to!
Often I think that people believe there is an “age-limit” on this type of nomadic, independent, budget travel. John is an inspiration, and shows us all that the limits exist inside our own minds. It’s a priceless lesson, thanks for bringing it to the world.
You’re right – absolutely no age limit at all!
I LOVE meeting people like this when I’m on the road. In Mexico, I met a Vietnam Vet who was in his 60s. He had terminal cancer and was making the most of the last days of his life. I wrote about him here: http://girlunstoppable.com/2010/12/do-not-go-gentle/
We were at the same hostel for a couple weeks, and I have so many great memories of sitting on the roof listening to his fascinating life stories. I’ve met quite a few backpackers who think backpacking is for the 18-25 set (which I’m a few years beyond now so I’m old in their eyes, haha), but really some of the greatest people I’ve met on the road have been in their late 50s and beyond.
That would have been so nice to have heard the stories from that guy. There is a lot to be said from making the most of the time you have – however long that may be! Your post about Jim is beautiful!
This guy is definitely one of a kind. Traveling proves to be good for his health because he looks really good. His sense of humor is uncanny, these types of people are definitely worth writing about. Thank you for sharing!
Yeah, I loved his sense of humour. Such a funny guy!
I don’t often stay in hostels while traveling, but I might have to consider doing it more often, if it means meeting the world’s oldest backpacker.
Ha ha… but once you’re hooked, you might end up doing it for as long as John! 🙂
Wow! This is so inspirational! Thank you for sharing John with the world! 🙂 I love his attitude towards travel and I giggled at his response to the Dubai hostel that warned him of the young people.
Ha ha – yeah, I loved that answer that he gave to them. Just proves what a great guy he is!
Inspirational… You’re never too old to get out there!
I hope his story inspires many others. Not to travel, necessarily, but just to not let old age stand in the way of what you want to be doing!
What a lovely post highlighting that age is no reason to go out there and travel! If I meet John one day, I’ll be sure to sit down and have a long chat with him 🙂
I hope you do get a chance to meet him one day. He’s a very inspiring man!
Thanks so much for the story; I’m sixty-two; I just returned from hiking trip in Utah with my oldest son and a couple of his friends; he sent me the link to your article about John. I’m enjoying my newly started retirement: again what an inspiration and great story!!!
Thanks Lindon! That’s great to hear you’re making the most of retirement. People like John show that you’re never too old to do anything you want. So pleased to hear you got some inspiration from his story! Ps. I’m very jealous about the hiking in Utah. I would love to go there and do that sometime!!
This gentleman show the age is immaterial for traveling. Some people think, they need to be rested and taking long flights, adventures etc.. are not suitable, when you grow older. But I think, we should not allow our age to restrict us?
Exactly! There’s no reason to ever be restricted if it’s just in your mind!
what hostel did you find him in?
Hey Dana. I met John at the India House hostel in New Orleans. He had settled there for a few weeks to have a bit of a break.
Amazing person! Such a positive and fearless person who reminds me of my father. Well, John is more adventurous than my dad, but he left a legacy to prove that he has adventure in his blood. ;D
Dear John is definitely fearless. I’m so pleased he’s been such an inspiration to people. It sounds like you had an inspirational guy in your life too! You should feel really lucky.
Wow, what an inspiring guy! Would love to meet him. I hope I’m like him when I’m older!
If everyone was like that when they were older, this would be a fun world to live in!
Hi I am Catherine Aik John Waite is my Pop. I have sent all of this to my Pop so he can have a look at all the post up on here thank you
Thanks so much Catherine! I would love to hear from him if he ever gets the chance to write an email or leave a comment on the post!
Good on him – I hope to still be cruising around the world at his age!
I hope to be doing anything at his age! 🙂
I have had the privilage of living across the road from this inspirational and amazing man for the past 20 plus years we have shared many a whiskey and a beer or 2 in that time he has always been there for me in many ways and i have the utmost admiration and respect for him as they say “you cant keep a good man down”, and “age is a state of mind” he is living proof of both !!!!!!
Wow – you’re a lucky man, Ken. I would love to have spent a bit more time with John and heard more of his stories (especially over a whiskey or a beer). He was such a nice man and it doesn’t surprise me at all to hear that he helps out his neighbours. Please give him my regards when you next see him!
This is so inspiring – I bet he has lots of stories to share.
He has years worth of stories. John is a fascinating guy and I bet he could talk for days if you had the time!! 🙂
What an inspiring article. This certainly made my day. Good on you John. When I saw your photograph I thought that you were in your fifties and not 89! backpacking definitely keeps you young 🙂
This is such an inspiration I wish when I am at that age even I could be this adventurous and fit to back pack. Hats off!
Amazing tale, that is a man who has lived life. He reminds me of my grandfather, only much more adventurous. Thanks for sharing his story.
I’m so pleased to be able to share it. Sounds like your grandfather is quite a guy too! I’m always so impressed with people who find or continue their passions when many others their age just slow down.
Wow, so inspiring! 30 years on the road. I love the comment about the war teaching hope to kill, not how to hate others. This is one traveller that I’d love to meet on my travels. Keep writing Micheal – really enjoyed this piece.
Fingers crossed you do get to meet John one day. As you can see from the comments above, a few people have bumped into him along the way. I guess that’s inevitable when he’s always on the road, staying in backpacker hostels!
wow the oldest guy i ever met in a hostel was a mere 76!
He’s got a few more years to go to take over John’s title!! 🙂
An excellent and interesting article! It’s really quite inspiring to read John’s story and I cannot wait for the next installment. Great stuff.
Thanks, Adam. You can check out the link at the end of the article for the second part of the story. Hopefully I can see John again one day and do a real follow-up story, though!!
Wow! One of a kind. Backpacking really has become a way of life for him.
Yeah, ‘one of a kind’ is a great way to describe it. He’s a very special man!
I really enjoyed reading this post- I am (for the first time in my life) traveling abroad without my family and husband – Yes. Alone. Easy for some. not so simple for me! As I’m listening to you being interviewed on ‘How to Become a World Famous Travel Blogger.’ This has led me to thinking about hostels differently and reminds me of who we met when we travelled long term as a family at different places.
Perfect timing, reading about this amazing man. I’m 69 (it’s only a number) and just completed 8 weeks in Vietnam (3rd trip) and Cambodia. Although I’ve never stayed in a Hostel this article opens my eyes for further travel. I’ve travel a lot with others and solo now, with photography as one of my passions. My photography has opened the door to many friends, who frankly take me into their world. I just love it. Back in California now for 2 weeks I’m interested in John’s way of life. Budget minded, I can see the opportunity of expanding my horizons rooming hostels. I’m just going to do it. Thanks for sharing this.
Oh, the things this man must have witnessed! Wonderful that someone (a.k.a. you) is documenting his admirable existence.
Wonderful piece, Turtle. Always love reading your stuff. x
the articles really inspires me to think positively towards travel and life ahead. wish you every single day is nice day….
You’re so right. John is such an inspiration and helps put your own life in perspective sometimes.
WOW! This is so impressive and inspiring! Meeting interesting people around the world is indeed the best thing you can do all your life!
Thanks, Anna. Yeah – I love all the people I meet as I travel around. John is still a favourite, clearly! 🙂
keep on… grandpa
I sure hope he is keeping on! Not much would slow John down 🙂
This is great! I’ve met a few elderly travellers and they usually have the best stories to tell. Every now and again there is someone who is actually crazy, but even then it’s usually entertaining if they are friendly. I’m glad he’s still travelling- encouraging for all of us!
Oh yeah – I know just what you means. The stories are always so fascinating! Although perhaps it’s just because they’ve had so many years to practice telling them! 🙂
Ahhh I love thing. What a cool guy!
A really cool guy. And bringing such happiness to everyone with his story.
Great post! I love that he doesn’t let his age stop him or dictate what he ‘should’ be doing. Wish more people had his youthful attitude. I want to be like him when I grow up.
Me too! Perhaps we’ll bump into each other when we’re both travelling around in our 90s!! 🙂
I am retired and traveling out of Thailand. I do much the same, travel alone, stay in cheap places and enjoy both young and old on the adventure. As a photojournalist for 30 years for a major wire service I now shoot for me, all those things and places I said I would comeback to one day.
I bet you are loving your time being able to photograph for your own enjoyment and not for an assignment. I can understand that a little. Sometimes I travel just to collect photos and stories and it’s never quite the same as going slowly with no agenda at all. Great to hear you’re loving it!
I met John in 2004 in a hostel in London and I’ve never forgotten this wonderful and intriguing man. We shared tea together and chatted for days on end and his enthusiasm for life was inspiring. I thought of him recently and found this article and all the memories came back. Anyone who’s met him has been better for it. I’d love to know if he is still with us? Thanks Mark
Thanks, Mark. It’s interesting how nobody ever has a bad word to say about John. I’m not sure where he is these days. I hope he’s still backpacking around somewhere…
Wow, inspiring to say the least!
He sure is! I think John’s story has inspired many people on their travels.
Oh, we just love this story! John seems like a very interesting man and it just goes to show that you are never too old to travel!
I love this article of yours, a great experience, right
Interesting character. I’ll warrant what he has to say about his military experience would be a lot more valuable than what comes from those who do.
John is living the dream. My Uncle who has since passed away was Backpacking well into his 80’s. I once asked him why and he said because the accommodation is cheap or words to that effect. I believe he only stopped travelling when he couldn’t get travel insurance anymore
Interesting people and their stories are always great to listen to. Impressive that he keeps going. Hope to be able to do the same at his age…
Oh, yes, you could listen to John’s stories for days. He’s such an inspiration!
You sir are an inspiration!
Wow! Great story. Thank you very much for sharing 🙂
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Great post! Thank you very much for sharing
Great post!!!!! Thank you very much for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!
What an amazing man!
Even 6 years later this is a great story.
Timeless, isn’t it? So fitting for someone like John.
Such an amazing story. We don’t have to live the ‘mainstream’ accepted idea of an elderly life. We shouldn’t be held back by age. I feel he is healthy at 89 years old because of his content in traveling and living the life he wants.
Great man and story!
Thanks for stopping by, Satiya!
That’s bullshit grandad you’ve never got better looking women than me
Ha ha ha!!
And for all that are wondering are you still kicking and causing mischief so proud to call when my grandad love always and forever from Neil Wilkinson
Thanks for the update, Neil. Great to hear from you!
What an inspiring story! I hope I meet John in a hostel one day.
Great story. A real inspiration.
I have not backpacked for a while so feel like I have to get back to it. My amazing backpack adventure was in the Sierra Mountains in Spain. It was an adventure finding the beginning of the trail since the ranger said you will see a restaurant that will be the beginning of the trail. He didn’t tell me it was a 2.5 hr drive up the mountain including a one way dirt mountain side road and entrance to the restaurant and crickedy extremely tall bridge. Yes want backpack in Europe again all National Parks as well as US. Anyone heading to So. Florida for an amazing cranial sacral neuromuscular manual lymphatic massage. Marie Theresa DAvis
At 71 , I love the idea of backpacking and hope to continue fro as long as possible. We have been backpacking since 2003 when we spent 6 weeks in Namibia. My only problem now is getting reasonable priced in surance but no company or broker wants to cover us for more than 30 days and we want out next trip to cover 102
Letting you all know my Pop is still kicking and doing well.
I think you well be in America at the end of the year with my uncle.
Truly inspiring story that shows age is never a barrier for the determined. There is a lot of learning from the oldest backpacker.
Michael where is Nola in India? Where you met John?
So glad I stumbled upon this post. I’m currently living in Melbourne – might have to find John and ring him up for a chat! The people you meet traveling really are one of the best parts of the experience. Thanks for sharing!
This an incredible blog, I came across today. It made my day to see the old person enjoy and make the most of their lives!
I loved my Granny and its a blessing to come across old people who are so jubilant and would love to explore and travel the world.
Wow… its beautiful to see people get the dreams, age indeed doesn’ matter 🙂
what a amazing post and great blog thanks for sharing
very nice blog
loved reading it
thank you so much for sharing
I wish, when i old, i have so much healthy for travel same his. proud of him. He is the legend
So very Great. How many people can travel as him
The world needs more folks like him!. So proud of him. thanks!
Thanks for the amazing post…. keep sharing
Great post. Enjoyed reading it
I hope I can live like John when I’m older! Such a great read and I wish him many more years travelling.
Just staggering…I thought I had travelled a lot over the years, but John has spent the last 35+years travelling, truly inspiring. It teaches us all a good lesson to get out there.
I really enjoyed reading this article. What a guy! I’m nearly 60 and was thinking I was getting long in the tooth.
Very nice information, your blog is awesome thanks for sharing such a nice information .
I really like this post of yours, when I’m old I want to be as healthy as you to go everywhere
I really like your article, want to go to many places to experience many interesting things
What a fantastic post you shared. Thank you so much for sharing this post
What an inspiration to all of us. We all need to get a little closer to danger to make us feel alive and realise we don’t need that HUGE backpack of life to actually live.
to make us feel alive and realise we don’t need that HUGE backpack of life to actually live.
What an amazing man to meet. He is so humble. I wish the world was full of more people like him.
This is really inspirational. I long for the days when we were actually able to travel and meet new people. I am sad to say, I think this world is going down the gutter and I don’t see it changing soon.
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Keep it up
Respect to this man! I hope I can do the same, I travelled for 15 years extensively, stopped to bring up our daughter, but plan to travel more!
I’m the granddaughter of John and just letting you all no he is unable to travel now as he is getting older and not remember everything on his own. He is still with us here in Australia and we love having him home he would be happy knowing he has given you all things to look forward to in life and enjoy it why you all can. It has been one of his most loved things to do is travel seeing the world and meeting all kinds of people along his way.
Thank you all for the comments and I hope his story and adventures give you all hope for your own adventures and travels xx
An inspiring travel story, great to read when we could not travel now because of pandemic!
I was lucky enough to meet John. The world is a poorer place for his passing. RIP.
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