FEW OF US can survive and thrive without some human contact.
Many people dream of travelling far away to a isolated beach, a desert or even a cave, with no-one to disturb them. Others thrive on the shoulder to shoulder chaos of a Kolkatta or a Tokyo. These are some of the people I have met on the way.
A mother and daughter in snow, Meiji Jingu, Tokyo.
Despite there tough lifestyle, and not owning washing machines, these school kids on Ukerewe, Lake Victoria, like school kids from Africa to Asia, keep their uniforms white.
A boy approaches the MV Liemba, on Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania.
The distinctive orange beard of an elderly Muslim man.
Passengers on shore boats, Lake Malawi. While the boarding process is a bit chaotic, everyone keeps an eye out for each other.
When waiting for a lift out of town, a camera helps pass the time.
Wrapped in traditional "kanga" bearing the President's picture, ladies march on Independence Day, Mongu.
Shiny, happy person, central Zambia
Foam sleeping mats caught these kids attention, as we waited for a ride in central Zambia.
Some friendly old carpet sellers break from their gossip, in the ancient bazaar, Tabriz, Iran.
Old gents pass the time, in Iran's Azebaijan province.
A teenage boy ferries his young brother on his bike, in an Usambara mountain village. Note the lack of pedal.
A young shepherd near Roman ruins of Rasafa, Syria.
Different districts have different patterns on the keffiyeh head scarf, seen here near Raqqa, Syria.
A couple of lads in Aleppo, Syria.
A shop keeper and his son, injured in one of Lebanon's many wars.
A mother and new born, Luxor, Egypt. We were both invited in to a women's only party in the house. As a foreigner, I guess I qualified as an "honourary woman"
Jordan's Roman theatre at Jerash makes a cool place for kids to hang out.
Cosplayer, Meiji Jingu, Tokyo.
Cosplayer checks her look, outside Tokyo's Meiji Jingu.
Schoolkids clambering on a fence in Turkey's east.
Victorian lace meets Japanese Goth.
Maybe the bosozoku (biker gang) look, Japan.
A friendly waiter, Quetta, Pakistan.
A Kazak patriot. Does he have a "Love it or leave" bumper sticker too?
A young lady in the Bay of Bengal city of Khulna, Bangladesh.
At a small town near Khulna, Bangladesh.
Two strong women in Rajshahi, Bangladesh.
A young lass is all smiles, Rajshahi, Bangladesh.
Youngsters jostle for camera position, Rajshahi, Bangladesh.
3 youngsters in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
In Bangladesh, you are rarely far from a crowd, especially not in the markets or docks.
Dinajpur, Bangladesh, two village lads.
Sometime in Bangladesh getting everyone in a shot meant walking backwards and hoping they wouldn't follow.
A demonstration of the straight and stiff pose, in rural Dinajpur, Bangladesh.
A young mother in her rice fields, Dinajpur, Bangladesh.
A Hindu woman in the rice growing area near Dinajpur, Bangladesh.
In the villages around Dinajpur, Bangladesh, I gathered a huge following.