The Wonders of Cities and the Marvels of Traveling

“Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”
— Ibn Battuta

Ibn Battuta travelled more, seven centuries ago, than most people do today. In a age when most people believed the earth to be flat and the center of the universe, he set out to discover the truth for himself instead of accepting dogma and anecdotal evidence.

He travelled over Africa, Europe, and the far reaches of Asia for a period of three decades, hobnobbing with Sultans, Kings, and Emperors. He even spent time in the Maldives where he is known for reinforcing the traditions of Islam on the chain of coral islands.

The largest theme mall in the world is themed after his life and travels and that is where I became better acquainted with the intricacies of his voyages. While there are aspects of his life and thinking that might seem a bit dated in the modern context, it is a testament to his travels that we are still discussing his life’s journey.