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Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.

We at MUNCHIES are devastated by the death of Anthony Bourdain, one of our friends and heroes. Bourdain was a real one. Over the course of his wildly prolific career, he taught us so much—about eating, about traveling, and about experiencing the world with an open mind and heart. Below are some of our favorite bits of Bourdain wisdom, collected from his writing, interviews, and television appearances over the years. —The Editors of MUNCHIES

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“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” -Gustav Flaubert

I wanted adventures. I wanted to go up the Nung River to the heart of darkness in Cambodia. I wanted to ride out into a desert on camelback, sand and dunes in every direction, eat whole roasted lamb with my fingers. I wanted to kick snow off my boots in a Mafiya nightclub in Russia. I wanted to play with automatic weapons in Phnom Penh, recapture the past in a small oyster village in France, step into a seedy neon-litpulqueria in rural Mexico.

I wanted to run roadblocks in the middle of the night, blowing past angry militia with a handful of hurled Marlboro packs, experience fear, excitement, wonder. I wanted kicks—the kind of melodramatic thrills and chills I’d yearned for since childhood, the kind of adventure I’d found as a little boy in the pages of my Tintin comic books. I wanted to see the world—and I wanted the world to be just like the movies

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