Ed Buryn, Vagabond


An explorer of diversity and philosopher of possibility, Ed Buryn (that’s me!) has worked as a newspaper delivery boy, aircraft radar operator, electronics technical writer, corporate manager, free-lance photographer; written several vagabonding guidebooks; and designed a major Tarot deck.

My personal mottos are: “I’ve you in eye-view” (as a photographer) and “Ed’d edited it” (as a writer). My books and photographs are explorations of the nature of human experience viewed through the lens of my own. My pics and words have been published in hundreds of books, magazines, and newspapers; and I am a two-time prizewinner in the Nikon International Photo Contest. Writing and performing poetry is a main interest of mine, and I was co-producer of the Nevada City Poets Playhouse for 8 years. Currently I am a full-time, online bookseller working from my home.

I have three grown daughters by three grown mothers and consider fatherhood to be my most important creative achievement. I live quite happily on the edge of Nevada City CA on a former goldmine.

This blog is an experiment in communication. We’ll see how it goes. Right now I offer here some pieces written on my trip to Poland in early 2008. I’ll be adding photos soon so check back later….



WOW — what a long time between any new posts of mine! Sorry about that but I’m always split about 50 ways as the ultra-Gemini plus I still have to work for a living even at the advanced age of seven-seven. But I want to direct everyone to my websites as an adjunct to this blog. Look up http://www.edburyn.com and http://www.blaketarot.com. More to come, lest they come for me first….

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Hey Ed
I want to complement you on the well-thoughtout and colleged-together William Blake Tarot.
I know it was nerly 20 years ago when you began working on it and many collectors prize it.
Unfortunately few readers I know of try to read with it.
It is a challenge to stay absorbed in the mythos of Blake enough to divine with it.

I be you have plenty of stories you coluld tell about your experience making that deck.

Even if it feels like rehashing old history.

Comment by Paul Nagy

Hi Ed, we’ve emailed before and I’m a great admirer of your William Blake Tarot deck and book. I bought the set and those wonderful Limited Edition Majors. Like Paul, I’d love to hear more about what inspired you with the deck and what you are up to these days.

Warmest wishes,

Mary Collin,

Comment by Mary - marybham


what inspired me was an ever-growing realization of how inspired was blake. awesome divine human.

you know, i’m sure, that i published a revised edition.

these days i’m an online bookseller, working on a new book of old photos. dabbling with a website: http://www.edburyn.com.



Comment by edburyn

Old friend,
Gone are the days when we worried about our crew of linebackers and untested tight ends. Now we pine in fading memories of our glory years. But life is good, regardless. Hope you are happy and healthy. If interested, please join my Yahoo Discussion Group called TAROTPSYCH. I think you will enjoy yourself. Much love.

Comment by artie jr.

hey art,

long time no nada. but waddyamean gone are the days? we have the giants, and yes life is good. hope you are well and happy.


Comment by edburyn

Hi Ed,

Just today received in the mail copy of your book, “Vagabonding in Europe and North Africa”. But it’s not my first copy – the first time I bought it was in 1974, from a place aptly named the “Whole Earth Bookstore” in Evanston, Illinois. It’s a pleasure to read through it again; I remember many of your insights from the first time. All the pictures are very familiar. I only now realize how much I “studied” your book back then. I just wanted to say how much of an inspiration it was back then and how great it is to read again. Your philosophy regarding travel made a positive impresion on me and I am sure on many others (my sister thought it was great too). I made a number of trips over the years and always kept a bit of the spirit I learned from “Vagabonding”. Makes me want to hit the road. All the best, Steve from Santa Clara, CA.

Comment by Steve Brook

thanks steve, just a few years later!

blessings on your vagabonding spirit. i’ll bet it continues to serve you well in these adventurous times, and there is so much more yet to come. what a trip!

Comment by edburyn

I was so excited to find your book ‘Vagabonding in North Africa and Europe today in an old bookstore. Was just thinking about how sad I was to lose this book 30 years ago after lending it out. It totally inspired me and got me so excited to go hitchhiking around Europe for 2 years, and I can’t wait to read it again as I am embarking on another solo trip this January to South America. Thanks Ed. You’ve been the inspiration to not only me, but through me, both my vagabonding kids, haha! And now there’s couchsurfing, another great vagabonding experience! Cheers!

Comment by Caryn

Hi ED Good to hear your alive and well. I ordered a autographed copy of ‘Vagabonding in America’ from you back in ’96. I set off on a hitchiking tour of Western Canada(BC,Yukon and Alberta)the following spring and your book went along with me. I’d travelled and lived and worked out of a van before but this time I was really hanging my ass out there but came thru in one piece and a lot of new experiances logged into the memory banks! Thanx for the book it was and still is an inspiration!!! PERRY Vancouver BC.

Comment by Perry Lusher


yeah, hitching definitely means hanging your ass over the edge; that’s why i cut some slack in my van! thanks for your memories.


Comment by edburyn

Hey Ed. What a great looking blog. Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years! Sally

Comment by Sally Bain Rosson

thanks dear, and belated holiday greetings!

life is very good here, toking good bud and watching western civilization erode away on hd tv.



Comment by edburyn

Did you take photographs around the San Francisco area in the late 60’s and early 70’s? One of my favorite photos of myself is when I was 2 years old and the back is stamped “Ed Buryn Photography” I have imagined many many times that the man who took that photo has lived an interesting and varied life. If you were the one, it looks like I was right!
Thank you for providing a beautiful childhood memory.
-Hilary Porteous-Nye

Comment by Hilary Porteous-Nye


yes i think i even remember that. i was struggling to survive at the time (like, what else is new?) and was combining my love of kids with my love of photography for a time, doing freelance portraiture. your mom was a dear. thanks so much for contacting me; that’s really sweet.



Comment by edburyn

Thanks for your book, “Vagabonding in Europe and North Africa”, which I bought in ’82 at 17. I’ve read it hundreds of times, annotated it copiously, lent it, spilt beverages on it, carried it abroad in several countries, and covered it in protective plastic wrap. It has lasted the ravages of time in amazingly good condition, and remains a favorite as I approach my ripe and travel-worn 45th year.
It was part of my “groovy trinity” of influences which included James Michener’s the Drifters and the classic albums of The Moody Blues.
It was good preparation for spending more than a decade travelling and living in Europe.

One of the places I lived was Poland, in the city of Katowice, where I taught EFL. Back in ’98 it was still “undiscovered”.

I am planning a trip back to Europe this spring ’09. Plan to bring along my guitar and a backpack, do some busking, hitchhiking. And of course, I’ll read your book again to get inspired.

Comment by Patrick Landon


pardon the lapse…

hope you’re safely back from your trip. thanks for taking such good care of my book!

i imagine with smiles and eye-rolls all your experiences of ten years in europe. whew! i’m currently putting together a book of my european photos in the 60s. a stirring stroll down memory lane.

i doubt katowice has been discovered; more like recovered. poland, wow…

thanks and best wishes,


Comment by edburyn

I was 18 working in a thrift store in Sac.CA about 20 years ago when I came across your book Vagabonding in America.
I had already travelled the states via thumb and bus and I was ready for the new adventure.So I started in Sac..headed to LA and worked my way to the mid-west, all the while reading and exploring routes from your book..Man what a trip..I finally settled in Hawai’i for a few years,raised a Family and my eldest Son is now 15..3 days ago he found a box in my closet and pulled out your book,he has yet to put it down.I thank you for the time you spent exploring and the time you spent writing.You inspired me and now you’re inspiring my son.
Walker Townsend..916 califax

Comment by Walker Townsend


yeah, i’m beginning to hear this more and more. 2nd generation vagabonds getting fired up for the road. it’s not the same, of course, but they said that then too.

each of us is on a unique trip, praise the load.

thanks for the feedback, and for being a great dad.


Comment by edburyn

Wow. Ed! I’m so glad you’re here. *Vagabonding in America* was a sort of Bible to me when I was growing up as a hippie kid. In a moment of idiocy I loaned it out, and now I don’t know when/if I’ll ever get to read it again. (Though a friend has a copy he bought on my recommendation in 1980 or so, and I might be able to borrow his copy. I was tempted to start re-reading it the last three nights while I slept in his guest room, but I wasn’t sure I would have been able to stop once I started.) I mean, I’m talking about the big, fat original–not the slimmed-down variations.

I also read Vagabonding in Europe/North Africa, though I think the closest I’ve come to that is doing the college-student Eurail-pass thing when I was 19 or so.

Since then, things have changed. I’m writing a lot myself–mostly through my blog, though in other venues as well–and I’m a professional proofreader/fact-checker/copy editor. One of my clients is Ten-Speed Press, which brings things full-circle, since I believe they published VIA (am I right?) as well as half the books I read, growing up as the children of quasi-hippies in the 1970s.

I love the Whole Earth Catalog, too: it was the internet before there was an internet.

Keep up the good work! You rocked my world! Grow the website, okay?–let us know what you’re up to.

Comment by Joy McCann


i think you spread joy. thanks!

ten-speed is a good house, outgrowth of bay area new age – but didn’t publish VIA.

first i self-published, then came bookworks/random house, and the rest is hysteric.

your job description is just what my wife did in warsaw before coming to california. now she does graphic design at home, pro bono so far.

take a look at my website once in a while; it’s up and crawling. real funky but i like it, want to keep enlarging a bit at a time.

hugs, my dear…


Comment by edburyn

Hello, explorer!

I am inquiring to see if you have remaining copies of The William Blake Tarot, which I have seen, admired, and wished to own. Dawn Bright told me to contact you directly. Also, wondering if you have read Tracy Chevalier’s absolutely lovely and well-researched fiction, “Burning Bright”, 2007 Penguin Group. It prompted this email. I can contact Tarot Garden but I would like to ask you first, and thank you for remembering and honoring a very great man. Also, love your photo!

Comment by Ferol Humphrey

Ed, I was excited to find this website when I googled you. I’m a traveler, sometime freelance travel writer, and now a Ph.D. student writing on spiritual aspects of travel in the 1950s-1970s counterculture. I love your Vagabonding in America guidebooks and would love to be in touch with you. If you don’t mind, shoot me an email.

Comment by Ben

Great to see that you have a blog. I wrote you about a decade ago with my experiences in Europe after reading Vagabonding in Europe. At least I think it was a decade ago.

Grandma was Polish and Grandpa was from a town in Prussia that is now in Poland, so I hope to travel there someday to see the old country and do some genealogy.

Comment by Kurt

I bought your book, “Vagabonding in America,” some time in the 70’s and it inspired me to travel whenever I could. It got pretty dogeared from reading it so many times. For some reason it is now missing from my book collection, probably because I loaned it to someone and never got it back. Is it still in print? I would love a signed copy. Since this blog hasn’t been updated in about a year, perhaps you are off on one of your travels. When you get back, send me an email!

Comment by Ruby Martes

Hi Ruby, Probably the best way to find copies for sale of my books is at the site: http://www.addall.com/used. If I have copies for sale, you’ll see them there. Best wishes, Ed

Comment by edburyn

Namaste, Ed!

Years ago, you were my guru of hitchhiking. I read “Vagabonding in Europe and North Africa”, and “Vagabonding in America”. I hitched 84,000 miles, and considered it a lifestyle more than a way of getting around. I lived in communes for many years (ever hear of Twin Oaks?) before attempting “real” life. Actually, I think you knew a friend of mine from Twin Oaks. Was it Melissa Wenig? (She went by Mikki when she first came to the community.)

Anyway, I’m glad you’re still a vagabond.

I have recently gotten into contributing to Wikipedia. I looked at the article on hitchhiking, and mostly, it sucks. It doesn’t give any sense of the soul of it, why people do it, how it can be more than just a cheap way to travel. When I thought about adding to it, I thought of your books. But then it occurred to me, maybe you’d like to add some material to the Wikipedia article yourself, or write an article on vagabonding?

Happy trails,


Comment by Paul Lieberman

Hi Paul, Thanks for your old note, sorry about not replying sooner… Yes I knew Mikki Wenig, tho mostly the name; I barely remember her.
But those were good times, even not remembering much (ha ha). I like your idea of doing something with Wikopedia but I am so busy with just making a living and enjoying life that I probably won’t get around to it anytime soon. I notice ruefully that there is not even a Wikopedia entry for me! oh well. I appreciate hearing from you, Best wishes, Ed

Comment by edburyn

Ed – ever considered re-publishing your 1973 book Vagabonding in America in a hardcover collectors edition?

Comment by Eugene Patrick

Hi Eugene, Thanks for the note. It’s an idea I’ll consider, tho not right now. I’m working on a revision of my Wm Blake Tarot and a poetry book. I’d also like to publish a vagabonding photography book (or more than one). Lots to do, too little time. It’s a good thing I expect to live forever….. Best wishes, Ed

Comment by edburyn



Thanks Duane! Enjoy all your trips, Best wishes, Ed

Comment by edburyn

Just checking to see if you were still around. Am happy to see that you are.

Comment by Christine Rotgers

Hello Mr Buryn,
I read your “Vagabonding in the USA” back in 1984 during a hitch-hiking trip across the Hawaiian Islands…(I had your book in my backpack when I crept up to the Kilauea Volcano through the jungle) GREAT book! I foolishly loaned it to a girlfriend and never got it back. How about a reprint….or even an update? I liked your guide to living life as much as the travel tips! Many good lucks to you!
Ramblin’ Jim

Comment by Jim Hatzell

Thanks Ramblin Jim, gave me a good chuckle to envision the book making its way through the jungle!! Best wishes, Ed

Comment by edburyn

Hello Ed!

We have never met but you are a legend in my life. I read your book “Vagabonding in Europe and North Africa” almost 30 years ago. I spend two and a half years knocking around Europe and vagabonding has become a way of life for me. Your book was profoundly inspiring and my copy of it is kept in a very safe place! Thank you! I hope you can sign it someday. It is inspiring beyond everything to read that you are still vagabonding too.

Comment by Jon Wilkerson

Yo Jon, Thanks for the kind remarks. I hope to hit the road this summer again for a trip East, and I go to Burning Man every year (this will be my 15th time I think). So, yep, I’m still at it; hope you are too! Best wishes, Ed

Comment by edburyn

Ed, I was so pleased to stumble over this site. Back in the 1970s, “Vagabonding in America” inspired me to hitch around the U.S. upon high school graduation. I met lots of great people and learned a lot about this country and myself. My biggest disappointment was to discover that you were right there in Nevada City, a place I used to hang out a lot in when I lived in Sacramento!

Comment by Don Kirkpatrick

Hi Don, Thanks for the note, and for proving my point! Best, Ed

Comment by edburyn

From one vagabond to another your books have magickly fell into my hands and inspired me for years. Glad to see you blogging! Keep on Truckin!!

Comment by Dean

Thanks, Dean. Hope to be more active in the blog in time to come…..

Comment by edburyn

ed, i ready your book, Vagaonding in europe and i LOVED it. and as an aspiring traveller myself, it was very inspiring to read. UNfortunately, travelling in europe now is far more difficult due to visa restrictions and what have you. Any tips from the expert?

Comment by cmccarty0724

Sorry for delay; don’t check my blog very often… In response to your question, I’d say that you should first try vagabonding before becoming too self-defeating in advance. One of biggest problems with vagabonding today has more to do with the modern ease and conveniences of travel than things like visa restrictions. It’s harder to gain a sense of freedom when you have a cellphone, gps, iphone, internet, etc giving you too much information and not enough unpredictable road-joy. Vagabonding is mostly an attitude towards travel and towards life. There will always be restrictions, but also, there will always be ways to live within and without them. Best, Ed

Comment by edburyn

Wow! You’re alive and well! How wonderful! I’m one of the thousands, Ed, whose life you changed with ‘Vagabonding In Europe and North Africa’, still the ultimate travel classic in my opinion. And I’ve read ’em all! We met once when you visited the Caltech campus in the mid-’70’s. I purchased an autographed copy from you of your book, then just out, Vagabonding in The USA, but by that time I had already taken your earlier advice, applied for a leave of absence from grad school in early ’72, and spent the next nine months hitching through Western Europe and Morocco; visited the old Soviet Union on a British student tour; lived and played flamenco with the gypsies near Arles, in the South of France; and traveled through Morocco for a month in an old VW bus with an ever-changing cast of international characters. It took me months – no, years – to come down from that trip! Six years later, in 1978, still inspired by repeated readings of your book, my then-wife and I spent six months bicyling through Europe, starting with the British Isles, then over to the Continent to Holland and down through the Ardennes, along the Mosel River, through the Black Forest, over the Alps, across the South of France and then over the Pyrenees to Spain. We met people on that trip we are both still friends with today, thirty-five years later. I hadn’t been back to Europe until 2000, but have returned 14 times since, thanks to having a French girlfriend, sometimes with one of my three college-age children, all of whom have received their copy of Vagabonding as part of their parental legacy. I feel, if taken to heart, that book is one of the greatest gifts I can bestow. My kids and I enjpy traveling with no reservations, staying in hostels, B&Bs, and pensions, but have expanded to include train travel, renting gites by the week in France, and often just picking a place, renting a car, then heading out into the unknown for awhile, having some goals but no timetable, and taking things as they come. I finally fulfilled a thirty-five year repressed fantasy of travelling through Rajasthan last October, and my girlfriend and I are planning a month-long walk along the southern medieval pilgrim’s route from Arles to Santiago de Compostela this summer, so the effects linger on…Thanks, Ed, for turning my life into a frequently postponed but never-ending adventure.
Best always, Mike

Comment by Michael W. Burnett

Hey Mike — what a tale of adventure and exploration! its good to hear from you – tho i don’t often look at my blog these days. Hopefully I’ll find time to write more and reconnect with true-blue (ie, action-taking) fans like you. By the way, I wrote my vagabonding books as a service for readers not to earn dollars – and I’m glad to report that’s how it worked out.

Comment by edburyn

Hi Ed,
I used to live at the house at 601 Diamond with Jan in the late 70’s. Jan and I moved to Texas together in 79. I have been living in NYC for years and just now learned of Jan’s passing. I’m so sorry to learn of this; we were out of touch for so so many years. I’m sending you lots of love and keep Jan in my heart always.
Much love,

Comment by Michele Clarke

Hi Michelle, Thanks for your note. I think about Jan every day, miss her greatly (esp yesterday being fathers day). love and greetings! Ed

Comment by edburyn

Hey Ed!

Joie Cook here. Do you remember me?
I was one of the Babar Cafe poets who
did a show at your Playhouse in 92 or 93?
Just wondering if my tarot reading
hubby and I could visit you someday—
when we next escape San Francisco—
Take care!

Comment by Joie Cook

My mother passed Vagabonding In America down to me. I have the “YOU ARE DYING LIVE LIVE LIVE LIVE LIVE” face tattooed under my right arm. Not the words, just the face. I tattooed “LIVE LIVE LIVE” on the arm of the girl who tattooed me. I had wanted it since I first read the book when I was about 16. It means a lot to me to this day, so I went for it.

Thank you!

Comment by Josh Bilodeau

i wonder why the William Blake Tarot deck works. it is ugly and f-d up. l hate having to translate it to TAROT. it curls. i never intended to use it almost exclusively for 10 yrs despite owning several dozen excellent alternatives.

– fr.also on mar 11, 11

Comment by Bloviatus Rex

Hi Ed,
Your book launched me to Europe 40 years ago and been doing it ever since. Just reading it again after all these years and enjoying it just as much. Thanks for the inspiration.

Comment by Mark Anderson

Ed Buryn is not a theoretical communist (in the utopian/spiritual sense of the word, although he is pretty close to being one) but indeed a time traveler of sorts and I can vouch for his truth, having gotten stoned with him. I got his book with me and having hitched and traveled some, I get where he is coming from. I may even read some more of it in Mexico where I am headed. Wish me luck, Ed. I will send you some stories.

Comment by Mikhail Branski


hey i’m catching up with 3-yr-old blog comments at last.
tho we’ve traded a few words in the meanwhile.

finally my website is online so i’m working this blog into it, sort of. http://www.edburyn.com

re blake tarot, hmn. some people read very easily with the deck, knowing or caring little about blake. i think the average educated person is needlessly wary of blake due to professors.

many of my stories about creating the deck involve small personal victories over my own anxieties.

i’m doing a blake tarot presentation at the next BATS.

Thanks for your commentary.

Comment by edburyn

Greetings, Ed. It’s been many years since I’ve had any face to face communication with you. I recently had occasion to share “Two Births” with an acquaintance of Eugene’s and used google magic to learn that you are still “out there” as it were. I’m excited to hear about your latest and greatest photo project of old photos from days ago. I’ve always loved your photographs so please keep me informed about it’s progress and how to order your prints. I left Noe Valley in 1996 and am loving living in Woodacre in the San Geronimo Valley. Each day is another day in Paradise, as the locals comment. Thank you for many wonderful discussions around your kitchen table during the 70’s and 80’s. Time it do fly by, n’est-ce pas? All the best to you, dear.
Gay Kleinberg aka Veronica Buros Kleinberg

Comment by Veronica Gay Buros Kleinberg

hey would you be willing to do a podcast talking about the psychological universe according to william blake? or anything else about blake?

Comment by janice abbott

hi janice, thanks for the offer but i’m incredibly busy and anyway i don’t know enuf about blake’s psychological universe to speak of it.

Comment by edburyn

Thanks so much for the cards and your generosity of posting the book. It’s a great puzzle for me and alot of synchronistic things are happening with it.
Alot to learn and enjoy.
Thanks again , JOanne

Comment by joanne

Ed! Wow, isn’t the Internet something! We have never met so you may be surprised that I exclaim your name with such familiarity, but your Vagabonding in Europe and North Africa was my bible some 30-odd years ago backpacking across Europe, and your writing style was so casual that even now I feel I know you! My 15 year old son was pumping me for info tonight over dinner about those trips of mine, not so he could hear old stories again but more about logistics as he is getting to the point where he is planning his own trip. He asked me if I had a plan or a map or anything and I said no, I did have a book though, and mentioned yours. Now as an afterthought I google you and here you are. Yes indeed, this intraweb thingummy is quite something. Anyway, after all these long years thanks a bundle for your fine, friendly insights. Your helpful hints on hitchhiking were some of the most useful I ever came across, and your story about the crabs made me laugh again and again. And you like to perform poetry, I see, as do I. Anyway, I had to say hi. Thanks again for all the enjoyment I got from having your vagabonding wisdom in my backpack all those years ago. Cheers. John Sobol.

Comment by John Sobol

thanks john for taking the time to contact me with your info. as it happens, i’ve just started working on a book of photos from my european travels in the sixties; sure would like to get those pics available to show how it was in that remarkable era. i also have a new website up: http://www.edburyn.com – but it’s mostly a shell that i will expand as time allows. i currently spend most of my time as an internet bookseller to keep the wolf from the door. may the road always rise up to meet you, cheers, eddiebe (my burning man handle).

Comment by edburyn

Hey Ed – I would love to do a quick Q&A with you for my VW website. I did a little a little deal about you ’cause I dig your work. Probably got something wrong: http://www.bigbluevw.com/2011/03/ed-buryn-vagabond-and-vw-man.html. Fantastic info you share and I’m glad to have found the books.

Anyway – would love to have a chance to ask you some questions about your travels.

Comment by Brett

Nice blurb on my travels; thanks! What questions?

Comment by edburyn

Dear Mr.Buryn, my name is Gianfranco Pompiglio. I live in Italy, Milan. In the years ’70 I stay in Sicily as Military in Siracusa. During a visit to Greek Theatre, I met one photographer that picture me promising to send me that pic when he back in USA. I received that photo, some month later in the ’70 and I was very happy for this. On the envelop I read this name: ED BURYN – P.O. BOX 31123 – SAN FRANCISCO 94131. It’is you?? I will appreciate your answer soon. P.S. I’m a photografer for hobby. Thank you very much, hoping you are the person I reach.

Comment by Gianfranco Pompiglio

Hello Gianfranco. Nice surprise to hear from you! Is this the photo of a soldier (you) standing on a stone block in front of the caves? If so, I would like your permission to reproduce this photo in a book I am working on. Happy 2012 to you! Ed Buryn
ps — I now live in Nevada City California, having moved away from San Francisco many years ago.

Comment by edburyn

Wow! Dear Ed, yes I confirm. I’m the soldier up on the rock holding a road sign “VIA DEI SEPOLCRI”. I give you my permission to public this foto on your book, and please let me know when will be published, so I can buy it. It’s a very pleasure and a well remembering about you and the ’70 years. Did you have some pics about sicily in that time?
Have a happy new year 2012.Keep me in touch.

Gianfranco Pompiglio
Via Dalla Chiesa,23

Comment by Gianfranco Pompiglio

Hi Ed,
Blast from the past…great to see you alive and artistically prospering!
A group of us are putting together a retrospective on the Neighborhood arts Program 1967-1970…you were the primo photographer of the program.
Would you like to participate?

Don Santina
(still gigging for change)

Comment by Don Santina

hey don, wow! happy new year (and which year is it again?)

dunno about participating; extremely busy with assorted whatnot. what would be involved? i have (i think) a few prints of the old gang which i could lend, but no time to print anything more from my old files. is this to be an exhibit, a publication, a party, what?

luv, ed

Comment by edburyn

hi ed, hope you are well.
I am making a short documentary on tarot cards & their art & wondered if we could discuss your Blake set.
I have enclosed my email below. cheers & regards, debbie

Comment by debbie elliott

hi deb,
email me at edburynbooks@sbcglobal.net.

Comment by edburyn

Hello Ed.. I am so thrilled to see you are still around California and in Neveda City no less!! I wrote to you back in 1974 or so when I was 15 years old. Your book.. Vagabonding in America had a strong effect on my life and shaped the way I view travel forever. I was obsessed back then as teenagers can be when they love something and I loved your book! I even wrote you and you wrote back, telling me at 15 I should stay put and I would have lots of time for traveling since I informed you (and everyone back then) that I was old enough and knew enough to strike out on my own. I wanted to hitchhike across america. I only got as far as Sequoia when i called a girlfriend (no cell phones back then) and she told me to call my parents.. so I did. The rest is history I went back home finished high school, went on to college and eventually got married yada yada yada. So now I am 53, divorced, living with four dogs in Long Beach, CA. And I am returning to my love of vagabonding with a 21′ dolphin motorhome and leaving tonight for my very first trip alone, no master! just me and the open road. I am so excited I feel 15 again! I thought I need MY BOOK and I’ve searched high and low and I can’t find my old copy of Vagabonding in America so I’m going on Amazon.com to get one… unless of course I can buy another signed copy from you. I’m actually even heading your way for my first trip and hope to get to grass valley and eventually the Yuba River before I have to turn around, head home and try to become responsible again.
My email is kepowell5@aol.com.. You’re the BOMB!!!

Comment by Karen Briscoe

Bloody hell Ed! You are still around and vagabonding! Ace! I remeber getting your Vagabonding in Europe and North Africa book and being reinvigorated to travel. Having been born in Africa I already had the travel bug in me. Since then I have travelled round the world all of Europe, US, Canada, Mexico but yet to see Asia and S America,.

Guess what I still have your book! Original price $3.95 Ha Ha LOL Cannot buy a coffee for that now!

Keep on vagabonding! Cheers Richard

Comment by Richard Page

I’m so happy to have your beautiful & mysterious Blake deck, special for artists & writers. Thank you so much for making this deck for the rest of us. I can’t express how much it means to have it & soon too. It’s a blast Ed & you made it happen. Thank you again

Comment by GailCarson

thanks gail, and thanks too to will blake who gave his all for art bravely and without profit…

Comment by edburyn

Hi Ed,
While looking at Aeclectic Tarot I saw that you had re-released your tarot. On looking you up I found you have multiple sites. Never knew you were a bookseller. I enjoy sourcing and selling books very much. Mostly on ebay. If you happen to have any words of wisdom on the subject of bookselling you would care to share I’d love to hear them.


Comment by Earl

hi earl–

yah i love selling books, not as much as writing them but it pays better… i don’t do ebay much, put my books for sale on alibris, amazon, abebooks, and biblio; it pays the bills but it’s lots of work for relatively little income. however, if feel like offering books is a service to humanity, whether selling or writing them. right now i’m hoping to somewhat disengage from bookselling so that i can create some new books, especially some photo books from my large files from the old days….

best wishes,


Comment by edburyn

Your “Vagabonding in Europe…” set me loose in 1975. Great adventure that really started in Vietnam in 1967. Saved a few bucks, then took off. Icelandic to Luxembourg…hitched all over Europe.
Been railroading since. About to ‘retire’ from that, and more vagabonding… May try the Burning Man this year.

Thanks for great books! Bill-Seattle

Comment by Bill Pylypow

hey bill-

thanx for comment. yah, come to burning man; my camp is on the corner of 8 and the outer ring road every year.


Comment by edburyn

I needed to thank you for this wonderful read!! I definitely loved every bit of it.
I have you book-marked to look at new things you post… Check out
my website to get more info about low carb diets, if you like.

Comment by 17 day diet

Hi Ed,
Have always wanted to thank you for your books. Back in 1975 hey inspired me to travel – and I haven’t stopped yet. Just got a copy of your Vagabonding in Europe and am rereading it – it still applies to travel today.
Thanks and happy trails,
Al Rowley (San Francisco)

Comment by Al Rowley

I LOVE Blake’s works and appreciate anyone else who does! Thank you for your wonderful website, such outstanding contribution and insight. I am wanting to get the tarot cards, they look wonderful and need to be in my hands!
Thank you and splendid journey to you…

Comment by Sydney

Hey Ed,
I just got back my copy of Vagabonding in America from my brother’s house, where it’s been hidden on the shelf since the mid-70s. I studied and used it for a two-month hitchhiking trip around the Western US, and three months of island hopping in Hawaii. What I learned from it helped me to lead two separate tours of college students from Japan around the US in ’79 and ’81 (the first trip was chronicled in CoEvolution Quarterly’s Winter ’80 issue). Since then I’ve had a career teaching middle school in East L.A., and the philosophy in that book has certainly contributed to it being a successful one. Better late than never…. THANK YOU for writing something that had a very positive impact on my life. I’m sure you’ve planted many other seeds that have taken root.
Ed. Shorer
Los Angeles

Comment by Ed. Shorer

Thanks a lot for taking some time to create “Ed Buryn,
Vagabond”. Thanks once more ,Shannon

Comment by http://tinyurl.com/tirewills52906

just got copy of your book ‘Vagabonding in Europe and North Africa’..1971…used at Powells Books in Portland..i want to get the rest of your work as well…it describes my feelings when i travel…from 1971 til today…what a great work..i moved from FL to Portland OR as it is more like Europe…and has access to outdoor travel and backcountry here and in Canada…glad to see your site..any idea where i might find your other books?

Comment by mark

I posted one of my favorite quotes from your book here on YouTube:

Comment by Andrejka

for some reason the wrong video posted above – here it is – I hope:

Comment by Andrejka

Hi Ed. – Is there any chance that you were in Copenhagen, Christianshavn etc., in the middle of/late sixties? I just (re-)found a few letters in my moving boxes from a friend – Ed Buryn – from around ’68 that I sadly still miss to answer… Could that be you??? If so, with the really late, but best, regards – if not – still best regards from Denmark, Europe and Nanna Hartman

Comment by Nanna Hartman

Hi Ed,

My name is KC Owens, I’m a college student and I love to travel! While cruising the Internet, I found your site and really enjoyed reading your posts. I have been to countries all over Europe with just my backpack and a camera. Since I am a college student and I have significant bills, it can be difficult to find ways to travel the world. However, I have done this several times, with less than ten pounds of luggage and while on a college dime!

I was hoping that you would allow me to write a post for your site to share my tips and tricks with your readers. I put a lot of time into my traveling, it is my biggest passion and I would love to inspire others by sharing my stories, mistakes and triumphs. I look forward to hearing from you!


KC Owens

Comment by KC

Dear Ed
I loved your book and wish i had your guts. I now realize that money kept me from meeting the locals they don’t eat where the tourists do.
sincerely pat

Comment by pat


Your book, Vagabonding in Europe and North Africa, was the most essential item in my backpack when I vagabonded Europe for 10 months in 1972-73 at the age of 21. I still have it on my bookshelf 40 years later. I have had many adventures since then, and while I gave up hitch-hiking decades ago, all of my world travels have been as independent as that first one…well, almost anyway. Yet, that first trip remains the greatest adventure of my life…that and raising five daughters (but that’s another story). Thanks for being an integral part of a life’s adventure.

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Comment by muscle mass builder supplement

Hi Ed,
A slightly delayed thanks to your Vagabonding book. In the 70’s. It inspired me to travel..on and off for the next 40 years. All the best

Comment by al rowley


I got your Vagabonding in Europe and North Africa book in 1971 and took off on a 6 month hitchhiking vagabonding adventure of my own in January 1972. As I am about to retire, that experience has lasted a life time and now as I sit cleaning out my desk I am reading the book again. In my 40 year career as a desk jockey your book has always been with me. All that is needed to get away from it all is to open and read a passage or two from it or just look at some of the pictures. Thanks for writing it, it changed my life for the much better. And it is again time to take the time to see this planet.

John Kubow
Duluth, Minnesota

Comment by John Kubow

Dear Ed, I remember you mentioned some of your polish relatives possibly murdered by Hitler. I was wondering if you were Jewish.

Comment by Sam Dooley

No, I was born Catholic but am now a Blakian, after the ideas of William Blake, who believed our souls live in Eternity tho we spend time in a fallen state here on this plane. But I don’t take any religions seriously because I think they are becoming unnecessary as we spiritually evolve. Religions are a crutch that we needed for so long due to ignorance of our true status in the spiritual hierarchies. As humans become more aware of their godly potential they will abandon religions, or so I hope. But don’t hold your breath while waiting!

Comment by edburyn

Hi Ed,
Nice to see you posting again. Any new news or interesting projects to share?
(another) Ed.

Comment by Ed. Shorer

I really enjoyed your book, vagabond in in europe and africa. Seems like you went at the very best time. Sincerely pat halla

Comment by pat halla

Hi Ed,
Have wanted to thank you after reading your book in 1974..It inspired me to travel…haven’t stopped yet. Still have your book which I read occasionally…Thanks and happy trails..

Comment by Al Rowley

Thank you Al!

Comment by edburyn

Fan of your book Vagabonding since ’81. Wrote a novel based on my inspired travels

Comment by Pat Landon

Hi Ed

For 44 years, I’ve been meaning to write to you, and I’m just getting around to it now.

In June 1972, I found a well worn copy of Vagabonding in Europe and North Africa in the book bin at a youth hostel in Casablanca, Morocco. I stayed up most of the night reading it, and that was it! I headed out the next morning, hitchhiking across Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia. The journey continued in Italy, then Greece and then Turkey. And then, except for an airplane ride across the Atlantic, I hitched from Istanbul to Grand Island, Nebraska.

I never would have done it without you, and it changed my life much for the better.

All best.

Craig Miller

Comment by Craig Miller

Thanks Craig, It always great to hear from a satisfied customer and friend! Happy trails always. Ed

Comment by edburyn

Ed! Just spending a few moments with Vagabonding In America, and it’s inspirational every time. Thank you!

Comment by Timothy Pallanch

How nice to hear you have remained the eternal vagabond!!!
Gundula in the bavarian mountains

Comment by martz Gundula

Hi Ed! “Vagabonding…” changed my life in 1975, when I was 19. I have traveled one way or another ever since. I have two copies. Thanks so much.

Comment by randall mikkelsen

Hello again Ed. I wrote to you 2-3 years ago about a band called Dr Humbeads Tranquility Band after I found a photo you took of Sue, Jim & Mac walking at the Colby St house in 1968.
Well, call it an early Xmas miracle, but I was in touch with Will Spires, who is a teacher in Santa Rosa. Will asked how to get in touch with you. Here is his email:
I hope you two can connect. He also told me that Mac is still active in old time music out of Ithaca, NY.
Best to you,

Comment by Derrick Mitchell

thanx Derrick! lovelovelove, Ed

Comment by edburyn

Ed, Love is what we need more of in this world, especially today.

Comment by Derrick Mitchell

Hi Ed,
I read your book Vagabonding in Europe…at age 17, before hitching through Europe for 7 months 1973-74. Your book is the single most important book in my life. No kidding. And I have about 450 books in my library here at home. My wife Anny and I met you in Noe Valley when you lived in S.F. We played ping-pong at your place. Now I am 62 and retired from the rat race. Yeah! Are you still in Nevada City? I drive over the Sierras every year or two (we live in Utah) to visit my brother in the Bay Area. If you’re still there and ok for visitors, we would stop by sometime and have a cup of coffee with you. Thanks again for your spirit and open-ness which Changed My Life. — tom dickman; email = abelard7@hotmail.com

Comment by tomscynicalstew

Hi Tom, Yeah, I remember you, sort of. Thanks for the warm fuzzies! Am still in Nevada City; come on by when ready. Vagabonds Unite!

Comment by edburyn

Great! It was in about 1983, so everyone has the right to be a little fuzzy after that much time. You know, I was thinking about what I wrote to you yesterday, and putting it together with your thoughts (wise!) in the beginnings of both your Vagabonding… books. Maybe it isn’t you who changed my life, but….me! Maybe people who “move around” are from the start either potential vagabonds, or else, potential tourists. You just woke the vagabond in me, which is the identity I’ve kept and nourished for 45 years. I’ll let you know when a cross-Sierra trip looks likely / possible. Stay well. — tom

Comment by tomscynicalstew

Hi Tom, Yeah, I’m still in NC. Come on by, whenever. Vagabonds Unite!

Comment by edburyn

ed……..I’ve been trying to leave you a comment / reply but the System doesn’t seem to be working. Could you send me your street address / p.o. box in NC so I can snail mail you? Thanks. tom = abelard7@hotmail.com

Comment by tomscynicalstew

Dear Ed,
I’ve read the 4 installments about your trip / time in Poland in 2008. Interesting, especially considering your Polish roots. (I remember the photo in Vagabonding of you with members of your family there, in 1964…). I noticed the comment from your Polish companion, that many married Polish woman refuse to have sex with their husbands following the birth of children. Is that an expression of Catholicism or what? Sex whose sole purpose is…procreation? And the pleasure of sex just a means to advance procreation? Brrr… Don’t those women get anything else out of sex at all? Do they really have so little pleasure from the act they would rather forgo the effort once their children are born? At the expense of seeing their men solicit prostitutes? Really? What a picture. And in 2008! Where is woman’s liberation in all that? Or has everything just slid into #MeToo without any intermediate steps?
Anyway, I appreciated your sociological and historical observations in these blogs. My father visited Warsaw in 1966. He brought back a book of photographs. They were printed on facing pages, and showed the exact same locations in the city, the left-hand ones taken right after the war in 1945, the right-hand ones in 1965. Wow. Talk about a re-building project after total destruction. Unimaginable for an American like me to conceive of how a city could be destroyed that utterly. Slaughterhouse Five times ten. — tom

Comment by tomscynicalstew

Wow, do you still have that book? What was its title?

Comment by edburyn

Oh it is a sad story. A girlfriend of mine in 1976…her family were Jews from Poland. They were living in Warsaw before WW2. Some of them made it out in time. I lent this book to her in Portland, where we were both in college. She took it to L.A. to share with her family. We broke up. She mailed it back to me, and I did keep it for awhile. Then I put it back on the bookshelf at my parents’ house. But then my father found another woman at the age of 80! and my mother divorced him. They took their house apart and divided up possessions at high speed………..and the book disappeared (along with a lot of other stuff, including my faith in marriage) by the time the dust cleared. I can’t remember even what it was called. Something like “Warsaw 1945 / 1965”.

Comment by tomscynicalstew

I do remember the book was published in Poland…….it was almost all photographs…..what little text there was was all in Polish……maybe there’s a copy in a used bookshop in a side street in Kraców……

Comment by tomscynicalstew

Hi. My brother and I travelled around Europe as teenage buskers and your book was our guide. It was a different era of course and now my brother is about to turn 60. We dont know what happened finally to the book….As a meaningful gift I found your book (Europe and North Africa) on Amazon and wondered if by any chance you could sign it if I sent it to you…it would mean so much to him . It really did change both our lives when we first hit the road in the 70’s….
Thanks for everything you brought to us.

Comment by Steve Crabb

Steve, Thanks for your feedback. I’d be pleased to sign the book; mail to POB 720, Nevada City CA 95959.
Best wishes! Ed

Comment by edburyn

Thanks so much…unless there are still copies at your end I can buy directly from your publisher…might be easier?
In any case I can buy it second hand but maybe you have a better solution.
Thanks in advance

Comment by Steve Crabb

Hi Ed…Did you receive the book ok?
Best wishes Steve

Comment by Steve Crabb

Steve: Buy it second-hand online is best. Look it up on http://www.addall.com/used.

Comment by edburyn

Ok. I’ve ordered it and it’s arriving from the States to me here in France….then I will send it back to you ha ha…how can I send you the money for sending it back to me?

Comment by Steve Crabb

Hi Ed..the book is winging its back to you now…it was an emotional moment when I opened the package this morning and saw the book me and Don devoured as kids!!
Please let me know about the cost of the sending back to me….I have reluctantly joined the modern world and can pay by bank card or whatever is easiest….his birthday is 29th of this month and Im going to travel to Scotland to give him the book…
With a bit of luck…
Thanks for everything

Comment by Steve Crabb

Yes, it’s signed and in the mail to you (USPS tracking LC926499279US); you can repay the shipping cost via paypal to edburynbooks@sbcglobal.net. Thanks!

Comment by edburyn

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