I saw part of a documentary where Siddhartha Gautama was fleeing on foot from Genghis Khan, Tamerlane and some other famous Mongolian or Turkish guy on horseback, all the way across Central Asia until they lost him at a fork in the road in China, and he decided to stop and preach there.

It seems to be a pattern that faraway countries and alien planets in my dreams don't look any different from the suburbs where I live.