323- Pablo and Anna Comic Strip, Season 01

[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px 5px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]A comic strip about travelling around the world with a van???

Sometimes breakdowns occur for a reason. In August 2014 we were in the northern tip of Newfoundland, with a broken torsion bar in the land of very far away, when a guy arrived with his overloaded motorcycle. Cemil Alyanak was travelling from Washington D.C., and got surprised with our story of 14 years non-stop living in the road. We had dinner and he left the following day with a bug in his brain.

One month later he wrote to us with a brilliant idea: ‘everybody has done books and documentaries about travelling, but no one has ever done a comic strip. Would you be interested? I’ve read your books, and I’m sure you’ll have a lot of funny stories to share.’ We loved the idea.

He had a friend, Mike Cucurullo, a very good illustrator from Boston, and we started to have fun in very long Skype conversations.

All started with a crazy idea. 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On year 2000, Pablo Rey (Buenos Aires) and Anna Callau (Barcelona) quit their jobs and rented out their apartment in Spain to travel around the world during four years. Four somehow turned into fifteen. The couple, living out of their small 4WD van, a.k.a. La Cucaracha, has travelled more than 220,000 miles, passing through 60 countries, with no end in sight.

After leaving Southern Europe, these committed nomads have driven through the Middle East, Africa —from North to South, the entire American continent —from Tierra del Fuego (at the Southern tip of Patagonia) to the Arctic Ocean in Alaska, before settling in for a couple of years of discovery in North America. Getting here was no small feat. They crossed the Atlantic Ocean from South Africa to Argentina in a fishing vessel, survived elephant and Kalashnikov attacks in Africa and paddled down an Amazon river in a 6-log wooden raft. Their engine broke down in the middle of the Sudanese Sahara and froze at 15,000 feet during a very cold winter in the Bolivian Altiplano, and that’s just scratching the surface.

In 15 years they have met, shared food and stayed with some truly amazing and hospitable people. Whether in a house, hut, tent or under the stars, the take away is the same, in whatever culture, remove the dogma and indoctrination and you realize that we are all the same, one big human family living in a beautiful, albeit fragile, Earthly home.

Pablo has written three books in Spanish. The Book of Independence, translated into English in Canada, is available at Amazon.com and Kindle, or download the first pages HERE!

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307 – Delivering good vibrations around the world | PABLO AND ANNA

Delivering good vibrations around the world! Happy Valentine’s Day and lots of love from the road! | ¡Enviando buenas vibraciones alrededor del mundo! ¡Feliz San Valentín y mucho amor desde la ruta!

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Get the books about Pablo and Anna’s real stories on the road @ Amazon.com and Kindle, or download the first adventures HERE.

Follow the latest adventures of the real Pablo and Anna on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube @viajeros4x4x4

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On year 2000, Pablo Rey (Buenos Aires) and Anna Callau (Barcelona) quit their jobs and rented out their apartment in Spain to travel around the world during four years. Four somehow turned into fifteen. The couple, living out of their small 4WD van, a.k.a. La Cucaracha, has travelled more than 220,000 miles, passing through 60 countries, with no end in sight.

After leaving Southern Europe, these committed nomads have driven through the Middle East, Africa —from North to South, the entire American continent —from Tierra del Fuego (at the Southern tip of Patagonia) to the Arctic Ocean in Alaska, before settling in for a couple of years of discovery in North America. Getting here was no small feat. They crossed the Atlantic Ocean from South Africa to Argentina in a fishing vessel, survived elephant and Kalashnikov attacks in Africa and paddled down an Amazon river in a 6-log wooden raft. Their engine broke down in the middle of the Sudanese Sahara and froze at 15,000 feet during a very cold winter in the Bolivian Altiplano, and that’s just scratching the surface.

In 15 years they have met, shared food and stayed with some truly amazing and hospitable people. Whether in a house, hut, tent or under the stars, the take away is the same, in whatever culture, remove the dogma and indoctrination and you realize that we are all the same, one big human family living in a beautiful, albeit fragile, Earthly home.

Pablo has written three books in Spanish; one has been translated into English, Around the World in 10 Years: The Book of Independence, available at Kindle and Amazon.com. Download the first pages here!

Follow the latest adventures of the real Pablo and Anna on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube @viajeros4x4x4




306- Estrategias para cruzar fronteras | PABLO Y ANNA

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Ciertos cruces de frontera, sobre todo si entras o sales de un país complicado (o de un año complicado), requieren una buena estrategia.

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Pablo y Anna, las aventuras y desventuras de una pareja que vive en una casa con ruedas llamada La Cucaracha, tras más de 15 años viajando alrededor de un planeta surrealista llamado Tierra… Sigue leyendo historietas como Estrategias para cruzar fronteras en este enlace: Pablo y Anna

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Consigue los libros de Pablo Rey con las historias de más de 15 años viviendo en la ruta, en cualquier librería de España, en Amazon.com y en Kindle, o descarga las primeras historias en PDF.

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SUSCRÍBETE Y RECIBE EN TU CORREO LAS ACTUALIZACIONES DE LA VUELTA AL MUNDO EN 10 AÑOS.

¡MÁS DE 15 AÑOS TRABAJANDO DESDE LA RUTA Y VIAJANDO SIN PARAR ALREDEDOR DEL MUNDO EN FURGO 4X4 Y MOCHILA!

El 20 de junio del año 2000 partimos de Barcelona para dar la vuelta al mundo en 4 años en una furgoneta 4×4 que con el tiempo terminamos bautizando como La Cucaracha. ¿Por qué? Porque se mete por todos lados y porque ¡creemos que es capaz de sobrevivir a una bomba atómica! Desde entonces ya recorrimos el sur de Europa, Oriente Próximo, África de norte a sur y América desde Ushuaia hasta el Océano Ártico, en el norte de Alaska y Canadá. Desde el año 2007 compartimos datos e historias en el blog (o la web) de La Vuelta al Mundo en 10 Años, en www.viajeros4x4x4.com. Pablo ya tiene escritos 3 libros en castellano (Anna se los lee 20 veces antes de publicarlos), El Libro de la Independencia, Por el Mal Camino e Historias en Asia y África, y uno en inglés: The Book of Independence y escribe artículos para revistas como Overland Journal y OutdoorX4. Anna hace collares y pulseras de macramé que venden en las ferias de 4×4 a las que asisten para dar charlar y conferencias.

Pablo y Anna participaron de la Feria del Libro de Guadalajara (México), de la Feria del Libro de Guayaquil (Ecuador), de Sant Jordi en Barcelona, de la Overland Expo de Arizona y han dado charlas y conferencias en muchísimos lugares, entre los que se encuentran el Club de Creativos de España y el Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico.

¿Cuándo terminará el viaje? El viaje no termina. El viaje es la vida.




297- La Cucaracha, a house on wheels | OVERLAND JOURNAL

Published first at Overland Journal, Fall Issue 2015. Written by Chris Collard. Photography by Pablo Rey and Chris Collard.

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LA CUCARACHA: 15 YEARS, 50 COUNTRIES, 330,000 KILOMETERS, AND A DRIVE-THRU WEDDING. 

 

Why We Love la Cucaracha (©PabloRey)

La Cucaracha has its own personality and idiosyncrasies. We have loved and hated it, often in the same day. There was a time when we wanted to throw it off a cliff and cash in on an imaginary insurance claim. We’ve had a few major breakdowns: in the Sudanese Sahara, Kenya’s Sibiloi National Park, on the Bolivian Altiplano, and again in the Chilean Andes. When the springs broke in Mozambique, we travelled almost 1000 kilometers with them attached with wire until we found a used replacement set as a permanent repair. After the motor died in Iquique, Chile, we installed a second-hand motor – a great junkyard find. That was nine years and 200,000 kilometers ago. Once we learned how to drive and care for it, la Cucaracha became a third member of the family and problems stopped.

It had previously been known as the Cow (it is very heavy), the Dragon (it smokes a lot), and the Mitsushiti (it broke down a lot). We found the perfect name, la Cucaracha (the cockroach), while travelling in Colombia. Like a cockroach, it is small, can stealthily sneak into any space, and survives anything – even us.

We appreciate that it has a short wheelbase, fits perfectly in a shipping container, the bed is always made, and we can watch the moon through the sunroof at night. We have slept in la Cucaracha for more nights than in any of the conventional brick houses we have lived in. We have shipped it twice: the first was from Cape Town to Buenos Aires (for a reduced price), and again from the Guajira Peninsula, Colombia, to Colón, Panama (for free), where it was tied to the deck of an empty Bolivian cargo ship named Intrepide. It has been our only four-wheel drive, and has taken us to the ends of the world.

LA CUCARACHA ©ChrisCollard

Though many of us dream about building the perfect rig for that “big trip” around the world, few actually act upon that dream and see it to fruition. This was not the case for Pablo Rey, a creative advertising consultant who was suffering from an acute case of career burnout. In 1999, during an off-the-cuff trip to Southern Africa, he had an epiphany: to see the African continent in greater detail and never to buy a return ticket again. Though he did find himself back home in Barcelona, Spain, it didn’t take him long to quit his job, buy a vehicle, and talk his sweetheart Anna into trading professional life for that of a vagabond. The latter was a bit of a challenge. Pablo recalled, “I remember the look on Anna’s face like she was in front of me today. It said, ‘Drive around the world! How? With what money? Toward where? What did you hit your head against?’ He reasoned with her, “Almost every country in the world is connected to another by a road, thus nearly every road in the world starts at the door of your house.”

Their original 1-year plan to experience Africa on an intimate level while taking as many turns as possible morphed into two and a half years, and then expanded to include South America. Two more years passed, then another three, and they were still embracing their nomadic existence. They eventually realized that life on the road wasn’t simply an extended vacation or escape from reality – it was reality.

La Cucaracha, a 1991 Mitsubishi L300 Delica four-wheel drive van, wasn’t gleaming gem when Pablo plunked down $10,000 and the wayward duo drove it into the new millennium. The soon-to-be world-travelling insect was second-hand, bone stock, and lacked nearly all of the items many of us deem as necessities. Rather than spending months prepping the vehicle, they decided to keep up with the speed of life, get on the road, and make modifications as the trip progressed and needs arose. The bull bar was fabricated in Chile ($100), the fancy snorkel was crafted from 3-inch steel pipe in a shop in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe ($40), and an aluminum storage box was added in Buenos Aires, Argentina (free). The yellow tow bar (which after nine years has only recently put to use), was received as a gift from a friend in the Atacama Desert.

They eventually realized that life on the road wasn’t simply an extended vacation or escape from reality – it was reality.

La Cucaracha’s drivetrain remains in factory form; a good thing since Pablo readily admits that he is not a mechanic. In contrast to the normal male/female roles, Anna, who completed a course on automotive maintenance, manages most of the mechanical issues. Pablo, the creative one, focuses his energy on photographing the journey and penning books on their adventures.

A peek inside reveals the epitome of function and efficiency. If you think about it, travelling year-in and year-out requires one to carry clothing and equipment for all seasons. Every item has a specific space and there is a place for every item. They don’t travel with an ice chest or electric fridge/freezer, as this would occupy too much real estate. As a result they eat a lot of fresh food. The galley consists of a homemade single-burner stove, 6-liter propane bottle, and a small plastic storage bin for pots and pans. Sundries and clothing are stored under the foot of the bed in used aluminum boxes from Panama Jack. Moving rearward there is a home-fabricated wood storage compartment that contains everything from shoes and spare parts, to tools and bundles of books. Out back are two slide-in plastic crates with maps, more tools, and automotive fluids. Throw a 3-inch foam pad on top and you have a bed for two. The shovel, camp chairs, sunshade, window cleaner, and a host of other knickknacks reside in a cubby. On the starboard side is a hands-in (opposed to walk-in) closet stuffed with bins, bags, toilet tissue and blankets. To port is a world map with a thin spaghetti-line representing the trio’s 15 years of wandering the globe.

More conventional upgrades include General Grabber AT2 all-terrain tires and Baja Design LED lights. After meeting Sergio Murillo, owner of BajaRack, at Overland Expo, la Cucaracha found its way to Ensenada, Mexico, where Sergio and his team fitted it with a custom roof rack designed to provide a full view of the heavens through the sunroof. Peeling away the canvas tarp (a used roof top tent cover) reveals fold-up bicycles, backpacks, sleeping pads and bags, and emergency fuel.

Due to sticky hands in many parts of the world, five of the vehicle’s windows are plated with aluminum, and basic latches and padlocks secure the doors. None are elegant, but all fulfill the requirement. Because it is illegal to possess a firearm in many countries, added security is in the form of Pablo’s favorite ninja golf club and Anna’s “quick draw” bear-grade pepper spray – both of which have been utilized with full effect.

Pablo and Anna maintain that you will only regret the things you didn’t do – never the things you tried and failed to do.

One might wonder how la Cucaracha finances its travels – a good question for those who possess “the dream.” The first rule of engagement is to align oneself with humans that don’t require filet mignon every night. The second is to influence them to work. Though most of the couple’s time is spent moving slowly while taking as many turns as possible, Pablo has written several books and is a regular contributor to publications around the world. Anna picks up contract work with a concert promoter in Spain, and weaves colorful bracelets and necklaces. If you run into them on the road, they may be sitting on a street corner in front of la Cucaracha peddling their wares.

This June marked their 15th year on the road, living together at arm’s length in a 5-square meter van. They are true nomads, and recently confirmed their love for the road (and each other) by taking a right turn into a drive-through chapel in Las Vegas and tying the knot. La Cucaracha (who performed the duties of best man, father of the groom, bridesmaid, witness, and only guest) has carried the pair 330,000 kilometers through more than 50 countries. Its body carries battle scars from flying stones in Kenya and Ethiopia (unfriendly locals), rogue tree trunks in South America, and boulders in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. Disguising these blemishes are tattoos of cave paintings in Zimbabwe, Moche snakes of Peru, sleeping banditos, and cactus from Mexico. Though life on the road – in close proximity to your two best (and worst) friends – may not always be a bowl of cherries, Pablo and Anna maintain that you will only regret the things you didn’t do – never the things you tried and failed to do. Good words to live by.

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Get the books of Pablo Rey about Around the World in 10 Years @ Amazon.com and Kindle, or download the first adventures HERE.

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291- Equipo esencial para dar la vuelta al mundo | VIAJEROS4X4X4

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Hace unos meses recibí el encargo de la revista Overland Journal de escribir acerca los 6 elementos más importantes de nuestra vuelta al mundo. Debían ser seis y solo seis. Ellos lo miraban desde el punto de vista de los objetos, yo fui un poco más allá.

LA COMPAÑERA / EL COMPAÑERO

Encontrar el compañero o la compañera ideal para acompañarte hasta el fin del mundo es alcanzar tu propio Shangri-La. Puedes viajar solo, y disfrutarlo, pero siempre es mejor compartir la emoción y las sorpresas de la ruta en el momento en que ocurren, cuando se convierten casi en una alucinación. No es una historia que pasó hace un tiempo, es ahora, ya. Y si eres un hombre y te acompaña una mujer que no teme ensuciarse las manos con aceite, que te defiende en una pelea y es capaz de reparar un neumático pinchado, sabes que has encontrado a la compañera de viaje ideal. Porque no solo es tu chica, sino que también es tu amigo.

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LA CUCARACHA

Durante un largo viaje es normal que tu vehículo llegue a asumir la personalidad de un miembro del equipo. Le escuchas, le hablas, le das golpecitos afectuosos en la puerta trasera y lo atiendes cuando se enferma. Le pones algún sobrenombre ligeramente ofensivo que pronunciarás con cariño y te ensucias las manos rascándole los bajos. Después de casi 15 años viviendo aventuras juntos por algunos de los peores caminos del mundo y compartiendo algunos de los combustibles más infames, nuestra Mitsubishi L300/Delica 4X4 de 1991, a.k.a. La Cucaracha, The Cockroach, merece nuestra lealtad eterna y una jubilación tranquila. Por más que sueñe con descansar frente a una playa lejana me la imagino pasando su vejez en el centro de un bar español, como un abuelo que no se cansa de contar historias de viaje a todos los que sueñan con partir.

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TABLETA SAMSUNG GALAXY

(Nota: el tiempo pasa factura y la Samsung Galaxy quedó casi como solo un lector de libros. Ya tengo conmigo la Huawei Mediapad X2 y es un cañón)

Las tabletas son el nuevo cuchillo suizo del viajero. Con un solo aparato de 7”, tan pequeño como medio libro de papel, puedes acceder a internet, escuchar toneladas de música, viajar con auténticas bibliotecas, ver películas, sacar fotografías, buscar tu ubicación con el GPS a través de mapas offline, planificar las rutas que vas a seguir, escribir notas e historias, escanear apuntes, encontrar la gasolina más barata, jugar al Pacman o al Minecraft, ver conferencias TED, seguir tutoriales para aprender a tocar la armónica, para distinguir árboles, estrellas o para hacer nudos como un buen marinero de tierra firme. Es impresionante. Preferimos las tabletas Samsung Galaxy porque les puedes añadir la memoria que quieras a través de su ranura para tarjetas MicroSD. (www.samsung.com). Últimamente me llamó mucho la atención la Huawei Mediapad X2.

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ESPAR HYDRONIC D5 SC

A nuestra casa con ruedas no le gusta el frío ni la altura. Por eso, y porque no nos resignamos a viajar solo por lugares tranquilos y soleados, hace un año y medio le instalé un motor Espar Hydronic D5 SC, utilizado por los camioneros para precalentar el motor en lugares helados y evitar un desgaste prematuro. También nos sirve para tener una ducha de agua caliente de vez en cuando (oooh, yessss) y para calentar el interior de la furgo en invierno. A pesar de su coste, se pagó a sí mismo a fines de 2013, cuando el vórtice de aire helado del Ártico nos alcanzó en Louisiana dejando una capa de hielo alrededor de la furgoneta. Diez minutos de Espar y el motor arrancó como si estuviéramos en Yucatán (www.eberspachen.ca).

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PENTAFLON CERÁMICA

Durante los primeros seis años de vuelta al mundo tuvimos cuatro averías graves de motor en lugares donde todo debería salir bien: el desierto del Sahara en Sudán, a 800 kilómetros de un mecánico fiable en Kenia, a 4.600 metros de altura en el Altiplano Boliviano y en un rincón perdido de los Andes Chilenos. A principios de 2006 cambiamos el motor por otro de segunda mano y comenzamos a añadir una dosis de Pentaflon Cerámica cada 20.000 kilómetros. No sé si es magia o buena suerte, pero este aditivo con base de teflón fabricado en España nos ha protegido el motor durante los últimos 200.000 kilómetros de malos caminos. Y desde entonces no hemos tenido casi ni una fuga de aceite. Y eso, para un viajero, es el paraíso. (www.aincor.es). En este momento estamos probando otros aditivos de la la empresa Technum. Aseguan que son todavía mejores. Ya les contaré.

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BOLSA DE AGUA DEL EJÉRCITO SUIZO

Suiza debe tener uno de los ejércitos mejor equipados del mundo. Como nunca van a la guerra gastan su dinero en probar y desarrollar objetos que se pueden adaptar a las necesidades del viajero. Sus bolsas de agua de 20 litros de auténtico caucho pueden durar años, no requieren instalación y, una vez vacías, no ocupan espacio. Fue nuestra reserva extra de agua cada vez que decidimos perdernos durante los dos años que pasamos recorriendo África y, ahora que las hemos vuelto a encontrar en Mudrak (California), nos vuelven a acompañar cada vez que nos internamos en algún desierto sin saber por dónde saldremos. (en Estados Unidos: www.mudrak.com)

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Sigue leyendo. Consigue los libros de Pablo Rey sobre La Vuelta al Mundo en 10 Años en cualquier librería de España, en Amazon.com y en Kindle, o descarga las primeras historias en PDF.