OMG! I'm a celebrity!

Trip Start Aug 14, 2010
Trip End Jan 15, 2011

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

My father is really into old cars. He discovered this place in Uruguay where you can find some rarities – not necessarily in great shape. Some time ago he got himself two little Ford Fordsom trucks and has not brought them home yet. He befriended the seller Pablo and from time to time dad comes over to Melo in Uruguay to catch up with Pablo and to see how the works are going, so that he can eventually bring his cars over to Brazil one day.

Pablo is a member of classic car club (Asociación Amigos de los Autos Antiguos y Clásicos - AMAAC) and they hold weekly meetings on Fridays – my parents and I arrived just in time for the parrillada. Again, everyone superfriendly and welcoming. I always thought there were lots of mochileros all over South America, but I have not seen many yet. In fact none, other than the CSers in Asuncion (although I have not stayed in hostels so far). Anyway, what I wanted to say is that they were all really intrigued about my travelling – perhaps because I was not some weird European, or because I was doing my journeys with the consent of my parents (at this stage I'm still travelling with them, visiting relatives and getting a ride across the border), or maybe because to them I did not look like a typical hippie mochilera. Palacio, a gentleman who is a club member also owns an radio in town (Radio Acuarela 1520 AM) and has a very popular program on Saturday mornings. I perhaps missed what he said during dinner, but when we were leaving back to the hotel dad said he was dropping me off at the station 9:30 in the morning. I asked why and he said that Palacio wanted to interview me! Hahaha, I'm a celebrity, I'm finally having my 15 minutes of fame.

I was interviewed for the best part of an hour by three anchors. I was thrilled, it was so much fun and unexpected! They even had people calling asking for this blog's address – I never thought anything like that would happen. You should've seen my parents, hahaha, they stayed in the car listening to the program and asked for a copy to take home.

After the interview we went for lunch, my parents dropped me at Pablo and his wife Silvia's home and started their long journey back to Sao Paulo. I stayed longer, since from here I continue on my solo journey. Palacio offered to take me around to see the Posta del Chui in the afternoon, the first road toll in South America and the only that still exists (but it's just a visiting place now). In the car, when we were heading back I thanked them and then his wife Mabel passed me a folded piece of paper. She said someone had come over to the radio station, who did not want to leave a name or a message but just wanted the paper to be given to me. Here's what was written:

Sueño Mochilero

Partió con su mochila sobre su espalda
Llena de caminos, días, noches, y esperanzas
Con varias lunas brisas, lluvias y albas
Y un horizonte que lo espera en sus mañanas

Va como un linyera solitário y aventurero
De barba crecida igual que sus cabellos
Atrás quedó su gente su tierra su pueblo
Para vivir su sueño en su bohemia de mochilero

Se siente como un pájaro en vuelo
Cree andar viajando por el aire
Como sombra de nuve que pasea con el viento
Cruza campos, ríos, fronteras y mares

Quién lo ve simplemente piensa
Es un loco, pobre diablo y vagabundo
Sin darle el valor a sus añoranzas
Y a su ilusión de recorrer y conocer el mundo

El sol se oculta entre montes y colinas
Brilla el lucero sobre la belleza del paisaje
De pronto el cielo de estrellas se ilumina
Aclarando el sendero para la huella del caminante

Autor: Juan Carlos Otegui

I'm still puzzled and finding it all very surreal...
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Te deseamos lo mejor en esta aventura.
Un gran abrazo de la familia Jackson- Techera de Melo, Cerro Largo, uruguay

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