Aventur's Julia contributed her story of how she first experienced the Llanos, rode through the prairies, met its people and ultimately lived her childhood dream of being a cowboy. Featured alongside 35 talented writers from around the world, "Could this be the Place?" is one of the anthology's beautiful and very personal accounts, which - just like travel - deal with the past's worries and the present's joys all at once.
A few months after that, in November, "Could this be the Place?" was not just published but also awarded as the winning story. A very personal account of Julia's Llanos adventure, which keeps lasting to this day, it answers the title's question: Yes, this is the Place!
In Alone Together, tales from backpackers rub shoulders with stories from women who travelled later in life and anecdotes from those who never stopped. The stories include that of German writer Julia Buschmann who defied the jeers of childhood bullies as she vows to become a cowboy in Colombia, Mexican-Salvadoran writer Gloria Jiménez who witnessed first hand the work of Honduran activist Berta Cáceres shortly before she was assassinated, Dutch writer Phebe Tempelaars who overcame panic attacks in the Colombian jungle, US writer Elizabeth Holli Wood who confronted her Cuban grandfather with the past he tried to erase, and British writer April Wood who believes that you are never too old to travel.
From chicken buses without bathrooms to trusty bamboo bicycles, these honest, heart-wrenching, and often amusing adventures are essential reading for anyone curious about this part of the world.
"We need inspiring stories like these, stories from women who gave up good jobs, resisted the slide into self-doubt, and made a decision that would change their lives. They would travel, not in comfortable, reassuring Europe or the USA, but in Latin America, a region their friends and family warn them against."
- Hilary Bradt MBE, founder of Bradt Travel Guides ( www.bradtguides.com )
“Imbued with equal parts historical research, vivid description, and enchanting storytelling, Alone Together is smart, compelling, and wholly motivating.”
- Kate McCahill, author of Patagonian Road ( A Year Alone Through Latin America)
"Finally we have Alone Together, a remarkable anthology written by women of many voices and experiences. Every story ensures the reader will feel part of the adventure. Inspiring as well as powerful, this book is a must for all travelers to the region.”
– Marjorie Agosín, author of I lived on Butterfly Hill and winner of the Gabriela Mistral Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement.
View on Amazon Read an interview with Julia on her story