The quote: All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it. (Samuel Johnson)
Who is Carlos?
Carlos Olmo Bosco is Vagamundos. He discovered "the other way of traveling" when he was 16. Together with a friend, they toured Spain in the summer of 1976, with $30 on their pockets, a backpack, a sleeping bag, and a enormous interest in the "New Spain" emerging after the death of the spanish dictator, Franco. Wasted time on the roads hitchiking, sleeping nigths on the beaches, some problems with spanish "Guardia Civil", and 3 months eating cold food, prepared him very well for future trips.
Since then, he has been in more than 100 countries (but he is not counting them), he has learned to love and to respect other cultures and beliefs. His travel spirit is now stronger than ever, and his list of places to visit is bigger every day. For 20 years, he´s been trying to balance a profesional life as marketing director on the IT market with his travels, but finally he decided in year 2000 to start "travel for a living" instead of "live for travelling".
If he has to choose the most intense and magic moments he has experienced in his travels, this is the list:
- Picnic with mountain gorillas in Virunga (Zaire).
- Sunrise from the summit of Kilimanjaro (Tanzania).
- Sailing in Patagonia channels from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales (Chile).
- Wake up in the jungle with the hawling monkies in the mayan temples of Tikal (Guatemala).
- Rafting the Zambezee river in Victoria Falls (Zimbawe).
- Sunrise in Machu Pichu from the Sun Gate after the 4 days Inca trail(Perú).
- Trekking in Patagonia, Torres del Paine and Cerro Torre (Chile and Argentina).
- Wandering around the small strees in Zanzibar Town (Tanzania) when there were not tourists, and sleeping on the beaches.
- Trek 100 km. on the wild coast of Southwest Tasmania (Australia), World Heritage, having the starts as ceiling and the beach sand as floor.
- Walk around the amazing National Parks in Australia, specially Purnuluru (Bungle Bungle) and Kakadu.
- Navigate though the Fiorland in New Zealand, Where I "listened the silence", and I felt myself as Frodo in "the lord of the rings" seaching for Rivendale.
- Scuba diving with dolphins in Phee-Phee islands(Thailand).
- Crossing the jungle in Bali (Indonesia) to make rafting from the very start of the river.
- Descent of the Colorado Canyon (USA), and sleeping on the bottom.
- New Year`s eve party on the Sahara desert on a Jaima (arab tent).
- Sunset and sunrise on the Soulavesi sand dunes (Namibia).
- Sailing Amazon river and staying on a hut in the middle of the tropical jungle.
- Sleeping in cofee plantations with rastafaris in Blue Mountains (Jamaica).
- Trek the Golden Triangle (border between Thailand-Laos-Birmania) between poppy fields, and sleeping with the hilltribes.
- Live pure nature in islas Cíes (Galicia-Spain) when they were called the "small sheychelles".
Reading "The Little Prince" By Antoine de Saint Exupery he learned that the best travel is to your soul, but until he finds the way, he will keep travelling the outside world.
Cheers from Carlos
"Vagamundos is the result of my combined passions: photography, writing, travelling and computing, all mixed together on vagamundos.com.
The idea of Vagamundos came to my mind (always the best ideas I have are when I`m travelling) in year 2000 in Patagonia and Thailand, where anywhere and everywhere there was always an internet cafe. I started thinking that should be posible to tour the world without a computer and create a website updated from internet cafes, with the travel logs, photos and videos. The advantage was that I don`t have to show anymore the bunch of photos and to tell stories, on my way back, something sometimes more exhausting than traveling!!.
So vagamundos.net started in December 2000 (only in spanish), and includes 6 months of wonderful travel experiences through Caribean, Central and South America. This long trips usually change your way of looking at life, and on the way back I decided to keep traveling as much as I could. In 2002 I visited Australia and Nueva Zelanda during 6 months and more than 100.000 km.
Why the name Vagamundos?. Vagamundos means "wandering around" in spanish and portuguese, and this is whyt the motto for vagamundos is "for slow travellers". The name "the tour around the world in 80 cybercafes" is because Jules Verne was my hero in my childhood and I started travelling with mind with his books.
My backpack is ligth, and the only technology I travel with is a SONY digital camera that records photos and videos in CD, an Olympus reflex camera, and a digital recorder por interviews, also Olympus, and of course my notepad, technology is good, but nothing is better than sitting down on a beach when the sun is coming down, thinking about your day and writing about your feelings and thoughs.
See you around the world!!"
Published: 03/01/2008 00:00