adventurer completes 600 mile hitch-hike across Paraguay
adventurer Michael Turner has returned home from a 600 mile hitch-hiking
journey across Paraguay in South America.
Michael, 58, has spent much of his life writing about his travels
and following in the footsteps of the British explorer Sir Francis
has just returned from his latest travels across remote areas
always, the supply teacher always travels with an educational
purpose and this time he says he was inspired by the film The
extensively photographed one of the ten wonders of the natural
world, the Iguazú waterfalls. I also visited the best preserved
ruins of the 18th century, the Jesuits missions," he said.
coincidence when I was carrying my rucksack along a busy street
clutching a Bradt guidebook to Paraguay, I came across the author
and asked her to sign the book."
day, I interviewed her in her adopted village where she oversees
her charity that promotes free tertiary education for bright,
poor students. I offered revised information and photographs for
the pending reprint."
also learnt that the late Demetrio Ortiz, composer of the most
famous Paraguayan song, Recuerdos de Ypacarí was not buried
where the guidebook stated."
tracked down the composer's daughter, María Esperanza Ortiz
Maidana, who invited him to visit her house where she showed him
her museum dedicated to her late father.
a token of my appreciation, I agreed to supply the museum with
a copy of an interview I recorded in New York with Neil Sedaka
which was gratefully received."