Argentine family comes home after 22-year drive around the world
ARGENTINA: An Argentine family is about to finish the trip of a lifetime: they have covered five continents in a 1928 jalopy on an adventure that began in 2000, while bringing into the world and raising four kids who are now adolescents.
The Zapp family — Herman and Candelaria and those children — have driven a total of 362,000 kilometers (225,000 miles) and have now stopped off in this town on the border with Uruguay before their scheduled arrival Sunday back where they started on January 25, 2000 at the Obelisk, a monument in downtown Buenos Aires.
“I have very mixed feelings. We are ending a dream, or fulfilling a dream,” Herman told AFP. “What will come now? Thousands of changes, thousands of options,” said the 53-year-old, who is already thinking of sailing around the world.
Candelaria, who was 29 when the trip began and is now 51, said her biggest and best discovery was the people encountered along the way.
“People are wonderful. Humanity is incredible,” said Candelaria.
She said the family visited no fewer than 102 countries, although sometimes they had to take detours because of wars or other kinds of conflict.
The couple had been married six years, had good jobs and had just built a house, with plans to have kids, too, when wanderlust hit. Their round-the-world journey began with a backpacking trip in Alaska.
And somebody offered them a car, a 1928 model of an American make called Graham-Paige. The engine was bad and the paint looked terrible. “It would not even start,” said Candelaria Zapp. While out on the road, and with the first two kids born — Pampa, now 19, came into this world in the US and Tehue, 16, during a visit back to Argentina — they enlarged the car by actually cutting it in half and adding 40 cm (16 inches) of length and another seat. – THE BANGKOK POST